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 dark-skinned Catholic icon whose face is racked with pain and suffering, has made his home. Within its grimy walls, people have come to seek his help, to ...

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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 —...

Life on the drip: Tapping into a country’s color obsession

Life on the drip: Tapping into a country’s color obsession

Sitting in a mall in southern Metro Manila, budding YouTube star Raf Juane — he now has more than 36,000 subscribers — holds up a phone showing a picture of his...

Filipino migrant mothers in Hong Kong sing for their distant children

Filipino migrant mothers in Hong Kong sing for their distant children

Each Sunday, a choir of Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong gathers to sing songs that remind them of the children they left back home. Known as the “Unsung...

Is Martial Law successful or is it making a bigger mess in Mindanao?

Is Martial Law successful or is it making a bigger mess in Mindanao?

A month after President Rodrigo Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, Mindanao is a mess with no end in sight to its...

How viral photo changed the lives of a ‘selfless father’ and his family

How viral photo changed the lives of a ‘selfless father’ and his family

The story of 38-year-old Ryan Arebuabo, the “selfless father” in a photo that has gone viral, has touched millions of readers from different parts of the world. Yet,...

The Age of Volun-tourism: Millennials ‘Make A Difference’ in Romblon

The Age of Volun-tourism: Millennials ‘Make A Difference’ in Romblon

Driven by their passion and desire to make their time worthwhile this summer, twenty volunteers  from across the country who were mostly millennials recently gathered for a...


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