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A tale of two mothers

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My mom’s oldest sister, Grizelda Barredo (nee Imutan) passed away on April 2 after suffering a stroke. The one visitor who came to see her regularly on her final days in the hospital was my mother, Ligaya. Knowing the two sisters’ backstory, it was a given that my mother wanted to be nowhere else but at my aunt’s side.

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‘Staycation’

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I don’t remember my family ever being in the habit of heading out of the city (and enduring seemingly endless traffic jams) to hit the beach or the mountains in the north during those holy days of Lent.   What I do remember is every single television station shutting down from Maundy Thursday to Black […]

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Anatomy of an interview–not that one

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Lea Salonga

Just so we’re clear, this is being written from an interviewee’s perspective. That should be obvious, since I’ve been interviewed numerous times over the course of my career.

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Turning Japanese

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Ramin Karimloo

Seems I spend more time at Narita International Airport on layovers than I do at any other major city’s airport. For years I had wished I could step out of the terminal and see what’s there to see in Japan. A week ago, I got that wish.

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Message to Blake: Come back soon

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BRITISH band Blake with Nikki Gil before the Glorietta show

Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney, Jules Knight, and Stephen Bowman are more popularly known as Blake.   Most assuredly, more than just a few female hearts fluttered at the arrival of the British classical vocal quartet in Manila (on Nov. 30). I’ve heard of them from their past trips to the country for performances, but unfortunately, […]

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