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Raising my baby behind bars
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In much of the Gulf countries like Qatar, pregnancy out of wedlock is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
Joanne spent two years and 10 months in a jail in Doha for her pregnancy and unpaid loans. William spent the first years of his life in prison with his young, unmarried mother.

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Number of abandoned Filipino babies in Middle East on the rise
by Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times May 19, 2017

The reason? Women who get pregnant but can't produce a marriage certificate face detention.

Modern Filipino families: How does the state protect them?
by Patty Pasion September 29, 2017

A family life expert says the Family Code should be more inclusive of non-traditional family setups, like single parenthood, live-in arrangements, blended families, and LGBTQ relationships

Gonorrhea making a comeback
by Ana P. Santos July 21, 2017

Gonorrhea is showing resistance to older and cheaper form of antibiotics – making it harder, and in some cases, impossible to treat.

Of marriage, morality and misogyny
by Nina Somera November 28, 2016

Why a double standard exists in Philippine politics and society.

#BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte's misogyny
May 21, 2018

Using the hashtag #BabaeAko, Filipino women are taking to social media to fight the President Rodrigo Duterte's sexist and misogynistic behavior.

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Bong Go: #BabaeAko campaign 'clearly political'
by Pia Ranada May 23, 2018
'To say that President Duterte is not pro-women and looks down on women is truly unfair,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go


Senate's education committee conduct a hearing on social media and the internet on sex, drugs, and trolls

The fight against misinformation in social media
October 18, 2016

The Senate Committee on Education looked into how public schools educate students about reproductive health, responsible use of social media and the dangers of illegal drugs.
The move comes as misinformation and abusive language in social media becomes prevalent on social media, especially by so-called “paid trolls”.

Lack of sex education hurts female labor migrants
by Ana P. Santos July 01, 2017

Getting pregnant has little to do with promiscuity but everything has to do with ignorance.

Supreme Court stops distribution, sale of implants
by Jee Y. Geronimo June 30, 2015
What about the RH law? The High Court also temporarily prohibits the health department from granting any pending application for reproductive health commodities.
This contraceptive implant can prevent pregnancies up to 3 years.

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That Supreme Court TRO
by Ana P. Santos July 30, 2017
The Supreme Court did not issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the RH Law. They issued a TRO on contraceptives.

Sereno clarifies: No TRO on RH law or pills, just 2 implants
by Lian Buan July 27, 2017
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno reiterates that the issue is now for the Food and Drug Administration to resolve.

DOH asks Supreme Court to lift TRO on contraceptives
October 10, 2016
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, October 10, asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift a temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued back in June 2015 that restricted the government from "procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing and administering, advertising, and promoting" contraceptive implants.


What young women need to know
Published on Mar 28, 2017

The risks Filipino women face
Farmidah Ali is only 37 but is already a mother of 9 and a grandmother of one. According to the Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur native, she was worried for her 17-year-old daughter who was then about to give birth.

This social video, created by MovePH in partnership with Oxfam, features reproductive health services and information (RHSI) for marginalized communities in remote regions.
Without reproductive health information and services, many women face risks related to sexual intercourse and childbirth. Learn more at
The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RPRH) Law will help address the needs of many women like Farmidah and their families. If you want the law to be fully implemented, sign this petition:

Minimum initial service package (MISP)

2016 health department order that detailed the national policy on a minimum initial service package (MISP) for sexual and reproductive health in health-related emergencies and disasters.

Less poverty if RH law implemented earlier – NEDA chief
by Jee Y. Geronimo July 08, 2016
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says poverty reduction in the Philippines has been 'really very slow' since policymakers have not paid attention to population policy
Let's talk about reproductive health
by Paige Occeñola May 28, 2017 - with video

Watch our discussion on reproductive health and find out how you can take action!
When did you first start thinking about reproductive health (RH)? What was your experience like the first time you bought contraceptives?

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Family Planning


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Ang tunay na lalaki: Men should fight for reproductive health too
by Marguerite de Leon June 03, 2017

For one, you can’t make a baby without semen!

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Date rape drug

sometimes referred to as Party Drugs or simply Ecstasy, are medications that can be slipped into drinks and make a person unconscious for 15 minutes or so. There have been reports of dozens of women, who were under the influence of a date-drug known as GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), a clear and flavorless liquid, when they were raped.

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By scanning the content of your drink Drugfindr will tell if any illicit substances are present.
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Cup and straw system detecting date rape drugs

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Girls Not Brides

a global partnership of organisations working to end child marriage all over the world. Together, we aim to give a voice to girls at risk of child marriage, to defend their rights to health and education, and to give them the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.


PHILIPPINES: "THE NUMBER OF TEEN BRIDES IS ALMOST FIVE TIMES MORE THAN THE TEEN GROOMS," THE NSO SAID CITING 2009 DATA. Women forced into marriage, the current extreme hardships that women face (particularly with regards to female sexuality). Reduce unwanted pregnancies.

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A mother’s wish to end child marriage
Published on Mar 14, 2017
Save the Children visits Min, a 9-year-old indigenous girl. Her mother doesn’t want Min to experience forced early marriage like she did. Instead, she wants Min to finish school.

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The age of consent
"The age of sexual consent in the Philippines is 12 for all, but contacts with minors under 18 are an offence if the minor consents to the act for money, gain or any other remuneration or as the result of an influence of any adult person."
It's this that makes it effectively illegal for anyone over 18 to have sex with one under 18, Republic Act 7610, section 6
The problem with virginity
by Ana P. Santos April 24, 2013

Let virginity be a personal decision rather a measure of someone’s character, or lack of it.

Pleasure points
by Ana P. Santos June 17, 2016

The Pleasure Project is on a relentless pursuit of pleasure in the name in accessible and appealing sex education

Sexual harassment - The streets that haunt Filipino women
by/ Fritzie Rodriguez March 08, 2016

In Quezon City alone, 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime.

What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

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Sexuality in Philippine society:

imprisoned in an obsolete tradition-religion complex

April 25, 2011 by benign0

Excerpt from Get Real Philippines Book 1. Look -  download it HERE

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What are the politics of sexuality?

Saying No in Sexual Situations

Watch her talk about virginity with questions from you! Sep 1, 2012

Oral sex
A topic most of us would be inclined to shy away from. But if you're fearlessly curious then don't be afraid to tune in today as she talks about oral sex. Nov 3, 2012

Child's sexual identity
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Sex and Religion in Manila

Take A Look. This video shows how hard the life of these peoples are in the Philippines! Uploaded on Nov 27, 2011

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"AboutPhilippines" thinks: not much have changed in 2015

'Mercy' sex in Iloilo

'They are transitional men. They engage in sex transactionally, on a case-to-case basis, or maybe when the need arises'
The boys also share a secret: a way to earn money. “It” is offering sexual favors in exchange for money or gifts.

look also the article Prostitution or negotiable affection? Aug 26, 2015

Girls come to Angeles City when there are typhoons and when their former homes can no longer offer them safety or opportunity. Some run away from abusive oppressive homes, others come here for the fun of it. Jul 08, 2015

both articles by/Ana P. Santos


Sexuality and sensuality or Filipino sexuality

Core ideas and main influences
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Duterte signs EO ensuring support for family planning
by Jee Y. Geronimo January 11, 2017

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says those who want to practice family planning will be provided the services to do so.

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Want free condoms? SafeSpacesPH app tells you where you can get it
by Abigal Abigan December 30, 2017

SafeSpacesPH is a mobile application where establishments that dispense condoms with water-based lubricants can be located

DOH eyes handing out condoms in schools by 2017
December 01, 2016

IN A bid to address the growing number of young Filipinos getting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the Department of Health (DOH) is now mulling at making condoms available even in school clinics.

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Schools as access points for condoms
by Ana P. Santos January 21, 2017
Education and health agencies tackle strategies that will address the glaring information gap in sexual literacy among the Filipino youth.

When you run out of condoms or pills
by Ana P. Santos January 19, 2017

President Duterte’s signing of EO 12 is a step in the right direction, but the Supreme Court still has to lift its TRO'

Give the gift of choice
by Ana P. Santos January 06, 2017
Support some groups who empower Filipino families to exercise their reproductive health rights even when the Department of Health could not.
It was around Christmas time in 2012, then President Benigno Aquino III quietly signed the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) Act into law. It was the fulfillment of Aquino’s promise to give every Filipino the RH information and services they need to plan for their families.
The passage of the RH law was the gift of the right to choose. Its triumph was the result of decades of tireless lobbying by women’s groups and grassroots leaders. But as far as victory celebrations went, it was a short-lived one.
God, sex, babies: Is learning safe sex unsafe?
by/Fritzie Rodriguez May 02, 2015

Some Filipinos learn about safe sex only after having several unsafe encounters.

She laid in bed, with someone tinkering below. Today she was supposed to enroll for her junior year at high school, but she was having an abortion.

It was the new millennium, Mary was 15, and the procedure cost P15,000.
Everything was in secret since the Philippines outlaws abortion.

Keywords Related to Sexuality Filipino Keywords Related to Sexuality
by/Michael L. Tan
Parents, how do you talk about sex with your kids?
Mar 21, 2015

Did you know that 1 in every 10 Filipino women aged 15 to 19 is already a mother or pregnant with her first child?

Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, FPOP

a reproductive health service provider and an advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights, SRHR for all Filipinos.

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Ang Family Planning Organization of the Philippines o FPOP ay isang non-stock, non-profit organization na nagmula sa pinagsanib na pwersa ng dating magkahiwalay na organisasyon- Ang Planned Parenthood Movement of the Philippines at ang Family Planning Association of the Philippines. Binubuo ito ng mga Reproductive Health Experts at Advocates na ang pangunahing layunin ay armahan ang mga mamamayan ng karunungan upang maging makabuluhan. Sa kasalukuyan, may 30 provincial chapters and community health care centers ang FPOP na tumutulong sa ating mga kababayan. Jun 17, 2013

Learning sex education in school
by/Ana P. Santos August 04, 2015

Today's generation needs more than the usual discussion about the birds and bees
Different generation, different needs!



