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Investigating the monster in ‘The Aswang Phenomenon’

By Carmela G. Lapeña, GMA News – It scares children into coming home before dark, and gives even the toughest-looking grown-up the shivers. It can be blamed for anything and everything that seems wrong – from strange neighbors to mysterious murders. It’s the personification of all things evil. Read more »

The Philippines shows the world how to celebrate Christmas

By Sarah Brown, CNN – Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning. The southeast Asian island nation has the world’s longest festive Read more »

Senate wants Lisa Macuja nominated as National Artist

By Kimberly Jane Tan – The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing the sense of the chamber to nominate prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde as a National Artist. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 910 after Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging the chamber to Read more »

The art and life of Angono’s higantes

By Nikka Corsino – There was pride in Leonardo Tajan’s voice when he recounted the time his father charged him to look after his most important creations: the Pamilya ng Higante (family of giants), a three-piece set of giant papier-mâché figures representing a traditional Filipino family, also arguably a big Read more »

Two Pinoy students, other Asians sign pact to preserve cultural traditions

By MARK MERUEÑAS – Two Filipino college students joined other Southeast Asian students in signing a pact to help preserve cultural traditions in an age of modernity. The signing of the pact on October 12 was part of the annual event “Sakai-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Week.” Those Read more »

Philippines birth control: Filipinos want it, priests don’t

In the Philippines, access to contraceptives is limited for the most part to those with the means to pay. The Catholic Church has fought a “reproductive health bill” in the legislature that would change that. By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times MANILA — Shortly after sunrise, a woman Read more »