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 playing football with fellow maximum security inmates at Hong Kong’s Stanley Prison. But this isn’t just the heat and exertion from exercise; something ...

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

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....

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...

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...

In search of halal food in Manila

In search of halal food in Manila

It had been two months since 19-year-old Nurrol Izzah Mala got a taste of badak. She only eats her favorite meal — made from jackfruit, coconut milk, rice, and fish —...


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