Pope Francis and contraception: A Filipino bishop's view

Q and A: 'Will I go to hell if I use contraceptives?' Rappler sits down with the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines or CBCP to discuss Pope Francis' stance on birth control. Feb 7, 2015.

Look also the article Q and A: 'Will I go to hell if I use contraceptives?'
by/Paterno Esmaquel II - Feb 07, 2015

The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines explains the Pope's statements on family planning while he was in the Philippines
Sexual Education in the Philippines
Misconception About Sex Education

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Sex Education: The Education to Solve Our Country's Problems

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Family Planning

Family Planning and the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines: Cohesion and Conflict

by Jennifer Bowman, M.P.H.

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by Demeterio-Melgar Junice

Effectiveness of Family Planning Clinics


Family planning and Birth Control Policy

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Probe into RH law implementation starts April 1
by/Ana P. Santos March 31, 2016

'It is not enough that we have passed the RH Law, Reproductive Health Law; we must ensure that its provisions are carried out and that its promise of non-judgmental and safe access to RH commodities and information is fulfilled'



Barriers to Contraceptive Use

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Barriers to Contraceptive Use
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In the next 30 years the population of the Philippines is set to double to 170 million. Contraceptives are frowned on and abortion is illegal but as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinay reveals, every year more than half a million Filipina women are so desperate they undergo harrowing illegal abortions, despite the fact that at least 80,000 end up seriously ill in hospital.



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Ultra poor filipinos NOT under family planning

Due to low levels of contraceptive use, around half of all pregnancies in the Philippines are unplanned

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Pregnancy, Abortion, Birth and Motherhood

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Probe into RH law implementation starts April 1
by/Ana P. Santos March 31, 2016

'It is not enough that we have passed the RH Law, Reproductive Health Law; we must ensure that its provisions are carried out and that its promise of non-judgmental and safe access to RH commodities and information is fulfilled'

Republic Act No. 8187

also known as the Paternity Leave Act of 1996, grants paternity leave of seven days with full pay to all married male employees in the private and public sectors to enable the married male employee to effectively lend support and assistance to his wife in her period of recovery and in the nursing of their newly born child.

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Teen pregnancy: Losses and missed opportunities
by Ana P. Santos September 30, 2017

'When taken all together, the potential lifetime earnings lost due to early childbearing is P33 billion which is equal to 1.1% of our gross domestic product in 2012'

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Teen pregnancies in the Philippines


Paano ba nabubuntis? How does a girl get pregnant?
Apr 29, 2015

Many teenage girls who become pregnant ask themselves: "Paano ba nangyari ito?"
Teen Pregnancy - Short Pinoy Film
Jul 18, 2015
a good movie about teen pregnancy and goes viral on facebook
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Kids having kids:

When choice is not an option
by/Fritzie Rodriguez Feb 10, 2015

Sex is a word thrown around lightly these days; but you'll be surprised how little understood it is, particularly among Filipino youth under 18

Look the article as pdf HERE

look also the Videos Kids Having Kids

From 2000 to 2010, the incidences of teen pregnancy in the Philippines have increased by 70 percent. According to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFS4) of 2013, out of the 10.2 million Filipino youth aged 15 to 19, 11 percent or 1.14 million are already mothers.

Look all 7 parts of "Kids Having Kids" Jun 1, 2014

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Ending child marriages, teenage pregnancies, poverty
by Jodesz Gavilan Posted on 10/11/2014

Although child marriages in the country may not be rampant, Plan Philippines said that poverty and teenage pregnancy have hindered the positive growth of Filipino adolescent girls.
Philippine Statistical Data in 2014 showed that 24 babies are born to teenage mothers every hour.

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Children bearing children - Teen pregnancies

Teenagers raising kids
Teenage parents Jocelle and Rufino speak up on the challenges of having kids.
But what does it really mean to be a teenage mom or dad? When does adolescence end, and when do adulthood and parenting begin?

This photo essay is output after an afternoon of fieldwork and a day of post-production. MP-KNN discusses teenage pregnancy in “Kids Having Kids” the first episode of the e-Kapihan Web Series. Look above video with all 7 parts of "Kids Having Kids" Jun 1, 2014

When a child raises a child
by Fritzie Rodriguez July 16, 2016
An 18-year-old mother tries her best to keep her 1-year-old malnourished baby alive.

She moved in with her “husband” at 13. The “husband” was 25.

Barely a child herself, Bernadette started living with him in a makeshift home in a community of informal settlers in Navotas City.


Aren't they too young?
Aug 01, 2017

What happens to a girl's dreams when she is forced into early marriage?

Make no mom feel alone
by Keb Cuevas March 12, 2018

Nadine Gadia Casiño, founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao, advocates for natural child care and supporting other mothers.
Motherhood, as they say, is the most terrible and most wonderful experience. For first-time moms, it can be full of anxiety and pressure – thinking about whether you'll be able to raise your child properly.

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A new mom's thoughts on postpartum depression

HIV and teen pregnancy: A national youth crisis
by/Ana P. Santos Dec 02, 2014

The absence of teen voices in public health issues affecting the youth has triggered alarming rates of teen pregnancy and HIV infection

Look also the article What you need to know about women and HIV
by/Fritzie Rodriguez May 22, 2015
Did you know that HIV-positive mothers can transmit the virus to their children during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding?

Look also Drug groups tap persons with HIV as couriers

Community Group Helps Urban Poor Avoid or Cope with Teen Pregnancy

Look Video about the "Bat People"

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More teens becoming moms

June 28, 2012 by/Jake Balacwid

Cultural dimensions Cultural dimensions of pregnancy, birth and post-natal care - Filipino profile
A Tale Of Two Births

Two Generations Of Filipina Women

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New Light on Marriage and Sexuality in the Philippines

Newborn Health in the Philippines

A Situation Analysis

The Risk of Childbearing The Risk of Childbearing

Philippine Pregnancy Complications and Maternal

by/John A. Ballweg and Imelda G. Pagtolun-an


Giving Birth Kills: Maternal Mortality

Entitled "In the Philippines, Giving Birth Kills: Maternal Mortality in the Philippines"

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Essential Newborn Care DOH

Unang Yakap

DOH Infomercials by Zero Mella

Proper Birth Spacing
Give Birth in Proper Medical Facilities
Breastfeeding Message from Gladys Reyes
Responsible Fatherhood
Responsible Motherhood

What they don't tell you about breastfeeding
by/Holaina Tan October 26, 2015

It’s not as easy as it looks, so here are some things that mothers need to know

What is the role of fathers in breastfeeding?
by Jaime de Guzman June 18, 2016

'Every day of my wife's pregnancy seems to be a class semester

Philippines fails to reduce maternal mortality over 10 years - DOH

Philippine News Agency, June 18, 2012

Superstition undermines maternal health
Who Provides Good Quality Prenatal Care in the Philippines?
Pope Francis extends Catholic priests' right to forgive abortion
By Tim Hume, Cristiana Moisescu and Lindsay Isaac November 21, 2016

Pope Francis has extended the powers of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter "MISERICORDIA ET MISERA" released Monday.

E.g. extract:
It continues a special dispensation granted last year for the duration of the Year of Mercy, which finished Sunday.
"I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father," the letter states.
"May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation," the letter continues.
"I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion."
Leaders of you look happy

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2016.11.21 Pope: Abortion is forgivable


Abortion in the Philippines

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Documentary on Abortion in the Philippines
A video documentary on abortion in the Philippines. Produced by PROBE TEAM for ReachOut Foundation International. Executive Producer: Jose Mariano Fleras. Jul 2, 2014
Abortion agony in the Philippines & Philippines Tears of Illegal Abortions and Over-population of Manila Undercover News P1

look the full description of this video HERE
Documentary: Agaw-Buhay - Fighting for Life

Read the full description of the videos HERE

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What Choice?: Abortion in the Philippines
by/Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

Stories leak out, as they always do.
Abortion vs. miscarriage
Contraceptives vs. abortifacients
The law vs. numbers
Pro-choice vs. no-choice
Life vs. death
Morality vs. reality
Natural vs. compatible
Ignorance vs. information

Isn't it time to legalize abortion in the PH?
by/Fritzie Rodriguez May 09, 2015

It's unfortunate that the abortions that happen in the Philippines are unsafe, a far cry from the rest of the world.

Look also the article "The reality of abortion in the Philippines"
by/Clara Rita Padilla September 13, 2015
'Permitting restrictions on women’s right to decide their own bodies perpetuate discrimination against women and inequality of women in law'

Maternity services, Fertility Centers, etc.

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Charity Birth Centers in The Philippines

Mercy in Action

is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. We have been establishing and funding free birth centers for poor families since 1992

All about birth centers

Approved by the BabyCenter Philippines Medical Advisory Board


Traditional Birth Attendants in ARMM

This is a segment in the UNFPA 6th Country Programme Video Report which shows the new role of our Traditional kumadrona or hilot. Jan 2, 2013

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Alternatives to hospitals Birth centers: Alternatives to hospitals

Mercy Maternity Center

Our clinic is a charity-based birthing clinic located in Davao.

The clinic was established in 1996 to provide compassion-based maternal healthcare to women living in severe poverty conditions.

Newlife School of Midwifery and Mercy Maternity Center promotional videos

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ADB - Maternal Care for Indigenous Women

ADB assists indigenous Mangyan women access maternal care in the central Philippine province of Mindoro.

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'Mother and baby-friendly' Quezon City opens human milk bank
by Jodesz Gavilan Posted on 04/10/2015

Are you in need of human breastmilk or have excess to donate?

Now you have more places to go to as Quezon City started the operation of its first human milk bank QCHMB this month

Look also the video HERE and

Quezon City breast milk bank saves 165 infants
by Danielle Nakpil September 03, 2017
The city government of Quezon City helps 165 premature and undernourished infants through its Quezon City Human Milk Bank (QCHMB)


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Ritual vs Medical Circumcision in the Philippines

Open relationships, Mistresses, Hook-Up culture - Etc.

