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Category: Lifestyle

Passion Forward With Rocky Gathercole: Fashion Rebel With a Cause

Filipino avant-garde designer Rocky Gathercole has made a name for himself through his uncon-ventional fashion aesthetic. Having dressed the likes of Hollywood femme fatales such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Pery, Sia and Thalia, Gathercole has indeed proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. The designer also has

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More Fun in the Philippines: Northern Luzon Trip

In 23 days, 7 churches, 4 cemeteries, 3 caves and more than 10 islands (excluding restaurants and shopping malls) by plane and privately rented van, we toured Northern Luzon plus Coron.   The Mission What compelled me to go back to the Philippines, after 15 years, was to reunite our father and mother. When my

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No Pain, No Gain

I used to feel self-deprived when I can’t buy things that I really like. Just because I was working too hard and enduring the below-zero-degree weather, I felt I should be entitled to have an indulgence every payday. It was one snowy day in 2011, wintertime at its peak. Though, I believe, I was properly

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From M16 to JOHN 3:16

When Don Quilao got a letter to be a part of the Canadian delegation to Asia in the fall of 2012, he thought it was a spam and decided to set it aside. Two days later, the prime minister’s office called to ask for the documents, to which he confusingly replied: “What documents?” A few

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Fire Mummies and Hanging Coffins

By Adam Karlin The first time I saw a backyard in the high mountains of the province of Benguet, Philippines, I wasn’t shown a pleasant garden, a trampoline, or other assorted typical symbols of an American lawn. I was shown a charnel house— shelves packed with hundreds of skulls and femurs, like I had stumbled

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My First Crush

“Hi, Joi. It’s Tony. Remember me?” Intrigued, I clicked his Facebook account and switched back to our chat: “Yes! We were university classmates in Manila, Philippines in the 80s. How are you?” We exchanged fast facts summarizing the last 30 years. We’re now both married with great spouses and awesome kids, stable jobs, blah blah.

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Late bloomer offers up some floral advice

Late bloomer offers up some floral advice on picking flowers for your big day Imelda Martinez is a late bloomer — a description that fits her just fine especially now that she’s found her love and ultimate passion in flowers. The floral designer and owner of ‘Flowers and Designs by Imelda’ said her journey may

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John Ablaza: Passion for Fashion

First, you find a passion. Then you put into hard work. Those words seem clichéd and repetitive enough, like an overplayed hit song or advertisement on television. But it’s the formula for success along with meeting the right people which Manila-based fashion designer John Ablaza has utilized to reach his status as a trailblazer in

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A Slice of Home

The Philippines has always been a meeting place of the East and the West. Our history and culture have stirred Malay, Spanish, American and Chinese influences for centuries. Our Filipino identities are founded on these cross-cultural encounters, making for fertile soil for Philippine creativity and innovation. Despite all of the migrating and re-rooting in my

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