Articles By
Ella Baccay
Along the rails: Living by the tracks
Commentary Feature // August 30, 2018

The smokey fog makes it hard to see the heat coming from the train when it passes by almost unbearable, but what choice do they have? Early morning, people start milling around; grabbing their laundry and heading to wash them, crossing the tracks as if a speeding train doesn’t scare them one bit. The sound…


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…


The Greatest Showman: Truly the greatest show?
Feature // March 26, 2018

The musical type of storytelling used in film has very old roots. They first found a home in cinemas around them 30s, and have nowadays adapted to fit modern conventions of good movies. It has endured until the 21st century, finding a home in Disney movies, in on-screen Broadway adaptations akin to that of Les…


Youtube’s golden boy: Learning from Logan Paul’s mistakes
Feature // February 26, 2018

You come home after a long day of school. You set your bag down beside your bed, plop on the seat in front of your computer, and almost immediately go to YouTube to unwind. You expect new content from your favorite creators–maybe a haul video on clothes they bought, a review video on new technology…


Aesthetic expression: The art of catharsis
Feature // December 5, 2017

With the constant pressure to succeed heavy on our shoulders, and the everlasting existential crisis plaguing our seemingly mundane lives, we can’t help but sometimes feel alone and helpless, trapped within the confines of our minds. The struggle of battling bouts of depression and anxiety can be extremely difficult to overcome. Many have been victims…


With milk and love: Through the eyes of animal rescuers
Feature // December 4, 2017

The streets are filled with all types of creepy crawlers wafting through the sea of garbage and canal water and the rain seems to have no business in stopping. The squelching of your sneakers stop as your eyes are drawn to a small, curled up fur ball on the sidewalk right beside a sari-sari store….


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…


Confessions of adrenaline junkies: The rise of the boldfaced young
Feature // October 6, 2017

Picture this: You are currently standing on a platform, 720 ft. above ground. You try to reach over your itchy back without unlatching that large elastic cord delicately attached to you – your only hope in surviving this jump. Then you realize you have just hurled yourself out into the air and there is nothing…


The naked truth
Feature // August 26, 2017

From inside the enclosed space of the gallery, a low and almost silent chatter accompanies the subtle sounds of pencil on paper. The illuminated gallery houses dozens of artists huddled before their art materials, all focusing intently towards the middle of the room where a naked human figure stood. While the thought of stripping down…


The 23rd Metro Manila Pride Festival: Here together
Feature Writer's recap // June 29, 2017

Last June 24, 2017, the 23rd Metro Manila Pride March was held in the streets of Marikina City. It was a sight to behold; boisterous laughter and joyous chanting filled the air as thousands of people gathered together in front of the Marikina City Hall. The usually dull grounds of the city hall were now…