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Sexuality, Sex Education and Family planning

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Hook-up culture

Dr. Margie Holmes discusses the thrills and perils of the hook-up culture. Aug 30, 2014

Two's a company, three's a crowd. Dr. Margie Holmes answers questions about threesomes. Are most people open to it, or is it merely a fantasy?
Sex with your ex

Guilty of still going under the sheets with your ex? Jan 11, 2013
Open relationships

How open is open? Clinical psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes talks about open relationships. Apr 5, 2014
AfterSex Selfies
What does Dr. Margie Holmes have to say about #AfterSex selfies?
The #aftersex selfie is the latest Instagram trend among couples. But does it go too far? May 3, 2014
Sex Videos

Dr. Margie Holmes asks, "What are your thoughts on sex videos?" Aug 17, 2013


'Etiquette for Mistresses'

State of the Nation, SONA - Librong 'Etiquette for Mistresses', tinatalakay ang papel ng mga kabit sa ating lipunan

Remark this is an album in the album "Sexuality, Family Planning & Pregnancy"

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In defense of the mistress
by/Shakira Sison Feb 26, 2015

Demonizing mistresses gives philandering men a free pass, when in reality no mistress becomes one without a man violating his marriage vows

The wife, the husband, and the other woman
by/Reinna Bermudez Apr 16, 2015

Where do societies lay the blame when it comes to extramarital affairs?

LGBTQIA - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual

Look also about Slang, Swardspeak, Jejemon, Jeproks - etc.

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LGBTIQ LGBTIQ Terminology and Definitions

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Look also What does ‘intersex’ mean?
Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.

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Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like that and loves you like that'
By Delia Gallagher and Hada Messia, CNN Updated May 21, 2018 - with Video

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Pope reportedly told sex abuse survivor 'does not matter' that he is gay
21 May 2018 by Rose Gamble

Pope Francis reaches out to gays
By Nick Squires 29 Jul 2013 - with video

Pope Francis says he will not 'judge' gays and lesbians including gay priests
Associated Press Jul 29, 2013


Pope Francis on gays: Who am I to judge?

Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like that and loves you like that'

Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay
by Maria Isabel Garcia January 11, 2018

Biology does play a part in being gay, science shows

LGBT Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, LGBT

LGBT rights

LGBT people have a distinctive culture but limited legal rights.

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Debunking LGBT myths and why policing homosexuality is a joke
by Hendri Yulius August 10, 2016
'Policing homosexuality is totally a joke - how do you identify a gay/ lesbian individual? How do you criminalize their sexual practices unless you have the evidence?'

Manila Pride: Fighting for love, equality and LGBTQ rights
by/Soeui Lee Jun 29, 2015

You cannot kill LGBTQ pride
by Shakira Sison June 16, 2016

LGBT representation in anti-poverty body

The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) is likely to get a representative from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

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Roman: 'Sky will not fall' if same-sex civil union bill is passed
by Mara Cepeda October 04, 2016
Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, a transwoman, says it's about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same-sex couples
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Civil union for same-sex couples, ugly, rich people – Speaker Alvarez
by Bea Cupin January 03, 2018
The Speaker says, 'Ngayon kasi kapag absolute community of property…karamihan ngayon, kung hindi babae or lalaki, kahit na medyo pangit, kapag maraming pera pakakasalan mo'

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Naomi Fontanos on support for the LGBTQ+ community
June 26, 2017
GANDA Filipinas' Naomi Fontanos calls for solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community and gay rights advocates.
At 4 pm on Tuesday, June 27, Rappler talks to Naomi Fontanos, executive director of Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas, a non-governmental organization that works to protect and promote human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE).

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Is the Philippines really gay-friendly?
by Buena Bernal June 14, 2013
'The moment that we (LGBTs) step out and demand rights that heterosexuals enjoy, we become a threat because we no longer fit the stereotype'

Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH
March 20, 2017 - with Video

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays, but marriage is only for man and woman under the law.

QC mayor Bautista orders listing of LGBT gov’t employees
by Rambo Talabong September 10, 2017

The purpose of the list is for registration, profiling, and inclusion in the city government's LGBT association.

'Duterte's macho politics failed LGBT hopes'
by Aika Rey June 25, 2017
"The macho politics of Duterte have failed LGBT hopes. While he paraded himself as an ally during the campaign season, promising same-sex marriage in the Philippines, he turned back on his promise not one year in his term," said Hontiveros during her keynote speech on Saturday, June 24 at the 2017 Metro Manila Pride march for "failing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community".

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2017 Metro Manila Pride March
June 25, 2017 - with video
Check out the highlights of this year's march to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and diversity

End gendered uniform restrictions for LGBT students
by Daniel Lee June 23, 2017

As anti-discrimination legislation languishes in Congress, removing uniform and hair length restrictions is an easy place for schools to start protecting their students from discrimination

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill
by Mara Cepeda March 14, 2017

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Kaka Bag-ao, and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House.

A Comparative Content Analysis of News Articles on Crimes Against Members of the
LGBT in Balita and Pilipino Star Ngayon from January 2009 to June 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Diosa Angelica Elpidama Quinones
University of the Philippines
I'm ASEXUAL, what does that means?

Look it as slideshow and also the Video

What is asexuality? Does it really exist?
A topic that has drawn much interest from the show's followers - many of whom doubt anyone can be asexual

Remark this is an album with both slideshow and the video in the album "Sexuality, Family Planning & Pregnancy"

Look the article Asexuality or nonsexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation.

Intersex: What is It, and What It Means for Sexuality
by Kat Callahan 5/05/14

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PH gov’t fence-sitting on LGBTIQ rights at UN
by Ryan Silverio November 23, 2016

Our ambassador’s position simply refuses to give due recognition to our domestic realities, and trivializes the efforts of government and civil society to ensure that LGBTIQ Filipinos live with dignity.

Respecting LGBTQIA, celebrating pride
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio June 27, 2016

Certainly the child bullied because of gender expressions that run afoul of community norms wishes only to be ordinary, not to stand out.

Transgender women in PH: Accepted or merely tolerated?
by/Maki Gingoyan Jun 17, 2015

Let us be part of the community as Filipino citizens with laws that support and protect Filipino transgender people and the rest of the LGBTIQ, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning community.


Jake Zyrus on his journey as a transgender man
July 01, 2017

Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Charice, opens up about choosing his name, coming out, and his experience as a transgender man in the Philippines.

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SC asked: Allow same-sex marriage in PH
by/Buena Bernal Updated May 26, 2015

The 31-page petition highlights the need for a more LGBT-inclusive society and is the first known and reported legal action of its kind before the Philippine High Court

Look also the video Now is the time to legalize gay marriage in PH and this article CBCP on gay marriage ruling: Church cares for all
While sticking to Church doctrine, Catholic bishops vow to 'revisit our concepts and presuppositions' after the US Supreme Court favored same-sex marriage. June 28, 2015

Advocates ask PH: Say no to homophobia
by/Fritzie Rodriguez May 17, 2015

Advocates celebrate IDAHO or the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, and the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Since 2004, over 120 countries have been celebrating May 17 as IDAHO or the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
The message has always been clear: LGBT rights are not special or additional rights, these are human rights.

The University of the Philippines Babaylan

is the leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students' support group in all campuses of the State University.

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Proud to be LGBT

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders Campaign Network is a network of individuals and organizations based in the University of the Philippines, advocating protection of all Filipinos from discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Look also the articles Manila pride: When pride is all about love by/Jacob Walse Dominguez Dec 11, 2014

The LGBT community and their families and friends gather to celebrate 20 years of the Metro Manila Pride March

Gay is good by/Arvin Antonio Ortiz Dec 12, 2014

and the Videos

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LGBTQ OutLoud - Common Terms
Aug 20, 2014
Proud to be LGBT

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders Campaign Network
Being gay
What advice would you give about being gay?
Dr. Margie Holmes talks about being gay.
The topic is born from several, varied discussions triggered by a controversial column on how to deal with gay children. Mar 23, 2013
Have you always been curious about lesbians?
We just… do what we do to ourselves, only to each other, probably slightly more aggressively. And with… you know… oils and stuff.
Have you always wondered what goes through the mind of lesbians? What challenges they face?
Clinical psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes shares stories, comments, and answers questions about lesbianism. Jul 6, 2013
Same Sex Marriage - Yes or No?
Coming Out LGBT
Smear The Queer: A documentary on the LGBT community
#LOVEis - US Embassy Manila Celebrates LGBT Pride Month 2015

In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Pride Month, the U.S. Embassy in Manila features two Filipino families to show love in all forms. Happy Pride! Jun 24, 2015
Advocates: Now is the time to legalize gay marriage in PH
Filipino gay rights advocates are hopeful that the historic United States Supreme Court decision on marriage equality will spark similar moves in the Philippines. Jun 27, 2015
ALL about the T in LGBT
Dr. Margie Holmes talks about transwomen, transexuals, and transvestites and how our community deals with them.

The annual Christmas challenge of being gay
by/Shakira Sison Dec 11, 2014

We are tired of being asked what is wrong with us that we can't find a partner or a spouse. We're not picky, afraid of commitment, or unable to keep a relationship. Believe it or not, we are actually loved.

A Christian church embraces the LGBT community

Doctrine and personal beliefs align in this community

Look also A Christian church that celebrates same sex marriage

The members of the LGBTS Christian Church were busy setting up the covered court for the 15 couples who were to be married in a mass wedding ceremony in the town of Sangandaan (crossroads) in Quezon City.

both by/George P. Moya Jun 24 & Jul 05, 2015"

Look more about Metropolitan Community Church MCC below HERE


LGBT cemetery sa Rosario, Cavite
A place for lesbians, gays to rest in peace
November 01, 2015

Some of them might have suffered stress and discrimination in life, but in death, members of the gay community in Rosario, Cavite province, can literally rest in peace, as they are assured a special place in a private cemetery aptly named “Pink Pantheon with Rainbow Connection.”

Is PH ready for lesbian TV?
by/ Iza Larize May 13, 2015

Misrepresentation and marginalization are the main reasons why gay women are underrepresented, not just in the media, but in general.
Heterosexuality is not normal. It’s just common. - Dorothy Parker

Diversity and Equality Diversity and Equality Philippines

supporting women, lesbians, gays, bakla, bayot, bantut, bisexuals, tomboy, transgenders, transsexuals, intersex, queers and other 'sexual and gender minorities'

Slut shaming - One-night stands - Etc.

