Watch world movies online for free: dialogue of cultures film festival

From 1 to 14 November 2013 the 2nd Dialogue of Cultures International film festival is online. You can stream movies from Morocco, Portugal, Argentina, Philippines, Spain, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Kazakhstan.

She, a Chinese, directed by Xiaolu Guo


November 6, 2013 Comments disabled

A blended family in a blended city

I’m Donna Queza, a 28-year-old business owner from Los Angeles, California, USA. I was born in England (my mom is from there) and raised here in the U.S. where my dad was born. My father was African American and my mom is Caucasian, so I’ve always been in a multi-ethnic household. I’ve always identified with both cultures and I hate when I’m forced to choose just one. Both ethnicities and countries are a big part of who I am!

My friends typically describe me as sassy (that’s been the word people have used since I was two) and I like to think of myself as a hard worker who loves to have fun with friends and family. My favorite person to spend time with is my husband John. He’s a police office here in Los Angeles. He’s Filipino. His parents moved here just before he was born, and he’s never had a chance to visit the country.


June 28, 2012 Comments disabled

Bryan from the Philippines: A Smile For Every Occasion

Bryan, our regional Pocket Cultures contributor from the Philippines tells us a bit about the best parts of his country, including videoke, San Miguel beer and Weng Weng. Don’t know who Weng Weng is? Read on!

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Bryan Ocampo. I guide tourists in my country and I also write for a mobile content provider in Pasig City. I love watching World War 2 documentaries and US sitcoms. My main interests are Philippine history, anime and manga (Japanese comics); eating sanzrival from my grandparents’ home province; drinking and videoke with my friends. I like hanging out with people who have a good sense of humor. I’m a Beatles Man.

February 2, 2012 1 comment

PocketCultures world tour: best of 2011

Happy New Year! Our roundup of 2011 begins with a reminder that 1st January is not the beginning of a new year throughout the world. Carla wrote that Brazilians consider the year to start after February’s carnival, and Anu wrote about new year celebrations which take place at different times in different parts of India. Of course many parts of the world do celebrate the start of the New Year on January 1st, and Sandra’s post explained all about new year celebrations in Portugal.

Bolo Rei
Bolo Rei – part of the New Year celebrations in Portugal. Credit.


December 31, 2011 1 comment

Hand gestures from around the world

Hand gestures play an essential role in nonverbal communication. However, the same gesture may have different meanings -or even none- in different cultures. This collaborative post is an effort to bridge that gap.

India – Namaste

namaste gesture

Namaste (India)

Namaste literally means “I bow down to you”, or “Salutations to you”, but it is used in the sense a handshake is used in the western world. For us, no matter whether the person we greet is older or younger, important or not, a man or a woman, he/she has to be greeted with due respect, and the most common way is to join our hands as you can see my son doing in the image, and say, “Namaste”.  When we are greeting an older person or someone important, we bow down a bit. This shows the additional respect due to that person. (more…)

September 14, 2011 12 comments

Loving Knickknacks = Loving Anik-Anik

Language is dynamic and it tends to be true when the word ‘knickknack’ takes a form more appealing to Filipino ears. We have a word for that and it’s ‘anik-anik’, the stuff that we hold near and dear.

All of us, in one way or another, had a personal collection. It could be of stamps, toys, books, bottle caps, comics, insects, photos, paintings and even Care Bears.

It’s said that our favorite things can inspire or reflect what we think or prefer. It’s no longer about showing your friends to reveal yourself to others. It’s now: “Show me your ‘anik-anik’ and I’ll tell you who you are.”

With that, ask Filipino artists, directors, writers, designers and even an ice cream maker to show their Batcave/laboratory and one would come up with a truly unique blog: anik-anik love, a feature on creative spaces of talented Filipinos.

Illustrator Apol Sta. Maria and his wall.


July 14, 2011 1 comment