Proud Pinay Jessica Sanchez

Watch Jessica Sanchez' performances here.

Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts 2012 features painted carabaos

Carabaos paraded through the streets of Vigan, Ilocos Sur wearing hand-painted depictions of the city's advocacy supporting its agricultural industry.

How and when Filipinos were called Filipinos

Under the Spanish regime, the natives were called Indios and the term Filipinos were only applied to Spaniards born in the Philippines. Peninsulares is the term used for Spaniards born in Spain, while Insulares has usage similar to the term Filipinos. Those who have mixed blood, either Spanish-Filipino or Chinese-Filipino were called Mestizos. It was only in 1898 that Indios or natives began to be called Filipinos.

Ten reasons why Filipinos blame Gloria Arroyo for everything

I can’t help but think that Filipinos who blame former Philippine President and Congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) for everything bad that has happened in the country have a squatter mentality. By my own definition, people who have a squatter mentality have this strong sense of entitlement. They believe that the government owes them benefits or privileges. This is why you will often hear people say, “It is GMA’s fault why there are more poor people in the Philippines”. Never mind that GMA had no control over people’s decision to have more babies they can’t afford to feed. Of course, GMA wasn’t perfect. But like I said in my previous article, the fact that the Aquino government can’t even charge her for her “crimes” using a case that could stick means that they’ve got nothing much on her.


The Bayanihan Arts and Events Center of Tampa, Florida would not have been complete without its award-winning Philippine Performing Arts Company.

Monday, May 12, 2014

SIOPAO TRAVELS: Summer Camp in Batangas beach

It was actually a spontaneous out-of-town trip (for me) because it's my parents who insisted me to go with my brother instead of my highschool buddies. It was supposed to be our reunion but my mom had last-minute-change-of-mind because she found out something...

I’m not really friends with the people I’ll be with (like, I really haven’t met them yet except from the 5 of them which are my brother’s gf - ate Owen, kuya Mark, kuya Fahad and ate Cheska) but all of them treated me nicely and they were so friendly. By the way, these people I’m talking about are my brother’s friends whom I barely know and really older than me (I was the youngest there besides Isla, a 5-year-old girl, daughter of Kuya Mark’s friend.) I guess we are more or less 25 people, all in all.

So this beach where we stayed for 2 days and 1 night (May 10-11) is located at Lian, Batangas, just a few kilometers away from Tagaytay. The place is beautiful and cozy, For me, its a paradise.

Day 1

There were no cottages there so they brought tents so that we could sleep comfortably.


Author: April Mirondo

God won't give you anything you can't handle.

A Computer Engineering student at Lyceum of the Philippines University, Cavite, April loves Harry Styles, photography, flowers, sunset, milk tea and the Eiffel Tower. She maintains her personal blog at

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