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Documentary chronicles how the Philippines rescued 1,300 jews from the Holocaust

Carmela G. Lapeña/DVM, GMA News – As a little girl during the Holocaust, Lotte Hershfield could not quite understand what it was all about. At five years old, she would see benches that would say “Dogs and Jews not allowed.” She remembered being terribly frightened by the Nazis’ big Read more »

Investigating the monster in ‘The Aswang Phenomenon’

By Carmela G. Lapeña, GMA News – It scares children into coming home before dark, and gives even the toughest-looking grown-up the shivers. It can be blamed for anything and everything that seems wrong – from strange neighbors to mysterious murders. It’s the personification of all things evil. Read more »

The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas

By Sarah Brown, CNN – Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning. The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive Read more »

Senate wants Lisa Macuja nominated as National Artist

By Kimberly Jane Tan – The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing the sense of the chamber to nominate prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde as a National Artist. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 910 after Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging the chamber to Read more »

The art and life of Angono’s higantes

By Nikka Corsino – There was pride in Leonardo Tajan’s voice when he recounted the time his father charged him to look after his most important creations: the Pamilya ng Higante (family of giants), a three-piece set of giant papier-mâché figures representing a traditional Filipino family, also arguably a big Read more »

Two Pinoy students, other Asians sign pact to preserve cultural traditions

By MARK MERUEÑAS – Two Filipino college students joined other Southeast Asian students in signing a pact to help preserve cultural traditions in an age of modernity. The signing of the pact on October 12 was part of the annual event “Sakai-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Week.” Those Read more »