Articles in the category Stories (96)

Joe and Imi live in a house less than two meters long and two meters wide. Half their home is taken up by their bed. Walls are woven bamboo mats and there is a thatched palm leaf roof. Cooking is done outside over a fire and there are no real bathroom facilities. They do have electricity which powers their rusty ceiling fan and lone light bulb.
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Published on 05/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Communities, Documentary, Stories
Tags: Boracay, family, Island, Life
Docking at the wharfs of Manila reminds me of my first arrival in the city many years ago: the first of the many arrivals I have had in the Philippine capital. A sunny climate greets me. Its sunlight is intense yet reflecting so vibrantly upon the waters of Manila Bay. There have been depressing critics about the city considering its smoggy and chaotic traffic, its crimes, not to mention the voluminous homes (if such can be called homes) of poor squatters along North Harbor coast...
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Published on 05/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: Different, Light, Manila
Swoosh...swoosh! Swishing and swarming around us is an endless wave of sardines, moving as one to avoid circling predators like tuna and mackerel. I’m with underwater photographer Danny Ocampo and we’re diving in Moalboal, known for its ‘sardine run’ – where millions of sardines aggregate just meters from shore.
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Published on 03/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Fauna and flora, Stories
Tags: ecosystems, marine, Moalboal, sardines
Year after year, travel magazines call Boracay Island the best beach destination in the world. Found off the coast of Caticlan, Aklan in the Visayas, the island became famous for its fine, powdery white sand. The island’s tourism industry is worth billions of pesos, and this value continues to grow with each year.
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Published on 02/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Communities, Culture, Stories
Tags: Ati, Boracay, tribe
He was living in the Philippine rainforest with a group of hunter-gatherers called the Agta. On the walk to the outhouse behind his hut, he stumbled across a reticulated python curled up on the trail. “The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I shouted for help,” he recalls. At his cries, six to seven Agta jumped up from the surrounding bushes… and started laughing. Their new American neighbour had fallen for the old previously-killed-python-on-the-pa
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Published on 02/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories, Documentary
Tags: Agta, snakes, tribe
Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, is perhaps one of the most controversial female public figures of modern times. Imelda, now 88, had power and wealth as the wife of late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled for two decades (1965-1986). She is admired for her glamour, yet despised for her extravagance. She is sometimes compared to Marie Antoinette. Here are 11 bizarre things you might not know about her.
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Published on 04/02/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: Bizarre, First Lady, Imelda, Marcos
In many cultures, a girl’s “big day” is recognized as her wedding day. There’s a big dress and flowers, and speeches and tears. It is planned for months and she is made to feel like a princess. But in the Philippines, many girls don’t have to wait that long. Eighteenth birthdays are a grand celebration, called ‘the debut’.
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Published on 04/02/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Lifestyle, People, Stories
Tags: Birthday, celebration, Fairytale
I begin to write this piece from the dining room of my childhood home in Palawan. Save from older-looking furniture and dustier walls, not much has changed since I moved to bigger cities years ago for studies and work. The same can’t quite be said about Palawan. Once slow, provincial, and seemingly ages behind the rest of the world, suddenly today, it’s the “World’s Best Island”.
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Published on 04/02/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: Childhood, home, Island
Sergeant Armando Pante is no stranger to explosives. The retired Marine Corps Sergeant survived the notorious battle for Camp Abubakar at the height of the Moro Insurgency. In all, Pante spent 21 years in the Philippine Marines, before returning to his native province, Llocos Norte in Luzon Island. “I was ready to live the rest of my days in peace…but fighting is in my blood,” he says. Which is why the formidable Sergeant Pante has turned his attention to a different kind of battle – to protect.
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Published on 25/05/2017 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Environment, Stories
Tags: explosives, fishing, illegal, seascape
At a spot that looks no different at the surface than the rest of the swirling blue-black that surrounds the bright yellow Filipino banca, two stoutly built crewmembers heave a 50-pound sandbag into the water and watch as nearly 300 feet of rope whiz past. When the line stops, they tie it off to two empty 20-gallon plastic drums and toss those overboard as well. These makeshift buoys are meant to mark the entry point for a deep-water dive team’s blue-water descent into a small section of what ju
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Published on 22/05/2017 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Stories
Tags: biodiversity, explorers, twilight, zone