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Some enchanted Island

Images by Klara Fernandez Tarsiers and Chocolate Hills—as much as I don’t want to admit it, these two are the only things that come to mind every time I hear Bohol. I’ve always imagined it as a province surrounded by lush mountains and trees, with golden farm fields everywhere you look. But I was wrong. In my three days stay in the top tourist destination, I found out that Bohol is a glorious gem calling out to the world to come see its attractions and also its hidden beauty. An hour and 20 minutes from Manila via plane, Bohol is a province in Central Visayas just on the right side of Cebu. The 10th largest island in the Philippines, it is home to not just the tarsier and the Chocolate hills, but …

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Puttin’ on the Ritz

Images by Ali Vicoy Classic beautiful silk dresses, bow ties, sequins, glittering gloves, tassels and fringes, music from The Jazz Era, The Charleston and tap dancing, and tons of laughter—it was indeed a dazzling night at the “Roaring 1920’s-Gatsby Style” Manila Bulletin Thanksgiving Party at The Manila Hotel. Set in the roaring ’20s but with a touch of 21st-century lights-and-sound technology, the evening sure matched the pomp and pageantry of the lavish parties of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Manila Hotel’s Tent City returned to the Jazz Age with dancers tap-tap-tapping in their Maryjanes, singers like Arthur Manuntag breaking into the likes of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and Louis Armstrong’s “West End Blues,” and games that brought out the highroller in every guest. At …

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The universal promise of tomorrow

Once there was a little orphan girl named Annie, and all she ever wanted was to have her parents back with her and know what it was like to have a complete family. But instead, she was stuck with Miss Hannigan and the other orphans at an orphanage. One day, she had a chance to get out and had the opportunity to finally meet a parent. Tough, adorable, and sometimes a bit cheeky, Annie stole the hearts of everybody, across generations, who saw her and listened to her sing “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” and more. From its 1982 film adaptation directed by John Huston, to the 1999 version directed by Rob Marshall, to the 2014 revival directed by Will Gluck, Annie’s cheerfulness that has been played …

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Warning: Lady driver

“Babae kasi ‘yung driver,”—a common phrase among men drivers who still think that they are superior to women, that women can’t drive because they’re women, a discriminating and stereotyping phrase that has to change. Contrary to popular belief, women are not at all bad drivers. Men and women can be good drivers if they want to. The bad drivers are those who don’t have proper driving habits and are ignorant of the rules. These stereotypes are better left ignored. A study conducted last year by Privilege Insurance declares that women drivers are better after scoring significantly higher than men in various categories on driving safety and speed. Papers and researches provided by many other insurance providers say the same thing, which is the reason behind the fact that women pay a lot less for car insurance. …

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Delightful frights

It was like watching a horror movie, not as scary The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, or Drag Me to Hell, but enough to make you scream and run. I have never set foot inside a haunted house but I like watching horror films and have a good scare every now and then, especially on Halloween. So when I learned that Halloween at Hong Kong Ocean Park would include entering four haunted houses, I admit I freaked out a little bit inside. But after a day’s worth of screams and spine-tingling experience, we just laughed it all off, realizing none of it was that scary after all. This year, there will be 10 all-new unique experiences at eight haunted attractions and 10 shows that offer guests more immersive, more interactive experiences inside the park. There will be Scare Zones and terrifying Secret Rooms, plus an app that allows you to catch …

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Dream wedding

Images by John Jerome Ganzon Video by Julius Lacaba and Samuel Abad As if a luxurious wedding reception was taking place inside the SM Mall of Asia, Wedding Essentials magazine, the ultimate guide for the wedding Pinay bride published by Manila Bulletin, exhibited “Dream Themes,” a road show that was a one-stop place for ideas and inspirations for every couple. The event features different tablescapes from four of the most sought-after wedding stylists namely Gideon Hermosa, Teddy Manuel, Joyce Aguilar, and Michael Ruiz. “The road show is the first of the four road shows we’re going to have. The next ones will be at SM Megamall, SM Makati, and SM Aura. We decided to do this for the bride to take a closer look at how we set up the reception and tablescapes. The …

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Parenting with technology

It's going to be nine months of mood swings, cravings, stress, and big changes on your body. Pregnancy, no matter how joyful the fact that you're carrying another life inside you, is no easy journey, and moms need all the help they can get, not just from their husband and relatives, but from other mothers as well. A safer birth is what every mom desires, and organizations from both the government and private sectors work actively together to build a dedicated community for this, for moms to have a pregnancy with minimal to no complication "First-time parents, most especially, need to have access to or communicate with third parties that can provide them with correct information, which will lessen their anxiety and improve their disposition about pregnancy," says Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag. According to the DOH, there are at least …

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A bag of learning

Inside a typical student’s bag are notebooks, pencils, books, and papers, which they would carry on their backs to school using a car, a bus, a jeepney, or a tricycle—but in some places that most of us may not even be aware of, a student’s bag consists of just pencil and paper, and a change of shoes and clothes, because they have to ride a boat, traverse a river, and walk to get to school. “There is a place in Sarangani that you can only reach by boat for five hours, then traverse a long river for another five hours and walk for five hours again to reach the community where a small school is located. You give them one book there and they are already happy,” says Margarita Ballesteros, DepEd External Partnerships Service director. In school, there are …

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The origami office work wherever in style

The Japanese art of paper folding called origami is commonly seen as decorations on boxes, packages, parties, stationeries, and envelopes, but a design house just elevated the art form into something functional and fun. Posh Design Lab’s Optimis collection is just that, featuring bended sheet metals, cardboard organizers, and other organizing tools for a clutter-free environment: Imagine paper trees separating the files on your desk, instead of folders. Imagine a foldable desk, one you can reposition and bring wherever you are. “Posh Design Lab explores the way paper moves while also taking cues from origami techniques. We discovered that by folding flat sheet material into an extensive number of patterns, we can create light core structures for the office,” says Jack Wang, head of Design and Development at Posh Design Lab of …

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