Fixing a Broken Heart

Before telling someone to "move on," first understand that the sadness might indicate something more serious.

By Focus FeaturesFebruary 12, 2017

Mysterious Ways

Sometimes, we turn to the heavens to make sense of why we love, why we don't, and why – in some cases – it never happens.

By Focus FeaturesFebruary 12, 2017


Let NOAH’s Ark Sail On

Why the government’s landmark disaster risk reduction master plan must continue, sans politics.

By Focus FeaturesFebruary 5, 2017


Saving Our Seas

The world’s last ecological frontier faces the threat of commercialization.

By Focus FeaturesFebruary 5, 2017

Rodgil Flores, head of Kagandahang Flores, “inventor” of the “duck walk” demonstrates how it’s done to a number of new trainees (Photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

Short-term goals, long-term effect

Never write off an ambitious girl brimming with determination. A graceful swan might be yearning to break free inside that ugly duckling. Had Kagandahang Flores dismissed Karla Henry and Precious Lara Quigaman outright, the country would now have two less global beauty titles.

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 29, 2017

From probinsiyana to sophisticated young woman

From probinsiyana with no ‘muscle memory,’ to woman of the Earth

A been there, done that beauty queen’s advice to Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina? ‘As long as she gives this contest her all, she won’t have to regret anything. No matter the outcome, win or lose, she’s still a winner because deep in her heart, she gave it her all.’

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 29, 2017

Makeup artist Albert Kurniawan puts the finishing touches on Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina

The education of a wannabe beauty queen

You can correct a girl’s posture. Even personality and intelligence can be acquired and developed through training. Physical beauty can be enhanced through makeup and, in extreme cases, through surgery. One thing you can never really acquire is the aura of a winner. That’s something innate.

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 29, 2017


A Home of Their Own

Emily Salas of Ridge View Emily Salas and her family have lived in three houses after Typhoon Yolana demolished their...

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017


Yolanda Housing Timeline

2013 Nov. 8: Typhoon Yolanda hits Tacloban. Casualties number more than 6,000. Around 70%-80% come from Tacloban alone. Nov. 9:...

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017


Home at Last

Yolanda survivors find a ‘roof over their heads’ in Tacloban North resettlement

By Focus FeaturesJanuary 22, 2017