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08/01/2021

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Her country. Her father. Her late best friend. Her coaches. Every Filipino who prayed for her as she stepped into the ring for the biggest fight of her life so far.

Nesthy Petecio wasn’t going to let any of them down.

READ: https://inq.news/3xgkQyS

07/31/2021

LABAN, EJ!

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena aims to breach the six-meter mark in the #TokyoOlympics2020 for a chance to bring home a medal.

#GalingngAtletangPilipino
#LabanPilipinas

Timeline Photos
07/30/2021

Timeline Photos

Ang gold medal ni Hidilyn Diaz ang pang-11 na medal ng bansa simula nang sumali ang Pilipinas sa Olympics.

Congratulations, Hidilyn! https://bit.ly/2UO45he

BASAHIN: https://bit.ly/3zGWNe7

#Tokyo2020

Its bound to be built. Why wait? Build it, recognize and honor her now that she's still with us.
07/29/2021

Its bound to be built. Why wait? Build it, recognize and honor her now that she's still with us.

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz will have a statue built in the heart of the place where she was born—Zamboanga City.

Elbert Atilano, a local councilor and former national weightlifting team coach, said Wednesday they would erect Diaz’s figure at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex to honor their heroine and serve as inspiration to their young athletes.

He said the city engineering office has already received orders to start the project that has a projected cost from P5 million to P7 million. | via Joey Villar

Sweet 16!
07/28/2021

Sweet 16!

The United States leads the Tokyo 2020 Olympics medal tally with eight golds, three silvers, and eight bronzes as of 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Philippines is currently at 16th place with one gold courtesy of weightlifting champ Hidilyn Diaz.

Follow Team Philippines’ full schedule and results here: bit.ly/3rxz0KG

07/28/2021

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, announced her promotion on Wednesday in recognition of how the soldier-athlete made her country and military family proud.

Diaz was promoted from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant a day after she bagged a gold medal for the Philippines in weightlifting in the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.

“In lieu of her recent historic win in the Olympics, the Philippine Air Force through its Commanding General approved the promotion of Sgt. Hidilyn Diaz effective 27 July 2021 to the rank of Staff Sergeant,” Sobejana said.

“We laud and support this move at the General Headquarters to mark SSg. Diaz’ remarkable achievements in the field of sports and for bringing pride and glory to our country,” he added. | via Michael Punongbayan

07/27/2021

A symbol of Hidilyn’s sacrifices and hard work. 🥺 Pinay weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz showed her “golden hands” after she won the Philippines’ first gold medal in the #Tokyo2020 #Olympics. 🥇🏋️‍♀️ Be inspired with Hidilyn’s journey at bit.ly/3BK5YMI. (📸: Paolo del Rosario/One Sports PH)

Who will play her? I'm certain a major movie will be produced telling her story. My choice: Angel Locsin! Any suggestion...
07/27/2021
The Philippines Wins Its First Olympic Gold After Nearly 100 Years Of Trying

Who will play her? I'm certain a major movie will be produced telling her story.

My choice: Angel Locsin!

Any suggestions? Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr​ Rod Pulido​ Abe Pagtama​ Fe P. Koons​ Oscar Peñaranda​ Eduardo Datangel​ Lyle del Mundo​

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Diaz, 30, is at her fourth Olympics. Even before Monday's landmark win, she had secured her place in sports history by winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 — the first medal won by a woman from her country.

Her breakthrough performance in Rio earned Diaz a place in Filipinos' hearts, particularly as many were inspired by her personal story of rising out of a childhood marked by poverty to pursue her dreams at the highest level.

She took up weightlifting as a child, using plastic pipes that held concrete weights.

"When she was 11, the Filipina was given a barbell to train with after a local weightlifting competition, and she practiced so hard that she wore it out, breaking the bar from overuse," according to her Olympics bio.

"But people and clubs noticed her dedication and donated more bars to the girl who loved to lift as she became a frequent fixture at every competition she could enter."

Standing atop the podium where no Filipino had stood before, a tearful Hidilyn Diaz, who serves in the Philippine air force, snapped off a salute.

RAISE. THAT. FLAG!
07/26/2021

RAISE. THAT. FLAG!

Photos from Philippine Star's post
07/26/2021

Photos from Philippine Star's post

Timeline Photos
07/26/2021

Timeline Photos

ONE WIN AWAY FROM AN OLYMPIC MEDAL.

