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Ready to start changing your status from #TeamBahay to #TeamConcert?
If you’ve been sucked into the colorful world of K-pop just as I have, seeing your faves perform live is probably on the top of your bucket list. Sadly, concert tickets don’t come cheap, and before you know it, tour dates and ...
 
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"ILYSB," LANY to you, probably.
If you woke up today singing, "I need my current location to be your current location... Fly back to me, come back to me, and stay with me," it might bring you some comfort to know that you are not alone in ...
 
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Stylish outfit inspo right here!
With a slew of concerts lined up this year — from Phoenix, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, and Ed Sheeran —you may already be planning your outfits to rock the night out with your friends.While music merch is always a good idea to wear, you ...
 
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Sad day.
We know you were as excited as we are when it was announced that Justin Bieber is stopping by Manila (at the Philippine Arena, no less!) for the Purpose World Tour. However, earlier today, his management announced that they're cancelling all of his remaining tour ...
 
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These amazing artists are coming to Manila!
Can you believe that the first half of 2017's already over? We can't too! It felt like it went by so fast because we've been fangirling too much and just being happy with everything.But just like what we said, the year's not ...
 
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He really did mean it when he said, "I'll see you towards the end of the year."
Sheerios, today's your day! The announcement you've been waiting for is finally here. Ed Sheeran just announced additional dates to the Asian leg of his Divide Tour. Mark your calendars because you can hear his new songs live on November 7!We can't wait! What ...
 
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We can't wait!
Just last month, MCA Music gave us the awesome chance to watch DNCE perform live in Seoul, South Korea. They just killed it on stage and made their Korean fans scream with joy. We can't wait for you to see them live ...
 
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Time to save up...and save up fast!
The new year just started, Candy Girls, which means we also have a new year to fangirl and make memories with our favorite musicians!It's another year to save up and watch our favorite singers and performers live, you guys, so we thought we'd make ...
 
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This jazz dream girl gang will earn a spot on your most played list.
Baihana is Anna Achacoso Graham, Krina Cayabyab, and Melinda Torre, an all-girl jazz trio from the Philippines. Formed in 2008, they perform and arrange their own music—both original and standards. This Friday, they'll be staging B is for Baihana at the Music Museum. Read ...
 
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Slaying as usual, Sel.
We're counting down the days till Instagram queen Selena Gomez lands on our shores for the Manila leg of her Revival Tour. We already know how to get her gorgeous beauty look, but now it's time to pick up some style tips ...
 
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Best seen with the whole squad!
You may be already done with school (woohoo!) or just about to cross the finish line (you can do it!)—either way, you deserve to spend some time with boys who sing the catchiest songs and look really, really cute while doing it. ...
 
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Yasss, she'll be having three performances!
Just a few weeks back, Hailee Steinfeld announced that she's dropping by the Philippines to come and visit.Hailee Steinfeld!!! ????????????????????But visiting is not the only thing she'll be here for. The Pitch Perfect 2 star is also set to perform for her Filipino fans. Make sure you ...
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Katherine Go 2 days ago

Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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