The Last Jedi: The good, the bad, and the ugly
by Westin Perez
Feature // April 12, 2018

The movie was revealed to have hit a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and critic reviews were overall very good. However, the week after it was released internationally, things started to change. While the critic score on Rotten Tomatoes stayed above 90 percent, the audience score plummeted from the 60s down to the 50s, where…

In the pointe shoes of a prima ballerina
by Danielle Arcon and Yanna Zhang
Student Spotlight // April 9, 2018

Every wide-eyed, restless child has heard the story once or twice before going to bed. Perhaps with the maiden in place on a bedside table—a small stone figurine complete with its tutu, frozen at an image of dance, painted to its every fine detail while it spins away to the music box’s soft lullaby. The…

A reckless abandon into a stand-alone sound: An exclusive with The Ransom Collective
by Beatrice Del Rosario
Student Spotlight // March 31, 2018

Now to others, this may not be so, as many see the Philippine music industry as sort of the awkward cousin (ten times removed) of the glamorous and popular America. However, despite the petty controversy, which is often tainted with negativity, bad vibes, and backlash—whatever else you want to call it, the truth of the…

Tech-ing a break: The disconnection and disassociation from devices
by Celestine Sevilla and Westin Perez
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The show’s creator, Charlie Brooker, is a big believer in the negative aspects of technology. He wrote for the Guardian in 2011 saying, “We routinely do things that just five years ago would scarcely have made sense to us. We tweet along to reality shows; we share videos of strangers dropping cats in bins; we…

The Greatest Showman: Truly the greatest show?
by Westin Perez and Ella Baccay
Feature // March 26, 2018

The musical type of storytelling used in film has very old roots. They first found a home in cinemas around them 30s, and have nowadays adapted to fit modern conventions of good movies. It has endured until the 21st century, finding a home in Disney movies, in on-screen Broadway adaptations akin to that of Les…

Pills, paws, and play: The wonders of Animal-assisted therapy
by Casey Margaret Eridio and Celestine Sevilla
Feature // March 25, 2018

The doctor is in. And he is striding along the hallway as he welcomes his patients with the purest of intentions and enthusiasm. He goes on with what he usually does—sometimes easing pain, but on good days, saving lives. It’s enthralling and almost unbelievable how someone like him could perceive his job as something mundane…

Of beats, silence, and vision: The importance of musical scoring in films
by Denise Nicole Uy and Marmeelyn Sinocruz
Feature // March 22, 2018

You reach into your pocket or bag and pull out that tangled web of white wires. “Not this again,” you sigh as you then start the grueling task of trying to untangle the mess that was previously your set of earphones. Nothing is worse than not being able to listen to your music because your…

Nazareno Translascíon: The mystic pull of the modern day Sisyphus
by Casey Margaret Eridio and Yanna Zhang
Feature // March 6, 2018

The beat of the sun on his back as the sweat starts to drip down unto his brows, he sees the mass of hands, all rising to touch, grasping for even the tiniest bit. The crowd of people pushes harder and Ronaldo feels his lungs wheeze air from the tight squeeze. It’s suffocating. Murmuring a…

Irrational zodiac signs and why it’s okay to believe in them
by Katherine Moro and Kobe Lacsamana
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Can the positioning of giant balls of gas during the time of our births really help explain our moods, personalities, and even our destiny? Astrology takes up a rather surprisingly prominent role in modern human society. After President Reagan was shot in a failed assassination attempt, his wife Nancy rearranged the Oval Office and had…

Of anti moons and universal acceleration: The Flat Earth theory
by Paolo Pamati-an and Beatrice Del Rosario
Feature // February 28, 2018

It’s 2018. Gone are the days when science was the weird kid at the playground (or at least they should be). Puberty must have hit science hard because it’s now pretty much one of the “cool kids”. Science continues to challenge and defy the boundaries of space exploration, going beyond the limitations of the human…