Stories

Culture

With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is home to a wealth of diverse people and cultures, and we strive to tell as many of our stories as we can. Here are the ones we’ve done so far.

Pinoy Pop is an emerging music genre that excites audiences with unique sounds and explosive performances. But can it be counted among the waves of K-Pop’s influence, or does it belong in the roster of OPM?
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My Girlfriend Keeps Talking About P-Pop

Pinoy Pop is an emerging music genre that excites audiences with unique sounds and explosive performances. But can it be counted among the waves of K-Pop’s influence, or does it belong in the roster of OPM?

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On the eastern side of Oriental Mindoro sits Pola: a small, coastal town full of ancestral homes that no one's paid attention to—except the residents who want to keep the town alive.
Hometown Stories

The Houses They Left Behind

On the eastern side of Oriental Mindoro sits Pola: a small, coastal town full of ancestral homes that no one's paid attention to—except the residents who want to keep the town alive.

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One taste of this quintessential Filipino snack can make a bad day a good one. What's in a cup of taho that makes it so magical?
Editor's Pick

The Magical Properties of Taho

One taste of this quintessential Filipino snack can make a bad day a good one. What's in a cup of taho that makes it so magical?

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Dave de Vera has been working with indigenous communities for over 30 years; and he vividly remembers his role in the landmark legal victory that gave the Tagbanwa of Coron their home back, from ridge to reef.
Hometown Stories

Where the Water is Home

Dave de Vera has been working with indigenous communities for over 30 years; and he vividly remembers his role in the landmark legal victory that gave the Tagbanwa of Coron their home back, from ridge to reef.

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The filmmaker tells us why we need to share more stories like that of the Bontok.
Interview

Behind the Scenes of “Walang Rape sa Bontok” with Director Lester Valle

The filmmaker tells us why we need to share more stories like that of the Bontok.

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A photographer returns home to Sulu after 13 years and rediscovers the heritage of his people through food.
Photo Essay

Home Is a Bowl of Warm Soup

A photographer returns home to Sulu after 13 years and rediscovers the heritage of his people through food.

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In a tropical country, a group of players and fans spend after hours in a mall, making the case for ice hockey.
Editor's Pick

Stories From the Rink

In a tropical country, a group of players and fans spend after hours in a mall, making the case for ice hockey.

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The Litas break motorbike stereotypes and show us how they ride.
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Meet The Litas

The Litas break motorbike stereotypes and show us how they ride.

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Films are more than just a means of escape. Legendary screenwriter Ricky Lee shares his thoughts on the intersection of storytelling, film, and Filipino heritage.
Interview

Philippine Cinema Through the Eyes of Ricky Lee

Films are more than just a means of escape. Legendary screenwriter Ricky Lee shares his thoughts on the intersection of storytelling, film, and Filipino heritage.

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To commemorate Women's Month, a list of our favorite GRID heroines, and the powerful women who wrote them.
Editor's Pick

The Women We Want You to Read About

To commemorate Women's Month, a list of our favorite GRID heroines, and the powerful women who wrote them.

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In honor of the 35th EDSA Day, we ask a long-time history professor at the University of the Philippines to recall his experience of People Power.
Interview

Remembering EDSA Revolution with Dr. Ricardo Jose

In honor of the 35th EDSA Day, we ask a long-time history professor at the University of the Philippines to recall his experience of People Power.

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Philippine rowing is finally on the come up, thanks to a passionate community who are steering the sport in the right direction.
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Across Still Waters

Philippine rowing is finally on the come up, thanks to a passionate community who are steering the sport in the right direction.

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Pitbulls are much more than what they're made out to be. CARA Welfare’s Pat Gayod takes us through the mysterious Laguna Pitbull Sanctuary.
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The Laguna Pitbull Sanctuary with Pat Gayod

Pitbulls are much more than what they're made out to be. CARA Welfare’s Pat Gayod takes us through the mysterious Laguna Pitbull Sanctuary.

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What sets one gallery apart from the others? As creative agency and gallery Tarzeer Pictures launches its sophomore exhibition—we set out to find out.
Interview

30 Mins. With Tarzeer Pictures

What sets one gallery apart from the others? As creative agency and gallery Tarzeer Pictures launches its sophomore exhibition—we set out to find out.

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Books, essays, and critiques about our national heroes, curated and recommended by Filipino historians.
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Philippine Heroes 101: Recommended Reads

Books, essays, and critiques about our national heroes, curated and recommended by Filipino historians.

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On National Heroes Day, we take a closer look at those we call heroes and why, with the help of Filipino historians.
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6 Filipino Historians Talk National Heroes

On National Heroes Day, we take a closer look at those we call heroes and why, with the help of Filipino historians.

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The last few weeks have asked to re-evaluate the ways in which we live, and take stock of what truly matters.
Editor's Pick

It's a Strange Time to be a Travel Magazine

The last few weeks have asked to re-evaluate the ways in which we live, and take stock of what truly matters.

