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Father and son

Portraits: Kevin Cayuca Shot on location at the MacArthur Suite, Manila Hotel Many years ago, in the early ’70s, a young, idealistic lawyer from Cagayan de Oro decided he would oppose the dictatorial government of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.  He would be arrested and thrown in jail for three months. He would have a second stint in jail a few years after, and spent his young life peacefully fighting against an authoritarian regime. When he became mayor of his city in 1980, despite a pitiful war chest, Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. continued to work quietly to mobilize locals, from fishermen and farmers, and the other most ignored sectors of society, so that he could create his own party founded on the tenets of freedom, solidarity, justice, equity, social responsibility, and enlightened nationalism. In 1982, PDP (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino) was born. It would produce, among many of the nation’s most notable …

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Senate marks centennial today

As the Senate of the Philippines celebrates its centennial today, the Philippine Panorama marks the milestone with a special Senate issue featuring Senators Nene and Koko Pimentel, who hold the distinction of being the only father and son to both hold the position of Senate president. As the Senate pivots into the next century, the Pimentels also turn full circle, with Koko Pimentel pushing for Federalism during his term, of which the elder Pimentel was the earliest proponent. Elsewhere in the issue, a nostalgic trip down memory lane as we scoured Manila Bulletin’s impressive archive for historical photos to commemorate the anniversary; a homage to the late and great Miriam Defensor Santiago; and a personally penned essay from Senator Loren Legarda. The Philippine Panorama comes free with your copy of Manila Bulletin …

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5 Things to check out at the Uniqlo SEAsia flagship store

At 2,700 square meters spread out over three floors, the newly opened Orchard Road store is the largest Uniqlo store in Southeast Asia. With a fortified presence in the region that includes about 30 stores each in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, the retail brand is set to dominate the fastest rising region in the world. Tadashi Yanai, Japan's richest man and Fast Retailing's owner, says that Southeast Asia is a growth engine, and 30 percent of the world's business is derived from the 10 ASEAN countries. "What we're pushing is a concept called the democracy of clothing," says Yanai, who flew in from Japan to make an appearance at the opening of the global flagship store in Singapore. "The LifeWear concept is made for all. Cashmere used to cost hundreds of dollars, …

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What moms-to-be need to know about the Zika virus

Nothing is more alarming for moms-to-be than the threat of exposing herself and her unborn child to illnesses that may affect her pregnancy and the health of her baby. This week, the Department of Health reported two more additional cases in Iloilo City, where a 45-year-old woman was first reported to have been the first case of local transmission. As of press time, the total number of cases reported in the Philippines has climbed to eight. Despite the low numbers, Zika is worrying not least because many of the infected may not exhibit symptoms. The last two patients did not experience anything more than mild rashes and did not require hospitalization. A new research saying Zika can be transmitted sexually also complicates the issue for many women. The studies reveal that …

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Introducing, the Philippines

Photos by Cheryl Tiu and Nicky Lozano It was an eight-course dinner designed to cater to the homesick Filipino expat as much as it was to convert the uninitiated to our no-frills cuisine: Pork chicharon for starters; chicken wings inasal, beef tapa, ginataang alimasag, sisig, inihaw na pusit, pinakbet for the mains, and served with flourish and brought all the way from the Philippines, the star of the show, Dedet de la Fuente’s Pepita Lechon with Truffle Rice. Cheryl Tiu, who just arrived in Manila last Friday after the triumphant two-day dinner event held at 42nd Davis Street in Hong Kong's Kennedy Town, says she couldn’t be happier with the reception. “It was outstanding,” she beams. “I have received nothing but praises, so I’m over the moon. If my guests and chefs …

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Motel chain’s King is now a Queen

Victoria Court chain of hotels manager Ian Angelo King has transitioned from being a “King” into a Queen as she publicly came out on social media as a transgender who now goes by the name of Angelina Mead King. Messages of love, support, and well wishes poured from the business and motoring community, as well as from ordinary netizens, for King, who, on Sunday, publicly came out as transgender on social media site Instagram. The son of the late Archimedes King, the philanthropist who founded the Victoria Court chain of hotels, and Ling Ling King, Ian is well known as the manager of the chain and his personal automotive business, Car Porn Racing. Although Ian, who has been transitioning for quite a while (and taking his HRT shots since seven months ago), it …

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What’s your fondest memory of your Dad?

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What aspect of freedom do you value most?

Responsibility. As I am free to act, I am responsible for my actions. As I am free to speak, I am responsible for my words. As I am free to think, I am responsible for my thoughts. Responsibility is not a burden, but a gift that comes with freedom. To be free is to be responsible. The alternative is unthinkable. —Reina Reyes, astrophysicist As an author, I value freedom of speech. I use it every day, whether in my writings and books, or even in social media. The freedom to say things responsibly, without fear of being killed. Having said that, all our freedoms are important, though we should all exercise these responsibly. —Dennis Posadas, author The best freedom is a gift that is earned or achieved. Only those who develop the …

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Top 5 things you can do with your fitbit

With Fitbit’s official launch in the Philippines coming this June, the world’s top fitness tracker will sure make converts out of Filipino health enthusiasts, who’ve previously been stuck with their iPhone apps and pedometers. If you’ve never had one and are wondering if you need a wearable device to track your resting heart rate or sleeping pattern (but why, you say), here are a few fun facts that can help you decide whether you need it one in your life.   1. TRACK YOUR FOOD INTAKE Apart from tracking your steps, checking your sleep pattern, and even knowing how much water you take in, this device also helps you log how much food you intake. Scan barcodes, get calorie suggestions based on your logged on activity, and type in meal shortcuts on your …

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Should you get vaccinated?

By KRIZETTE CHU On Monday last week, the Department of Health (DOH) officially kicked off its public, school-based dengue immunization program, the first in the world, at the Parang Elementary School in Marikina, where over 600 grade four students lined up to receive the first of three doses of Dengvaxia, the much-touted breakthrough dengue vaccine by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur. This year, the government aims to inoculate one million school children from 6,000 preselected schools belonging to Regions 3, 4, and Metro Manila, where the highest incidences of dengue occur, in an ambitious P3.5 billion project. At the press conference, Health Secretary Janette Garin called the program’s launch “a historic milestone.” She said, “We are the first country to introduce, adopt, and implement the first-ever dengue vaccine through (the) public health system …

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