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No to slut-shaming in Philippine Congress
by Rappler Social Media Team September 30, 2016

'Every woman should be concerned when something like that is used to shame women'

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Her vagina is made of steel
by Ana P. Santos October 02, 2016

This is what happens when you look between a woman’s legs. Only a fool would be surprised to find that she has a backbone.
We have all been that women in a sex video – put on display, our body used to debase us, our character dismissed, our intellect discredited.
Enough. Today we demand it stops. Today we say NO to slut-shaming of women every where.

Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter
May 20, 2018

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters.

The Filipino Man and Woman, Gender Roles, and Digital Culture

Female Slut Shaming

Look the article as pdf HERE

He’s A Stud, She’s A Skank: The Double Standard Of Slut Shaming

Look the article as pdf HERE

The Problem of Slut-Shaming
May 26, 2014
Would you let yourself be judged based on the length of the skirt you wear?
  • Ang kapal ng makeup niya. Mukha siyang puta. (She’s wearing too much makeup. She looks like a whore.)
  • Ang iksi kasi ng suot niyang palda, kaya nababastos kapag naglalakad sa daan. (She wears short skirts that’s why she gets catcalled when walking in the street.)
  • Ang dami na niyang naging boyfriend. Gamit na gamit siguro siya parang prostitute. (She’s had relationships with many men. She must be so used up like a prostitute.)
  • Kasalanan niya din kaya siya na-rape…kasi naglalakad mag-isa sa madilim na lugar at ang iksi ng palda. (It’s also her fault that she got raped…she walks in the dark places alone and she wears short skirts)
  • Pangit siya para ma-rape. (Too ugly to be raped)
  • Hindi na birhen ‘yan. Nakakahiya. (She’s not a virgin anymore. What a shame.)
  • Look this great article
On slut-shaming
Janina Suarez August 10, 2013

Let's reserve this hatred and negativity for those who steal from the public coffers to fund their lavish lifestyles and corrupt public officials

One-night stands
by/Janina Suarez August 03, 2013

While one-night stands are fun, nothing beats the security that comes from being in a committed relationship


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The streets that haunt Filipino women
by Fritzie Rodriguez March 08, 2016

In Quezon City alone, 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016. What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

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Not sure which streets are safe? This app will guide you
by Rambo Talabong June 17, 2017

No matter how developed Metro Manila cities are, some streets continue to be sites of crime and violence, especially at night.
Now there’s an application to help Metro Manila residents, especially women, to keep safe when walking the streets of the capital region: Safetipin.

‘Stealthing’ could be considered assault say experts about secret removal of condom during sex
Stealthing is the act of removing one’s condom in the middle of a sexual activity without the knowledge of his partner. The term actually came from the root word “stealth” which means being sneaky or doing something without making others aware of it.
The Ultimate Guide to Girls in the Philippines
August 18, 2014 By Matt Forney

Advices for foreigners: If you want to date Filipinas, you better be prepared to play a whole new set of games.

Pro-Life Philippines Foundation

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Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines, Inc.

by/Dee Dicen Hunt and Cora Sta. Ana-Gatbonton

Historical Markers on Filipino Women’s Sexuality During Spanish Colonial Times

Malls, Sari-sari stores and Market culture - etc. general
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Online buy-and-sell - Etc.

Malls - etc.

Sari-sari store - etc.

Markets - Stalls - etc.

Palamig Business

Duty Free shopping

Be a Consumers, Laws, Rights, Unions - Etc.

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EXPLAINER: How the tax reform law affects Filipino consumers
by Chrisee Dela Paz January 09, 2018

Payroll managers start adjusting their systems to reflect the new withholding tax rates. Supermarkets, oil retailers, convenience stores, and even sidewalk vendors begin updating their price lists.

Stats on holiday shopping in PH and why the ‘ber’ season is a myth
October 03, 2017

A survey conducted among Rappler readers reveals the new shopping habits of a modern, digitally-savvy market.
At least 100 days before Christmas, the ‘ber’ mode kicks in, in the Philippines. Here the ‘ber’ months are typically used to refer to one of the longest holiday seasons in the world.

5 things to ask before buying indigenous weaves
by Vernise L. Tantuco October 21, 2017

Bright colors and cool patterns are making their way to our day-to-day outfits – but how do you make sure you're not appropriating a culture?

Online buy-and-sell - Etc.

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A look into the new wave of online shopping
by/Therese Reyes May 31, 2016

What’s next for e-commerce in the Philippines?

Online buy-and-sell 101: Ensuring a good deal
by Nikki Natividad April 03, 2017 - with video

There’s no better place to find a good deal than online. But how do you make sure you aren’t buying into a scam? Read on to find out.

Setting up shop and finding success in the digital age
by Jules Matabuena April 18, 2017

How three different businesses found success with Southeast Asia’s biggest online shopping and selling site, Lazada


Internet connection in convenience stores?
Jun 30, 2016
Malls - etc.

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Top 5 Largest Malls in the Philippines - Updated 2016

Feb 12, 2016


10 Largest Malls

May 24, 2014
(2014 Edition)

SM Supermalls

Mainpage with e.g. Mall locator

owned by SM Prime Holdings, is a chain of shopping malls in the Philippines, comprising around 55 malls located across the country.

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SM Mall of Asia - SM MOA

 a shopping mall in Bay City, Pasay, near the SM Central Business Park, the Manila Bay, and the southern end of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall chain owner and developer in the Philippines, it has a land area of 42 hectares, a gross floor area of approximately 406,962 square metres, and attracts a daily average foot traffic of about 200,000 people

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SM Seaside City Cebu

Guide for Real Estate, Shopping, Restaurants and Nightlife.
The fourth largest mall in the world!

Where to go and what to do in SM Seaside City Cebu.

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Abreeza Mall

a large shopping mall complex located at J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada in Davao City

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It’s an idea that has become extremely popular where families can shop, meet other pet lovers and bond with their pets.
It can be noisy at times with maybe an occasional dogfight but nothing serious. One never really knows from one week to the next what type of pets we will see while out shopping…. Could be dogs, cats, birds, snakes, mice, talking parrots, rabbits, exotic animals like iguanas, bearded dragons, etc. making it the most diverse pet gathering in Cebu and the country.

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Pet Festival Philippines. Funny Pet Fashion Show, Cebu.
Published on May 17, 2017
Pet owners put so much money and effort to get their favorite pet recognized.....
Takes place at the country's first and only PET LOVING MALL. Park Mall. See their creative fashions on these cute four-legged models. lots of fun....

Sari-sari store - etc.

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Sari-sari store

A sari-sari store is a convenience store found in the Philippines. The word sari-sari is Tagalog meaning "variety". Such stores form an important economic and social location in a Filipino community. It is present in almost all neighborhoods, sometimes even in every street. Most sari-sari stores are privately owned shops and are operated inside the shopkeeper's house.

Empowering Sari-Sari Stores

The Sari-Sari Stores are vital assets in the local economy. We perceive these small business people as "heroes" of the Micro-economy at the grassroots of our society

Look also HERE - Magna Kultura Foundation has been organizing outreach seminar programs designed to educate retail store owners and store-keepers with basic business skills. Most of the vendors are “un-schooled” in business enterprise management.

 and The Filipino Sari-Sari Store
by/Hazel Jean Malapit

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Sari Sari stores - examples - etc.

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Your mobile sari sari store in a taxi.

Hungry? Stuck in traffic?
Published on Apr 21, 2017 by globalvideopro1

Markets - stalls

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Beginner tips for Christmas shopping in Divisoria
by Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos November 10, 2017

First time to shop in Divisoria? here's a quick guide for you!
Divisoria in Manila has always been known to be the haven for cheap finds – wholesale or retail. Every day, thousands flock to the area, just to bag what they need – either for reselling or personal purchases. In here, you can find almost anything – clothes, shoes, home decors, costumes, party needs, fruits and vegetables, and more.

Muni Market

At MUNI, we encourage people to think critically, to ask questions about the things they buy, the food they eat, the way they get around, and make changes in their lifestyle to live more mindfully everyday.
MUNI comes from the Filipino word “muni-muni“, which means to think, ponder, muse, or reflect.

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a type of public market and usually composed of several dozen stalls arranged in rows under a shared roof. Management is usually by the local governmental units whose jurisdiction encompasses the physical location of the markets.

Carbon Market: A Hundred Years of Trading
The oldest and largest public market in Cebu City - Carbon Market - is a vibrant conglomeration of all types of vendors and goods. The market has also become a major tourist destination, mainly because it offers choices of inexpensive souvenirs and is easily accessible as it is located in the downtown area of Cebu City

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Sidcor Sunday Market: a one stop destination for almost anything
by Alecs Ongcal September 29, 2017

You'll find everything in this weekend market in Diliman, Quezon City: clothes, toys, food... maybe even your next pet!

The Badjao - Sitangkai, Tawi Tawi

A few floating market

One of the liveliest but least known of them is the one kilometer marine causeway at Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi.

Look also the Video Sitangkai Documentary in the album Tawi-Tawi in the album Great Places to visit

Sitangakai town, located on Sitangkai Island, is situated in very shallow water on the huge Tumindao Reef
EDITING STAGE Director/Editor/Writer/Musical scorer: Ron Dayoc


Market in Angeles City

Chicken, Fish, Vegetables. A Sunday morning walk through the market. Uploaded on Nov 20, 2011


The Danao Public Market

a great place to shop for almost anything. The market has, fish, fruit, vegetables, tools, pots and pans, clothing, shoes, live animals, snacks, full meals, and a variety of services. By/Peter White Apr 3, 2015


Market at Palompon

Uploaded Mar 28, 2009 by/Nancy A.
I visited this market on a Sunday morning -- what a rich place!

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GIANT Miagao Farmers Market at Miagao Iloilo


Seafood Markets

Manila & Dampa


Different kinds of Fruit and Vegetables stalls - stores


Street Market
Jun 24, 2016 by Peter White

On weekends a temporary market pops up in Liloan near the center of the town. Some vendors arrive near sunrise and are gone before noon.


