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Because of him: The life, hits and death of Keith Martin

This is the story of a song that was not supposed to be a hit, a surprise life in a different country and a death no one expected.In 2004, American singer-songwriter-producer Keith Martin’s song “Because of You” was everywhere. You heard it on the radio. People were covering it on TV. Singers were recording and …

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Would you have your fortune told by Manix Abrera?

Manix Abrera really is out of this world. The cartoonist (who just turned 40, thus is an Aquarius) behind the Inquirer’s “Kikomachine Komix” strip boasts a style that can only be described as cute on acid, stories which depict the daily tribulations of students at a university (everyone pretty much agrees it is a stand-in …

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Super Random revisits the dance revolution of the ’80s and the ’90s

Dance is something that has long been identified with Filipino women. The only dance exclusively identified with men, for good or ill, was something we had to learn for cultural or field demonstrations. Yes, this is the bane of grade school or high school experience involving coconut husks and being half-naked, the maglalatik. Cut to …

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Millie Bobby Brown’s ‘Enola Holmes’ co-star Louis Partridge hasn’t seen ‘Stranger Things’

Millie Bobby Brown’s “Enola Holmes” co-star Louis Partridge hasn’t seen “Stranger Things.” And the young actor, who plays Lord Tewksbury, thinks that actually helped him during filming. “I didn’t go, (gasp) ‘It’s Eleven. It’s you.’ It was nice. I just got to see her as like, ‘I’ve heard a lot about you. You seem nice.’ …

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Jose Mari Chan on his songs, the memes, and why he doesn’t think he should be Mr. Christmas

Jose Mari Chan has become an ubiquitous symbol of the Filipino yuletide season, thanks to his holiday hit “Christmas in Our Hearts” and the countless memes counting down to September, the very early start of Pinoy Christmas. The singer-songwriter spent Sept. 1 with us on Zoom, talking and singing to us from his Makati home. …

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What’s your favorite story to tell about your mom?

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we asked twenty-four to people share touching, sweet, funny stories about their mothers. Best adobo My Nanay cooks the best pork adobo. I can eat it every day! I’d always bring it as my potluck “ambag” in high school and college. My friends would expect it during reunions and other celebrations. …

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“Good morning, dad. This is your first day in heaven”: daughter pays tribute to Dr. Marcelo Jaochico who succumbed to COVID-19

Dr. Marcelo “Mar” Jaochico’s personal battle against COVID-19 started with fever. Then came the loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea and shortness of breath. A week later, Dr. Jaochico, who is the provincial health chief of Pampanga, was in the ICU.  As he fought to recover from the dreaded coronavirus, his daughter Cielo, a nurse, who …

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