Articles in the category Stories (96)

The idea was to see the sun set on the bay. It’s a payday, Friday, and traffic, as we know it, would keep us stagnant in the car. The Waze app directed us to cramped niches of Manila that have become unrecognizable.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Life, Manila
Meeting a scientist feels like a novelty to me. When you think about it, there really aren’t that many Filipino scientists compared, say, to the number of Filipinos who are in the arts, business, or service industries. There is no big science thrust in the Philippines given the scarcity of financial resources required for good research and development.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: scientist, stars
When describing someone steeped in the realm of Healing Arts, the word "path" seems to naturally make itself into the conversation. In reality, said path involves not necessarily the focus on where the path leads, but more so a connection with each and every step, and conscious acknowledgement of when the path turns. "Nothing happens by chance."
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: healers, Path
I was perusing the book Land of the Morning: The Philippines and Its People and was immediately attracted to the vintage photo illustrations: The women with long skirts with tapis or colorful overskirts and the men with shirts worn over their trousers. Most often, the men carried on their arms a rooster.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: Cocks, Men
My hometown in the Philippines is Ballesteros, which was named after a local Roman Catholic priest. It is in the province of Cagayan in the Cagayan Valley. Located on the northernmost tip of the island of Luzon, it is a coastal town along the West Philippine Sea.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: Ballesteros, clam, Gakka
"My life’s journey is like anybody else. It is cyclical in nature. I don’t fully comprehend or explain it on a conscious or intellectual level. But I like to keep it this way,” said Lagitan when we connected in January of this year.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: Carver, spirit
In America looks can be deceiving. A majority of Filipino immigrants have college degrees, so naturally a passive observer projects this visual upon the Philippines. According to the Teach for All Network, “Only 42 of 100 Filipino children entering Grade 1 will graduate from high school and (fewer) than 14 will finish a university degree.” Edmundo Edward Litton, Ph.D., would like to change that.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Education, Stories
Tags: Philippines, teaching
The earliest I heard of the word hospice occurred when my first husband was hospitalized in 2004. He had been diagnosed with end-stage renal failure ten years back. We had known then that one day the kidney disease would rear its ugly head and we’d have to deal with the inevitable – the end of his life.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Hospice, View
In 1909, Ilongot warriors murdered part-Fox Indian American anthropologist and Columbia Ph.D. William Jones. He had been on a field expedition into highland territory of the Ilongots of Nueva Vizcaya, ostensibly to study the tribe who had become notorious in the eyes of the U.S. colonial administration as savage headhunters.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: Ilongot, Murder, mystery
The Hanunóo of Mindoro keep time with musical sticks called kalutang as they sing while traveling through the forest. According to them, the chanting keeps the body and soul together during travel. We have Dutch scholar Antoon Postma to thank for this bit of cultural information, a tiny part of the vast archive of knowledge about the Mangyan of Mindoro that he spent a lifetime gathering.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
In 1957, when I was three years old, my mother, siblings Elmer, Oscar, and Vilma, and I moved to my parents’ hometown in Ballesteros, Cagayan, on the northernmost tip of the island of Luzon. My father, an army officer, stayed in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila. Instead of joining him in his regional assignments, the family stayed put in Ballesteros.
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Published on 14/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Ballesteros, Mind