Articles By
Kay Estepa
Flipping the underground scene: Lyrical rhymes of FlipTop artists
Feature // January 14, 2019

As the clock strikes nine at night, an audience fills up an arena. People crowd every side of the platform, wanting to be as close to the action as possible. Up on that platform, an artist builds up his confidence and rehearses the lines he crafted for the battle ahead. A member of the FlipTop…


Murals for the Masses: Liberating Art from the galleries to the streets
Feature // December 21, 2018

Often mistaken as mere vandalism or graffiti, street art is the physical manifestation of the imagination and philosophy of artists who lift the context of their work from the elements of the streets. Archie Oclos, a Filipino street artist, explains that street art is usually situated in an urban setting. “They could be two-dimensional works…


Professional Parents: I Study, They Teach
Feature // November 7, 2018

You raise your hand. You’re nervous and jittery, and you don’t want to make a fool of yourself in class. The professor’s eyes stare into yours, patiently waiting for your answer. The place is different but the face is familiar, you’re just not used to seeing this part of their life. Here, you say “Sir”…


The meshed and the mixed: The undefined meaning of Filipina beauty
Feature // November 5, 2018

A sparkling stage and a towering list of expectations, beauty pageant contestants are no stranger to competition. All that work and fight for a sash and crown, symbols of success to any aspiring Filipina beauty queen. The definition of beauty has changed repeatedly, from corsets to lip gloss to threaded brows—the interpretation of beauty shifts…


Time flies: Gaming while all else fades
Feature // September 19, 2018

He reached for the light switch the second he entered his room. It had been a long day for him. The temptation to continue where he had left off the previous night  had been plaguing his mind the moment he first sat down on the stiff desk chairs provided by the school. It had only…