JUST IN. Nesthy Petecio stuns top seed Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei via split decision to advance to the quarterfinals of women's featherweight boxing! 🥊

Petecio is one win away from an Olympic medal. What a win for the Filipina.(Photo: Reuters) #Tokyo2020 #Olympics #PHI #Boxing rplr.co/tokyo2020

Photos from Kollective Hustle's post
07/25/2021

Photos from Kollective Hustle's post

THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES OF 2021100 extraordinary destinations to exploreThe challenges of the past year and a half h...
07/25/2021
Siargao, Philippines: The World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2021

THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES OF 2021
100 extraordinary destinations to explore

The challenges of the past year and a half have transformed our world, and few industries have been as affected as travel, tourism and hospitality. In many ways, our third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places is a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate. It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world.

To compile this list, TIME solicited nominations of places—including countries, regions, cities and towns—from our international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.

The result: a list of 100 unique destinations, from the idyllic Portuguese town of Arouca, now home to the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, to the continent of Antarctica, which this December will experience a rare total solar eclipse. And while it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore.

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Siargao, PHILIPPINES
While destinations such as Boracay, Cebu and Palawan nailed the mass market, the teardrop-­shaped island off the coast of Mindanao until recently had been best known to a dedicated band of surfers lured by consistent waves. But the secret is out, and new spots are popping up on the island, including the beachfront Inara Siargao Resort, an intimate five-suite property that can be booked on Instagram. Just before COVID-19 shutdowns, Siargao got additional cell towers to improve data connectivity, which will be a boon to tourism when it reopens to vaccinated international travelers. —Duncan Forgan

https://time.com/collection/worlds-greatest-places-2021/6079308/siargao-philippines/

Other places I lived in/special to me:

LOS ANGELES, CA

Anchored by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening this September with programming curated by filmmakers Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar, Los Angeles is starring in its own comeback story. Leading the post-pandemic revival of cultural gathering spaces is the Citizen Public Market (a food hall in Culver City with a leafy rooftop patio space) and an in-the-works 13,000-sq.-ft. brewery and tasting room by the Black-owned South Los Angeles Beverage Company. Downtown L.A. continues to thrive with the arrival of restaurants like Damian, a modern Mexican eatery from chef Enrique Olvera of Mexico City’s Pujol, and its companion backdoor taqueria Ditroit, which churns out fresh tortillas at a clip of over 500 per day. Then there’s Proper Hotel’s latest, 148-room outpost, infused with the neutral tones of Kelly Wearstler’s warm and homey design aesthetic. Sprawling luxury reigns in nearby Beverly Hills at Fairmont Century Plaza, which recently received a $2.5 billion refresh complete with Yabu Pushelberg­–designed interiors and one of L.A.’s largest spas, at 14,000 sq. ft. —Julia Eskins

PHILADELPHIA, PA

A city best known for its storied past, Philadelphia is writing a new chapter this year. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s elegant Greek Revival facade has remained largely the same since it first opened in 1928, but the interior now offers visitors a fresh perspective with a Frank Gehry–led redesign unveiled in May. The space now includes access to a previously off-limits vaulted walkway and a stunning floating staircase to rival the iconic steps out front, made famous by Rocky. It has also added 20,000 sq. ft. of gallery space to include exhibitions like “New Grit: Art & Philly Now,” showcasing the work of 25 contemporary artists with ties to the city. The local culinary scene is as vibrant as ever too, with chef Omar Tate crowdfunding the forthcoming Honeysuckle Community Center in West Philly, sprouted from his award-­winning dinner series of the same name that centers Black culture and history. And Ange Branca, after closing her award-winning Malaysian restaurant Saté Kampar last spring, is back with Kampar Kitchen, featuring meals for takeout from a rotating roster of chefs. —Regan Stephens

SEATTLE, WA

In 1962, Seattle’s Space Needle debuted at the World’s Fair as a vision of the future. Some 60 years later, the city is wowing visitors with the groundbreaking Climate Pledge Arena. This $1 billion project will be the world’s first carbon-zero arena and will play host to the Kraken, a brand-new NHL team hitting the ice in the 2021–22 season—ice that will be made of collected rainwater. The city also has a dynamic restaurant scene, including the first fixed location from Dat Creole Soul, a popular food-truck business from chef Hampton Isom that will serve gumbo, jalapeño hush puppies and fried catfish. For something else old that’s new again, reserve a table at Canlis, a 70-year-old restaurant that just named Aisha Ibrahim as its first female executive chef. —Stacey Leasca

Find out why Siargao, Philippines is on TIME’s 2021 list of the World's Greatest Places

07/25/2021

Filipino pride! 🥊🏀🎤🇵🇭

Photos from Rising Philippines's post
07/24/2021

Photos from Rising Philippines's post

I know that this is the year the Philippines will bring home an Olympic Gold Medal. We have at least three athletes that...
07/20/2021
Philippines fields its 'sturdiest, most prepared Olympic team in years'

I know that this is the year the Philippines will bring home an Olympic Gold Medal.

