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Tribal tattoos as a connection to our heritage

"Filipinos in the Philippines don't need to define themselves, but for the Filipino diaspora many are looking for a connection back to their heritage," says Elle Festin, co-founder of the Tatak Ng Apat na Alon community, which translates as "Mark of the Four Waves Tribe".

"It's more important for them to define themselves as Filipino in a foreign country."

Read the full article: Reviving the art of Filipino tribal tattoos

Find out more about Tatak Ng Apat na Alon .

New iPhone app for improving Philippine emergency preparedness

London, UK: Another Cup of Coffee Limited, a London-based web development company, aims to improve emergency preparedness in the Philippines with the launch of Emergency Plan for iPhone. The app is a simple tool designed to store an emergency plan for an earthquake, flood, typhoon or similar event. Valuable for families who want to ensure their households are prepared to handle a crisis, it can also be used by employers to issue staff with company emergency procedures.

Existing apps tend to offer alert services geared for crisis management professionals or provide standard guidelines easily found online. In contrast, Emergency Plan for iPhone allows ordinary users to save a plan that’s appropriate for their own family or work environment. Its straightforward interface delivers only the important information without unwanted distractions.

Too white to be Filipino, and too Filipino to be white

Ryan Songalia, a Filipino-American with mixed-roots, moved from New Jersey to Bonifacio Global City where he faces questions about his cultural identify.

"Still, it underlines my quagmire: I’m too white to be Filipino, and too Filipino to be white.

So, if I’m “not a Filipino,” then what is a Filipino? Is it only someone who is a native born to the Philippines?

...The issue of cultural identity was one that I often examined as a child growing up with family members who were of European, Chinese and African-American descent. My father, who was born in Leyte but hadn’t been back until I was already grown up, never spoke much about the Philippines, except when discussing Rolando Navarette, Andy Ganigan and other Filipino boxers he appreciated in his younger years. My mother is fond of saying that I’m not one thing, but a mixture of the many influences I was surrounded by in my melting pot of a family and community."

Take part in a TV Documentary

Knickerbockerglory TV are developing a documentary about people in long distance or international relationships and would love someone from the Filipino community to take part. The programme would explore how people in these types of relationships manage and make them successful.

The programme is in the early stages at the moment, if you are interested please email, with no obligation to appear in the programme at this stage.

A Filipino International Radio

A visitor wanted to tell us about his new music site Take a look: (A Filipino International Radio) has been created with the purpose of “bridging all the international Filipino communities in order for them to have one voice.”

Listeners may ask this question: “What makes different from all the other net radios?”

Creative License

Creative License, winner of the Best Overall Film in the National Film Racing Tour, is a story of a young Filipino immigrant struggling to make it in the big city.

Find out more about the film maker, Paolo Dy, at

The untold story behind the 86 EDSA Revolution

The objective of the director/author/owner of the video is to expose hidden facts about the EDSA Revolution Yellow Propaganda. By simply stating the FACTS, everything becomes astoundingly simple and clear. For 25 years, media has been forcibly feeding people about their mystical notion of People Power, an event that was not participated by more than 80 million Filipinos back in 1986. 25 years after this so called "bloodless" revolution (Ironically, thanks to Marcos), the rich has gotten more wealthy and are poised to own the utilities and infrastructures of the country while the entire populace of the Philippines is mired in POVERTY, MEDIOCRITY and constant SUFFERING.

The Filipina on Top: Deconstructing Maria Clara

Getting to the heart of the Pinay's Madonna-Whore Syndrome. Is the modern Filipina well-informed enough not to fall into bad situations? Or are we unknowingly contributing to our own problems?


New Mini Documentary Discusses
Filipina Sexual Empowerment Issues

Carpool by Jerrold Tarog

Another short film by by Jerrold Tarog.

CARPOOL from Jerrold Tarog on Vimeo.

Jerico Rosales in 'SUBJECT: I LOVE YOU'

Jerico Rosales stars in his first international film (very) loosely based on the Love Bug virus. Also featuring Dante Basco and

Interview with the producers:

Faculty, a short film

A short film about social awareness and education in the Philippines.

Filipino Accent Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

If you're like me and never learned to speak Tagalog, you can fake it by putting on an accent.

BBC4 on Playful Filipino names

On my first day in Manila, I walked down to the local cafe and was served by a smiling young girl who wore a name badge entitled BumBum...

Read the rest at Playful Filipino names hard to get used to

The Philippines' population debate

Aljazeera's 101 East program investigates the controversies of the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines.

Is Jollibee coming to the UK? Read WeAreHQ's exclusive interview with Jollibee

Picture of Jollibee sign board

Source: Alexander Esguerra - WeAreHQ

So before we start let’s share some heritage about the delicious fast-food chain that is Jollibee! In 1975 Tony Tan Caktiong and his family opened a Magnolia Ice Cream parlour in Cubao, sometime in 1978, Caktiong and his brothers and sisters engaged the services of a management consultant, Manuel C. Lumba. Lumba shifted the business focus from ice cream to burgers, after his studies showed that a much larger market was waiting to be served. Lumba became Caktiong’s first business and management mentor.

Ericsson Money Service

Send money home instantly using Ericsson Money

Ericsson Money is a brilliant new money transfer service that lets you send remittances to loved ones in the Philippines with a Globe GCASH or Smart Money account. Phil-UK is pleased to offer visitors a voucher entitling you to one month free transactions in March 2011.

To claim your voucher, please register here.

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Be quick because this offer ends 31st March 2011. Visit the voucher page to take advantage of the chance to try out this new service for free.

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