James wears a scarlet letter
by Casey Margaret Eridio, Marielle Lucenio and Nicole Wong
Feature // October 16, 2017

At night, when people slip into their pajamas, lights from windows flicker out one by one, and the mundane world stays still, the red light districts come alive. They look the same as they do every night: bold and beaming, lurid with fluorescent signs, and piercing with loud music. Matching the scenery are fire truck…

Out of school youth: Bent but not broken
by Denise Nicole Uy, Audrey Giongco and Samantha Faye Se
Feature // October 15, 2017

Life’s paintbrush paint our canvas with beauty in every stroke, at times a little too fast, in order for us to see the grandeur in every aspect of ourselves,  albeit somewhat trivial and nonsensical. Hardly ever noticed, but never out of relevance, the things we take for granted are far for the most part, the…

Raceless cosmopolitans
by Catherine Orda and Eternity Ines
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In a school cafeteria in Dhaka, a girl sat alone at a table next to a window. Everybody else sat with their respective groups, and the girl–who was nervous and hungry, and not in the least bit immune to the kind of inevitable isolation that usually afflicts new students in their first few days of…

Saan tayo kakain? Doon
by Lance Villarosa and Eternity Ines
Feature // October 13, 2017

Many of us ask this question every day. Whether it be in the morning when your first class is free cut or in the afternoon when all your classes have consistently given homework. Regardless of where you come from, it will be a perennially overwhelming decision—where to eat? In the local streets of Taft however,…

Beyond the scenes: Stories and realities from the drug war
by Danielle Arcon and Celestine Sevilla
Feature // October 12, 2017

This is what we think we know: we’ve heard enough sides to know the truth. It is a primetime narrative summarized as incidents fueled by entwined destinies of noble intention and bloody execution. But the headlines and three-minute reports rarely ever tell us much. Besides somber faces caught on camera and the families whose lives…

Beyond the scenes: The true cost of pretty hair
by Cody Cepeda and Catherine Orda
Feature // October 11, 2017

There is surface, and then there is depth. It was the 1950s when gay-themed films that so often saw portrayal from the King of Comedy Dolphy permeated every television of every household. Back then, the Filipino gay man only bifurcated into one-dimensional roles: the loud and flamboyant parloristang bakla who works in cheap salons, and…

Undocumented Filipino immigrants: Toiling in strange lands
by Cody Cepeda
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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…