The leading women of our history
by Danielle Arcon and Abigail Quirong
Feature // January 19, 2018

Coy, timid, and reserved, she fans herself gently with a wooden hand fan, speaking softly without meeting your eyes.  An image that represents the Filipina virtue is often summarized with a single iconic name: Maria Clara. Her attributes are deeply embedded into our culture; the ideal woman should be dutiful, responsible, and most importantly, the…

A few words on westjacking
by Catherine Orda
Feature // January 16, 2018

An honest and deliberate attempt at self-reflection is sometimes all it takes for some obvious truths to slowly sink in. In my case, the discovery of the inherent ills of Western pop culture happened in batches; in interrupted bouts of conscious culture consumption in which I felt disillusioned seeing the way Hollywood films portrayed non-Western…

The disremembered: Stories from the front lines of Alzheimer’s   
by Katherine Moro, Krizzia Asis and Beatrice Del Rosario
Feature // December 29, 2017

More often than not, the shared memories between two individuals is the thread that holds a relationship together. Now imagine if a gnarled hand slowly came out of nowhere, curled its wretched fingers around that thread, and began to pull–not quickly, not to startle, but slowly as to prolong the pain and agony of watching…

Bullets and cameras: The crime of photojournalism
by Casey Margaret Eridio, Lance Villarosa and Marmeelyn Sinocruz
Feature // December 26, 2017

Some flights to Leyte are more memorable than others. The first time you tasted their sweet midget pineapples, your first time at the Pintados-Kasadyaan festival, or witnessing firsthand the horrors of Typhoon Yolanda. Rem Zamora is no stranger to polarizing moments in life such as these, being the professional photojournalist that he is. As he…

The fast fashion trap
by Katherine Moro
Feature // December 22, 2017

You enter the mall, and almost immediately, you’re greeted by bright red signs with “SALE” written in huge typeface letters. You enter the shop almost unconsciously without any intention except to look around, and before you know it, you’re inside the fitting room with about half a dozen clothes to try on. You fit them…

The women in Jhumpa Lahiri’s stories
by Krizzia Asis
Feature // December 7, 2017

When the nights were long in December, I began to fall in love with somebody. Experiencing intimacy in new ways: Easily sleeping at his home in Cubao when I had lost electricity for a while in mine, teaching me the proper way to floss as his mother was a dentist, putting makeup on his sister,…

The nips, the tucks, and the fillings: The other grotesque face
by Denise Nicole Uy and Nicole Wong
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The news of the plastic surgery “transformation” of the internet sensation named Marlou Arizala, who now goes by the moniker “Xander Ford”, has been making headlines as well as memes on social media. Marlou had features typically associated with Filipinos: Dark moreno skin and a flat nose. His appearance when he was still Marlou got…

Aesthetic expression: The art of catharsis
by Addy Binoya and Ella Baccay
Feature // December 5, 2017

With the constant pressure to succeed heavy on our shoulders, and the everlasting existential crisis plaguing our seemingly mundane lives, we can’t help but sometimes feel alone and helpless, trapped within the confines of our minds. The struggle of battling bouts of depression and anxiety can be extremely difficult to overcome. Many have been victims…

With milk and love: Through the eyes of animal rescuers
by Addy Binoya and Ella Baccay
Feature // December 4, 2017

The streets are filled with all types of creepy crawlers wafting through the sea of garbage and canal water and the rain seems to have no business in stopping. The squelching of your sneakers stop as your eyes are drawn to a small, curled up fur ball on the sidewalk right beside a sari-sari store….

Empowering and enticing: The allures of pole dancing
by Katherine Moro and Eternity Ines
Feature // November 26, 2017

  Along the financial district of Ortigas lies an ubiquitous building with a studio perched on its top floor. Soft electronic music plays in the background as the women in the room stretch in front of ceiling mirrors. It’s an odd assortment of women of different sizes and ages, with the youngest among the bunch…