'Malatapay' livestock market in the Visayas
Oct 3, 2015

Tatay Gerry tries his luck in the largest livestock market in the Visayas region: Malatapay. He hopes to sell his only carabao so he can send money to his daughter who's the first member of their family to go to college. (Date aired: Sept. 19, 2015)

Palamig Business

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During hot season, Palamig, coolers or most likely called samalamig is a thirst-quenchers that may contain gulaman jelly or any other pulps you can add on it and usually flavored with different drink powders or from a wide variety of fruit extracts.


How to start a 'palamig' business

One simple way to make money this summer is to sell cold drinks. How does one start a business selling "palamig"? Watch the video for more information! Mar 25, 2014


How to start Palamig business. How to make Palamig by InJoy and Pinoyhowto. Jan 3, 2015

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Duty Free shopping

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Duty Free Philippines Corporation, DFPC

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TVC - Duty Free ng Bayan


Remark this is an album in the in the album "Tourism organizations - Etc."

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Consumers, Law and Rights - Etc.

Consumer Unions, Foundations, Associations - etc.

IMPORTANT: Look also

Laws, Business, Import, Export

Laws, Money, Banks, Financing Companies, Negotiable Instruments

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BTRCB Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer protection, BTRCB

is committed to develop an environment where there exists an empowered and responsible consumer sector.



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No more expiry dates for gift checks after Duterte signs new law
December 29, 2017

The Gift Check Act also prohibits issuers from refusing to honor the unused value, credit, or balance stored in the GCs

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Republic Act 10962 or the Gift Check Act of 2017


by Nelsie Marketing

Look as pdf HERE and look also

the Videos - Remark this is an album in the album "RA 7394 - Consumer Act of the Philippines"

An intro to the Consumer Act of the Philippines
Jun 19, 2015
RA 7394 - Consumer Act of the Philippines by/ Nelsie Marketing
The Consumer Act of the Philippines. Aug 23, 2015

Consumer Act of Philippines - Mobile applications (App)

Check out and search the entire Consumer Act of the Philippines. It is the policy of the State to protect the interests of the consumer, promote her general welfare and to establish standards of conduct for business and industry. The Act has the following objectives:

a) protection against hazards to health and safety;
b) protect against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices;
c) provision of information and education to facilitate sound choice and the proper exercise of rights by the consumer;
d) provision of adequate rights and means of redress; and
e) involvement of consumer representatives in the formulation of social and economic policies.


Laws on Product Warranty
Published on Dec 16, 2017

“Failon Ngayon” tackles the weak implementation of the country’s laws on product warranty.

Law banning expiration dates on gift certificates eyed by Christmas
by Camille Elemia October 10, 2017

Under the proposed measure, senior citizens and persons with disabilities will continue to enjoy discounts on purchases, as provided by the law, using GCs.


A Country Report by:
Assistant Director Jaime Lasaro L. Olmos
Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection
Department of Trade and Industry

The Eight Basic Consumer Rights

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The Eight Basic Consumer Rights
Sep 2, 2015 by/Gregory Louis Magbanua
RA - 7394 Know your consumer rights
Philippines UNCUT Oct 25, 2012
How government protects consumers
Health A/sec Bernie Flores and Rod Marcelino discuss with Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya how government protects consumers against unfair traders and below-standard or defective products. Oct 27, 2012

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Why millennials are now the apple of advertisers' eyes

by Chris Schnabel 2:30 PM, September 13, 2016
As the combined spending power of millennials is projected to soar, the advertising world is coming up with ways to reach the younger consumers

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Getting into the business of school supplies

Selling school and office supplies are almost as stable as food because people continuously purchase these items. Probably even better because these are not perishable. But what are the ins and outs of getting into this type of business to make it sustainable and ride the wave of ever changing times? Aug 16, 2015

Remark: DTI monitors prices, quality of school supplies

Consumers can report overpricing retailers by calling DTI Direct 751-3330 or 0917-834-3330.

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Filipinos most confident consumers in Southeast Asia – poll
by/ Chrisee Dela Paz February 02, 2016

Vacations, gadgets, and out-of-home entertainment rank high on Filipinos' shopping lists

Magna Carta Magna Carta for Residential Electricity Consumers

Consumers Union of the Philippines, CUP

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Look CUP´s Facebook HERE



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Culture Etc.

and these sections:

Babaylan culture

Healers and Healing

Mythology - Legends - Fables - Folktales

the Ghost Month

Beliefs - Superstitions - Amulets - Etc.

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Defining Terms: Myth, folklore, legend, etc.

What's the difference?

Fairy tales, myths, legends, and folklore are terms which may seem to mean the same thing: fanciful tales.
Superstitions and unfounded beliefs are important elements in the folklore tradition.

Babaylan culture

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Center for Babaylan Studies (CFBS)

CFBS is an organization that seeks to promote all indigenous and spiritual traditions from all parts of the Philippines. Its work is not restricted to one geographic location (i.e. the Visayas).

Babaylan is a Bisayan word that evolved from proto-Austronesian words in Southeast Asia such as belian, balian, balyan, baylan and bagdan. The Subanons call them balian, balean and balayan, women who lead the religious and death rituals in Mindanao. Its literal translation to English is ancient priestess or shaman. Other terms for this role around the Philippines are arbularyo, hilot, mombaki, bailan/beliyan/bagyan, catalonan, dawac, or ma-aram.

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was a prominent figure in pre-colonial Philippine society, sometimes described as a priestess or shaman. Babaylans acted as healers, prophets and mediums, curing illnesses and exorcising evil spirits from objects or people. The babayalan would often be called when the community was experiencing difficulties that could not be resolved by physical means. They would perform a ritual through chants or prayers to pacify the spirits that caused chaos in the community.

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Walking between heaven and earth:

The babaylan today

Text and photos by Sylvia L. Mayuga November 15, 2012

Babaylan Women as Guide to a Life of Justice and Peace

Marianita (Girlie) Villariba is a sociologist who practises ‘babaylan’ (mystical women) work. Girlie, as she is fondly referred to in Isis, talks about the indigenous ways of remembering and honoring personal and community wellness.

Babaylan Spirit and Power Roles Babaylan Spirit and Power Roles

“Baylans” were historical figures in ancient pre-colonial villages in the Visayan Islands of the Philippines. They were the baranggay leaders. Female leaders, the “babaylans,” were of equal rank to men. Baylan comes from two baybayin sounds BA and LA. According to Philippine baybayin scholars, BA is the feminine principle and LA is the masculine principle. BA-LA together is quite indicative of the balance and harmony that baylans worked to maintain in their communities.

Ways of the Babaylan
Ways of the Babaylan
by Katrin de Guia

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Honoring our Babaylan Ancestors

Babaylans also called "Balyans or Binaylans" .... they are healers with the help of their ABIAN... their guardian spirit....


Pagdiwata Ritual at Manila Contemporary

Pagdiwata ritual is a family affair and is the focal point of Tagbanua life. Its activities embody their traditional sentiments and contribute to their persistence.


Manobo Kulamanon Babaylan

of Sitio Tundok


Mamanwa ritual
by Malu Maniquis

This ritual was intended to ask blessings for the project. The babaylan (spiritual leader) summoned forth the spirits of the earth. The ritual lasted for 2 hours. Dec 12, 2014

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Pagdiwata Origin: A ceremonial dance of the Tagbanua is a religious rite of the native - either of thanksgiving or of healing sick people possessed by bad spirit. (ref.: - Pagdiwata .. a healing ritual dance by the Babaylan when calling out the Diwata as part of her ritual on healing a sick person. Babaylan ...he/she is a religious leader among the tribes.. functions as a healer ..a shaman or oracle is a tradition among most of the filipino tribes to call upon the Gods through the babaylan to heal the sick or to perform rituals for thanksgiving and other sacred ceremonies.

Pagdiwata Ritual Festival

Celebrated by the Tagbanua people of Palawan, the Pagdiwata Ritual Festival is an annual event of acknowledgement and expression of Palawan people to the deities same time seeking for the deitiesí help in healing the sick and in need and offer prayers for departed loved ones. People who are in serious health conditions also come to join the event, treated by their family being the medium of healing.

Babaylan Files

Information, books, articles and links on babaylan & related topics. Babaylan is a Visayan term. Other terms for this role around the Philippines are arbularyo, hilot, mombaki, bailan/beliyan/bagyan, catalonan, dawac, or ma-aram.....

The complementary roles of the Mandirigma and the Babaylan

November 16, 2013 by Perry Gil S. Mallari

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Healers & Healing

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Rumsua: Ancestral Traditions, a site that provides information on Filipino culture and heritage, with particular emphasis on the amianan. Included are topics on the healing arts, literary works, and other cultural facts and information.
‍Philippine Traditional & Alternative Healing - TAH

This page contains more details regarding Philippine TAH particularly touch therapy / therapeutic massage and herbal medication. Other forms of TAH such as faith healing, orasyon will not be discussed in detail on this page.

Healers and Healing in the Cordillera cultures: Bontok, Gaddang, Ibaloy, Ifugao, Ilongot, Isneg, Kalinga, Kankana-ey, Ikalahan, I'wak and Tinguian
Philippine Healing Arts

By Virgil J. Mayor Apostol

Medicine Men of Agusan The Medicine Men of Agusan

in Mindanao, Philippines

BY SAMUEL GAABUCAYAN -  Cagayan de Oro, P.I.

In Siquijor, regaining healing powers while Christ is dead
by Frank Cimatu April 14, 2017

For 7 Fridays leading to Good Friday, Siquijor's healers scour Mount Bandila-an and other sources for ingredients for a powerful concoction to be mixed and brewed on Black Saturday

Albularyo, the Filipino herbalist

An albularyo' or hilot is a local medicine man or healer. The albularyo is knowledgeable in the application of medicinal herbs to cure various illnesses and their abilities are believed to be either spiritual or supernatural in origin.

