Thursday, April 15, 2021
The legacy of the former strongman Ferdinand Marcos pervades the Ilocos region, helping one woman devote her life to teaching. “Here in Ilocos, there’s nothing more important than ensuring your children receive a good education.” Giving children a better future has...
As of late, there has been a spike in the number of our precious animals like tapirs, wild boars, foxes and leopard cats being killed throughout the country. These senseless killings are of no fault of the animals and...
From Thailand’s silk weaving to Malaysian songket weaving, Vietnam’s rattan woven baskets to Filipino pottery ware, Indonesia’s wood carving to Bruneian silversmithing; ASEAN truly has a vibrant range of traditional handicrafts passed down from generation to generation. We pride...
Phuket has long been renowned for its glittering nightlife – bars and nightclubs line Bangla Road in Patong, blasting The Chainsmokers’ newest hits whilst friendly Thais approach wide-eyed tourists, recommending “ping-pong shows” with a wink. However, on 13 October...
Press freedom is now more important than ever. Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' provides an important lesson for us to learn about holding power accountable. I fully agree with renown director Steven Spielberg that there is an urgency to make his...
One day in 2013, my mother suddenly called me in panic. At first, I thought something wrong had happened in my house causing her to  react like that. I held my breath, wondering, “Would it be fire attack? Robbery?...
A deeply riven country tired of fighting struggles to heal from lingering political divisions. In Chiang Mai, the name Shinawatra – the family of ousted prime minister and billionaire Thaksin – has deep roots. Shinawatra Silk is a household brand, having...
Myanmar’s biggest city presents Phyo Min Thein with transport woes, entrenched opposition and a restive population. Yangon dominates Myanmar. Whilst Naypyidaw, 320km to the north, has been the capital for the past 11 years, this vibrant port city with its...
The under-22 men’s football tournament of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) showcases the region’s top young talents such as Evan Dimas of Indonesia, Shahril Ishak of Singapore, and Chanathip Songkrasin of Thailand. It ought to have been their...
When it comes to abusive treatment of domestic workers in Malaysia, you would think that you had seen or heard it all. Until you hear the sad, tragic story of Adelina Lisao. Adelina was a 26-year old Indonesian who hailed...

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