Dark Corners of the Web: How foreign pedophiles are preying on Filipino children

On a sweltering summer day in May, a portly woman sat handcuffed in front of a cop dressed in a white hazmat suit. The two of them were inside a shanty in Taguig, in a poor Philippine community that stands in stark contrast to the city’s gleaming skyscrapers and malls. As the television loudly blared ...

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Helping Hand: Philippine Charities Struggle in the Time of COVID-19

Helping Hand: Philippine Charities Struggle in the Time of COVID-19

When Metro Manila went on lockdown, life became more difficult for low-income Filipinos. Thousands were stranded in the city and even more lost their jobs in one quick swoop....

Pandemic Parenting: How COVID-19 is making childcare challenging for these Filipinos

Pandemic Parenting: How COVID-19 is making childcare challenging for these Filipinos

Ryan (not his real name) got his swab test in early April, at the height of Manila’s sticky summer and two weeks after the capital went into lockdown for the coronavirus. The...

Nightingales in Peril: Filipino nurses put their lives on the line in the UK

Nightingales in Peril: Filipino nurses put their lives on the line in the UK

Patrick looked at the dialysis patients and adjusted his face mask as he stamped out a feeling of dread rising within him. It was in the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis, and...

Renouncing Rebonding: Curly-haired Filipinas are fighting a battle for (self-)acceptance

Renouncing Rebonding: Curly-haired Filipinas are fighting a battle for (self-)acceptance

Steam rises up from a woman’s head as a hairstylist flat-irons her hair, one section of head at a time.  The client is having what’s known as a hair rebond, a process in...

‘Comfort’ or con? Despite money, education, well-off Filipinos turning to questionable treatments

‘Comfort’ or con? Despite money, education, well-off Filipinos turning to questionable treatments

In 2008, retired finance professional Pablito Bermundo found himself staring up at the surgical lighting hanging over the operating table, feeling both annoyed and amused that he...

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

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...

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...


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