An encounter With an Extraordinary Healer From The Philippines
Taoism, Philosophy, Healing and Health
Hilot A closer look at ‘hilot’

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The Healers

In the hierarchy of healers and specialists in Philippine folk medicine, the albularyo may be referred to as the "general practitioner." Knowledgeable in most of the folkloric modalities, the albularyo is especially versed in the use of medicinal herbs. The hilot ambiguously refers both to the manghihilot and magpapaanak. The manghihilot specializes in techniques and treatments applicable to sprains, fractures and muskuloskeletal conditions. The magpapaanak, besides prenatal visits and delivering babies, often performs the suob ritual. Some healers limit their practice of folkloric therapies to more specialized modalities. The mangluluop specializes in diagnostic techniques, usually referring the patients after diagnosis to the albularyo, medico, or manghihilot for definitive treatments. The medico is a further specialization, merging age-old folkloric modalities with ingredients of western medicine - 'prescription' medications, acupuncture, etc. Most of these healers consider their healing craft as God-given, a calling from a supernatural being, and consequently, their healing practices are profusely infused with prayers and religious rituals. Usually rural-based, they are also present in the urban and suburban communities, albeit in small scattered niches, serving burgis alternative needs, the impoverished or the urban-transplanted rural folk.

Spiritual Healers Philippine Spiritual Healers

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Remark these are albums in the album "Healing Rituals"


Healing Ethnic Ritual of The existence of primitive ethnic doctors here in Balbalan, popularly known by them as "mandadawak" is a living testimony that Balbalan tribes were once headhunters. Mandadawak play vital role then in the glorification of tribal warriors.

This video was captured during a stage presentation about mandadawak during the centennial year celebration of Balbalan.



A ritual of the indigenous people of Bokiawan, Hungduan, Ifugao to drive away pests, diseases and bad spirits from the community

Mythology - Legends - Fables - Folktales - Stories

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Differences between Mythology and Legends

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Philippine folklore - mythology

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Pantheon of the Gods and Goddesses
Mythological Creatures

Or look it as pdf HERE or look it as video HERE (each slide goes on for 12 sec.)

Deities of Philippine mythology

are the gods, goddesses and diwatas worshiped by ancient Filipinos before the Christianization of the natives after the Spanish conquest of the Philippines.

BAHAY TALINHAGA Philippine Folklore

a site with so many links to different categories

Philippine Folklore Stories
Supernatural Creatures in Philippine Folklore
Philippine Myth
by Raymond G. Pepito

Here are some popular or readable Philippine Myths:

Myth about the Sun
Myth on the Coconut Tree
Myth on the Origin of the Pineapple
Myth on the Origin of the Moon and Stars
Myth about the Lanzones Fruit
Myth on Why Roosters have Crowns
Myth about the Shining Moon
Myth on Mango Fruits

BaguioPhoria Community   A large collection of Myths - Folktales and Legends

Philippine Mythology

by Joe-Nel Garcia


Pandora: The Wawa Dam lady

and the Wawa Dam has claimed the lives of over 40 people starting 2007 according to a local. An engkanto named, Pandora was the reason behind the deaths. Every holy week, almost 15 to 16 people died in the dam

Why does Pandora lure young men into the depths of the Wawa River?

The elders near Wawa River warn young men of Pandora, a nymph said to be luring young men into the river and drowning them. Is there a reason behind Pandora's affairs? (Date aired: October 24, 2014) Oct 29, 2014

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The Legend of the Magat River

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The Legend of Maria Makiling

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By Leopoldo Y. Yabes

With the possible exception of Lam-ang and Kannoyan, hero and heroine or the Ilocano epic, perhaps there are no more famous characters in Ilocano saga than Angalo and Aran cyclopean beings who according to some Ilocano myths, were the first beings on earth.

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In Abra, a mythical giant looks for his mate

The footprints of Angalo, or “tugot ni Angalo” in Ilocano

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Legend of Lake Pinamaloy, Bukidnon, Mindanao

January 21, 2016
The beautiful lake of Don Carlos, which is like a guitar-shaped from the aerial view, got its name from an old fable or fairy tale story shared to the new generation.

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Tales From the Mouth of the Halawod River

The Hinilawod epic tells the story of the exploits of the three demigod brothers, Labaw Donggon, Humadapnon and Dumalapdap of Panay.

look also this article HERE

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Hinilawod Discovering a Pinoy epic

The story of the discovery of Hinilawod by renowned anthropologist F. Landa Jocano is a mini-epic itself encompassing a period of years until this longest known Filipino epic had been translated from its original oral form into the written language. Then a college student, Jocano serendipitously discovered the epic in 1955 while traveling the hinterlands of his home province, Iloilo, collecting folk songs, stories, and riddles. He heard portions of the story sung by Ulang Udig, a former babaylan or native priest. The portions he relayed to Jocano and his colleague was five hours on voice record.

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The Manananggal

(sometimes confused with the Wak Wak in some areas by the Filipinos) is a mythical creature of the Philippines

Manananggal is an aswang that can fly after separating itself from the lower half of its body. A manananggal is described as being an older, beautiful woman (as opposed to an aswang), capable of severing its upper torso in order to fly into the night with huge bat-like wings to prey on unsuspecting, pregnant women in their homes; using an elongated proboscis-like tongue, it sucks the hearts of fetuses or blood of an unsuspecting, sleeping victim. The severed lower torso is left standing and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt or smearing crushed garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The upper torso then would not be able to rejoin and will die at daybreak. The name of the creature originates from an expression used for a severed torso: manananggal comes from the Tagalog, tanggal (cognate of Malay tanggal) which means to remove or to separate. Manananggal then means the one who separates itself from its lower body.

Alamat, A Philippine Folktales, Myths and Legends Page
The Legend of Sampaguita flower

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The Legend Of Maria Cristina Falls

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The Stories Behind the White Lady in Balete Drive
Jul 05, 2013 by Shaina Sanchez
Various versions of stories about the identity of this notorious white lady have arisen in the past.
The "white lady" is said to be the ghost a teenage girl that died in a car accident in the area many years ago. The tale is believed to be a hoax of a newspaper reporter.
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Tikbalang, the Demon Horse

The Tikbalang (also written as Tigbalang, Tigbalan, or Tikbalan - translates as 'demon horse') is a creature of Philippine folklore said to lurk in the mountains and forests of the Philippines.

Tikbalangs are said to scare travelers and lead them astray. Tikbalangs play tricks on travelers such that they keep on returning to an arbitrary path no matter how far he goes or where he turns.

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Awayan: Philippine Mythological Creatures

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Truth or Fiction? By Elise Easterbrook


The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people

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Legends of Bohol Chocolate Hills

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The rainbow legend from the Philippines its one of the most loved ones

The Myth of the Banana Plant

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The Legend of Pineapple & the Myth on the Origin of the Pineapple

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The Legend of Pineapple

A re-telling of an old Filipino legend by Candy Gourlay

The Myth about Dama de Noche

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The Philippines´ Legends and Myths

The Makahiya - Legend of the Dama de Noche

Legend of Alitaptap (Fireflies)

The Code of Kalantiaw
The Maragtas Legend

and Pedro A. Monteclaro's "Foreword to the Readers" of Maragtas


The Legend of Mayon Volcano – Romeo and Juliet of the Philippines

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The story of two lovers not unlike Romeo and Juliet

The story of an uncle Magayon

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The Legend of Mayon Volcano

The Greed that Created the Hundred Islands
Ancient Philippine Creation Myth: The Legend of the Three Races
Ancient Philippine Creation Myth: The Legend of Malakas and Maganda
Folktales An Introduction Folktales An Introduction


Folktales from the Philippines Folktales from the Philippines

How the First Head Was Taken 
The Man with the Coconuts
The Boy Who Became a Stone
The Reward of Kindness
The Presidente Who Had Horns
Juan Wearing a Moneky's Skin
The Monkey and the Crocodile

Folktales from the Philippines (2) Folktales from the Philippines

How the First Head Was Taken
The Man with the Coconuts
The Boy Who Became a Stone
The Carabao and the Shell

Folktales from the Philippines (3) Philippine Folk Tales

by Mable Cook Cole 1916

So many, so it´s not possible to list them here. Look also HERE

Mayoyao Ifugao Hudhud volume 1 Mayoyao Ifugao Hudhud - Storybook volume 1

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Filipino Legends and Folktales Filipino Legends and Folktales

Bibliography Plan by Dr. Nahl - Robin Fancy

Folktales and Chants of Tadian Folktales and Chants of Tadian, Mountain Province

By Mary T. Dumanghi

Women in Philippine Folktales Women in Philippine Folktales

By Mila D. Aguilar

Sagacious Marcela
Ludovico’s choice of wife
Mariang Sinukuan
The “virtuous and beautiful wife”

Legend of Lanao Lake The Legend of Lanao Lake

by Michelle Kitma

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Visayan Folktales

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Cebuano and Visayan Folktales




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The Aswang Phenomenon

an exploration of the aswang folklore and its effects on Philippine society.

The Aswang Phenomenon is the first in-depth documentary regarding the aswang myth. The video above features the full 77-minute documentary, not just a few minutes. The documentary is written and directed by Jordan Clark and features Maricel Soriano and Peque Gallaga. Produced by High Banks Entertainment Ltd.

Datu Puti - Philippine Legend

Sigbin or Zegben

Philippine Folklore Stories

The Tobacco of Harisaboqued
The Pericos
Quicoy and the Ongloc
The Passing of Loku
The Light of the Fly
Mangita and Larina
How the World Was Made
The Silver Shower
The Faithlessness of Sinogo
Catalina of Dumaguete
The Fall of Polobolac
The Escape of Juanita
The Anting-Anting of Manuelito
When the Lilies Return

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Kalinga Legends and myths of Kalinga, Philippines

By Virginia Gaces




BY: MANOLO BALLUG as passed on by the elders.

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A project on Philippine Literature at Bulacan State University (BSU) Sarmiento campus at our group-report regarding The infamous Legend of the Kalinga tribe named The Legend of sleeping beauty, Look more and the whole story about the legend on the above link


The lost city of Biringan
Published on Apr 17, 2017 - Aired: April 16, 2017

Isa sa pinakasikat na Pinoy Urban Legend ay tinaguriang ‘nawawalang siyudad’ ng Biringan sa Samar. Susubukang hanapin at alamin ng KMJS team ang katotohanan sa ‘siyudad’ na ito.

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Biringan city
The city is said to be located in Samar. It is also designated as a barangay of Pagsanghan, Samar. According to the local folklore, the population of Biringan comprises supernatural beings: the encantos ("enchanted ones"), and their progeny with the humans. The encantos are described as shapechangers who can take human form. In their human form, they are said to lack a philtrum between their nose and lips.

