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What You Should Know About Dating a Filipina

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Once, when my husband had revealed to his Vietnamese barber that he’s married to a Filipina, the excited barber exclaimed, “You married Asian, now you sit back and relax.” My husband almost fell off his chair. It was the furthest from the truth. When he married me he had these (more…)Read More

Filipina Book Writers: What is Your Child Reading?

What is your child reading? Three Filipina book writers says it’s time to engage children with fairy tales and adventures in the Philippine setting. Instead of foreign characters, why not local characters who can inspire children to learn about Filipino values. Why shouldn’t the setting be in our home country? Why (more…)Read More

I Am Proud to Speak Tagalog; It’s a Gift

I am standing in a classroom next to my mother. The wall is an assemblage of red, yellow, and blue bulletin boards, plastered with papers and pictures I could not readily decipher. A young blonde and willowy woman is speaking to my mother. I could only guess what they must (more…)Read More

Oh! The Pain to Be a Raving Filipina Beauty

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It’s not like we want to be perfect. Maybe just a little. A little taller, a little fairer, a little more filled out in the right places but a little thinner. A taller nose and straighter hair would be nice too. Unfortunately, not all of us are built that way. (more…)Read More

A Filipina Firewalks. Part 2 of 2

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[continued from A Filipina Firewalks, Part 1] Evening, December 20, 2014: The three times I attended Heather Ashes TOCI firewalk events, she began with saying: “Come to the fire without expectations of yourself. If you’ve come thinking you’re going to walk the fire—put that away. If you’ve come thinking you’re (more…)Read More

A Filipina Firewalks. Part 1 of 2

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I’ve firewalked three times. I’ll tell you how I did it and why. I relate my experience of the two most recent ones in reverse chronology: Photo courtesy of: TOCI Austin, Heather Ash. January 2, 2014: It’s morning, I wake up and start walking around. I notice nothing.  I do (more…)Read More

Make a Vision Board to Start Your Year

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This 2016 I’m bringing vision board work and playshops to Manila and other cities around the Philippine islands. The first one is on February 27, 2016 in Manila. Be on the look out for others events at Facebook and at EventsBrite. I don’t believe in new year resolutions. But I do believe in hope and in (more…)Read More

When You Google Pinay, What Do You See?

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 Pinay.com’s site stats, the ugliness just keeps coming with Pinay porn, Pinay xx, bisexual Pinays, hot Pinays, naughty American Pinay.com, Pinay actress sex drugs (more…)Read More

Filipina Explores Identity in Theatre Production

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 (more…)Read More

On Stage Ate Reg Acts and Looks Like Regine

Known as a tribute artist to Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, 32-year old transgender stand-up comedian Ate Reg (Marvin Cleofas in real life) is rising to fame because of her uncanny likeness to the Pinay diva. She has become such a great impersonator that even Regine’s husband, singer Ogie Alcasid, at times (more…)Read More

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