Lupang hinirang

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digestvol. 29 | no. 14 | December 20, 2016-January 16, 2017 A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. – Nelson Mandela There are numerous things that Meah and I want our children to learn. Foremost among them is love …

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Reclaiming the gaze

In January, Celine Medina and I planned a shoot around the female gaze. Celine is a photographer who I met on Twitter. She had placed an open call for collaborations, so I responded. We then followed each other on Twitter and expressed our mutual desire to work together. We finally met on Feb. 17 to …

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PH sorely unprepared for COVID-19 crisis

On March 12, with bated breath, people waited for an expected announcement of a lockdown for Metro Manila. It came shortly after dinnertime, leaving more questions and anxieties than assurances. Since Jan. 30, when news of the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in the Philippines broke, Filipinos have been waiting for President Duterte to take matters …

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Tastes of Yangzhou

This may not be the best time to talk about visiting Yangzhou (揚州) in Jiangsu province in Eastern China, but you can bring a taste of Yangzhou right into your home. And you don’t even need to wear a face mask or take your temperature. You may not have gone to Yangzhou but I’m sure you’ve …

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