Writer’s recap
A day in Paradise
by Isabella Argosino
Writer's recap // April 15, 2016

When first promised paradise sometime last year by the newest kid on the festival block, music fans were wary. But last Saturday, April 9, the gates to the Promised Land were opened at Aseana City, and those same fans found themselves at Paradise International Music Festival. The summer heat coupled with dust galore made for…

A trip to Cinematheque Centre Manila
by Paulo Yusi
Writer's recap // April 4, 2016

I make my way along the narrow and portion of Kalaw in Ermita towards a small structure, tucked away, made up of massive slabs of perfectly squared tiled blocks. It looks out of place among the other sights on the street—topless young boys flinging their slippers at each other, other young children begging for alms….

From Dangwa with love
by Anthony John Tang and Adrienne Tan
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…

Poetry isn’t dead
by Brittany Aguilar
Feature Writer's recap // December 7, 2015

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” – Plutarch The audience at Natividad Fajardo-Rosario Gonzales auditorium was silent last November 13, when DLSU Writer’s Guild organized Reverie: Lost in Words, an event that showcased Filipino spoken word poets both individually and in groups. Everyone’s gaze was transfixed on the stage. No one dared…

Scenes from Performatura
by Paulo Yusi, Audrey Giongco and Krizzia Asis
Feature Writer's recap // December 2, 2015

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) opened its doors for its inaugural literature festival, Performatura, last November 6, 7, and 8. To enter, no fee was required—only the donation of a book, be it fresh and glossy or old and battered. With the goal of exploring intertextuality, the event created a place where the…

On gifts that need to be shared: Digital Art Trade
by Isabel Escolar
Feature Writer's recap // October 27, 2015

Two years ago, Iz Lacson dreamt of forming a group where artists could freely share their works without fear of artistic hierarchy. Inviting four of his colleagues, they formed a group where this dream could become a reality. The group believed that every artist, amateur or adept, was gifted with their own style that they…

The bright lights of Asia Pop Comic Con
by Anthony John Tang
Writer's recap // September 26, 2015

As you entered the convention hall, you witnessed a sight like a hall of champions. Black carpets covered the floor. Vibrant hues of lights glimmered through the matted darkness. A big screen stood at one end of the hall, showing scenes of a fallen star destroyer buried in a vast desert, in tune with the…

More than books: A look inside the Manila International Book Fair
by Daniel Ian Comandante
Writer's recap // September 22, 2015

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), now on its 36th edition, has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for Filipino lit lovers and bookworms. Known for its bargain prices, with discount rates as high as 90% off, and sightings of local and international authors, the MIBF has become an annual staple for those looking to satiate…

SiKuna: The rekindling of Filipino art
by Anthony John Tang and Krizzia Asis
Feature Writer's recap // August 14, 2015

The sky was gray, the clouds thick, and the air heavy with suspended silence. At the entrance, goers were huddled in a circle carrying all sorts of percussion instruments—empty water gallons, bamboo, cow bells, tambourines, and wooden sticks. A man steps to the center and raises his cow bell and thin wooden stick to begin…

21st Metro Manila Pride: Marching towards hope
by Anthony John Tang
Writer's recap // July 1, 2015

Banners of rainbows waved in the wind, glistening in the dull afternoon sun firmly and proudly. The crowd of supporters that had gathered ran furiously as stoplights turned from green to red, and vice versa. They ran wearing grins on their faces; a happiness of belonging somewhere, of being home in a crowd. Despite a…