She’s an urban legend most of us grew up with, and like clockwork each Halloween, tales of her exploits get recounted, repeated and ultimately feared, as something none of us ever want to experience.
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As a young girl, Nora Aunor was so indigent that she sold water in plastic containers to weary travelers in a train station and collected metal scraps to augment provisions for her family. She eventually went to the big city to seek her luck by singing in contests. A few years later, Nora Aunor was a star, a “superstar” as a matter of fact, the biggest the Philippines had produced.
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If there’s anything our native childhood tales tell us of what our country and people were before the WhiteMan came, the most telling would be its setting in Nature, with invisible creatures like the diwata, duende, kapre, tikbalang and aswang sharing our world.
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Boracay's dimly-lit shoreline is not as 'alive' as it used to be – no beach parties and no loud music
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Boracay now has half the number of hotel rooms available before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island closed
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In predominantly Catholic Philippines, we have all been taught early in life that marriage is sacred and should be blessed in church. The traditional religious thinking is that a civil nuptial with no church wedding is akin to “living in sin.”
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To kick off Filipino American History Month and U.N. /Philippines Indigenous Month, San Francisco’s Asian American Museum held a premiere of Mountain Spirits: Textiles and Folk Arts of Cordillera and Ilokos, the signal documentary of The Hinabi Project's third exhibit on Philippine textile arts.
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The global contest was held by Talenthouse, a prestigious online community of art creators and appreciators, and the Venom Team, led by Venom actor Tom Hardy. The other four winning artists are from the US, Japan, Indonesia, and Ecuador.
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This actually happened to me. It was such a traumatic experience; so much so that for 37 years, I’ve shared this with only a select few. I finally had the courage to talk about it last August 2017 at the Assumption College Alumnae Triennial Reunion in New York where I was one of the guest speakers. I was asked to talk about my life, how I got to where I am today, and who were the “angels or wings” that helped me along the way, and how I managed to stay airborne.
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For many years, I’ve seen incredible baskets from the Philippines — mostly at Cost Plus stores, yard sales, or at Goodwill. As a California basket weaver steeped in native American basket traditions, I wondered about the Filipino communities that produce these baskets and what role the baskets play in their economies and cultures today.
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What is it about the Philippines that makes it different from the rest of the world? Well, for one thing, it is all about their culture. Here are 11 things you should know about Filipino culture that sets them apart from any other nation on the planet.
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The 12th International Silent Film Festival, traditionally held at SM Megamall during the last week of August is “the only silent film festival in the whole of Asia... And the only one of its kind that matches international silent films with very talented Filipino musicians of all kinds."
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