The Ethereal City of Biringan

BIRINGAN CITY, Philippines | Invisible City | Engkanto

Filipino Popular Tales

Filipino Popular Tales - Fansler, Dean S.

More than 100 myths, tales, stories

Look the contents - titles of all the tales HERE


AN IGOROT CULTURE HERO by William Henry Scott


ArtiFact and ArtiFiction

dinggot conde prieto
Banwa ko nga ingmatan
Banwa ko nga iristaran
Yang mga tag-banwa
Y ang mga taga-poroporoan...

Flood Myths Flood Myths from the Philippines by D. L. Ashliman
Myths from Different Regions of the Philippines

Adam and Eve
Creation Story
Big Dipper in the Sky
Origin of the Stars
Why the Sky Is Curved
Why the Sky Is High
Why the Sun Shines More Bright
Legend of the Married River
The Legend of Princess Macapuno
The Origin of Rice
Why There Is High Tide
Dead Come Back No More
Jars Brought from the Village
Gods and Goddesses
The First Monkey
How the Angels Built Lake  Lanao

The Soul Boat and the Boat-Soul

The Soul Boat and the Boat-Soul: An Inquiry into the Indigenous “Soul”

Maria Bernadette L. Abrera, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History. Department of History, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

This paper will explore the indigenous world view in the Philippines and in particular, the concept of the soul in the animist context, as revealed in the pre-colonial rituals involving the use of the boats.

The two legends that we know behind the Pascua


e.g. POINSETTIA or Pascua and the panunuluyan and the parol

The Bontoc Igorot
by Albert Ernest Jenks, Manila 1905

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Myth  about: Black Rice - Forbidden Black Rice
the Ghost Month

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What is Ghost Month? 5 things you need to know
August 22, 2017

Every year, Ghost Month affects wedding dates, business deals, and even the Philippine stock market – here's what you need to know to fend off bad luck.
Every year around August, Feng Shui experts warn us against a slew of activities, lest misfortunes happen.
The annual Ghost Month affects more aspects of your life than you think, having a hand in business openings, the Philippine stock market, and even wedding plans.

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Want to stay lucky on ghost month? Wear red panties
ABS-CBN News Updated Aug 10 2015
MANILA – Wearing red underwear may ward off spirits during the so-called ghost month, a feng shui expert said.


Pinoy Ghost Month

According to Chinese tradition, Feng Shui, the so-called "ghost month" designated in the calendar from August 14 to September 12, this year is "the time when the gate of hell will open to allow the ghosts and spirits to go back to the living world."

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Beliefs - Superstitions - Amulets - etc.

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Pinoy New Year’s Eve superstitions

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Early filipino in the pre-hispanic period

Filipino beliefs and practices before the arrival of the Spaniards.

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Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines
by Reynaldo Santos Jr March 23, 2018

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

Burial traditions customs superstitions in the Philippines

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Filipino Beliefs, Contradictions, Value
Understand your BFF: What their zodiac sign says about your friends
by Monch the Mystic March 07, 2018

Always in sync with your best friend? Your compatibility may have been written in the stars!

The anting-anting, the Philippine amulet, is an essential part of the Filipino folk credo and mythological makeup

Agimat or bertud or Anting-anting is also a Filipino system of magic and sorcery with special use of the mentioned talismans, amulets

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Gayuma tokhang
Feb 11, 2017
Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO
Gayuma, according to Filipino folk belief, gayuma is a love potion that is used to attract a mate.
The term gayuma may also refer to spells that bring love, bind couples, snatch someone's lover, or end an affair. Other than a potion or a spell, a gayuma may also take the form of a charm.

Amulets against "tokhang"
Feb 20, 2017
Kat Domingo keeps us in the loop on amulets that supposedly protects its owner against "tokhang".

The belief system involving the Engkanto/Engkantado or Engkantada. Diwatas/Engkantada (from Spanish: encantada, "enchantress, charmed") or engkanto (from Spanish: encanto, "spell, incantation, charm") are fairies, nymphs, goddesses or enchanted persons who are believed to guard natural creations such as forests, seas, mountains, land and air.

“Rural peoples of the Philippines believe in the existence of, as well as the influence exercised in the human lives by, superhuman beings called engkantos. The belief is found in Luzon quite common in Bisayas and in Mindanao.”

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Belief in Supreme God
Philippine Trinity

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Growing spirituality among Filipinos

by mark alba escobar

Superstitious Beliefs

How Do They Affect a Believer's Faith?

As considered the major Catholic country in Asia and at the same time has plenty of superstitions, Philippines situates itself in the subject of further delving to make things more clarified about its people religiosity and superstitions.

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Superstitions are beliefs or practices for which there appears to be no rational substance.

Here are some of the rituals performed by the elders and folks in different provinces in the Philippines.

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The Mangkukula

is the Filipino equivalent of a western witch or sorcerer, the name deriving from the word kulam. Another term is brujo ('bruho' for warlocks), bruja (woman) - brujo (man) - ('bruha' for witches). The verb kulamin (koo-lah-min) means "to place a hex". And a curse in Filipino is a sumpa (soom-pah).

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Mythology, Creatures & Monsters

Mambabarang and Mangkukulam
KULAM: Filipino Witchcraft and Sorcery Revealed

Talks about the True Filipino Witchcraft and Sorcery methods for Healing, Revenge, Love, and Everyday Life. Details about the Supernatural Beings will also be explained in some blog entries. Use the methods in your own risks.

Mangkukulam is a person employing or using Kulam. Kinukulam is the target of the Kulam. Nakulam means someone or something experiencing the effects of the Kulam. Kulamin means to bewitch or to hex. Ipakulam to get to be bewitched or hexed. Makulam means to be able to bewitch or to become bewitched; hexed.

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Misteryo: A Documentary about Kulam

A documentary of GMA's Imbestigador features mangkukulam or those practicing witchcraft.
Is witchcraft for real?
There have been tell tales about witches and what can they do to harm others. In Front Row's documentary 'Kulam,' we discover the world of the unknown. Oct 21, 2014
Do you believe in "kulam?"
A quack doctor or "manggagamot" approaches Tin's mother and told her that she's been victimized by a 'kulam'. Little did they know, this "manggagamot" is just a fraud. Nov 2, 2016
Are big old trees homes to supernatural beings?

Why do most elementals and other beings in Philippine folklore live on big old trees? What is it about trees that have made them notorious habitats for supernatural beings? Oct 22, 2014

What tickles your fancy?

In this week's episodes clinical psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes talks about fetishes. Jul 26, 2014 & Aug 23, 2014

Remark: Part 1 and 2 are both in one video

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MGA PAMAHIIN - Folk Beliefs

Use the link in the left side of the page to many good informations about "beliefs" in the different regions and different subjects:

Love, Courtship and Marriage
Conception and Childbirth
Money and Fortune
Food and Eating
House, Home and Family
Illness and Death
Numbers and Colors
Signs and Premonitions
Bad and Good Luck

Regional Folk Beliefs:



Pregnancy and Childbirth
Death and Burial

Superstitions and Beliefs

Philippine beliefs and superstition have grown in number throughout the various regions and provinces in the country. These beliefs have come from the different saying and superstitions of our ancestors that aim to prevent danger from happening or to make a person refrain from doing something in particular. These beliefs are part of our culture, for one derives their beliefs from the influences of what their customs, traditions and culture have dictated to explain certain phenomena or to put a scare in people.

Are ghosts really haunting Malacañang?
October 31, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita

Malacañang Palace, with its grandiose structure, is believed to house not only the country’s highest top official but also many supernatural forces.
Spine-tingling eerie stories – unwelcome presence of dead presidents and other elements – still dogged Malacañang Palace to date.
At least one of the Palace’s current employees, Beldad Gantalao, could attest to the spooky tales in the President’s official residence.


Rember Gelera’s Diplomat Hotel
Oct 31, 2016

Nakapanayam ng KMJS sina Jannel Montero at Sein Bondoc mga turistang dumalaw sa Diplomat Hotel, ngunit sa di inaasahang pangyayari ay may nahagip na hindi inaasahan ang kanilang mga camera. Alamin ang kasaysayan ng Diplomat Hotel ang sinasabing ‘haunted hotel’ sa Baguio City.

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Look much more about the Dominican hill and retreat house - Gelera’s Diplomat Hotel

The Laperal Guesthouse, popularly known as Laperal White House is an attraction in Baguio City which is listed as one of Baguio's haunted places and one of the world's most haunted locations.

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Inside Baguio’s Most Haunted: The Laperal White House

Stories from Baguio's infamous haunted house, Laperal White House will totally spook you!

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Laperal White House in Baguio City, ‘No. 14 Laperal’

Clark Air Base Hospital, Pampanga

is now an abandoned hospital, but it looks alive and well, without walls and interiors, the hospital was used during the world war 2 and most of the patients here are soldiers who are casualties of war, and not only from the world war but also during the year of Vietnam War. Haunted hospitals are the most scariest place ever, because it’s a tug of war place for life and death.

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The Facebook: Clark Abandoned Hospital

and the Videos in the album Clark Air Base Hospital, Pampanga an abandoned haunted hospital:
Abandoned Hospital in Angeles city Clark Pampanga
Ang misteryo ng abandonadong ospital sa Pampanga

Filipino Superstitions

Top Superstitious Beliefs of Filipinos
Filipino Traits, Traditions & Beliefs: Beliefs on Illness and Death

March 6, 2012 by Felix Fojas

Like any other racial group in the world, present-day Filipinos have their own set of superstitious beliefs they have inherited from their ancestors.

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines
by Reynaldo Santos Jr. Apr 04, 2015

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

Look more in the section "Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday - Semana Santa "Holy Week" (Mahal na Araw) - Easter" HERE

10 Filipino Superstitious Beliefs that Has Great Influence in their Life
Famous Wedding Superstitions Most Famous Wedding Superstitions in the Philippines

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Palaspas or Palm Fronds as Amulets?

