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‘Empire of Deception’ con man rivals Madoff, Ponzi

You’ve heard of Charles Ponzi, the swindler who gave big returns to early investors using money from subsequent clients. And you’ve heard of Bernie Madoff, imprisoned for one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history.

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Taal: Heritage, history and homes highlighted

Story and photos by Riza Lozada Heritage tours these days draw people who can spend on a tour package that involves, among other things, visiting centuries-old structures.

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Brownies for my bunny

Question No. 1: Greetings, Chef Mom. My family loves brownies. They are our go-to dessert and snack for all occasions. I know brownies are one of the easiest things to make, but how come mine come out dry and crumbly? We want our brownies fudgy and moist.—Maricar Toledo of Valenzuela City.

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Looking like you mean business

By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata / Philippines News Agency Have you ever asked yourself if you are underdressed or overdressed for corporate events and business meetings? We all know that we have to look good to feel good. But we must not forget to mean business, too, especially if we’re going to a corporate gathering.

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Prize-winning novels show breadth, depth of Philippine letters

By Alvin I. Dacanay On April 30, many aspiring and established creative writers will rush to submit their entries to the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the country today: the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, which will celebrate its 65th year. That day is doubly significant for writers, for it also marks the end of the country’s …

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Beaches for beach bums seeking seclusion, silence this summer

The scorching summer heat has already set in, and that means more people are heading to the beach. Unfortunately, many Philippine beaches will most likely be filled with people by this time.

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Savory, sweet surprises await customers at Icings

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay If there’s a word that best describes Icings Bakery and Café, it’s probably “surprising.” The surprises this cozy informal restaurant springs on its first-time customers—pleasant, by all means—are not the dazzling, flashy kind; it’s actually the opposite, which may partly explain why this low-key establishment is not as well-known as it should be.

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Holy books!: Scribes select good reads for Holy Week

By Alvin I. Dacanay For many workaholics, Holy Week is a terrific time to reacquaint themselves with their religion or reconnect with their spiritual side, bond with their loved ones, go on a well-earned vacation, pursue long-delayed personal projects, or catch up on their reading.

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Wrangler dares Pinoys to transform into ‘True Wanderers,’ lauds gains

Story and photos by Alvin I. Dacanay For many denim-lovers, the mere mention of the name “Wrangler” suggests ideas of independence, freedom and adventure, as well as images of wide, open spaces. It also suggests style, durability and comfort—just three of the many qualities that have endeared the enduring American clothing brand to Filipinos for more than four decades now.

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Essentials for visiting LA: What’s new, classics and more

Christine Armario / The Associated Press Los Angeles—Mountainside hikes along urban cityscapes. Ramen noodle bars, Korean teahouses and taco trucks serving every regional Mexican specialty. Sure, Los Angeles is known for classic Hollywood, but these days the city is getting attention for other attractions, too.

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