Hidilyn Diaz on her delayed Olympic quest

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is already assured a place in the country’s sporting folklore, alongside the likes of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, as the only woman from the Philippines to ever win an Olympic medal — her surprise silver in 2016 in Rio breaking a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines. The stature of the Zamboanga native grew two years later …

Is it ‘splurging’ or ‘treating’ yourself?

Have you ever asked yourself if you are already splurging, or are just treating yourself after years of hard work? Is splurging a bad habit? As online shopping is booming, e-commerce platforms tempt many to “add to cart,” especially as payday approaches. How can one differentiate “splurging” from “rewarding” oneself? Psychology professor James Philip Ray Pinggolio said, “People buy stuff …

Pinay chef named Chef of the Year at World Gourmet Awards in Singapore

Filipino chef Johanne Siy is World Gourmet Awards’ Female Chef of the Year. The Singapore-based chef was recognized for her excellent culinary skills in daily kitchen operations and setting high standards for excellence in her career. World Gourmet Awards honors the efforts of Singapore’s hospitality industry who deliver the best fine dining experiences to their guests. Johanne was a corporate …

Santacruzan in the time of pandemic

Flores de Mayo has always been one of the most anticipated festivals in the Philippines, culminated with a night of grandeur called the Santacruzan every end of May to commemorate Queen Helena’s search for the Holy Cross. Over time, the beloved occasion has evolved into a moving exhibit of Philippine artistry and craftsmanship, with the town belles parading in long …

McDonald’s x BTS collab kicks off with exclusive merch drop

We’re counting down the days until the BTS Meal arrives at McDonald’s! The band’s signature order—featuring a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, medium World Famous Fries, medium soft drink, and Sweet Chili and Cajun dipping sauces inspired by recipes from McDonald’s South Korea—will be available starting on June 18. But in the meantime, McDonald’s Philippines is offering up yet another way to …

Pinoy artist breaks records at Christie’s auction despite pandemic

A Filipino artist’s work fetched 19.5 million Hong Kong dollars at Christie’s May 24 live auction. Ronald Ventura’s “Party Animal” is potentially record-breaking as it is believed to have the highest price paid for an artwork done by a living Filipino artist. The 2017 acrylic on canvas painting was estimated to fetch up to 1.2 million Hong Kong dollars at …

Vegetarian siopao at Johnlu Koa’s The French Baker now sells like croissants

The vegetarian market has arrived in the Philippines. Who would have thought that Johnlu Koa, who created a French bakery-cafe after trips to France in the the early ‘80s, would create vegetarian siopao, which is now selling like croissants at his highly popular The French Baker? Today, 32 years later, The French Baker continues to innovate, coming up with new, …

Far from home: Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz grunts as she hoists a barbell in a makeshift outdoor gym ringed by banana and rambutan trees as trucks thunder past — an unlikely training base for a shot at Olympic gold in Tokyo. Diaz, 30, who took silver at Rio 2016, has been stuck in Malaysia since February last year due to COVID-19 but is …

The problem of food waste

Every year, Europeans throw away millions of tons of food. And not just eggshells, tea bags, peel and bones: Two-thirds of our food waste is perfectly edible, some of which never even reach our kitchens. All too often we’re too quick to ditch a wrinkly plum or a misshapen carrot because it’s not aesthetically pleasing. According to a new UN …