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One can only imagine the sheer pain that a desaparecido has gone through. Those who survived torture by government agents have narrated many tales, our only hint of what could have happened to the missing. Theatre performances could recreate such scenes but they are noway near to the real and palpable horrors of political persecution. Below is from the theatre adaptation of the novel Desaparesidos by Lualhati Bautista.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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The Japanese have their konbini (convenience stores) while Filipinos have the sari-sari (variety) store. Usually a sari-sari store is an adjunct to a residence, and is tended by a family member. One can find them in every street and corner, with some operating until late at night, even 24 hours. Such stores serve the community without the formality of commercial stores with cash registers and barcode scanners.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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The Ifugao culture in the Philippine highlands had been set apart from the invading cultures of the lowlands for centuries, if not millennia. Today, although adapting with the times, it is seen as a rich repository of traditions and as a display of proud ethnicity. Here, a life-size model is decorated with the kango headdress that has a hornlike structure and a centrepiece made from a scarlet hornbill, as well as with necklaces of various origins.

Photo by I.R. Arenas