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I See You: From One Divine Soul to Another

Sept. 17, 2014 | 2

Sawa bona. (I see you.)  

Sikhona. (I am here.)

Also translated as: Until you see me I do not exist. When you see me, you bring me into existence. ~ Traditional Greeting from the Samburu tribe of North Africa

We are all interconnected.  The need for validation comes from the feeling of wanting to belong somewhere.  Each of us wants to feel acknowledged, important, valued and loved.  But even as we crave to be recognized, [...]Read More

Golfer Annyka Cayabyab: Young Star on the Rise

Sept. 12, 2014 |

Pampanga-native golf champion Annyka Chanel Pineda-Cayabyab has been hugging the news following her successes in international tournaments in the United States. She is just 10 years old.

Cayabyab started in the sport professionally three years earlier and she amazes with her foray into major cups. She has collected several trophies and medals in a short period of time and has made her home country and family proud.

Last  month, she won the championship in Veritas, in California. [...]Read More

Blog Count: (5) Meet Czech the Flip

Sept. 10, 2014 |

The last time we checked Czech the Flip was visiting Czech Republic’s North Bohemia with her family. A few months ago, she was camping with family and friends at Vltava. Our featured blogger is Grace, a Filipina in her late 30s. She describes her blog as “musings of a Flipino mom about life in the Czech Republic.”

Our Pinay abroad, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology degree in the University of the Philippines and worked [...]Read More

Spoonful of Flavors, First Ever Intercollegiate Cookfest, at Sta Lucia Mall

Sept. 6, 2014 | was one of the proud sponsors of Spoonful of Flavors 2014, an intercollegiate cookfest held by Sta. Lucia Department Store. Read More

7 Sparkling Tips to a Long Distance Relationship

Sept. 5, 2014 |

I am in a long distance relationship. Yes, I know it’s difficult. Yes, I know a startling number of long distance relationships don’t last. But that does not stop my partner and me from trying. We have been in a long distance relationship and our love has not dwindled at all. Sure, it may get lonely at times, but there are a lot of different ways we ensure that we are always there to listen, support, and be [...]Read More

Feeling Down? Essayist Says Rewrite Your Story

Sept. 3, 2014 |

I’ve been thinking a lot about stories. The stories that we tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves. I remember one of the stories I used to tell myself was that I was damaged, unable to be repaired.  Because I believed this story for so many years, I never ever shone my light.  My true self remained hidden because I had bought into a lie told to me repeatedly by others.

Part of [...]Read More

Maid in Manila or Maid in America?

August 27, 2014 |

Imagine a typical Pinay housewife’s day. She wakes up early to prepare breakfast and gets the kids ready for school before her usual chores: supervise the cleaning, go to the market, and plan the meal for the night. Another day accomplished with a lot of help: a kasambahay, a driver, and an over doting lola who insists on doing everything for everyone.

Now, move the typical homemaker abroad and the picture changes drastically. She doesn’t have a [...]Read More

Blog Count: (4) Meet the Healthy Pinay

August 22, 2014 | 1

At 22, Mirabai Sebastian, the Healthy Pinay, knows what she wants. She wants to be healthy, definitely, and only way she wants to do it is the vegan way.

“I’m 100% vegan and highly advocate this lifestyle as I believe in animal rights, equality and living cruelty-free. Finding this path was the best thing that ever happened to me so I just want to share it with anyone willing to listen,” she says.

Her other passion is [...]Read More

New Pageant Bets on Deaf Mute Beauty Queen

August 20, 2014 | 2

Three beauty pageants were in the news recently. Two of them—Queen of the Philippines and Miss Global Philippines—are new and defy conventions because they open their doors to deaf mute and single mother beauty queen aspirants.

The new pageants are an addition to the oldest running mainstream pageant in the country. Mutya ng Pilipinas will again send a delegation to Miss Asia Pacific International where the Philippines has had four winners in the past.

“This pageant gives a chance to deaf [...]Read More

I Found Myself on My Way to Joining a Sorority

August 15, 2014 | 2

“May good come out of this tragedy.” This is a line from a text message sent to the media by Antonio Cesar Servando, the uncle of one of my young kababayans, who died two months ago because all he wanted was to belong to a fraternity, like I once did. These words serve as an inspiration for the story I’m about to tell.

Before I went to college, my parents forbade me to join sororities but it was [...]Read More

She’s in Love With a Frenchman and France

August 13, 2014 |

Lately, the New York Times is on a roll with articles that are extremely critical of the French culture. There was Roger Cohen’s recent article titled “France Decapitated” that criticized the French economy and another by Mark Bittman called “French Food Goes Down” that details the demise of French cuisine.

For as long as I can remember, the American (and perhaps, the British) press has had a bizarre love-hate relationship with the French. There is no dearth [...]Read More

Blog Count: (3) Meet Chachic’s Book Nook

August 8, 2014 |

She is a bookworm, our young Pinay blogger. Originally from Manila, she moved to Singapore in July 2012.

“I feel like my life in Singapore is not very exciting. I moved here for a job opportunity that isn’t related to the book industry and in my spare time, I like to read and blog,” said our Pinay. You know she loves books if she goes to a bookstore on her birthday.

What’s with your name? Do people [...]Read More

The Making of Writer Marissa Jarmin Hartwig

August 6, 2014 |

As an educator, critic, and publisher, I am always on the lookout for fresh writing talent. I want to encourage writers with something significant to share with the rest of humanity.

When I first read a sample of the writing of Marissa Jarmin Hartwig, I immediately realized that here was an undiscovered gem of a thinker and writer. Having first met her a long time ago when she was still a student and I was a teacher [...]Read More

7 Sparkling Ways to Look Beautiful

August 1, 2014 |

We want to help Pinays sparkle and shine in every way possible. Our mission is to help you be beautiful inside and out. So, we asked Sari Campos, an accomplished makeup artist based in Manila to help us navigate the world of beauty, and she indulged us with her expertise and shared the fabulous images of photographer Kurt Alvarez.

At 26, her beauty brushes are brisk at enhancing the looks of celebrities, models and talents for magazine editorials, [...]Read More