Articles By
Danielle Arcon
The road to fitness: Torment and contentment
Sports Feature // August 26, 2018

Scroll down into the bottomless pit of posts and status updates reflected beneath the glossy surface of your phone and you’re faced with the loud and ringing reminder: Don’t pause. Curated Instagram grids highlight the bright smiles overcoming marathons, the toned physique, the glistening sweat that silhouettes a post-workout glow.  It’s easy to resent a…


Between the ropes: A look into the exhilarating art of trapeze
Feature // July 14, 2018

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Julie muttered to herself as she anxiously looked around the sea of people she was silently drowning in. She’d hated crowds for as long as she could remember—especially noisy, restless, and sweaty ones. Though her eyes darted from left to right, rabidly searching for a way out kind of…


In the pointe shoes of a prima ballerina
Student Spotlight // April 9, 2018

Twirling gracefully in a pool of silk, ribbons, and tulle, Odette is every inch a vision in white.  The Prince notices the maiden, instantly struck with the kind of emotion people crossed oceans for, the kind of romance people wrote novels about. It only takes a glance, a few steps closer and then the star-crossed…


The leading women of our history
Feature // January 19, 2018

Coy, timid, and reserved, she fans herself gently with a wooden hand fan, speaking softly without meeting your eyes.  An image that represents the Filipina virtue is often summarized with a single iconic name: Maria Clara. Her attributes are deeply embedded into our culture; the ideal woman should be dutiful, responsible, and most importantly, the…


Morality and man: The story of an ER worker
Feature // November 13, 2017

A doctor’s workday consists of a busy line of people looking for answers: How long does it take to heal?  What treatment would you recommend?  Would you please have a look at this X-ray? But across various tropes in popular culture and proclamations televised on screen, more often than not, the four walls of a…


From martial law to marshal hero
Feature // October 24, 2017

It is an era that is vividly remembered as a wound that hasn’t completely healed. A memory that refuses to dissolve into faded decades and a turbulent part of Philippine history, the mention of martial law sparks an outcry of different contradictions.  It was a grim era smeared with shades of scarlet insurgence—a period of…


Breaking fake news: Control, alt, delete
Feature // October 17, 2017

There are a lot of things that clamor for your attention.   There’s that most recent notification, that friend request, and that red icon on top of your unread messages. There are posts from your friends’ recent hangouts, and then, sandwiched between the selfies and inspiration quotes that line down your newsfeed are ‘news’ that…


Beyond the scenes: Stories and realities from the drug war
Feature // October 12, 2017

This is what we think we know: we’ve heard enough sides to know the truth. It is a primetime narrative summarized as incidents fueled by entwined destinies of noble intention and bloody execution. But the headlines and three-minute reports rarely ever tell us much. Besides somber faces caught on camera and the families whose lives…


Lights, cameo, action: Triumphs of bit players
Feature // October 5, 2017

It’s easy to notice the leads. They’re the faces you see along billboards, the names you often read about, and, if it strikes your fancy, they’re the same faces you root for in the movies. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets her back—they’re the ones who live the theater-filling happily-ever-after. The credits roll,…


Turning pages: The coming of age of YA
Feature // August 29, 2017

There’s a subtle moment, a turning point in time when a chapter of memorable firsts transformed one’s period of youth into an age of maturity—the time when a first heartbreak, first love, and first dream were more than just parts of a story, they were beginnings.  With arms opened wide and eyes closed, the first…