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Hope and Courage in Marawi City, Philippines

Hope and Courage in Marawi City, Philippines

By Alin Ferrer The conflict in Marawi City has entered its fourth week as of now.  On May 22, terrorist groups attacked the city and set it ablaze, an incident allegedly inspired by ISIS.  But let there be no mistake about this: the Maute group is a lawless group of bandits who are pretending to […]

President Rodrigo Duterte and the War on Drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte and the War on Drugs

President Duterte won in his presidency on being tough-talking and promising that he will solve the national problems on illegal drugs, crime, and corruption. He is the first president to come from Mindanao. The first president elected directly to President, from being a city mayor. Most of the times, the path to presidency goes through […]

“There are lots of gates to reach the truth”

“There are lots of gates to reach the truth”

Interview: Korean monk Moomun, Gateless gate To seek balance and to have contentment; to ponder the meaning of life, and to give solace to the world. To be a channel for peace, and a medium of understanding, in the middle of noises in this world of uncertainty. Each of us strive to achieve that perfect […]

“LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION!”

“LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION!”

I’m not specifically a showbiz writer, but there is no doubt in my mind that show business has a big influence me. I love Filipino films, and I drag my husband (even against his will) every chance I get to see a movie once in a while. My Sunday afternoon is never complete if I […]

Leyte rising- from the shoulders of women

Leyte rising- from the shoulders of women

The impact of super-typhoon Haiyan that hit central Philippines last November 2013 was tremendous. More than 10,000 lives were lost, and half a million Filipinos lost their homes, livelihoods and farms. More than 1.1 million students were affected, as their schools were washed out or ravaged by the winds and waves. Farmers lost almost 80 […]

More fun in the Philippines

More fun in the Philippines

Enjoy Boracay, El Nido, Maskara, Moriones, and more Filipinos are indeed a blessed people, and one of the reasons is their geography and climate being a tropical country. The seasons are generally divided into three: the hot season from March to May, the rainy season that runs from June to November and the “cold” season […]

Haiyan, the agony you left and heroes you brought!

Haiyan, the agony you left and heroes you brought!

I have been to Tacloban City many times before, and have also visited other places in the provinces of Leyte and Samar. These are in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. These places are exceptionally beautiful, especially Tacloban City, the major trading and commercial hub in the region. This part of the Philippines is […]

Musings for Miss World 2013

Musings for Miss World 2013

Miss World 2013, Miss Philippines! The announcement echoed like a giant wave towards me, while I gazed transfixed in front of the TV. It was the Miss World Pageant beamed live from Bali, Indonesia last September 28, 2013. Screaming my heart out, I felt like I was the one sashaying down the stage. I felt […]

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