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 dig through the rubble that was once their homes. Swathes of the southern city were destroyed in five months of house-to-house fighting between troops and jihadists loyal ...

Interviews

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...

Q&A: Philippine TV veteran Boy Abunda says allowing Western beauty standards to define us forever is ‘deadly mistake’

Q&A: Philippine TV veteran Boy Abunda says allowing Western beauty standards to define us forever is ‘deadly mistake’

The conversation around colorism issues blew up recently after netizens criticized the upcoming fantasy series Bagani, for brownfacing mestizo (mixed-race) actors instead of...

‘I gave myself freedom’: Blind online writer aspires to help PWD community

‘I gave myself freedom’: Blind online writer aspires to help PWD community

Angelo Brian Peliño, 23, has been blind for 12 years. He is also afflicted with a hearing impairment. But his condition did not hinder him from fulfilling his dream....

Millenial volunteers brave martial law in Mindanao, bring school treats for kids

Millenial volunteers brave martial law in Mindanao, bring school treats for kids

Despite the crossfire gripping Marawi City and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, no fear had ceased the passion, determination and courage of 17 millennial volunteers...

Centre Stage: Singapore’s Linying and the art of fortunate accidents

Centre Stage: Singapore’s Linying and the art of fortunate accidents

Ahead of her stint at Neon Lights in Singapore this weekend, we caught up with Linying to talk about the hype surrounding her, Singapore's import culture and the French...

Joyen Santos, Manila’s Queen of Rope, ties people up for a living

Joyen Santos, Manila’s Queen of Rope, ties people up for a living

“Some people choose to work with oil paint or ceramic, it just so happens that my art materials are naked women and sexual fantasies.”

Q&A with award-winning writer Sophia Marie Lee

Q&A with award-winning writer Sophia Marie Lee

Her book was published by Scholastic, the same guys behind Harry Potter.

Interview: Rodel Gonzalez, the only Filipino artist authorized to paint for Disney and Star Wars

Interview: Rodel Gonzalez, the only Filipino artist authorized to paint for Disney and Star Wars

He is also the co-founder of Side-A and Second Wind


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