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Filipino victories in basketball and math

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Gilas Pilipinas just wrapped up an incredible run at the Asian championship. They deserve all the praise they’ve received, despite not winning the gold.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Why Filipino Americans say Pilipino, not Filipino

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Members of the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor cast of the San Francisco State University student group's Pilipino Cultural Night show in 1992. PHOTO/Elrik Jundis

There’s an interesting side note to the ‘Filipinas’ vs ‘Pilipinas’ controversy. A similar debate, this time over whether it should be ‘Filipino’ or ‘Pilipino,’ also erupted decades ago — in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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‘Little Manila is in the Heart’

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Dawn Mabalon was a UCLA college student when she came across Carlos Bulosan’s ‘America is in the Heart.’

Posted: July 12th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Scars from Ampatuan, a writer’s insurmountable courage

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Maria Alexandra Nichole, Ruschiel Faye Marie and Xhandi Glaze are the daughters of Rosell Morales, a staff member of the News Focus, who was among the 32 journalists killed in the Ampatuan Massacre. NUJP PHOTO

I remember looking forward to two events in 1999: the birth of my first child and meeting one of Southeast Asia’s greatest writers.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Racism, memory and my Chinese lolo

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Sy Sing Douy, aka Luis Pimentel

This Father’s Day, I’m honoring my grandfather. I never met him. He died two years before I was born.

Posted: June 15th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Salamin: A Filipino in America holds up a mirror

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Salamin editor Third Paran with Ruben Nepales who is featured in the magazine's first issue. PHOTO/RICK GAVINO

In his wonderful essay collection, “Pinoy in America,’ Lorenzo Paran III pondered the typical dilemma of the expatriate Filipino.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Before Dan Brown’s ‘gates of hell,’ the lustful Filipino rooster

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Metro Manila Development Authority Chief Francis Tolentino is being ridiculed for writing a letter to Dan Brown, criticizing the bestselling author’s depiction of Manila in his novel, “Inferno,” as the “gates of hell.”

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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To those who say Filipinos are stupid

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Perhaps the stupidest reaction to the last Philippine elections came from people who concluded that, based on the outcome, Filipinos are really stupid.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Of mothers and nurses

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Isabel Pimentel

The importance of mothers in the world became clear to me one afternoon a few years ago when my son made a choice during a brief visit to the hospital.   I expected he would pick me. Instead, he picked his mother.   He just had a minor procedure and the doctor said the surgery [...]

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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In Alex Padilla’s peace quest, a battle with extremes

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Something Alex Padilla told me years ago makes it clear that he has the toughest job in government – but also the clearest sense of why that job is important.   “Two related truths I believe in on this matter are these,” he told me in a January 2011 email after he was named head [...]

Posted: May 5th, 2013 in Blogs | Read More »

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