Five Filipina Women at the Tops of Their Fields

As the old saying goes, women hold up half the sky. So much of human culture, society, and economics wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the seen and unseen contributions of women throughout history. Even beyond creating new life, women have opened new frontiers in science, literature, the arts, and politics. Who can forget the work of Marie Curie, or the bravery of Gabriela Silang?

What women have done for society is impossible to quantify, but it’s important to honor them anyway. Thus, to close off March and Women’s Month, take a look at these five Filipina women who are making waves in their current fields.

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A Primer on Smart Home Technology

Living in the information age means you have an abundance of newfangled inventions available. A computer in your pocket, a small robot to vacuum your floors, a car that can park on its own— all of these things used to be dreams of science fiction, but in the 21st century they’re all very real. Technology and connectivity is changing the very way we live, and probably the best example of that is also the newest frontier in tech— the smart home.

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The Best Items on Starbucks’ Secret Menu

When you’re working in the city, there’s no more familiar sight than that of the local Starbucks. True, there are probably a thousand different coffee spots in and around the Metro, with all sorts of offerings. But when it comes to Starbucks, at least you can be sure what you’re getting into. When you need to grab a quick caffeine fix before work, or recharge in between meetings, this is one place where you can get your old favorites with no fuss.

However, sometimes your usual coffee order won’t cut it, and that’s when the Secret Menu comes in. These are “off” the menu drinks, and need a bit of digging around to find. Starbucks’ secret menu has been well-popularized, to the point that fans have even curated a website guide to the Secret Menu items. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous on your next coffee run, here are some of the items you might want to try.

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The Best Non-Meat Food Options for Lent

Living in a predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines means that a lot of your daily life is influenced by religion. The Christmas season in this country famously lasts several months, big events like the Translacion can derail an entire workday or two, and every Friday of Lent means no meat or chicken anywhere.

According to this article in Crosswalk, Lent for Roman Catholics is a period of fasting in preparation for the sacrifice of Easter, when Jesus Christ finally gave up his life for humankind. The forty days correspond to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by the devil. To symbolize his sacrifice, people tend to give up specific things during the Lenten period. There’s also a rule about fasting every Friday, which means less than three meals and no meat.

Exercising your faith is a human right, but it can be pretty tough to keep thinking of meals without meat for a whole forty days. Here’s a short list of restaurants that have what you can eat, and where to find them.

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The Best Tools for Digital Artists on the Go

According to the Tate Museum, digital art was a term that was first coined in the early 1980s. This was the period when engineers first put together a simple paint program known as AARON that would then be used by Harold Cohen, a pioneering digital artist who used AARON to paint on large pieces of paper. The technology soon evolved, and now there are highly sophisticated programs like Adobe Photoshop that can help artists push the medium even further.

With the popularity of digital art comes a few downsides. One in particular is that unlike a sketchbook, digital artists couldn’t exactly bring around their computers and CPUs when they head out. Luckily, we’re entering an age where that won’t be a problem. Tons of companies are now putting out tablets and tools that artists can now use on the go, and below you’ll find a shortlist of some of the best.

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How Will Brexit Affect Overseas Filipino Workers?

As was discussed in a previous Daydreaming in Paradise article, Brexit is one of the most pressing political, economic, and social issues facing the United Kingdom currently. And in an age of globalization, where anything that happens to a single country has an effect on other countries, the impacts of Brexit are far-reaching. In fact, Allianz Chief Economic Adviser Mohamed El-Erian has noted that Brexit is already changing the ways countries are choosing to structure their economies.

While most of the impacts will be felt by the UK itself, other nations are bracing themselves for what will happen once the UK’s exit from the European Union is finalized. And as governments hash out macroeconomic policies and treaties, the consequences of these decisions hit hardest at the bottom.

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What’s Trending on Netflix Philippines?

Nothing has revolutionized entertainment in recent years quite as much as Netflix has. Watching television in years past involved paying expensive cable subscription fees, waiting for TV schedules, and annoying commercials interrupting your show. Netflix gives you thousands of shows and movies at the click of a mousewithout pesky commercials— for as low as Php 370.

And while streaming services have been around for a while, no site has had quite the same impact. CNN reports that Netflix is now at almost 140 million subscribers globally, with Philippine viewers part of that number after the site’s international launch in 2016. With a huge variety of available shows and movies, no wonder that  the conversation around pop culture is now so closely tied with its roster of available media. Keep yourself up to date by checking out what’s currently hot on the radar below!

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Oscars 2019 – What to Expect

Film brings together emotion, art, entertainment, and the universal human condition. In addition, advents in filmmaking technology, movies are bigger than ever, and there’s nowhere better to celebrate the magic of moviemaking than during awards season. While every film award is of course a huge honor, if you ask your everyman on the street what the biggest one is, they’d definitely say the Oscars.

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is one of the biggest if not the biggest yearly event in the film industry. Awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year the Oscars are 91. With some of the biggest changes to the formula this year— no host, Netflix movies, and more presenters than ever— let’s see what the 2019 Oscars have in store for us.

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Best Cafés to Work and Study in Metro Manila

Staying productive is pretty important, but sometimes tried and tested strategies just won’t cut it. Construction work outside your house, an office going through pest control issues, or loud voices in the library— any one of these things is enough to throw anybody off their groove.

And even if your usual place has the best set-up, sometimes it’s good to check out what other places are good in case of an emergency. Luckily, cafés-come-co-working spaces are the new rage in the Metro, and you won’t find a shortage of affordable places to get your to-do list done. Here are some of our favorites.

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How Will Brexit Affect the Philippines?

If you tune into any news channel that covers international news, then you’ll have heard about Brexit. The biggest political, social, and economic issue facing the United Kingdom today, Brexit is shorthand for Britan exiting the European Union. It has been the source of much discussion, concern, and political conflict since it was put into motion three years ago, and with the deadline for the exit looming ever closer, it’s as relevant as ever. Here’s a brief primer on what Brexit is, and how it will affect the Philippines.

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