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

More often than not these days, the four walls of a hospital’s emergency room are glorified by popular culture and the media. It never really sinks into the eyes and hearts of viewers what it is like to bear the responsibility of a man’s life in one’s hands. Most people can sit comfortably in front…


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 ekstras and 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 Filipino 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, first dream, and first barkada were more than just parts of a story, they were beginnings.  With arms opened wide and eyes closed,…


The art of cut and paste: Manila’s digital collage scene
Feature // July 26, 2017

There are viral fads that come and go, and then there are those that linger, even changing the scene entirely. If you’ve been one of the 81 million viewers of the spectacle that is Coldplay’s recent Up&Up music video, then you’ve borne witness to a photomontage in motion. Whereas photomontage has been a surrealist technique…


The metamorphosis of Manila Metropolitan Theater
Feature // July 3, 2017

If the restoration of the Manila Metropolitan Theater were a song, it’s the renaissance of a timeless kundiman that endures on the airwaves long after its notes were composed. It begins with a slow pull, its facade greeting you with a lyrical prelude and inviting your steps into the cadence of a pianoforte’s tempo.  From…


Animusika 2017: Lights, music, and sounds
Feature Writer's recap // June 25, 2017

In celebration of the University’s Vision-Mission Week and the never-ending love for Original Pilipino Music (OPM), Animusika, the awaited culmination night concert, was held at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall Grounds last June 16. Pursuing its annual tradition of promoting the local sound, Animusika featured musical acts such as Parokya ni Edgar, Sponge Cola, SUD, Imago,…


Craft in a bottle: On the local craft beer culture
Feature // June 2, 2017

It’s the golden age of unexpected twists, and in an era when many are comforted by what’s traditional for its default familiarity, the unconventional provokes: relentlessly evocative of something distinctive, gripping, and different.   Carving a name for itself—artisanal, sophisticated, and diverse—it’s a mixed bag of both surprise and flavor. And perhaps, in its compelling…