When I was a kid, not many people in the UK knew where the Philippines even was.
There is a sickness on the island; some festering wound somewhere in the heart of Boracay that I’m unable to pinpoint, but can absolutely feel. It’s the same commercialized barrenness, a garish hollowness, that has riddled and raped many other beautiful islands and once-pristine destinations.
Who could have expected that The Elephant House, a cosy Edinburgh café in which one of the world's most magical stories was written, would have any relation to Philippine culture?
LONDON – South of the River Thames, in the heart of New Cross, I’m sitting in a living room with Mark and Mike Corbyn, two Filipino British brothers otherwise known as the culinary duo, "The Adobros."
The bottom line is, no man, woman, or person has any obligation to return affection or feelings. There is no ‘friend zone’. There are only people who don’t know how to take “no” for an answer, and people who believe that a friendship with someone isn’t worth having if there’s no sex involved.
Chua is indeed an isolated case. But it is unfortunate that the very degree that allowed him to move abroad and abuse his access to medical supplies and vulnerable patients was forged in the heart of Manila, at an illegal institution that is widely known across the Philippines for manufacturing falsified qualifications.
Since discovering the natural miracle (repeat, miracle) that is raw organic virgin coconut oil, my life has changed for the better.
“I hope that [my involvement] will inspire other Filipinos to get involved in politics,” said Barker in an interview. “It is important to be a part of the political machinery – the British are open and they embrace us. But we Filipinos need to make the first step and adapt.”
When did the human ego get so entitled to having space and resources to exploit and waste? How much more efficient could the world be if the West especially recognized that we didn’t need all the frills, bells, and whistles on things? (Short answer: because, consumerism.)
According to the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) website, about 200 British companies are now conducting business in the Philippines. These include well-known household name brands including Shell, Unilever, Marks and Spencer, River Island, JCB, Diageo, and Standard Chartered.
From casting white actors in roles originally meant for people of colour, or stereotyping characters based on race, Hollywood has a big problem with whitewashing. Melissa explores the deeper race issues rooted in the film industry, speaking to Mandem on the Wall about their experiences, and why we need to take notice.
"I've often tried explaining to my friends what the Philippines is like, but its culture, its atmosphere, its vitality is difficult to explain in words. There's no spirit like the upbeat, positive bonhomie of the Filipino spirit. It's something you have to experience for yourself."
In what way is it lawful for the Secretary of State’s “belief” to be adequate enough justification for keeping thousands of families, including babies and children, separated?
These four hours of rafting became a fast emotional and spiritual learning curve. Spinning blindly into oblivion, tossed helplessly around underwater without being able to breathe, made me realise the strength of character needed to remain calm and responsive under pressure.