In the life of death: An embalmer’s tale
by Cody Cepeda
Feature // December 3, 2016

Omar Cabillan was just an adolescent when he saw a dead body up close for the first time. His father, an embalmer, took him under his wing and taught him the trade of embalming at a young age. His key takeaway? Attention to detail. Now 42 years old, married, and with children, Omar is one…

Maguindanao Massacre: Of the bloody carnage seven years ago
by Marielle Lucenio
Feature // November 26, 2016

It was the morning of November 23, 2009 when Esmael Mangundadatu sent his women with dozens of journalists to file for his certificate of candidacy to the heartland of the Ampatuans. That Monday morning later came to be known as the heinous Maguindanao Massacre, the unspeakable slaughter committed on a hill in a place called…

The Caretakers of the Manila Chinese Cemetery
by Cirilo Cariga and Denise Nicole Uy
Feature // November 19, 2016

It looked like a typical post-siesta afternoon for Johnny “Mang Jun” Montemayor as we approached him. Lying on his wooden bed under the shade of an old Feng Shui-blessed tree, he conversed with his friends in front of one of the numerous mausoleums or kapilyas in the cemetery. It was not an occasional visit to…

Quiapo’s ‘Believe it or not’: Of witch doctors and spells
by Audrey Giongco and Isabella Argosino
Feature // November 17, 2016

The streets of Quiapo are paved with a precarious aura. The air reeks of a bygone era once Manila’s finest, but has since become home to an ineffable assortment of characters, obscurities, and gems unique to the historical district. It is ironic that the grounds, which the venerated Quiapo Church stands on, is also home…

Close encounters of the ghost kind
by Nicole Wong and Celestine Sevilla
Feature // November 15, 2016

Films such as The Sixth Sense, The Conjuring, and The Blair Witch Project, have piqued interests regarding the belief of those returning from the afterlife as ghosts. These movies portray ghosts as entities who try to haunt us, send us messages, or tell us to stay well away from certain places or things. But while…

The Pinoy touch on horror films
by Jaime Papa and Michi Dimaano
Feature // November 13, 2016

It’s that spooky time of the year again and your socials are gonna be flooded with pictures of everyone putting on their scariest and most ironic costumes. Don’t worry if you don’t get your fill of spookiness from the parties you’ll be attending, there’s always everyone’s masochistic treat of choice—horror movies! As the years go…

On the lens of literature with Mario Vargas Llosa
by Addy Binoya
Feature // November 11, 2016

The concrete prevalence of literature continues to breed a whirlpool of timeless imagery and a tableau of entertainment, while being fixed on the pulpit of human understanding and the access of truth. This art form reflects the broad ensemble of cultural differences, which reverberates the very core of our diversity. The celebration of not just the…

The Drug War: Beyond the moral and the legal
by Cirilo Cariga and Marielle Lucenio
Feature // November 6, 2016

The bullet that almost pierced through the chest of Francis “Jay R” Santiago Jr. during an alleged buy bust operation last September 13 at Aldecoa St. in Malate, Manila could have easily added him to the long list of drug suspects slain in the name of Duterte’s relentless war on drugs. Jay R, however, managed…

The Senior High experience
by Nathaniel Sierras and Jaime Papa
Feature // November 5, 2016

De La Salle University is the new home of several starry eyed senior high schoolers. Beginning their classes last June, the senior high students are now the new faces in the Lasallian community. They’re not that hard to spot; their IDs are worn horizontally and they move in droves, at times carrying with them an…

Cinema ‘76: The little cinema that could
by Isabella Argosino and Flores Gilda
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It was the year 1976–the magnum opus era in Philippine Cinema that saw the birth of Lino Brocka’s Insiang, Eddie Romero’s Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?, and Ishmael Bernal’s Nunal Sa Tubig, to name a few. There were no oversaturated plots of hacienda love stories, or marriage scandals with the housekeeper–mainstream films that capitalized…