Articles By
Cody Cepeda
Reopening wounds: The Martial Law victims and the families left behind
Feature // August 13, 2016

If there is anything that precipitates a national outcry, it is the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to bury the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani this September. This comes as no surprise—President Duterte has praised Ferdinand Marcos as the best president the Philippines has ever had, even identifying as a…


Your outgoing USG President, Pram Menghrajani
Lounge // August 10, 2016

On a Friday morning of what should be a free day for students to unwind and recover from their Happy Thursday hangover, outgoing University Student Government (USG) President Pram Menghrajani sits on one of the benches in Gokongwei lobby, signing documents handed to her by a fellow USG officer. As soon as he walks away,…


Rooting for the underdogs: Independent candidates
General Elections // July 30, 2016

In the 2015 Special Elections, more than half of the 90 positions in the University Student Government (USG) were won by candidates from Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon, whereas 14 seats were won by Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista. However, the trend from the past few General Elections has shown a rise in the number of…


Within confines: A farmer’s life in Hacienda Luisita
Feature // July 15, 2016

Violeta “Nanay Violy” Basilio confesses she can’t remember anything when asked about the sweetest memory she has in her life. Holding a cigarette in one hand and her tote bag in the other, Nanay Violy looks off into the distance, her eyes spanning the endless fields of Barangay Mapalacsiao, one of the 11 barangays of…


The 22nd Metro Manila Pride Festival: Letting love in
Writer's recap // July 2, 2016

On June 28, 1969, the very first gay riot broke out in New York. It was a time and place that shunned homosexuals, and it was normal for police back then to raid clubs and bars that made a home for homosexuals to drink and socialize. But on that day, in the Stonewall Inn, members of…


Smokey Mountain, Tondo: Poverty porn and slum tourism
Feature // March 31, 2016

Fifty years of Manila trash is what makes up Smokey Mountain, the infamous mountain of stinking and rotting refuse heaps in the slums of Tondo. Called home by thousands of Manila’s poorest of the poor, the Tondo slums remain as the largest slum area in the entire metropolis. For the longest time, Smokey Mountain has…


A Moral Entanglement: Purity and promiscuity
Feature // March 17, 2016

Long before the 16th century-colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards, tribal Filipinos already had their own established beliefs and practices. Being the ethnic archipelagic norm at the time, polygamy was widely accepted and practiced by the early Filipinos, with tribal men often having three or more wives. It was the advent of Catholicism that…


A wartime aggression: The case of the comfort women lolas
February 2, 2016

In Amihan, Quezon city, a certain house stands in the street of Narra—an old, run-of-the-mill kind of house that is easy to miss and pass over. It has no prominent signs and no doorbell, instead guarded by two watchdogs who bark at the slightest sound and movement. This house is the center of Lila Pilipina,…


Breaking stereotypes: Lasallista elitista
Feature // November 24, 2015

Lasallians are no strangers to showing school spirit. It’s common to see students wearing lanyards and t-shirts of their beloved institution, even sporting decals and stickers on their gadgets and cars as a way of showing school pride. We’ve also probably heard “Animo La Salle!” and “Living the Animo!” one time too many during our…


A Wiccan witch in Manila
Feature // October 26, 2015

Three centuries of Spanish colonization reshaped and transfigured the supernatural beliefs of Filipinos: Ancient worships of Bathala and nature were superseded by devotion to the Catholic Church, venerable diwatas and anitos were replaced by the Virgin Mary, and anting-antings and charms were swapped for scapulars and rosaries. However, long before the Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards,…