Articles in the category Stories (96)

A year ago, in the waning days of the Benigno Aquino III administration and before the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines got under way, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) announced that it was proceeding with an international auction of Imelda Marcos’ confiscated jewelry.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Imelda, Jewels
I was born in prison, March 4, 1980. My mother was detained in Iloilo for subversion during the latter part of her pregnancy. Both my parents were activists and wanted leaders of the movement struggling to tear down the Marcos regime.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: Prison
Born of Chinese extraction, Chang and Eng became the toast of the capitals of the 19th century world. But they were also savvy enough to stockpile their earnings despite being used by their promoters. So successful had the twins become by 1839 that they ended up buying a 110-acre farm in Traphill, North Carolina, with slaves to boot to work the farm. Of course, this was in the day before H-1, H-2, guest worker or refugee visas. It was all so simple then.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: Godino, Life, Times, Twins
When I first met Leah Tejada, she described the storm in starkly personal terms: the strong winds tore through her family's village in northern Leyte, ripping the roof off their home and sending them to huddle in a nearby shelter. Soon, part of her family – along with millions of others – fled their battered homes for Manila.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: climate, Refugees
Mayon Volcano is the gorgeous lady you save for last. That would be the case if it stood in your backyard, easy to ignore because it’d be just there. In an archipelago made up of thousands of islands big and small, you’d rather explore the waters and the curves of the shores, and make the volcano wait.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Lover, Volcano
Why Cebu? Friends asked when I told them I was finally leaving Hongkong after almost 40 years not just because of advancing decrepitude, claustrophobia over cramped living, and mental and financial meltdowns. I also cited nostalgia for the old place where my siblings and I grew up in a large house on a hill overlooking the cement plant my father managed, and saying "pastilan!" and "buang-buang!"
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Lifestyle, Stories
Tags: Cebu, Hometown
“God has big plans for them, but the road is very long and hard. Kind of the same as the way I am taking right now. In my career at least the road to the top is very hard and you have to suffer painful losses. It sometimes does not go as you had hoped it would go,” he told Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, the editor-in-chief of New In Chess, a leading chess magazine published in the Netherlands and read by players of all levels in 116 countries.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: Championship, Chess, World
One day we found ourselves at Prospero’s Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Northern Virginia that had an unusual section: an entire shelf on the US colonial period in the Philippines. Because we did not find any title particularly interesting, we asked the manager whether they had anything else on the Philippines. By coincidence, he said, a book just came in that morning—published in 1916, written by a Filipino, and autographed.
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Published on 13/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: American, First Lady, story, Woman
Just like the typical loving Filipino aunt, Earla Anne was eagerly looking forward to visiting with her nieces and nephews and hand them their pamasko (Christmas gift). So, last Christmas day, she went to a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) automated teller machine (ATM) in Quezon City to withdraw some peso bills —P2,400 (about $50) in total.
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Published on 12/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Case, curious, Disappearing, Faces, Peso Bills
It was in April 1998. My father was Ambassador to Japan. My half sister, Lenny, had just died in late February that year, and my father was having a difficult time coping with her death. He asked me and another sister, Bella, to visit him in Tokyo. Despite going through an emotional turmoil, he would not relegate his duties as Ambassador to other staff members. It was a distraction that he accepted willingly.
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Published on 12/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Filipinas, Japan, Saved, Town
When I was about to go to Manila two weeks ago, most of my friends expressed their concern and tried to talk me out of it. Apparently they have heard a lot of nasty rumours about the Philippines, being a lesser known holiday destination compared to Thailand or Malaysia. Different friends came with different rumours. “There will be a coup d’etat soon to overthrow President Macapagal-Arroyo.
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Published on 06/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Philippines, Rumours