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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

Pinay’s Real Life Drama on the High Seas

July 30, 2014 | 1

In 2003, Rebecca Catedrilla, in her 40s, left the Philippine island of Mindanao to work abroad—not for greener pastures but to hide herself from the shame she brought to her family.

“I am not proud of what I did but I am proud of the lessons I learned,” she said.

Back then, she decided to leave her parents and work abroad after they got mad at her. They found out that she was having an affair [...]Read More

So What If I’m Queer? I Am Proud of It

July 23, 2014 | 1

I first encountered the identity of “queer” as a first year in college. I attended a meeting for one of the Filipino organizations on campus, and one of the coordinators introduced his program as a “space for queer Filipinos.” I was surprised to hear that term. In high school, the term “queer” was used to insult or tease those who were or looked gay. I learned it was derogatory—offensive—and didn’t know it could be used to identify [...]Read More

Blog Count: (2) Meet Pinay Jubu in Korea

July 23, 2014 |

Have you wondered what it’s like to live in Korea? Twenty-nine years old Jeremy Gascon, or Jem as she prefers to be called, is a  Jubu(주부). That means housewife or homemaker. She moved to Korea in 2011 from her Philippine home province of Laguna.

We were drawn by her blog, Pinay Jubu in Korea, as we were curious to know how she has managed to adjust living in a foreign country. Our conversation touched on why she blogs, [...]Read More

Beatriz Founder Shows Path to Success

July 22, 2014 | 1

Carissa Cruz-Evangelista was a public servant before she launched a successful business in Manila. As a fashion and jewelry designer, she works closely with local Philippine craftsmen, designers and artists to make beautiful accessories and bags. Her Beatriz label is classic, elegant, edgy and worn by fashion aficionados.

Her other business, Bella Trading and Services, is a local affiliate of FF International (FFI) Manufacturing Corp., an export garment factory that manufactures products for Natori, Victoria’s Secret and other global [...]Read More

Pinay Opens Up on Raising Multicultural Son

July 9, 2014 |

Cultural Identity has always fascinated me, particularly because I am a Filipina by birth, though raised by a white American family. As much as I have become Americanized, I have always strived to have a sense of cultural pride.

I was born in the Philippines and adopted at the age of five by my white American family. Even at this young age, it was obvious to me that not only was I a [...]Read More

Blog Count: (1) Meet Dutched Pinay Travels

July 2, 2014 | 1

At we are always fascinated by bloggers and what they have to say. We scour the world to look for interesting Pinays and Pinay-loving bloggers to feature. We want to be inspired and serve as the venue to inspire others.

This week starts our new blog series we call Blog Count. Our first in a series—it will come out twice a month—is a chat with Dutched Pinay Travels. We don’t really know her real name. Somehow [...]Read More

Movie Showcases Modern Pinay Traits

June 25, 2014 |

Empowering is how to describe the image of the modern Filipina after watching the most recent romance film, “Maybe This Time,” that opened in Philippine cinemas last May 28. The movie is a collaboration of Star Cinema and Viva Films and stars Coco Martin, Ruffa Gutierrez and Sarah Geronimo.  The two leading female characters are notable because they epitomize personalities of the Pinay today.

In the movie, girl meets boy one summer in the province. Romance ensues. Girl’s mother [...]Read More

Having a Bad Day? Watch What You Tweet

June 25, 2014 |

It could be anybody’s typical day.

Like someone woke up 30 minutes late for a very important appointment or somebody woke up with a stiff neck just before a big cheering competition.

Status: “Bad trip! This is definitely not my day and it sucks!”

It could be like anybody tripping coffee on your shirt or a high-heeled shoe stepping on your dainty little feet.

Status: “You Dumb! Where’s your brain???”

It’s like you’re [...]Read More

5 Pinay Stellar Novels You Need to Read

June 18, 2014 |

The Filipino novels Noli Me Tangere, Urbana at Feliza, America is in the Heart and Rolling the R’s  have been regarded as examples of the best Filipino/American literature. These works contain stories of political struggle, of kinship, of migration, and of Filipino/American community formation. However, they were all written by men. Although these stories moved and inspired me, I often wondered where all the Filipina writers were. Where are their stories? Their voices? Where are the novels written by [...]Read More

Life Lessons I Learned From Mountain Climbing

June 18, 2014 |

I first thought of mountain climbing as just a sport but veteran mountain climber Louwel Dejesica who introduced me to it has made me think otherwise. After my experience climbing mountains I see mountains now as wonderful playgrounds. Their silence gives me back my focus in life.

“It is a form of relaxation that helps you find the center of your life,” said Dejesica. “Whenever I am out with nature, it’s always refreshing. Nature has this calming [...]Read More