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Adrienne Tan
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…


Manila bay folk
Feature // May 24, 2017

After a bumpy pedicab ride from Taft Avenue through Pablo Ocampo, we alight across a lifeless CCP Complex. Greeted by half empty parking lots and sprouts of greenery, the scent of petrol and saltwater waft the path to an even emptier Harbor Square. Peaceful folks adorn the concrete coast, going about their day by the…


How to save a life: Behind suicide hotlines
Feature // April 14, 2017

In the disarray of mindless switching tabs, you anxiously wait for a reply from just about any of the five friends you already messaged. In the sea of furniture and familiarity of your own room, nothing seems to put you at ease. You’re alone with your thoughts. Unknown to many, the country actually has a…


DLSU’s homegrown online brands
Feature // July 22, 2016

  These days, shopping has been made quick and easy with your next purchase always just a few clicks away. As accessible as it has become for customers, anyone can start a business too—no easy task, but it’s proven to pay off in time. While there are hundreds of student entrepreneurs balancing their double lives…


Writer’s Recap – Haunted Hall VII: Break a leg!
Advertorial Writer's recap // June 27, 2016

You might have spotted a misplaced zombie walking around campus, or internally shrieked upon bumping into a white lady along the hallway these past couple weeks. The DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild’s annual Haunted Hall had been wringing in screams for seven years straight—only this time, the scream fest had moved out of the unsettling halls…


Unraveling the lives of house helpers in the Philippines
Feature // June 23, 2016

When Mom and Dad couldn’t always be around growing up, who was there to help look after you? While some had grandparents to take over, a number of us recall having someone we fondly called, “Yaya!” Overseas, they are referred to as domestic helpers, nannies, sitters, or maids. Here, we call them yaya, inday, or…


A childhood of fairytales and technology
Feature // May 12, 2016

It’s your average family lunch in the 21st century. Phones are hovering above the table. In place of a colorful plate and spoon on your little cousin’s high chair, an iPad rests with its very own freestanding case, playing Frozen on repeat. Instead of sitting on a foam puzzle mat flipping through The Berenstain Bears…


From Dangwa with love
Feature Writer's recap // February 13, 2016

In the disorienting chaos that is Manila on a Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves somewhere along the intersection of Dos Castillas Street and Laong Laan Road. Hidden behind high-rise billboards and a crisp red and white Chowking signage is the famed Dangwa flower market, where the jeepney fumes eventually vanish into the refreshing scent of…


Caffeine confessions: From the other side of the counter
Feature // January 28, 2016

Getting the right dose of caffeine to start the day often means waiting in line behind fellow sleepyheads just to get that warm buzz-in-a-cup. Not a morning person? Well, these people have to be. Baristas are neither waiters nor chefs, but they’re somewhere in between, making magic on a steel kitchen countertop while trying to…


Calling it quits
Feature // November 25, 2015

Used cigarette butts disguise themselves among the dust and rubbish that line the sidewalks along Taft Avenue. It’s 7am, and only hours before, the last of the Happy Thursday goers staggered back to their dorms or into cabs. Small bars and condo units make for centers of excellence in drugs and cheap booze. And to…