Articles By
Erinne Ong
Old legends never die: Philippine mythology in modern times
Feature // February 17, 2019

Bathala’s supremacy as the creator of everything, a ​sigbin​’s blood-sucking malevolence, Dalikamata​’s clairvoyant abilities and thousand eyes, a ​kapre’s enchanted stones and wish-granting promises. Ancient ideas can be reimagined with the aid of technology. Advanced graphics and design software or talented makeup and costume artists can help convert what used to be mere verbal descriptions…

Frame by frame, play by play: A closer look into sports commentary
Feature // January 17, 2019

With every pulse-pounding sports game on your television or phone screen, there is always a pair of voices feeding you the action on the court. They detail the patterns, the numbers, and the activity of all the athletes in sight. Their narrative, mixing with the boisterous cheers from the crowd, provides the ebb and flow…

Phases and interfaces: The humanity behind the science
Feature // December 17, 2018

A mug sits on a window sill, as if waiting to catch a ray of sunlight, a stroke of inspiration. Perhaps it is yearning for rain, the next drop of genius to fill its cup, so that when the morning coffee has been drained, the much-awaited eureka moment would finally materialize. Science has built its…

Dawn of the underdogs: Azkals take on Asia
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Months after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2019 wastes no time bringing about another international football competition run by the Asian Football Confederation, the AFC Asian Cup. Unlike the World Cup, the Philippines will be taking part for the very first time, duking it out for the Asian title. This no doubt begs the question…

Ink and identity: A Mambabatok’s legacy enthralls the stage
Writer's recap // November 21, 2018

Presented by Harlequin Theatre Guild (HTG) under the Culture and Arts Office, a four-show rerun of Ang Huling Mambabatok was staged at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium (TYA) last November 16 to 17. Written by Em Mendez and directed by Romualdo Tejada, it starred HTG members Stefanie Lim, Sheilette Barcelon, Alexa Faith Samodio, and Jastine Alfonso….

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”…

Tingle Me to Sleep: The Sounds of ASMR
Feature // October 27, 2018

Sound is a spectrum. From acoustic tunes to heavy metal jams; from static noise and blaring car horns to the lively, dynamic voices of conversation—all these auditory stimuli are bound to trigger a diverse array of responses from the listener. In the confines of our own room, the unsettling silence is tuned out with a…

Lungs: The Liberating Breath of the Stage
Writer's recap // September 27, 2018

Lungs, written by English playwright Duncan Macmillan with this performance directed by Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, took to the stage in Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati, last September 22. It will continue to run on weekends until October 7. It follows the relationship of M and W, portrayed by Jake Cuenca and Isabella Jose respectively,…

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…