We have at least three athletes that are most likely to get it. Even if only one of them will win it, that victory will seal that athlete's legacy in history.

Raise the FLAG TEAM PHILIPPINES!!!

The 19-strong Philippine team waging war in the Tokyo Olympics unfurling on Friday is one of the sturdiest and the most prepared teams formed in years.

The DTI clarified that it is not out to “standardize” our cuisine. Rather, it wants to define it by breaking it down to ...
07/16/2021
Much ado over adobo

The DTI clarified that it is not out to “standardize” our cuisine. Rather, it wants to define it by breaking it down to its elements. This is where the problem lies. When you talk food, you are dealing with tastes that are legion and subjective. You have to deal not only with history and process but also with nostalgia. You can’t out-argue someone who claims “my adobo is better than yours” or “my lola’s adobo is better than everyone else’s.” Charles de Gaulle once remarked about France: “How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?” De Gaulle would be overwhelmed by the Philippines, with at least 21.8 million adobo recipes and variants based on the estimated number of households in the Philippines today.

Our Asean neighbors have defined and promoted their cuisine abroad, leaving us biting the dust. Defining adobo is easy, but promoting it abroad may be harder. Asian cuisines are presented well, the pinnacle being the Japanese bento box. Adobo is brown, not photogenic. Healthy eaters won’t find green leafy vegetables in it but pork and chicken swimming in an oily sauce pungent from vinegar and garlic. The better question should be: Do we want to be represented by adobo on the global table?- Ambeth Ocampo

Long before the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority came up with the present count of 7,641 islands that comprise the Philippines, almost all Filipinos knew the number to be 7,107 or

Native in the Arts Spotlight: Visual Artist Andrea Carlson Talks About Her Chicago "You Are on Potawatomi Land" Mural
07/15/2021
Native in the Arts Spotlight: Visual Artist Andrea Carlson Talks About Her Chicago "You Are on Potawatomi Land" Mural

Native in the Arts Spotlight: Visual Artist Andrea Carlson Talks About Her Chicago "You Are on Potawatomi Land" Mural

CHICAGO —The “Windy City” is undergoing a cultural reckoning, especially within the public art scene, and Native people are making their presence known. Just below the city’s ever-changing skyline is its RiverWalk that caters to tourists by offering architectural boat tours and restaurants/b...

07/13/2021

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Zeneida 'Nini' Quezon Avanceña, daughter of our foremost alumnus, President Manuel L. Quezon, joined our Creator yesterday, July 12, 2021.

May her soul rest in peace.

Arriba. Amen.

U.S. repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces
07/12/2021
U.S. repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

U.S. repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

The United States on Sunday repeated a warning to China that an attack on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea would trigger a 1951 U.S.-Philippines mutual defense treaty. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the comment in a written statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by...

But the theory is unassailable. It is not too difficult to understand why a child learns how to read and write faster wh...
07/11/2021
What ails Philippine education

But the theory is unassailable. It is not too difficult to understand why a child learns how to read and write faster when taught in a language that is already spoken by the child at home. The sounds of the words themselves evoke familiar meanings, making it easy to integrate them into the child’s existing fund of knowledge. Most children draw enormous delight from seeing how familiar words heard in the family are rendered in writing.

Learning is fun, and always ought to be. But one can imagine how quickly the acquisition of essential literacy is at once transformed into a traumatic process when it is burdened by the mediation of a totally strange language. It demoralizes students and prompts them to drop out. The pernicious effects often persist beyond high school; they are palpable even among graduate students, who must wrestle with courses conducted entirely in English.

Those who have the misfortune of going through the pains of this dysfunctional learning process inevitably test low in examinations that assume a certain level of reading comprehension — whether these exams are in science, mathematics, or literature. These students are not stupid. They are just miseducated, hampered by a foreign language that precludes them from making sense of the world around them and making use of their own experiences. - Prof. Randy David

The below-average test scores of most Filipino students in Mathematics and Science that have been reported in various international assessments are all ultimately attributable to a reading

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