CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM

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WITHOUT a doubt, the Philippines is an artista-loving nation. Whatever walk of life you are from, you are not exempted to get that little jolt of kilig whenever you see celebrities in real life. And while others play it cool, most Filipinos squeal in delight, whip out their phones, and…

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THE thing I love the most about the New Year is the fact that it’s a chance to start over. No matter how bad or good the year was, everything feels like a do-over the moment the clock strikes 12. This joyous feeling of being able to recreate yourself brings…

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IT’S the last Sunday of the year and as “Bianca” tradition would have it, I am listing down the most important things I learned this year. On top of that is the fact that instead of writing only for my blog, I am now able to do so for a…

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THE Christmas season has always held a special place in my heart even if Christmases of my childhood were not grand celebrations. From an early age, my brother and I have known that there was no Santa and that there were years when presents did not pile up under the…

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IT’S that time of the year when the weather is a bit cooler, when Michael Buble is played endlessly on the loop, and when strangers next to you in line at your favorite coffee shop asks, “Are you going to use that sticker?” Ah yes, you know that the Christmas…

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IT is safe to say that on a daily basis, we see Instagram images “filtered to perfection” from celebrities to the ordinary folks around us. It is this filtered to perfection culture that has made my visit of Olan Ventura’s Unstilled Life exhibit at the Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace all the…

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Without batting an eyelash many would be quick to say that company bigwigs are intimidating figures in any workplace environment. They look stiff, don’t smile, and are difficult to deal with, spending their workdays hidden in their corner offices. Francis Flores, however, breaks all those stereotypes. When I met with…

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“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?”—Mark 8:36 The rise of social media has brought about a whole new set of social scorecards. Today, we often rate our social standing by number of likes, followers, retweets, blog views, and so on. From…

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You were a feminist even before Beyonce sang about,” was what my younger brother quipped some weeks back, while I was mindlessly dancing to Beyonce’s “Flawless.” The rise of a culture saturated by Taylor Swifts, Lena Dunhams, Beyonces, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehlers have challenged the debate on what is…

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THERE’S a back to story to every person who is a part of our lives—where we met, how long we’ve known each other, what are the things we like doing together. While some stories tend to be generic, there are a few which are quirky and always a joy to…

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