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The life of a chef isn’t easy. Conversations with some of the Philippines’ best have us more convinced that these are the people who take their work home with them.
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Portraits of a Chef

The life of a chef isn’t easy. Conversations with some of the Philippines’ best have us more convinced that these are the people who take their work home with them.

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Can we still earn our tattoos? A trip to Buscalan offers a closer look at traditional tattoo culture and the legendary Kalinga mambabatok Whang-od.
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Whang-od Loves Coco Martin

Can we still earn our tattoos? A trip to Buscalan offers a closer look at traditional tattoo culture and the legendary Kalinga mambabatok Whang-od.

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“Pan de sal is the bread of our history, at the core of our culture, at the heart of our tastes.”
Editor's Pick

The Path Of Pan de Sal

“Pan de sal is the bread of our history, at the core of our culture, at the heart of our tastes.”

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What draws someone into a craft, and what keeps them in it? An exploration of craft-making skills leads to picking up a few lessons from three modern-day artists.
Interview

Sleight of Hand

What draws someone into a craft, and what keeps them in it? An exploration of craft-making skills leads to picking up a few lessons from three modern-day artists.

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A walk through Taal Heritage Town tells us more about the heroes of the Philippine revolution, and the people preserving their legacy.
Editor's Pick

Taal Heritage Town: Where History Endures

A walk through Taal Heritage Town tells us more about the heroes of the Philippine revolution, and the people preserving their legacy.

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Podcasts have swiftly cemented themselves as the new radio. Here are some of our favorites to tune into, from talk shows to stories of true crime.
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The Rest is Noise

Podcasts have swiftly cemented themselves as the new radio. Here are some of our favorites to tune into, from talk shows to stories of true crime.

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Carlo Huerta Echegaray, head chef of Samba at Shangri-La at the Fort, shares his experience as a Peruvian chef in the Philippines and what it means to connect our cultures through food.
Interview

Peruvian Cuisine and the Filipino Palate with Chef Carlo Echegaray

Carlo Huerta Echegaray, head chef of Samba at Shangri-La at the Fort, shares his experience as a Peruvian chef in the Philippines and what it means to connect our cultures through food.

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A return to the mystical island of Siquijor gives a second look at the magic found in the plants, the land, and the folk practices that have endured through centuries.
Editor's Pick

Strange Brew

A return to the mystical island of Siquijor gives a second look at the magic found in the plants, the land, and the folk practices that have endured through centuries.

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There’s more to Philippine cinema than your average formula film. Next-generation filmmaker Mikhail Red recalls how he started out in the industry, and what it’s taught him about navigating a career in film.
Interview

In Defiance of the Indie Film

There’s more to Philippine cinema than your average formula film. Next-generation filmmaker Mikhail Red recalls how he started out in the industry, and what it’s taught him about navigating a career in film.

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With centuries-old crafts at the core of their identity, the Ifugao town of Kiangan is fighting to preserve its heritage in the face of modern innovation.
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Where Gods Loom

With centuries-old crafts at the core of their identity, the Ifugao town of Kiangan is fighting to preserve its heritage in the face of modern innovation.

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Traveling is about more than just the places you visit, as cinematographer and director Ice Idanan has come to learn while working on the acclaimed road film Sakaling Hindi Makarating.
Interview

Journeying Through the Islands

Traveling is about more than just the places you visit, as cinematographer and director Ice Idanan has come to learn while working on the acclaimed road film Sakaling Hindi Makarating.

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Once famed as the Unbroken Salt of Albur, Bohol’s Asin Tibuok stands today on the brink of extinction. Amidst fire, water, and ash, the last of its makers fight to keep their traditions alive.
Editor's Pick

The Price of Salt

Once famed as the Unbroken Salt of Albur, Bohol’s Asin Tibuok stands today on the brink of extinction. Amidst fire, water, and ash, the last of its makers fight to keep their traditions alive.

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Palawan is known for its pristine waters and incomparable shores. But within the island lies a history of its people’s crafts that runs as deep as the waters surrounding it.
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Threads that Bind

Palawan is known for its pristine waters and incomparable shores. But within the island lies a history of its people’s crafts that runs as deep as the waters surrounding it.

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What happens when you travel for a living? Lexter Tarriela of TBA Studios talks about working on two of the biggest productions in Philippine cinema.
Interview

Recreating Goyo’s Historic Battles

What happens when you travel for a living? Lexter Tarriela of TBA Studios talks about working on two of the biggest productions in Philippine cinema.

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In a country crazed by milk tea, local tea master Renee Sebastian is on the hunt for a tea culture we can truly call our own.
Editor's Pick

The Search Party

In a country crazed by milk tea, local tea master Renee Sebastian is on the hunt for a tea culture we can truly call our own.

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ANi (The Harvest) offers a bold and practical take on local science fiction.
Interview

Seeds from the Future

ANi (The Harvest) offers a bold and practical take on local science fiction.

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