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Joined at birth, Filipino kids now worlds apart

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

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)

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

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 »

Is ‘Intsik’ a racial slur? Chinese-Filipino prof in US says it’s not

By Vincent Cabreza/Inquirer Northern Luzon – It is not odd that “Intsik” (Chinese) is still part of the Filipino’s vocabulary because the presence of Chinese in the Philippines and their influence on Filipino culture remain strong. President Aquino is a Filipino of Chinese descent, as his late mother, former Read more »

A family tree: Where are Andres Bonifacio’s descendants?

By Buena Bernal/rappler.com – Andres Bonifacio, regarded as the father of the Philippine Revolution, lost his infant-son in 1896 – the same year when the first battle of the Kataastaasan Kagalanggalang na Katipunan (KKK) ng mga Anak ng Bayan or the Katipunan was fought. His son’s death left the Katipunan Read more »