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The Filipino Street Art Project is a documentary film and multimedia web venture aimed at exploring Filipino life and culture through the booming street scene. Our featured artist this week is a jack of all trades, working as a graphic artist, advertising designer, photographer and street artist. We are happy to introduce KooKoo Ramos as our first female Artist of the Week. We at the Project were very excited to finally ask her what it is like to be one of the too-few Filipina artists. KooKoo did not humor us: "I don't think it really matters if I am a woman or a man. My gender doesn’t really separate me from the other artists." On the scale of talent and originality, it certainly does not. Find KooKoo’s album on our Facebook page and see all of her work on her Behance profile. [slideshow id = 63]...
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ALERT!!! Tonight's Recap of Breaking Bad Comes with Spoilers! [slideshow id = 77] If you were able to get through this week’s episode in one sitting, appropriately entitled “Ozymandias,” you should be commended. It was, without a single doubt, the most intense episode of Breaking Bad ever. As per usual, everything below will be one big spoiler alert, so if you haven’t watched it—and it is strongly suggested that you do right now—please stop reading. Hank is dead. Gomez is dead too, but we all saw that coming. What makes the writers of the show so brilliant is that any regular viewer thought they figured it out: from the first episode of the season until the last, it would be Hank vs. Walt for the final showdown. Now, with only two episodes left, Walt’s long-time nemesis has died by gunshot...
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The Filipino Street Art Project is a documentary film and multimedia web venture aimed at exploring Filipino life and culture through the booming street scene. Triskaideka caught our attention very early on for a work he did that was cartoony, almost pop art. It was goofy, colorful, and cool. Then we started following him on Facebook, looked at his past pieces, and realized how talented and versatile Triskaideka is as an artist. He has the ability to create beautiful, intricate pieces that relied heavily on fluid and detailed curves. Needless to say, Triskaideka is an amazing artist and a true student of the artistic method. We were super excited to sit and chat with him. [slideshow id = 64] Go to our Facbook page to see Triskaideka’s album. You can also follow Triskaideka's artist page on Facebook. First off, tell us a bit about yourself. Hello....
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In Part 2 of our feature on THE Filthy Rich Barbershop, we speak to the rest of the team to find out a little more about their work and their personalities. In case you wanna go back to Part 1, click here.   [slideshow id = 66]  After speaking with Rich, we talked with the rest of the crew to pick their brains on what life is at the barbershop. Kazz had already been listening in with her brother, and was eager to share her experiences as well.   How was Rich influential in you learning how to cut hair? Kazz: Richie let me cut his hair. (Demonstrates with her head, pointing at each area.) Line, line, line, curve. He said, "Don't touch anything else!" Rich: It's true. But also, I really wish in the future we get to see more Filipino barbers...
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The East Coast installment of NextDayBetter NYC x LA saw a successful turnout, and the promising enterprise sets up for bigger and better things by featuring some of the very best minds from today's Filipino-American community. Slideshow Gallery: A large draw came out to support last Saturday's panel for NextDayBetter, marking the third installment for New York City. The events are getting bigger and bigger, and it the project has flourished under the guidance of Chief Builder and curator Ryan Letada. Letada, for his part, doesn't enjoy talking about himself, and would rather divert the credit to a deservedly-talented team of developers and creatives. For the event, Letada was joined by colleagues Cesley Musngi, Renjie Butalid, Carissa Feria and Arianne Maliwanag. The event started off with a dialogue between two of the most fearless names in the New York food...
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More proof that we are indeed in a period of Philippine Global Renaissance Given the amalgamation of cultural influences found in the Philippines, “Filipinoness” is quite hard to pin down. However, once a Filipino has found his or her way in foreign shores, there’s always the need to be reminded of home and forge a more solid sense of identity. Hospitality, friendliness, a laid back attitude are some positive traits often associated with Filipinos. Unfortunately, there are also negative attributes that circulate: forgetfulness over the wrongs done by politicians and gullibility, just to name a few. However, it’s great to see that our countrymen overseas make an effort to find platforms to remain Filipinos of what’s good and positive -- in the highest form possible. Take, for example, the first Philippine Culture Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Organized and founded by Ms....
