When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (32)

Hokkien, on the tongues of Tsinoys, has grown and evolved, taking on a life of its own. Sometimes words simply fail us. With some creativity, Tsinoys have strung together words to form colorful phrases that simply hit the bull’s eye. Here are some expressions unique to Hokkien as favored by Tsinoys. Idioms, expressions Hokkien pronunciation …

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A passion for cinema

Philbert Dy is Manila lifestyle website Clickthecity’s resident film critic, and one of the country’s vocal voices when it comes to cinema. He’s judged competitions, curated festivals, and even engaged in online arguments with celebrities who think he should have given their films a higher rating. “A film critic writes about movies. He or she …

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Paving the road: PH-China diplomatic relations untold stories, reminiscences

This year (2015), the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations. The joint communiqué was signed June 9, 1975 by Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and China Premier Zhou Enlai.The day is now celebrated as Philippines-China Friendship Day. It underscores the centuries of friendship between the two countries, begun …

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When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (31)

Hokkien, on the tongues of Tsinoys, has grown and evolved, taking on a life of its own. Sometimes words simply fail us. With some creativity, Tsinoys have strung together words to form colorful phrases that simply hit the bull’s eye. Here are some expressions unique to Hokkien as favored by Tsinoys. Idioms, expressions Hokkien pronunciation …

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Beyond conflict: The future of PH-China relations

There is no doubt that the South China Sea conflict is a major factor that defines the current state and future direction of Philippines-China relations. But Philippines-China relations are wide-ranging and far-reaching. Beyond the South China Sea conflict are many other areas where the Philippines and China can cooperate rather than compete. These areas were …

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Vacation blues

For the first time since Achi’s birth in 2007, the hubby and I are going on a long-overdue vacation. Since I am presenting a paper in the Asia Pacific Children’s Museums Conference on Oct. 19-21 in Hawaii, we decided to hit the beach as well. Who’s having the blues? Shobe is now experiencing a severe …

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Chito Sta. Romana: Ambassador-designate to China

Veteran journalist and China expert Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana is President Duterte’s choice as ambassador to China. Sta. Romana was president of the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies, a lecturer on Chinese politics at the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center and a trustee of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement in Los Baños, Laguna. …

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Americas’ first Chinatown: The Parian of Manila

In 1580, the Mexicans expelled the Chinese to outside the walls – Extramuros – at a spot along the Pasig River, “within sight and cannon shot of Intramuros” and where they would localize the great silk market called Parian. Thus, Parian became the name of Manila’s Chinatown. As Manila was an extension of Mexico in …

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