Stuck in traffic: How Manila’s roads are making love elusive for Filipinos

Angela*, a 39-year-old advertising executive, is ready for love. She pretty much knows what she’s looking for in a man. “Someone who’s at least five inches taller than me. Someone who smells nice, someone who smells like he just got out of the shower,” she laughingly tells Coconuts Manila. There’s a not-so-little problem though: Manila’s ...

It’s a Small World: Living sustainably in the Philippines’ sachet economy

It’s a Small World: Living sustainably in the Philippines’ sachet economy

Walking along Roxas Boulevard’s Baywalk, one is presented with two sides of Manila: the city that is and the city that could have been. On a recent Saturday morning, we got...

A Bitter Pill: As abortion laws tumble in other Catholic countries, Filipinas still rely on black market meds

A Bitter Pill: As abortion laws tumble in other Catholic countries, Filipinas still rely on black market meds

Sunlight peeks through the dome of Quiapo Church, an unassuming place of worship that belies its importance in the lives of Catholic Filipinos. Here, the Black Nazarene, a...

Building Buzz: How nostalgia, Pinoy pride, and sweet spaghetti made Jollibee an industry giant

Building Buzz: How nostalgia, Pinoy pride, and sweet spaghetti made Jollibee an industry giant

It’s not the kind of thing you see every day in Italy — hundreds of people queuing in a line that stretched around the block, patiently waiting for a taste of...

OPINION: A kiss from President Rodrigo Duterte is not just a kiss

OPINION: A kiss from President Rodrigo Duterte is not just a kiss

Duterte’s latest shenanigans — in which he kissed a married woman on the lips — is simply the latest in a string of incidents that have made Filipino feminists...

Mind the gap: In the Philippines, language isn’t about words, it’s about class

Mind the gap: In the Philippines, language isn’t about words, it’s about class

The Learning Library is different from other tutorial centers in Manila. This isn’t immediately obvious upon entering its branch in Quezon City, an intimate space that includes...

Boracay by the numbers: 6 months, 30,000 jobs, 1 very uncertain future

Boracay by the numbers: 6 months, 30,000 jobs, 1 very uncertain future

They talked about closing Boracay for months. On Wednesday, the talk became reality. President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, told reporters that the president had...

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

We all need to stop using the terms ‘maid’ and ‘helper’ | Opinion

Like the word "servant" once did, the terms helper and maid serve to perpetuate a mindset where domestic workers are seen as a lesser class of worker, one with fewer rights and...

Painful homecoming in PH’s battle-torn Marawi

Painful homecoming in PH’s battle-torn Marawi

[Updated] After fleeing for their lives nearly a year ago, some residents of the battle-scarred Philippine city of Marawi were allowed back Sunday for the first time — to...

Q&A: Rappler reporter Pia Ranada talks about the day Duterte banned her from the Palace

Q&A: Rappler reporter Pia Ranada talks about the day Duterte banned her from the Palace

It’s a rare and less-than-ideal situation for journalists when they become the story, but Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, one of the best-known reporters covering the...


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