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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

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 | 2

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