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Filipino-Spanish ties move in step with flamenco

Filipino-Spanish ties move in step with flamenco

  By NORMAN SISON THINK of Spain and you will most likely think of bullfights, paella, jamon — and, of course, flamenco. The Spanish..

November 22, 2014
Manicani: A tough little island

Manicani: A tough little island

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS Photos by ACE ESMERALDA and ELLEN TORDESILLAS MANICANI  today hardly bears signs of the havoc wrought by..

November 19, 2014
HK protest echoes 1986 People Power revolt

HK protest echoes 1986 People Power revolt

  By NORMAN SISON   HONG KONG — Anywhere you look, the street has shades of yellow. Yellow ribbons are pinned on the lapels of..

November 19, 2014
Celebrating the blessings of rice

Celebrating the blessings of rice

  By YOLANDA L. PUNSALAN  RICE is the staple food for more than half the world’s population and one-fifth of the world’s..

November 16, 2014
Dance docu relates travails of the Filipino danseur

Dance docu relates travails of the Filipino danseur

  By PABLO A. TARIMAN BALLET has a freak history in the country even as Manila saw the world-famous Russian dance icon Anna Pavlova as..

November 15, 2014
Teaching in silence

Teaching in silence

By JOHN PAUL ECARMA MAUNES CEBU CITY— It is a typical morning rush in a community public school in Barangay Bulacao, Pardo in Cebu City...

November 5, 2014
Earning a living on the Day of the Dead

Earning a living on the Day of the Dead

FILIPINOS braved the crowds and the rain to visit the graves of deceased loved ones over the weekend. By night, cemeteries still buzzed..

November 5, 2014
Paco Park: Where history lies with the dead

Paco Park: Where history lies with the dead

  By NORMAN SISON WOULD you get married at a centuries-old cemetery? That may sound macabre, but couples who get hitched at Paco Park in..

October 31, 2014
Filipino choir wins anew in South Korea choral fest

Filipino choir wins anew in South Korea choral fest

  By PABLO A. TARIMAN “IT takes a lot of diligence and insight from both the conductor and the choristers. It all boils down to finding..

October 28, 2014
‘Feel the fear’: Jim Paredes on coping with wife’s breast cancer

‘Feel the fear’: Jim Paredes on coping with wife’s breast cancer

  By NORMAN SISON IT was during a vacation in New Zealand when Lydia Paredes noticed a concave indentation on her left breast. After..

October 25, 2014
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Founded in March 2008, VERA Files is published by veteran Filipino journalists taking a deeper look into current Philippine issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”
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