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Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year in the Philippines


via philstar.com – The Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival which falls on Thursday this year, is celebrated not only by the Chinese community in the Philippines but also by other Filipinos who have been influenced by the Chinese culture and traditions through the years. The celebrations gained Read more »

The evolution of Pinoy courtship

Photos by Keith Calayag via philstar.com

By Leslie Anne Mahusay and Alexis Romero/philstar.com – When Saturnino Yumul was courting his future wife Linda in the 70s, he was not allowed to bring her out to a date. “We did not go out on a date. It was prohibited then,” the 63-year old Kapampangan said in Read more »

What my 8-year-old learnt at a Philippine school

Deborah Toh (centre, facing camera) getting a goodbye group hug from her classmates. Her three days at the Philippine school left such a huge impression that she has already asked to go back. --  PHOTO BY TOH YONG CHUAN - STRAITSTIMES

By Toh Yong Chuan/straitstimes.com – Like many parents, I sent my eight-year-old daughter Deborah for extra lessons during the June school holidays which end today. But she didn’t attend an enrichment centre in Singapore; she spent three days at an elementary school in Cauayan city, a nine-hour drive north of Read more »

Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: ‘Every Human Life Is Worth The Same’

Photo via Mark Bustos Instagram

By Robbie Couch/The Huffington Post – Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don’t need a penny. Bustos spends every Sunday — his only day off Read more »

Joined at birth, Filipino kids now worlds apart

Photo by  Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News

By Carla Gomez/Inquirer Visayas – People still do a double take to tell one from the other. But after the successful operation of the celebrated conjoined twins 10 years ago, they are now worlds apart and are living separate lives. There will be ice cream and cake for Negrense twins Read more »

From sleeping in slums to a scholarship in Germany

Photo from Daniel's Facebook page via rappler.com

Daniel Dejapin grew up on the streets, selling roses by Manila Bay. In August, he is headed to Germany for a full scholarship at The Robert Bosch United World College By Natashya Gutierrez/rappler.com – In a small, narrow alley at the heart of Ermita, Manila, is a row of shanties. Read more »