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Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!

January 9, a non-working holiday in Manila, is the feast day of the Black Nazarene. And this year, 2023, will be the third time...

Project Coffee

When God created the world in seven days, probably, there was already coffee on the third day. To fast forward human existence, coffee was...

The Cultural Center of the Philippines undergoes its first major rehabilitation

‘To be at par with theaters worldwide’ It has been 53 years since the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) first opened its doors to...

Becoming Mayor Arman Dimaguila

Text and photos by Bernard Testa His mother stood uncertain and forlorn before the gathered crowd. Many of their relatives and friends were there to...

Love reigns eternal in the age of COVID-19

Photo by Bernard Testa Donning face masks, lovers pose under a roar of clouds in Barangay Paenan, Boso-Boso in Antipolo City. With their mobile phones,...

This month in the Philippines Graphic

December is the month of Christmas when happiness and hope spill from the heart to fill a world made weary by conflict and contagion....

Seed giving, seed swapping & heirloom seeds

Text and photos by Bernard Testa Percy Duclayan is a long-time welder at the Balili Stainless Steel and Allied Works in Ligtasan, Antipolo, Rizal. But...

Her night market

As evening moves to embrace the land, Aling Linda arranges the snack food, bananas, cucumber, and assorted fruits and vegetables borne from the mountains...

Julian Miguel Bondoc Alquinto: Poetry, Kid Andromeda, and saving the world

His mother remembers with fondness where she got the name for her only son. “It’s a favorite name of mine. Sa lahat ng tula ko...

When literature is a rap

Text and photos by Bernard Testa “Ma’ kung saan ka man ngayon, ok lang ako, huwag kang mag-alala, mag-aaral ako. Huwag kang malulungkot dahil hindi ako sumasama sa...