Undocumented Filipino immigrants: Toiling in strange lands
by Cody Cepeda
Feature // October 11, 2017

When the sun’s on the cusp of petering out from the sky and the breeze is finally cool on the cheek, people switch their porch lights on, anticipating the darkness in the offing. In Daly City, sundown is at 8:27 pm. For Beth*, this means rest. Her room is small and she has no door,…

Atty. Noel Fernandez: A man of self-worth
by Lance Villarosa, Casey Margaret Eridio and Westin Perez
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Men are defined not by their accomplishments, but by the journey they undertook to achieve triumph. In totality, the feat alone does not justify their worth, it comes auxiliary to the herculean effort and eventual victory. When the end of the road seems all too imminent than than it already is, that’s when the beckoning…

An afternoon at the cuckoo house
by Catherine Orda and Katherine Moro
Feature // October 6, 2017

The first thing to notice was the utter smallness of the door. Bordered by a frame of dark, distressed wood, it reveals a sizeable patch of dim light when opened—one so completely removed from its surroundings so that it appeared as if it were hovering. Behind that square of light are white granite walls and…

Confessions of adrenaline junkies: The rise of the boldfaced young
by Addy Binoya and Ella Baccay
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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…

Lights, cameo, action: Triumphs of ekstras and bit players
by Danielle Arcon and Samantha Faye Se
Feature // October 5, 2017

It’s easy to notice the leads. They’re the faces you see along billboards, the names you often read about, and, if it strikes your fancy, they’re the same faces you root for in the movies. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets her back—they’re the ones who live the theater-filling happily-ever-after. The credits roll,…

Linguistic relativity: A modern day puzzle
by Westin Perez and Nadine Macalalad
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Man’s mind is an enigma, and to this day, we can’t fully comprehend what it’s truly capable of. We only understand a fraction of how it works, and so much of what it can do is still left in the dark. Such was the case when American linguist Edward Sapir hypothesized in 1929 that the…

The man behind the judgment
by Lance Villarosa and Eternity Ines
Feature // September 30, 2017

The judge’s eyes glosses over the numerous people awaiting his decision. Below him, the prosecution slumps down, disheartened and tired. This would be the third time in his entire career that he will make these two words come to fruition. The decision to free a life or condemn it has been delicately placed on his…

The truth behind mental hospitals
by Casey Margaret Eridio and Abigail Quirong
Feature // September 27, 2017

Some call it a madhouse, a theater for the freak shows, or a home for the misfits, but the truth is, one would find themselves walking along the halls of what seems to be a hybrid of a nature-filled retreat house, a white-walled hospital, and a prison with rooms for isolation. On the outside, it…

Passion plays: When talent leads to success
by Paolo Pamati-an and Nicole Wong
Feature // August 31, 2017

He stands at the center of the stage. Everyone’s eyes are on him while he plays to his heart’s content. Beads of sweat drip from his brow to the strings of his violin. The music crescendos, deafening the otherwise hushed atmosphere of the audience. Then, it slowly fades away, his piece drawing to a close….

Turning pages: The coming of age of Filipino YA
by Abigail Quirong and Danielle Arcon
Feature // August 29, 2017

There’s a subtle moment, a turning point in time when a chapter of memorable firsts transformed one’s period of youth into an age of maturity—the time when a first heartbreak, first love, first dream, and first barkada were more than just parts of a story, they were beginnings.  With arms opened wide and eyes closed,…