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MOTHERLINE by Rica Bolipata Santos
May 10, 2011

Motherhood Statements

20110509_motherline_motherhood_statements_kids_in_bed.jpgTonight, for the first time in all her eleven years, Margarita refuses to stay in our room to bond.

This has always been our weekend ritual. Friday nights, the kids’ beds are hauled from their rooms and, for two nights, all rules are suspended. We eat junk food for dinner. We watch TV all night (even surfing channels is finally allowed), and at 10:00 PM (there still has to be some kind of order, people!), the chips and soda come up! It is overindulgence as a metaphor for love.

But tonight, Margarita locks herself in the room and insists that she will sleep alone and has no need for chips, soda, or TV. Gasp! Her eight-year old brother exclaims, “She must be really mad, Mama!” Why is she upset with me? MORE >>
 
PINAY IN HOLLYWOOD by Janet R. Nepales
April 25, 2011

Charmaine Clamor: More Than a Jazzy Pinay Artist

charmaineclamor_pih_inside1.jpgLOS ANGELES—“Jazzipino” pioneer artist Charmaine Clamor is not only winning hearts with her jazzy renditions—the charming and humble Filipina, whose song “Walk Like a Woman” was recently featured on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love album under Nonesuch Records along with songs from Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, and Natalie Merchant, is also spearheading a water advocacy.

We asked the acclaimed performer what inspired her to get involved in this advocacy and what she has done to promote it.

“I grew up in the Philippines, where potable water is not available to everyone,” Charmaine, who is originally from Subic, Zambales, and is now based in Los Angeles, said. “At a very young age, I learned the value of water. Growing up, I became increasingly knowledgeable of the global issue of water through my travels, reading, and viewing, including the excellent documentary film Flow. I’ve promoted this advocacy socially, artistically, and personally.”
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THE RELATIONSHIP COACH by Aileen Santos, CPC MAC
April 07, 2011

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

relationship_coach_2_inside.jpgHi, Ms. Aileen,

I'm in a relationship with my current boyfriend for about a year now. The first few months we were together, I tried to ask him about his past. He walked away from chatting and didn't text for hours, until midnight came and I called him to patch things up. The next morning everything felt so different. Maybe my feelings changed because of my doubts. He still communicates with his ex-girlfriends, especially on Facebook, and I just don't feel comfortable with that.

A few months ago I tried to break up with him, but we resolved our issues and got back together. But I still feel strange towards him, and I don't think it's fair for me to be with him when I feel this way. A few days ago I tried to break up with him again, and the conversation didn't go the way I expected it to. He made assumptions and accusations that really hurt me.

Now I'm not so sure about where I am and what I'm supposed to do. I miss him, and I feel guilty for saying hurtful words to him and acting that way.

Yeng*


*Name and some details have been changed.


Dear Yeng:

Thank you so much for your honest letter. I'm sure many women can identify with what you're going through because it's true that relationships aren't simply about whether or not you love someone; so many other factors are involved. As far as your current situation is concerned, the two major factors that you need to pay close attention to are "negotiables vs. non-negotiables" and "feelings vs. urges." Let's take a closer look at both.
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PINAY IN HOLLYWOOD by Janet R. Nepales
March 30, 2011

Pinoy Fashion Designer Oliver Tolentino Gets Standing Ovation at 2011 El Paseo Fashion Week

2011_03_30_pinay_in_hollywood_fashion_show_oliver_tolentino_shock_p_janine_chavez.jpgPALM DESERT—Pinoy fashion designer Oliver Tolentino got a standing ovation recently at the El Paseo Fashion Week 2011 in Palm Desert, where he was the featured Designer of the Week.

El Paseo Fashion Week, which is considered the most prestigious in California, highlighted Oliver’s designs using Philippine fabrics like the piña, jusi, abaca, and raw silk cocoon. Oliver also used fresh water pearls from the Philippines in his 68-piece collection. MORE >>
 
MOTHERLINE by Rica Bolipata Santos
March 28, 2011

Life Begins When You Grow a Garden

20110328_motherline_garden_watering_can_1284611.jpg“Life begins when you grow a garden,” Confucius says. I am happy to say that I’ve always lived with a garden.
 
In the old house where I was raised, we were spoiled and had access to a garden as big as a small park. This was the in thing at the time—architecturally as well. One built a bungalow and set it in the middle of a sprawling garden. So this was the way it was for us, a family of six children. I truly think our parents wanted us to get lost in this garden, and I mean that in a very fairytale sort of way. MORE >>
 
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