Aromantic, a romantic: Love beyond romance
by Isabelle Santiago
Feature // February 20, 2019

“Is it possible for a person to not be romantically attracted to anyone throughout their life?” I asked this to several students of De La Salle University—several, if not most, said no. Miguelito Beato (I, AB-PHM), argues that “humans in general are social beings that are bound to be attracted [to someone else] even [if]…

Old legends never die: Philippine mythology in modern times
by Anakin Garcia, Erinne Ong and William Ong
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…

Not everything is about tikoy: A Chinese-Filipino during Chinese New Year
by William Ong
Feature // February 16, 2019

When friends approach you and ask for tikoy, you know it’s that time of the year again. Also called the Lunar New Year, many of the practices done during the holiday are believed to have started when a Chinese village was attacked by a mythical beast called the “Nian”. These practices continued throughout the centuries…

HIV/AIDS, stigma, and lives unclaimed
by Glenielle Nanglihan, Enrico Peliño and Isabelle Santiago
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It has long haunted our country. We’ve all heard the numerous urban legends about contaminated needles in dark cinema halls and other tales that took on the form of monsters under our beds. Above it all, the implied shame. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the acquired immunodificiency syndrome (AIDS) was a conversation the Philippines…

Strength and perseverance: Living as a student mother
by Maxine Ferrer and Celestine Sevilla
Feature // February 15, 2019

Outside the four walls of the classroom, a bell rings—class dismissed. Time for students to go home and see about their school assignments and extra-curricular work. Some may be worried about which essay to write first, or which math problem to solve for later; others may be fretting over what to prepare for the family…

Stripped bare: Us through the panorama of self-love
by Addy Binoya and Sophia Nicole Cruz
Feature // February 14, 2019

To love is a fundamental necessity—one that is patent and true. It is what makes people feel at one with life, sparking light in the world even in its most hopeless corners. But to love oneself and all of our parts as a whole is still the ultimate challenge. Each one of us interpret and…

Screening for intimacy
by Westin Perez and Blair Clemente
Feature // February 13, 2019

A cultural behemoth, that’s what it is. There is no arguing how the internet and by extension, social media, occupies a unique place in our lives. Its ubiquity brings with it modes of communication and interaction that most take for granted, hiding in plain sight. For the internet is now so integrated in how we…

Left behind: The haunting era of ghosting culture
by Addy Binoya and Isabelle Santiago
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Ghosts are no longer just wispy shapes in our peripheral vision. Ghosts don’t stay behind the creaking doors and dilapidated footsteps anymore as the clock ticks. Ghosts are now living persons hiding behind messages left on “seen”, questions left unanswered, and issues left undiscussed. Both, though, leave behind the same ripples of distress and curiosity—haunting…

Blurring lines in between appropriation and appreciation
by Isabelle Santiago
Feature // February 9, 2019

I remember the days when my tiny feet were marching along with people who were dressed in saris, flamencos, kilts, kimonos, cheongsams, and all the other dresses representing the globe; my school called it appreciation of different cultures. I remember the days when my tiny fingers were flipping through pages of history books learning the…

Writer’s Recap: The Pig runs wild this Lunar New Year
by Sophia Nicole Cruz, Anakin Garcia, Sabrina Joyce Go, Glenielle Nanglihan and Denise Nicole Uy
Feature Writer's recap // February 6, 2019

There is a common misconception that Binondo and Ongpin are one and the same. Many use the names interchangeably to refer to the oldest Chinatown in the Philippines and the world, but Binondo is the official name of Manila’s Chinatown and Ongpin is merely one of the most famous streets. Nestled near the heart of…