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US and Philippines: Friends, Partners, and Allies

By US AMBASSADOR Sung Kim/gmanetwork.com – MEvery July 4, the United States and the Philippines celebrate Philippine-American Friendship Day and the United States celebrates our Independence Day. This gives me an opportunity to reflect on the US-Philippine bilateral relationship as well as my time here. Over the past Read more »

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

By Aurora Almendral/nytimes.com – Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared for festivities honoring its patron saint, and as some people gathered in prayer, Read more »

The Box That Brings Christmas to the Philippines

By Jason Reblando/citylab.com – If you are Filipino, or have been to a Filipino household, you are probably familiar with one of the most recognizable symbols of the Filipino diaspora: the balikbayan box. I grew up with these giant cardboard boxes. About the size of a microfridge, a box would Read more »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims 23 kilometers for peace in Mindanao

By Leo Udtohan/inquirer.net – Environmental lawyer and triathlete Ingemar Macarine, dubbed as the “Pinoy Aquaman,” has responded to the siege in Marawi City in Mindanao in the way he knows best – swimming for peace. Macarine, 41, has been swimming to create awareness of the need to keep the seas Read more »

Former Pinoy dishwasher now owner of pizzeria in Italy

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By Mye Mulingtapang/ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau – In 1999, Marvin Aguda saw a bleak future in the Philippines and went to Italy to search for a greener pasture. Just like other overseas Filipino workers, he had to work different jobs, from being a cleaner, caregiver and waiter. In Read more »

Women’s servitude blights Philippine society

By Ninotchka Rosca/bbc.com – The final article by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Alex Tizon was controversial when it was published shortly after his death – because it revealed that his family had kept a Filipina slave in the US. Some readers were appalled, while others leapt to the author’s defence. But Read more »

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