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Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - There has been a lot of buzz online about the National Museum of Natural History, especially when photos of its interiors circulated online prior to the opening date on May 18.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - For people who are shifting to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, it makes sense to extend the practice beyond personal care items, cutlery, and food choices and into the home.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - What do a Spanish Colonial bahay na bato, a massive Art Deco "boathouse," and an Italianate mansion have in common? Not much when taken at face value, yet combined they tell part of the story of Negros Occidental's rich, almost mythic past.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - I've always looked at my dogs as these conductors of happiness, like time spent with them is an escape from the real world. When I used to live at home with my parents, I'd take my dogs into my room to decompress after a bad day.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - Two huge Labrador Retrievers rest on the floor, opening up for a belly rub from their handlers; their reward after a long day of work. The dogs, Robbin and Arya, and their humans, married couple Mikal and Vene, are finishing up their assessment.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - When a House committee approved the "National Writing System Act", which seeks to declare Baybayin as the country's national writing system and aims to put the script to use in street signs, public facilities, government halls, publications, and even food labels, many linguists, historians, and even average Filipinos got upset, to say the least.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - The moment they arrived in the Philippines, Transport Network Companies (TNCs) like Grab and Uber were embraced by Manileños as the antithesis to their tiresome and vexing daily commutes.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - Our family stands in a circle around a table at my sister-in-law's home. There's a baby doll on the table propped up on all fours. Not knowing what to expect, we all whip out our phones to capture whatever is supposed to go down.
As the stigma surrounding mental illness continues to persist, it remains difficult and frustrating for those who suffer to find the help and treatment that they need. But for others, taking medication is a step towards the right direction, a recognition of importance of treating mental illness as a significant health issue.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - For years now there has been a general consensus regarding Filipinos' attitudes towards the LGBTQ+: tolerant, but not really accepting.
Author's note: A few terms that need definition: "Sex" is biological, and is characterized by the body we are born in. "Gender" is social, and is characterized by cultural norms, or what we deem to be masculine or feminine traits. "Gender identity" is a person's sense of self as male, female, both, or neither.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - "'What about that powerful Charice Pempengco voice?' I'm aware that people think about this even if they don't say it to my face," Jake Zyrus writes in his memoir, "I am Jake," where he recounts every detail of his transition, from the excruciating recovery from top surgery to the changes his hormone replacement therapy will make to the very thing that shot the artist formerly known as Charice Pempengco to superstardom.
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) - In the latter half of 2017, a New York Times exposé ignited a movement that gave sexual assault survivors around the world the courage to speak up, not just about their experiences, but against the shame, the stigma, and the culture that keeps women silent.
On one of the worst days of Metro Manila traffic, a friend of mine Tweeted something that really stuck with me. She said, "Don't forget: You aren't just stuck in traffic, you ARE traffic." For days, I couldn't rest easy knowing that every time I drove my car to work I was contributing to the traffic.
For the past few years, mountain climbing has become one of the most popular hobbies among young Filipinos. This comes as no surprise, as the country is host to countless trails, some of which are just a few hours away from Metro Manila.
It's 4:45 pm on a Friday and you're sweating with anticipation. You've (thankfully) finished up all your work for the week. You can almost hear every on the clock overhead. As the clock strikes 5:00 it's as if everyone at work has just risen from the dead.
For OLX Philippines’ 10th anniversary, the company sought out writers to craft a coffee table book chronicling their 10-year journey to the top of the online buy-and-sell game. I had the opportunity to work with the team and co-write the book. Below are some of the pages I contributed.