Battle Lines: Gov’t, critics close ranks over return of mandatory ROTC in Philippines

It’s been more than 20 years since it happened, but memories of the traumatizing afternoon in Sampaloc, Manila, remain fresh in Angelo De Alban’s mind. Clad in starched military fatigues on a sweltering Sunday in 1999, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) student ran laps around the campus park with classmates as part of his ...

That sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing ‘slow-motion disaster’

That sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing ‘slow-motion disaster’

When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim. The main culprit is catastrophic...

When You’re Smiling: In age of Duterte, politicians play it for laughs ahead of election

When You’re Smiling: In age of Duterte, politicians play it for laughs ahead of election

It wasn’t much of a joke. More of a quip. But it had the desired effect, as it usually does when Rodrigo Duterte cracks wise amid the adoring throngs at his campaign...

Planet Plastic: The undying plastic problem on Manila’s Baseco Beach (Video)

Planet Plastic: The undying plastic problem on Manila’s Baseco Beach (Video)

It was a perfect day for somersaults at the beach. Three teenagers took turns showing off their acrobatic skills, each impressively sticking their landings after taking running...

In the Mood for Blood: Filipino TV mistresses and the women who love to hate them

In the Mood for Blood: Filipino TV mistresses and the women who love to hate them

Irene Curtis’s roommates jumped to their feet and rushed to her side when they heard the blood-curdling scream. As they burst into her room, however, they found no...

On the Inside Looking Out: A Filipino’s experience doing life in HK’s maximum security prison

On the Inside Looking Out: A Filipino’s experience doing life in HK’s maximum security prison

Mario de los Reyes is gasping for air. It’s just after midday on a hot afternoon in late May and the sun is baking the concrete yard where the 64-year-old Filipino has been...

Best of 2018: 10 in-depth features by Coconuts Manila

Best of 2018: 10 in-depth features by Coconuts Manila

2018 was a great year for Coconuts original content — right, COCO+ subscribers? Here at Coconuts Manila, we published 10 features that let readers sink their teeth into...

Eat, Pray, Shop: How mall culture moved to the center of Philippine life

Eat, Pray, Shop: How mall culture moved to the center of Philippine life

It’s the second Saturday of December, just two weeks before Christmas, and shoppers are already in a long line outside Quezon City’s Ali Mall, impatiently waiting for...

For Beauty and Country: Gay Filipino men in the world of pageants

For Beauty and Country: Gay Filipino men in the world of pageants

A running joke among pageant fanatics is that what the World Cup or NBA Finals are to straight men, the Miss Universe contest is to the gay Pinoy man. Gay men play a crucial role...

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

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....


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