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The world is your gym. You just have to be creative. Here are 6 ways I do it. As I stand here on the Manhattan bound train practicing my balance and sweating slightly, let me write you a little story. I was a 165 lb. Asian woman of 5' 7" stature and I had a problem. I had just given birth, which meant that sadly, I no longer had an excuse for not being fit. I also had a full-time job that took up most of my day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (including the commute). I had recently quit my gym membership because I couldn't stand the boredom or the cost. At home, I have another child, a dog and a husband whose work schedule left me alone half of the week. To put things succinctly, the people...
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One thing that I miss dearly from my trip to the Philippines is the homemade vegan fare that my aunties would cook for me. Contrary to one might think, my family in the Philippines did not question my vegan lifestyle. In fact, they cooked vegan dishes for me! With the availability of local ingredients that Filipino dishes call for, as well as my aunties’ skills in Filipino home cooking, I was in for a treat. My aunties would cook dishes like vegan pancit, vegetable stir-fry, puto bumbong, sampaloc candy (from scratch!), and my favorite: Laing. Laing (pronounced: la-eeng), is a creamy curry made of taro leaves cooked in coconut milk with spicy notes of garlic, ginger, onions, and pepper. Sometimes it’s cooked with pork and shrimp paste, and sometimes it’s meatless. Both are traditional versions. If you love the taste of coconut...
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Evan Jackson Leong took to crowdfunding for 'Linsanity,' and the story became bigger than anyone expected. Society is so forgetful nowadays. I bet you don't even remember what you had for breakfast. In this fast-paced social media-driven generation, we often take the present for granted, always looking forward to what's next, and in turn we've become desensitized from experiencing the "now" fully - our attention spans reduced to mere moments, and we miss out on the beauty life is unveiling for us every day, every second. But there is something about time. The timing for greatness, when a great story unveils itself in the most inopportune and unexpected time. It was a lockout season. The Knicks were struggling, and they had no idea what they had in the NBA sophomore they just signed to a 10-day contract. Linsanity was just...
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This is slow-cooking. So you might want to start soon. [slideshow id = 78] Sometimes, the challenge of frozen protein in your fridge is unavoidable, which was actually what prompted me to look for ways to quickly fix said challenge. Ironically, what ended up happening is that I realized, you can't mess with frozen protein. You rush cooking it, and you either get something raw or something rubbery. So, I figured, patience really is key. In this case, we have a rack of pork ribs, and I began to wonder what the best way to cook them was. Even after a defrost, sometimes you may still get tough protein, and that is where the braising idea came to me. (All in, the best way to cook protein is after you just came home from the butcher.) Braising in itself can...
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In case you've missed these, the great folks of the Maharlika Filipino Moderno and Jeepney Restaurants have put out some awesome cooking videos demonstrating how to make two iconic Filipino dishes. Tomas Delos Reyes and Enzo Lim show you how to make the ever-popular Chicken Adobo, while Nicole Ponseca and Chef Miguel Trinidad come up with a tutorial on Arroz Caldo. Chicken Adobo: Arroz Caldo: [Videos Produced by Tomas Delos Reyes | Feature photo credits]
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There has never been any shortage of tension on Breaking Bad, and the same goes for the fifth and final season. Episode eleven, entitled “Confessions” offers not one, but two moments of jaw-dropping twists. *SPOILER ALERT! If you have not watched the episode, do not read further. [slideshow id = 70] The episode opens with Todd and his two uncles discussing the train heist that occurred several episodes back. They were eating at a diner after killing off a group of drug lords, which took place in episode ten. Little is revealed about this opener, however, as past shows suggest, it will take place later in the season. The Walt vs. Hank saga continues as the two couples meet over an awkward dinner. Hank threatens Walt, claiming there to be no way out of this situation other than his inevitable...
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The Human Panda had a big year, and it's only just beginning Eddie Huang has been quite a busy dude. Season 1 of his Vice show "Fresh off the Boat" wrapped up earlier this year, and he's already filming for the next one. In the first season, among the many adventures that he embarks on, Eddie shows Taiwan through his perspective, gets on the Bang Bus as the connoisseur that he is, and shows that he is actually a friend to Filipinos - a conscious observer of culture through food (see below). He released a memoir of the same title in January, and a month later we were actually on hand for a reading of the book and a Q&A session with Miss Info at Chambers Fine Art, hosted by the Asian American Writers Workshop. He receives a TED Fellowship, only to be unfairly...
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