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Looking for Juan artwork exhibition 2009

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Looking for Juan
By Walter Ang
May 18, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"What Does It Mean to Be Filipino?" is a question contemplated by Gigo Alampay, executive director of the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (Canvas).

Having lived abroad for a number of years, he said, "Without judgment, Americans find it easy to say who they are. Here in our country, it's sometimes easier to answer 'What is a BatangueƱo, or what is an Ilocano?' than it is to answer `What is a Filipino?' There may be some stereotypes for regional identities, but at least there are characteristic identifiers. However, as a nation, sometimes it's not easy to figure out who we are."

He added, "There's a notion that our lack of national identity may be one of the reasons why some people feel the Philippines has not really lived up to its full potential."

To get people thinking about possible answers, Alampay founded Canvas, a nonprofit organizat…

Vagina Monologues for men

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Vagina Monologues for men
By Walter Ang
May 18, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

As part of its fifteenth anniversary, New Voice Company is giving audiences a twist on one of the productions it is most known for.

Eve Ensler's seminal "The Vagina Monologues," a collection of monologues read by a varying number of women, has been a staple in the company's repertoire for several years now, having been shown in both English and Filipino as well as toured in different Asian countries.

In 2003, Ensler decided to include men in her annual "V-Day" benefit shows (a global movement to end violence against women and girls) by raising the question of addressing the problem of violence against women by involving men in the understanding and solution process.

"In Manila, NVC conducted a series of workshops and interviews with different men that resulted in a short but highly acclaimed segment of the "VDay" show at the AFP Theater that year," said associa…

Jennifer Wee Tan Dreams Big and Steps Big

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For success in life, Jennifer Wee Tan believes that you should
Dream big and step big
By Walter Ang
May-June 2009 issue
Asian Dragon Magazine

When Jennifer Wee Tan was in college, she joined two beauty pageants on a whim. She was crowned Miss Mandaue at 2am in the morning and she refused to smile because she was already very sleepy. "The person who put the crown on my head told me I should be happy. I replied, 'My feet hurt!'" she says with a laugh.

Later on, she was encouraged to join yet another pageant. She was told that if she won, she could get a chance to go to Sydney, Australia, all expenses paid. "I have an adventurous streak, I joined just for the heck of it. Come what may! After all, the prize was enticing, although I never thought I would win Miss Cebu-Australia," she recalls.

The political science major was brought to Australia with four other finalists and charmed the judges with her knowledge of current events. "I was used to talking with p…

Mayor Enrique Yap Jr. is bringing change to Glan, Sarangani

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Bringing change to Glan
By Walter Ang
May-June 2009 issue
Asian Dragon Magazine

Enrique Yap Jr. enters the room in a whoosh, rushing in from a just concluded meeting with the President in Malacanang. He is in a plain red shirt and jeans, not exactly mayoral threads.

However, when you begin to notice Yap's kinetic aura, you soon understand that he wants to be dressed for maximum movement, ready and poised for action.

Yap is now on his last term as the mayor of Glan, a first class municipality in Sarangani, a province in Mindanao. Each term is three years and the city has a mandatory term limit of three.

He didn't entertain the thought of serving in public office when he was younger despite the fact that both his parents were public servants. His mother, Esther Yap, was district supervisor for the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (now Department of Education) and his father, Enrique, Sr. was Glan's mayor from 1992 until passing away from a heart attack in 2000.

The…