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Filipina drag queen Aleksa Manila talks about taking inspiration from her mother and becoming a powerful voice in Seattle's LGBTQ community.

Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

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People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.

From left to right, Laune Torres, Rosie Dino, Elaine and Jill Mangiliman read a letter aloud to Jennifer Laude in mourning, authored by Katrina Pestano.

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Activists gathered Sunday in a vigil for a trans woman in the Philippines who was allegedly murdered by a U.S. marine stationed there.

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Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.

Betty Erichsen, a volunteer at the Tacoma Seafarers' Center, helps Filipino seafarer Rommel Quibaez with a bulk candy bar purchase. Seafarers are typically in port for about 12 hours only once every few weeks, so an opportunity to stock up on essential items is welcome. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Hundreds of international seafarers pass through our ports every month. Cooks and mechanics, engineers and officers — they're a quiet population of temporary visitors just looking for a little comfort and fun.

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Pin@y sa Seattle joins groups around the world for the One Billion Rising flash mob, promoting an end of violence against women.

Johh-Michael Torres and Michael Hoy complete 25 hours of training to become Natural Helpers. (Photo by Jill Mangaliman)

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Feb. 14th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. What should men be doing?

206 Zulu founder King Khazm. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

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Seattle hip hop icon King Khazm is ringing in ten years of globally connected hip hop in the 206. #ZuluNation

Women and children receive typhoon relief aid last month. (Photo courtesy Balsa Mindanao)

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On International Migrants' Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality. This International Migrants’ Day, I’m still...

Chera Amlag and Geo Quibuyen in the kitchen at Inay's during the Pop-Up restaurant. (Photo by Anna Goren)

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A Filipino-American Thanksgiving Pop-Up dinner last week was just one example of the countless cultural variations on the tradition of giving thanks.  This year my...

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After seeing the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf, relief work in the Philippines will be anything but a quick fix.  I confess that...

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With 10,000 people feared dead, the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines is a sure sign it’s time for real action on climate change. The...

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Filipinos who live on less than $2 a day are being hurt, not helped, by their country's economic boom. I met Barbie Rergio on a...

Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally to coincide with his fourth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 22. (Photo by Bullit Marquez / AP)

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Why I spent the last week building a giant effigy of the president of the Philippines. For those that witnessed the 1999 WTO protest in...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TUfZenNZBE&version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0] Fernando Mamangun gets his hands and feet nailed on a cross every Good Friday. It's a ritual of sacrifice and penitence that is equally controversial as...

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On Saturday, the Filipino activist group AnakBayan Seattle will celebrate its tenth anniversary as the first overseas chapter of the democratic youth organization, which...

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When the WTO protests happened in Seattle in 1999, I was a 17 year old teenager working for minimum wage at a Taco Time...

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For decades, people have been the Philippines' largest export. Women make up 70% of the more than 4,000 nationals who leave the country each day. Most...

Turrón

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I love food. I probably think of it more than I think of anything else. Food is subtle; the mixing of the sour and...

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Tropical storms and flooding in the Philippines have killed 1,500 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more in recent weeks. The United Nations issued...