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× ‘You’ve gained weight,’ ‘Still single?’ and other holiday party no-nos

MANILA, Philippines -- "Uy, ang taba mo na!" "Kailan ka mag-aasawa?" "Wala ka pa bang jowa?" (Hey, you've gained weight! When are you getting married? Still no boyfriend/girlfriend?)

With the holidays just weeks away, these usual "conversation starters" may again pop up among family members, relatives, friends or former classmates during Christmas parties or reunions.

A trivial matter to many…