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After Supertyphoon Haiyan: Lipstick and nailcutter drive for teachers in Leyte

I and my college friends spent fun Halloween and reunion in my hometown in Las Vegas a week before supertyphoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, left thousands dead and homeless in central Philippines. Who would have thought what happens next... As I watched news reports about the tragedy, it was too hard to comprehend how much destruction Haiyan brought to the country's Visayas region, especially in the province of Leyte. It readily left me in shock, and in no time, in tears. By second week of November, I found myself back in Philippine soil. Right from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila,

‘La Visa Loca’ Film Review: Visa fanaticism

Comic, satirical, and mocking in its style, "La Visa Loca" offers a dose of laughs and slaps for the Filipino viewers, whether they are on the nationalistic or pragmatic side of things. This film explores the decision-making process in cases that involve one's mind, heart, pride, idealism, and most of all, economic stability. Crafted in a light and subtle way, the story works on a simple premise, which clearly promotes a social commentary on how a number of Filipinos become fanatics of the relatively elusive U.S. visa. It has a distinct statement over the madness for that "greener pasture" in the

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