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They are people, not sardines
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Dear President Duterte,
I know you’re a very busy man but I hope you’ll have some time to read this.
Schindler’s List is one of my favorite movies. I hope you have seen it already. It tells the story of a man who saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.
In 2008, I visited the Holocaust Museum in Houston. I entered this car by myself. It was used to transport Jews to the concentration camps where many of them were killed brutally.

This car transported Jews during the Holocaust

Lots of Jews died during the transport.

This car transported Jews during the Holocaust

The ones who survived were forced to stay under inhuman conditions with little food. They were cramped in bunk beds like sardines.

Auschwitz
Auschwitz

This was more than 70 years ago. Now in the Philippines, take a look at our prison conditions in Manila, photographed by Noel Celis/AFP.
They are worse than the concentration camps.

Manila jail

There are no beds.

Manila jail

No space.

Manila jail

Some of them sleep in the open air. What if it rains, like now?

Manila jail

They are human too.

Manila jail

Not sardines.

Manila jail

Some sleep on the stairwell.

Manila jail

Dear President Duterte,
Look what the past presidents have not done to help these people. Maybe you can be the change they are waiting for. Please have mercy.
Not everybody is guilty. Some of them have been waiting for years for their cases to be heard.
And if they’re guilty, they still don’t deserve this.
Please do something.

Please share until it reaches the President.
Thank you.

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Free Pokemon GO for Smart subscribers in the Philippines
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The wait is over. Pokemon GO just launched in the Philippines and they’ve already been spotted in our house!

Pokemon Go

As Smart subscribers, we’re enjoying free Pokemon GO for a week, because Smart Communications is giving Smart and TNT subscribers 7 days free data access to Pokemon GO without data charges.
Offer is good for both iPhone and Android users.
                  
A location-based augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon GO lets players assume the role of trainers who discover and catch Pokemon or “pocket monsters” using GPS and the camera of their smartphones.
Players level up their Pokemon and battle other trainers to gain Pokécoins that can be spent on in-game items.

Pokemon Go
 
Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO has swept gamers since it first launched in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on July 6, 2016.
The game is now available in over 30 countries, including Japan, where the original Pokemon game and anime series originated.
 
Pokemon Go

Smart and TNT subscribers can easily level up their gameplay through convenient and secure Pokemon Go in-app purchases even without a credit card.
Using Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing for Android, users can easily purchase Pokecoins by charging directly to their prepaid load or postpaid account.
 
Smart Postpaid subscribers who are iPhone users can also buy Pokecoins, charged to their monthly billing through Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service.
To know more, follow Smart communications on Facebook, Snapchat (LiveSmartPH), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

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Not for the faint-hearted: Vetements now at Univers
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It’s been a while since I’ve felt really excited about a clothing brand.
I can compare the feeling of European brand Vetements (pronounced “vet-mohn”) to the first time I encountered Martin Margiela in New York in 1993.
The similarities are there—from the exaggerated sleeves to the gigantic proportions.
And no wonder, since Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia did work at Margiela for more than three years.

Demna
Demna Gvasalia photographed by Dominique Maitre

But before he started Vetements with a team that includes his brother Guram, Demna also designed clothes at Louis Vuitton.
Most recently he took over Alexander Wang as artistic director of Balenciaga, making the brand once more exciting after a few blah years of Wang.

Now for the good news: Vetements is here, thanks to Mark “Jappy” Gonzalez of H&F Retail Concepts Inc., which owns Univers at One Rockwell.
The store carries a compact collection of unisex streetwear that includes Vetements’ collaboration with Levi’s (the first time the company has allowed double branding, said Jappy), oversized bomber jackets, sweatshirts, and T-shirts.

Vetements 2016

Vetements 2016
Vetements 2016
Vetements

The price points are not for the faint-hearted, in fact the Snoop Dog T-shirt costs more than a Louis Vuitton wallet.
I tried on a sweatshirt with extra long sleeves and a gigantic bomber jacket that is ten sizes bigger than me. I loved it. It would look great in Tokyo, but my boys would refuse to walk with me, and it’s not my price point.
I had to take a moment, sit down, and check prices online. Jappy’s prices are not bad, maybe slightly higher.
But in Manila, you can try pieces on and don’t have to pay Johnny Air for shipping.
I would rather buy here to support a Filipino entrepreneur who’s trying to make a difference.

For Spring/Summer 2017, Univers is bringing in the men’s line and more styles, including Vetements’ collaborations with Hanes, Brioni, Reebok and Champion.
“The prices will be different, lower for some of the items,” said Jappy.

Obviously, Vetements is not for everybody.
As Jappy put it, “It really is an attitude. You either have it or you don’t. Not everybody gets it.”

Univers is located at One Rockwell East Tower, Rockwell Drive.
Follow them on Instagram @_univers_.

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Somebody loved this man
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“War Pieta” by Max Ginsburg

War-Pieta-by-Max-Ginsburg

“Pietà” by Giovanni Bellini

giovanni bellini

Suspected drug dealer killed on Edsa (Photo: Noel Celis, AFP)

Suspected drug killer on Edsa

Reminds me of a Brillante Mendoza movie, only real.

Story is HERE.

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