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Kwentong beauty parlor By Marifi Jara AMIDST the frenzy of coming home, one of the first things I always do is get a badly needed haircut. Not that there aren’t any beauty salons in Mozambique. In fact there are many. Hair parlors are quite aplenty in African countries as getting a ‘do’ is one of […]

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Beyond an hour of darkness By Marifi Jara QUELIMANE, Mozambique–“Why is the night so dark?” asks a young boy. “So that we can see the stars,” replies a wise old man. Those are lines I will always remember from Dreams, the last masterpiece of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (he was also the film writer […]

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Slavery By Marifi Jara QUELIMANE, Mozambique–On a trip to the northern part of this country over the last Christmas and New Year holidays, one of the places we visited was Ilha de Mozambique, an island off Mozambique’s northeastern coast declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. It’s a small island, just 3.5 […]

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Kingdoms, Filipino-style By Marifi Jara NAMPULA, Mozambique– Over dinner with a Filipina from Mindanao (living here for many years now, first as a volunteer worker then for a private company) and a couple of friends from Europe (well-travelled though never been to the Philippines but they do have friends who have done work in the […]

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Polka dots and 12 round fruits By Marifi Jara ILHA de Mozambique–My senior high school niece, via e-mail, has recently asked me to help her in shaping up her thesis paper. She wants to do something on ‘Filipino traditions that are disappearing’. I gave her some guidelines and suggestions, and that got me to thinking […]

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Applesauce at the noche buena table By Marifi Jara QUELIMANE, Mozambique—Pasko la! As a kid, I associated the Christmas season with apples. At that time, the ‘70s to the early ’80s, it was only around the Christmas holidays that I would see an abundance of the fruit, mostly sold along the sidewalks of commercial areas […]

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Ready for the tourists? By Marifi Jara QUELIMANE, Mozambique–Without meaning to be insensitive to the collective disgust and anger that Filipinos felt over the “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” pitch (I did feel cross too), I must say I had many good laughs following the whole brouhaha. First it was over the issue of the campaign’s website […]

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More than luck By Marifi Jara QUELIMANE, Mozambique–Boa sorte! That’s how we say ‘good luck’ here. Sending my boa sorte wish to Pangasinan and the town of Rosales for having been shortlisted in the top five local government unit (LGU) best practices award for Region 1 in the annual competition organized by the National Economic […]

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