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A French manicure

WHEN PEOPLE LEARN THAT I’M AN ACTIVIST, THEY automatically look at my nails. No matter how much they try, it seems they cannot imagine anyone among the angry horde they see on TV news programs having manicured nails.
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One day at a time

DEAR YOUNGER me, When you come to Canada at 21, a recent graduate of the top university in your country, with Latin honors and a professional license, you’ll think you have an edge over many other people hoping to establish a career in this foreign land. You’ll feel so optimistic about the future, and you’ll imagine yourself effortlessly climbing up to your own version of success.
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A symbol of hope

I LEFT Manila to live and pursue graduate studies in London until the end of 2009, when I joined the over three million Filipinos in the United States. Last year, I watched Manny Pacquiao knock out British boxer Ricky Hatton, at a casino in London amidst a throng of pissed-off British boxing fans.
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Skin in the game

“Kung gusto, may paraan.” Oh how my younger self adhered to that principle, with the “gusto” being video…
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More fun in PH?

THERE WAS nothing that excited me more than telling stories about the Philippines to my American friends. At one point I started to sound like Fez from “That ’70s Show,” always starting a statement with “In my country...”