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Manila’s Elite in the Eyes of Claudio Bravo

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 In the 1960s, then up and coming Chilean artist Claudio Bravo was invited to visit the Philippines by no less than President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. Bravo stayed for around six months in 1968 and did commissioned portraits of some of Manila’s rich and famous. These portraits are the focus of an ongoing exhibit at the Metropolitan… Read more »

When Flooding Strikes: Be Informed, Be Prepared

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It’s another rainy weekend. Heavy rains started yesterday and still persisted this morning. Another round of flooding in various parts of Metro Manila. Flooding Now A Regular Occurrence? Circumstances and landscapes have changed a lot from only a few years ago.  Before, we know the usual flood-prone places in Metro Manila  like Malabon and Navotas. Now, a big part of… Read more »

Small Claims Court to Improve Access to Justice

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In this country, justice is seen to be something that can be attained only if one has the money and right connections. What then will be the recourse of the poor who do not have either one? In answer to that concern, the Small Claims Court was established through the Supreme Court’s special rule of procedure.  As a pioneering effort… Read more »

Inspiring Stories of Selflessness from Ramon Magsaysay Awardees

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards presentation ceremony is held every year on August 31, the birth anniversary of the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is a fitting tribute to a well-loved President, much admired for his simplicity and service to the nation. I was privileged to watch the presentation ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center on… Read more »

Esquire Financing and Philippine Franchise Association: Helping SMEs Grow

Last year, more than 124,000 franchisees offered the products and services of over 1,100 franchisors in the country. This translated to more than a million jobs generated and a total of US$9.45B in output, which is equal to 5% of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP). These figures make the Philippines the leader in Southeast Asia in terms of… Read more »

Finding The Right Furniture for A Stylish Home

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We see pictures of beautiful homes on TV,  movies and magazines. And we sigh and wonder how will we ever make our home look anything like the stylish space above.  Wonder no more as the Philippine School of Interior Design and College of Saint Benilde partnered with SM North EDSA to bring the Designers Guild Series seminars at the mall’s Interior… Read more »

Caritas Manila Continues Relief Efforts For Flood Victims

Even as last week’s rains in Metro Manila and nearby provinces have stopped, some areas remain flooded. Many flood victims are still  in evacuation centers. Caritas Damayan, the Catholic Church’s relief assistance and emergency program, continues with its relief efforts for the flooding victims. As of August 15, Caritas Damayan has provided relief assistance to families in the parishes under… Read more »