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She Can’t Cook But She Reviews Restaurants

Dec. 10, 2014 |

“Why don’t you write a column” my friend, said Maggie Silvestre, executive editor of  Cook Magazine. She wanted a column about starter restaurants in the BF area, a gated village in Paranaque, in the southern part of Metro Manila. Thus my column, Southern Bell, was born.

Maggie knows I can’t cook, and I can identify seven vegetables from sight, max. But she also knows I can eat, write, edit, research and learn. So when editor-in-chief Dino Datu […]Read More

Pinay Cook Book: Raspberry Blizzard Jewel Cookies

Dec. 8, 2014 |

I like to bake up large batches of assorted Christmas cookies. I share them at Christmas cookie swaps or give these as a gifts to my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. When I was young, my mom and I would bake christmas cookies, some of them had elaborate sugar and frosting decor, and then we’d give them away to all my cousins.

Baking is a tradition I took on when I was a little girl. It’s something my mom taught me—from […]Read More

Learn Surfing and Reflect on the Waves of Life

Dec. 5, 2014 |

I have started surfing this year. Every weekend, if my schedule permits, I rush out of town to join a surfing camp in Barangay Dahican, a surfing village in Mati City, in the province of Davao Oriental. To get there, I travel for five hours to catch the waves, smell the salty air and sleep in a tent under the starry night.

My weekends surfing have been quite interesting. Since then, I have met new friends who taught […]Read More

Who Says I’m Short? I’m Taller Than You Think

Dec. 3, 2014 | 1

I grew up watching and admiring beauty queens. When I was a kid, whenever I see candidates of Miss Universe walking on a stage, I couldn’t stop myself from saying, “I’ll be a beauty queen too.”

But that never happened and would never happen because I’m short.

I do agree with other people’s observation that I inherited a lot from my mom’s genes—and my height is part of my “inheritance.” My father is 5’6,” while my […]Read More

When You Google Pinay, What Do You See?

Nov. 28, 2014 |

That’s right! When you google Pinay, these labels pop up:  sexy hot Pinays, yummy hot Pinays, nice Pinay striptease, Pinay scandals, sensual Pinays, and so on. In’s site stats, the ugliness just keeps coming with Pinay porn, Pinay xx, bisexual Pinays, hot Pinays, naughty American, Pinay actress sex drugs and you porn Pinay.

Unfortunately, it is nothing new. Since the 90s, Filipinas battled the stereotype. publisher Perla Daly has been in the forefront of changing […]Read More

It’s Vampire, Romance Movie for Anne Curtis

Nov. 26, 2014 |

Aussie Pinay actress and TV variety show host Anne Curtis, 29, is all grown up, and making waves in the international front. Since she started in show business in 1997, she has taken on different roles, and with that a big following. She is the most followed Filipina celebrity on Twitter.

In her latest salvo, Curtis portrays a vampire in the Indie movie “Blood Ransom.” This is her first foray into an international project. This month, the movie […]Read More

Blog Count: (9) Meet Shai Coggins

Nov. 21, 2014 |

You can see as soon as you flip through her blog pages that Shai Coggins, a 40-year old Filipina-Australian, is imaginative and creative. She likes painting in oils, dabbling in acrylic and mixed media, pen/ink and watercolors. She actually likes a lot of things.

This Pinay, married to an English-Aussie man, moved to Adelaide early in 2003. They are parents to two Eurasian-Aussie kids, a 10- year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.

“I run my own digital […]Read More

Filipina Explores Identity in Theatre Production

Nov. 17, 2014 |

I sit encircled by my students reading an excerpt of the most recent incarnation of “The Journey of a Brown Girl (JoBG).”  I posed the question to them: “what is the voice that resonates through this piece?”

Their responses filled the space. One student said, “It is the voice of a teacher. I felt I was being educated. So many things were repeated in different ways, to make sure I knew, that I would remember,” another expressed. […]Read More

Haiyan Child Victims Find Comfort in Garden

Nov. 14, 2014 |

In the summer of 2014, I was given the opportunity to experience a life-altering event. Thanks to a grant from the American Montessori Society’s (AMS) Peace Committee and the help of family, friends, and a local government, I was fortunate to serve the child victims of super typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

Haiyan packed winds of over 315kph killing over 6,300 people, with almost 30,000 more injured or missing. Disturbing images of […]Read More

7 Sparkling Lessons From An Unconventional Mom

Nov. 12, 2014 |

My mother is a beautiful, complex creature like no other. She wasn’t like most moms, not prone to exhibiting sappy affections or wearing aprons. When we were newborns, she rarely carried us in her arms, afraid that we would accidentally slip off her fingers. The carrying was left to the nursemaids, but the nurturing she did herself in the most unconventional but still loving way. And she carried us through life this way. Even after she’s passed, she […]Read More

Life Changes When TV Producer Meets Little Girl

Nov. 7, 2014 | 2

Ten years ago, I was about to quit my dream job. Everybody thought I was a failure. I thought I was a failure.

Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to write. I always wanted to be on top of everything I did. I always dreamt of making a difference. When I landed a job as a researcher in one of the Philippines’ leading networks, I thought it was the start of all my […]Read More

Blog Count: (8) Meet Sampaguita Girl

Nov. 3, 2014 |

We love working with passionate people. Sampaguita Girl or M.T. Vallarta or Maria is one of them. At 22, she is not afraid to take on big topics; her stage is the Internet; and her community are all of us Pinays who sometimes forget to celebrate who we are and where we came from.

M.T. Vallarta, who is taking her Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside, started writing for last May. She has since delved […]Read More

Maganda, kaya mo yan.

Nov. 2, 2014 | 1

Many times life can be hard. We have to think of things that are hard to handle. We have to do things that are hard to do. Say things that are hard to say.

Maganda, kaya mo yan!

Beautiful one, you can do those hard things.

So many things about life can be hard. And as your friend here at, I wanted to lift your spirit up and encourage you to do those hard things in life and remind you that even when the […]Read More

Nurse Breastfeeds Babies Not Her Own

Oct. 29, 2014 | 1

Filipina nurse Maria Belen Moron, 27, usually breastfeeds two babies a day or at least 20 in a month at South Cotabato Provincial Hospital, in the Philippines.

However, Moron is not paid as a “wet nurse” but she is doing it voluntarily as a mother who understands the struggles of first time moms who are not producing enough milk for their newborn babies. Because for Moron she is more than willing to share these golden drops inside her swollen […]Read More