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Living on Call Center Time in the Philippines

By Aurora Almendral/theworld.org – Halfway across the world, more than a half-million people live on American time. The Philippines is home to the largest call center industry in the world, and to man the phones during American business hours, many Filipinos adjust their lives to a global schedule. When Read more »

Retired Pinoy school principal makes world’s biggest crossword puzzle

By Vida Cruz/KG, GMA News – There are a number of quiet hobbies anyone can engage in once they reach retirement age: from cross-stitching to playing chess to taking long walks. For 67-year-old former school principal Pedro Bartolay, it was making crossword puzzles—but he never thought that his ginormous Read more »

‘Not a real Filipino’

By Ryan Songalia/Philippine Daily Inquirer – I’m too white to be Filipino, and too Filipino to be white. So if I’m “not a Filipino,” then what is a Filipino? I’m not an easy guy to offend. Born and raised in New Jersey, I come from a culture of casual ribbing, Read more »

Filipino finishes world’s largest jigsaw puzzle

By Maricar Cinco/Inquirer Southern Luzon – Puzzle collector Gina Lacuna has achieved another “fascinating” feat by completing what has been described as the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle. After 900 hours, the 61-year-old holder of a title for owning the world’s biggest puzzle collection, finished the 32,256-piece “Double Retrospect” at 3 Read more »

Louis Vuitton buying Philippine croc skins

By Edith Regalado/he Philippine Star – The first and only crocodile slaughterhouse in Mindanao finally started operation Wednesday in the town of Kapalong, Davao del Norte, with the skins to be sold to luxury bag maker Louis Vuitton. Vicente Mercado, chairman of the board of J.K. Mercado and Sons Read more »

Facials, anti-acne jabs and BAGS over their heads: The Filipino men who go to drastic lengths to preserve their looks

By Lucy Waterlow/dailymail.co.uk – The nation’s males are embracing metrosexuality – 84 per cent believe ‘looks are everything’ – Facials, skin peels and skin whitening treatments are increasingly popular – In rural areas, fishermen improvise with masks to protect from sun damage Pink beauty parlours offering facials and anti-ageing Read more »