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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 »

Manila Shelter Is Host to ‘Kopinos’ (Left-Behind Children Highlight Side Effect of Increased Korean Visits to Philippines)

Photo by Malte E. Kollenberg  via The Wall Street Journal

By Jason Strother/wsj.com – Son Bum-sik takes credit for coining the term Kopino. He uses it to describe a person of mixed Korean and Filipino ethnicity. In 2006, he opened a small shelter and school for such children whose mothers can’t afford to take care of them and whose fathers Read more »

Watch foreigners speak PH languages fluently

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By rappler social media team – Do you know any “Foreignoys?” Long before the popular segment of GMA-7’s Eat Bulaga featured foreigners who speak, eat and live Filipino – “Foreignoys” were already getting thousands of views on YouTube. Language experts say that thanks to globalization, the world loses one Read more »