April 3, 2012 by jptan2012

Growing up with a devout Catholic maternal grand mother, I’m quite familiar with how Catholics looks at a Palaspas or Palm Fronds. My Lola would always tell me that a palaspas is what saves us from the devil during Holy Week, because, she explains, this is the time when Christ is at his weakest. Like most superstitious Catholics, my Lola has a lot of beliefs that are technically not espouse by the Church.

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Superstitions - Baptism Filipino superstitions - Baptism
Filipino Superstitions

Filipino Superstitions about Christmas etc.

Compiled by Laura B. Corpuz

10 Filipino Superstitious Beliefs during Wakes

Look also Filipino Superstitious Beliefs on Good Luck

Filipino Superstition on Death & Illness
Superstition That Evil Causes Illness
Other Filipino Superstitious Beliefs

Filipino Superstitions Filipino Superstitions

Look the article as pdf HERE

Filipino Traits, Traditions & Beliefs:

Beliefs on House, Home and Family

Look also  Beliefs on Bad Luck and Good Luck

Casiguran Agta - Casiguran Dumagat

Culture, beliefs etc.
by Jesus T. Peralta

Look the article as pdf HERE

The Problem with Superstitions.

So when you believe that superstitions are harmless…think again. By pinoyatheist.


‘Sayaw ng Pag-asa,’ a documentary on Fertility Rites in Obando
May 26, 2016 - Aired: May 21, 2016

Samahan si Sandra Aguinaldo si kanyang pakikilahok sa taunang Fertility Rites sa Obando, Bulacan. Matutunghayan ang mga karanasan, kwento at pagpapasalamat ng mga mag-asawang umaasang mabibiyayaan ng anak sa pamamagitan ng pagdalo sa nasabing pista.

Remark this is an album in the album "Obando Fertility Festival - Ritual - Music and Dance of Bulacan" in the album "Culture - Festivals - Fiestas - Events"

Traditional Health Beliefs: Filipino: Pregnancy & Childbirth

Upon interviewing Filipino women, we have come to see that many of these women still uphold some traditions from previous generations, but have since transitioned into a more modern approach regarding their maternity experience.



Perceptions and Beliefs of Urban Poor Women on Reproductive Health: A Case Study

by Realidad S. Rolda

Ibanag Heritage Foundation Inc. - IHFI


Religious and Beliefs

Programs, Projects and Activities

Look also Ibanag Childbirth Rituals - Beliefs

The Dead, River Spirits, & a Magic Hat

by alex felipe

Filipino Superstitions on Death

Look also

Filipino Myths of Death

The Soul Boat and the Boat Soul

Filipino Superstition on Death & Illness
Filipino Myths of Death Filipino Myths of Death and Speciation : Content and Structure
Indigenous Religious Beliefs and Cosmology of the Filipino

Supreme God
Filipino Trinity?
Ritual and Practice

Look also "Developing a Philippine Philosophy"

the DAKIT tree at Ilihan The myth of the DAKIT tree at Barangay Ilihan, Toledo City, Cebu

In 1920 up to the present and might be forever, the tree stands mystical, fantastic and intriguing.

Bisayan Folk Beliefs and Customs Bisayan Folk Beliefs and Customs

By Francisco Demetrio

Beliefs and Practices Beliefs and Practices of Muslim Women in Mindanao

by Grace Edmar Elizar-del Prado

Beliefs in Malingin Culture Beliefs, Traditions and Practices in Malingin
Religion and Spiritual Beliefs Religion and Spiritual Beliefs in the Philippines

by Alisa Pierson

Filipino Spirituality


Philippine Culture, Traditions, Values and Beliefs of Filipinos

Remark this is an album in the album "Filipino Culture and Traditions & Tradition vs. Modernization"


Filipino Superstitions


Pregnancy beliefs in the Philippines

babybuchug wrote on Jun 14, 2010: Here are some pregnancy beliefs or pregnancy sayings that I have heard from the elders in our country. Majority of modern Filipinos do not believe in them but they are nice to share with everyone. - I got the dates mixed up! All the while I thought that June 12 is this Monday because it's a holiday! :)) Ooopsy! I blame it on too much bed rest haha :)


Pilipino Folklore and Superstitions

by Sac State Kappa Psi Epsilon & Chi Rho Omicron



BETCHsin wrote on May 25, 2008: so... we made another video FINALLY! after sooo long, we decided to do a video about common filipino superstitions that we both were familiar with. we wanted to show how silly the logic of these superstitions are but we didn't want to make fun of it cause many filipinos have believed in them for sooo long. but anyways, we learned most of these superstitions by hearing it from family members, especially our lolas.



- Turn the plate around when someone leaves the table to prevent a car accident.
- Don't face your bed towards the door or closet or you will die early, as a casket goes out the door. Either that, or the evil spirits will pull you out.
- If you put your face in a weird position, it will stay like that forever.


To the Banwaon tribe in Agusan del Sur, man can never own a tree

'I-Witness' host Kara David ventures into the forest to document the datus' animist rituals and beliefs. Aug 23, 2013


Behind the scenes of Kara David's "I-Witness" docu on Banwaon

In August 2013, Kara David and her I-Witness documentary team travelled to Agusan del Sur to shoot a documentary entitled "Ang mga Datu ng Mahagsay" about the Banwaon tribe. Oct 2, 2013

Look also HERE

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "MANOBO - Their culture and beliefs"


Subanen food offering

2007 in LakeWood, Zamboanga del Sur

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Subanen Tribe"

Look also HERE


Remark this is an album in the album "Traditional New year and New year superstitions" with:

Filipino New Year's Superstitions

AzNislander143 wrote Jan 1, 2012: YAY! First ever video up on the first day of 2012 Here's a few Filipino superstitions during the New Year and a cover of the classic "Auld Lang Syne" Hope you enjoy and Happy New Year's.

Look also New Year's Eve - Day - Etc.

Why the PH is a safe haven for refugees

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Duterte offers refugees a home in the Philippines
by Steve Chao 17 November 2016 - with Videos

"Send them to us. We will accept them," the president says at a time many Western nations are closing their borders.


Why the PH is a safe haven for refugees
June 18, 2015

The Rohingya weren't the first group of refugees to seek asylum in the Philippines.
When anti-communist refugees known as White Russians were forced to flee China due to the advance of the communist army in 1949, only one country opened its doors to them, the Philippines.


From refugees to Filipinos: How two former refugees found a home in the Philippines
May 7, 2017 by UNHCR Philippines

After waiting for years on end in legal limbo, former refugees Maher Mohammad Al Raee and Kamran Karbasi were naturalised as Filipinos in January 2017, decades after they first came to the Philippines after fleeing their home countries because of war and persecution

Philippines may open doors to Rohingya migrants
19 May 2015
Government indicates willingness to provide welfare for boat people, after other SE Asian nations reject new migrants.

Look also
Rohingya migrants reached PH in 2014
by Paterno Esmaquel II Updated May 29, 2015
The United Nations refugee agency calls the Philippines a 'beacon of hope' for thousands of refugees.

the Video:
Philippines ready to help Rohingya refugees

When the PH opened its doors to Jewish refugees
by Gari A. Acolola June 24, 2017

'We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines,' says Lotte Hershfield, one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

Ten Facts About Refugees in the Philippines
07 Nov 2016 - with video
The Philippines has a long history of resettling displaced refugees into their country, stretching back to the 1940’s

Look also the Video:
Holocaust Refugees in the Philippines

and the articles:

Humanitarianism: Why is Philippines so generous and accepting to refugees compared to other countries like Egypt Indonesia etc.?

Duterte offers refugees a home in the Philippines
17 November 2016 - with video
"Send them to us. We will accept them," the president says at a time many Western nations are closing their borders.

The history of the former "Philippine Refugee Centers" and "The Boat People" in the Philippines - Etc.

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The Philippines Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) (1980-1995)

was a large facility near Morong, Bataan, Philippines, which was used as the final stop for Indochinese refugees making their way to permanent resettlement in other nations.

Important look also these links HERE and HERE and about Palawan Refugee Camp below HERE

Cemetery of Vietnamese refugees at Bataan Processing Centre in Philippines

There are about 300 graves found in this cemetery. Bataan was a Processing Centre established in 1980 and closed down in 1994, now called Bataan Technology Park, in Subic Bay area, 2 hours drive from Manila.


Vietnamese Refugees in the Philippines


The Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC)

was a large facility near Morong, Bataan, Philippines, which was used as the final stop for Indochinese refugees making their way to permanent resettlement in other nations.

Look much more on the above links and the full description of the video HERE


Philippine refugee camp memories


Stateless Vietnamese Refugees in the Philippines 1997 - 2009

A trip down memory lane. A short documentary on VOICE work in the Philippines and what it set out to achieve in the years to come.


and look the 5 videos "The last chapter of Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines" HERE

and look also the video "Introduction of the Archive of Vietnamese Boat People" HERE

The former link has been closed, so we will be glad if you can help and send a new link

The Boat People Museum

was set up to commemorate the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan which was used in 1980-1994 as a temporary resettlement and preparation area for boat refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The Museum is about the story of suffering, people diaspora, and the triumph of the human spirit. It is about compassion, cooperation among various peoples, NGOs and governments, and about the United Nations. It is a story which unfortunately repeats itself. Yet there are small untold heroes. The Museum was set up with meager funds and volunteer help, mainly from those who were involved earlier as employees of the camp. Photos and small memorabilia were gathered from the villagers, as well as from visitors. An authentic boat that was used in the migration was refurbished and is a real monument to this period.

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P.F.A.C. - the Vietnamese Refugee Camp (V.R.C.) in Palawan.

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PFAC Palawan, Our Second Home Blog

was created as a tribute to the Vietnamese Refugees who used to live in P.F.A.C. or the Vietnamese Refugee Camp (V.R.C.) in Palawan, Philippines. We hope that this blog can serve as a venue or tool to reunite us, bring us closer together once more. Please feel free to post comments or requests below every post. We welcome submissions related to PFAC and its former volunteers and residents.

Palawan Refugee Camp Palawan Refugee Camp

PFAC refugee camp, 1989, Palawan

This is a video (in 6 parts) taken by Mr. Jan Top Christensen, Head of UNHCR Field Office in PFAC, Palawan, Philippines, in 1989.

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