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Like every other country, the Philippines is subject to a myriad of stereotypes. From its post-colonial image as an uncivilized nation, to its highly sought pristine beaches, and its image as a poverty-stricken country, this country has a mixed reputation that has often preceded its people.

These stereotypes have been…


Philippine surfing is at once a haven for virgin beaches and a sensational hotspot for wannabes and experts from around the world. Sure, there’s Waikiki, San Diego, or the Gold Coast — but being a large tropical archipelago has its perks, particularly in possessing a treasure trove of scattered surf…


To be a tourist in the Philippines is marketed as an exciting experience, where one is constantly surrounded by beach parties and town fiestas amid its 7,107 islands — so much so that the Department of Tourism’s tagline is known as “It’s More Fun In The Philippines”. …


How do Filipinos celebrate their country’s independence? Can one witness massive festivities in red, white, yellow, and blue — just like how America celebrates the 4th of July? Or are celebrations increasingly becoming more low-key, offering numerous opportunities for patriotic fervor? …


Is it possible for creativity to empower beyond the individual? For Cambio & Co., it’s already being done, as they bridge sustainable Filipino fashion to a wider international market.

We’ve all heard about Philippine design making a name for itself all over the world, from the beautiful furniture pieces of…


Come to the Philippines for a while and you’ll notice that we’ve got 2 distinct seasons — dry (from late March to Mid-June, and December to February) and rainy (the rest of the year). …


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Filipinos are rarely seen in Hollywood. Growing up (as a Pinoy living in the Philippines), I found it particularly interesting to see someone with a familiar-sounding surname put on the international spotlight.

Watching U.S. shows on cable, my family and I would exclaim “They said ‘the Philippines!’” or “Pinoy, o!”…


The Philippines has plenty of problems — well-documented at that. Yet in the midst of the poverty, politics, and calamities, Filipinos seem to always see the silver lining.

One great example of this would be the country’s handling of Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land — which…


What does a country’s craftsmanship signify? The first thing that comes to mind is its longstanding traditions, as the result of an artistic heritage handed down through centuries. In the Philippines, these certainly hold true — with the country being a known exporter of everything from mats, baskets, and ethnic…


How is Filipino cuisine right now? It’s an interesting question one could think about — what with various food favorites like fast-food chain Jollibee, lechon and adobo being put on the spotlight thanks to hosts and celebrity chefs such as Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain.

For instance, Zimmern once predicted…

Rence Garcia

Rence is a copywriter by day, an aspiring novelist by night, and a RuPaul’s Drag Race fan in between.

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