Chexit: The West Philippine Sea Is Ours but Now What?

China calls it a “farce.” The Philippine government filed the case before an international arbitral tribunal back in January 2013, seeking to quash the validity of China’s historic claims — an imaginary nine-dash line that impedes on our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and effectively declares most of our seas as theirs. Their reason? Because they…

Weaving Dreams in Sibaltan, El Nido

Sibaltan had a reputation as a sleepy village by the sea in the eastern part of El Nido, Palawan. But now, it is waking up to increased economic activity.  Among those contributing to the growth is a bold band of women weavers who have not only scaled up their craft but also their dreams. They are…

The Ghosts of Siquijor

Siquijor has the distinction of being the mystical island of the Philippines, a name the province may have earned through numerous tales of supernatural superstitions that originated here. I don’t know if it helped that Siquijor rhymes with horror. But this province has always been at the forefront of conversations when it comes to sorcerers,…

My (Almost) 10 Months Pregnancy by Lia Manalac del Castillo

It’s been more than 39 weeks and I’m still very pregnant. My good friend and fellow Mom Janeca, couldn’t be more right when she said that pregnancy is a test of patience and letting things happen as they are. Indeed, among other things, this whole journey of becoming a first time mom has been about…