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Articles in the category Society (81)

It had been a time-consuming process – the law required a number of legal documents, not to mention the number of offices that I was required to visit in different corners of Metro Manila. From medical tests and certification of documents in Manila, to application for various clearances in Makati, the effort was all worth it, however.
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Published by 03/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Society

When countrymen meet on foreign soil the rendezvous is more than a mere handshake. Passionate emotions of patriotism, pride, and honour fire the occasion. The union is always intense and heady.
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Published by 03/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Society

An Amerasian originally meant a person born in Asia to a US military father and an Asian mother. Several countries have significant populations of Amerasians, like Japan (where they are also known as hāfus), Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and, most notably, the Philippines, the last having the largest US air and naval bases outside the US mainland.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Society

The United States military is set to return to the Philippines 22 years after being evicted. The imminent arrival of US forces has renewed focus on the thousands of "Amerasians" fathered by US military personnel. Aya Lowe went in search of this forgotten generation. Mary-Jane Stephens lives in a gritty one-room house with her three children and three grandchildren. Two sprawling mattresses pushed together make up the sleeping area, while one stove, sofa and TV make up the rest of the household.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Society

SAN FRANCISCO — Foreign-looking people are everywhere in two cities in the Philippines. Caucasians, Europeans, blacks, name it. But it is not New York or Paris, but the streets of Angeles, Pampanga and Olongapo City, Olongapo. They have American names like Cox, Hamilton, Young, Norman, Hopkins, Thompson, etc. Yet, they are not Americans; not yet. They are the legacy of the US military bases. More than 20 years after the bases closed, Angeles City is still thriving as a red light district.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Society

The term “Amerasians”, coined by Nobel Prize-winning author and activist Pearl S. Buck, refers to the children of Asian women and American soldiers stationed across Asia. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces).
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Society

Different whitening products displayed at a local grocery store.

Quezon City – Many Asian countries have been obsessed with white skin as such is considered to be synonymous to beauty and prosperity. In the Philippines, many Filipinos would spare a hefty chunk of their wages to splurge on whitening products, such as lotions, soaps, creams, or even oral capsules. Four out of ten women in the Philippines use skin whitening brands, along with other Asian countries like South Korea, Malaysia, ...
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Published by 25/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Lifestyle, Society, Stories

Manila – As the country celebrated Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, many Chinese–Filipinos or tsinoys observed and anticipated the Lantern Festival that marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog, the eleventh sign in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. For centuries, the Chinese community has been an important backbone of the Philippines.
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Published by 25/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Communities, Culture, Society

On a global scale, stereotypes abound. Everyone is guilty of associating at least a few characteristics to certain groups of people. But it’s important to be careful about these associations, understanding that while they may be commonplace, they are definitely not all-encompassing. Filipinos have heard their fair share of stereotypes, with some getting quite old and tiresome. Read on so you don’t catch yourself guilty of presuming the following.
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Published by 06/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Society, Travel

Filipinos are notorious for having extreme levels of “pinoy pride”. This is the term used to describe how proud they are of anything remotely Filipino. Anything made in the Philippines or done by a Filipino, especially when recognized abroad, sets off a barrage of national pride. In a country as stunning and as naturally endowed as the Philippines, with such a richness of islands, there really is much to be proud of.
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Published by 06/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Society, Travel

The Philippines has one of the longest holiday seasons in the world, which starts in the month of September and ends during the 1st week of January, shortly after the Feast of the Three Kings. When it comes to welcoming the New Year, it’s not limited to traditional celebrations. Check out the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Philippines.
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Published by 05/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Lifestyle, Society

When it comes to buying products, it’s always nice to go local. What’s even better, however, is doing so not just for the sake of supporting homegrown goods but also because they’re genuinely great products to begin with. From foodstuff to skin care, here’s a list of Filipino brands locals adore.
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Published by 05/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Business, Society