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Filipino Resilience: Aftermath of Typhoon Rai

Filipinos are no stranger to calamities. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country is subjected to the realities of harsh weather, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. Natural disasters have only become more intense as a result of climate change over the years....

How We Connect in Different Languages

Our Linguistic Diversity  The Philippines is a multilingual country where everyone speaks a different language. Made up of over seven thousand islands, it’s no surprise that we have a plethora of languages that most of us refer to as dialect—187 in total. Almost...

Play Basketball Anywhere in the Philippines

I went on a two-day trip to the province to visit some of my relatives and friends. It wasn’t a vacation, really, but a weekend trip that I tried to fit into my busy schedule. I had three bus rides total, each lasting about an hour and a half to get to my...

Filipino Meals: A Social Affair

Mealtime Conversations Meal breaks are the most anticipated time of the day at Xillium—or any company for that matter. A brief respite from all our responsibilities, allowing us to come back to our tasks with renewed vigor. For Filipinos however, it goes beyond that....

Filipino Small Talk: Creating Big Relationships

Small talk is one of the most essential human interactions. What appears to be trivial and inane to some is one of the most natural ways people connect in their personal and professional lives. Essentially, this type of casual exchange has no real purpose or objective...

Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival Goes Digital

Dinagyang Festival is one of Iloilo City’s (where our VMAs are based) most popular festivals in the country, celebrating the culture and spiritual devotion of the people or Ilonggos. Picture street parades of the different performing tribes in colorful indigenous...