Remembering the rainbow: Old stories for modern identities
by Denise Nicole Uy and Sabrina Joyce Go
Feature // January 22, 2019

Mama, can you tell me a story? As children, we found refuge in stories. But myths are more than just stories we tell—they reveal something about the culture they’re from. As children, how many times have we heard the story of Pinang, the little girl whose mother said that she needed multiple eyes to find…

FTK 2019 and the Lasallian spirit of volunteerism
by Sabrina Joyce Go
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For the Kids (FTK) 2019 kicked off its program this January 20 with high excitement. The mini-olympic event invited children with special needs, called “angels”, to participate in a meaningful day with their Ate and Kuya volunteers. Already on its 30th anniversary, it coincides with the tercentenary celebration of St. John Baptist De La Salle’s…

Examining the humanity of animal cafés
by Emily Lim, Glenielle Nanglihan and Yanna Zhang
Feature // January 17, 2019

With the rise in popularity of animal cafés, anyone who is fond of these lovable creatures now had a go-to place for food and warm hugs. Yet, a now viral post on social media brought a more critical eye toward these animal wonderlands. As Wagging Tails, a pet café, became increasingly notorious among netizens, so…

Frame by frame, play by play: A closer look into sports commentary
by Anakin Garcia and Erinne Ong
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With every pulse-pounding sports game on your television or phone screen, there is always a pair of voices feeding you the action on the court. They detail the patterns, the numbers, and the activity of all the athletes in sight. Their narrative, mixing with the boisterous cheers from the crowd, provides the ebb and flow…

(K)in defiance: The blaze that is non-conformity
by Glenielle Nanglihan
Feature // January 16, 2019

Family has a hallowed place in Filipino society. For decades, the model of the nuclear family has been hailed as the archetype of virtuous citizens in a strong community. The dutiful wife, the provider husband, two children, and a nice home—the only thing society will deem as the epitome of a fulfilled life. Anything different…

Rant & Rave: The Other Side of the Wind
by Frank Santiago
Feature Rant & Rave // January 15, 2019

“There are these divine accidents. It’s the only thing that keeps films from being dead.” Orson Welles often attributed the best part of films to what he called “divine accidents”—the perfect shot or even the perfect scene was born from these, he claimed. Perhaps it’s a divine accident then that after over four decades since…

Too much or too little? : Examining the art of reinvention
by Blair Clemente
Feature // January 14, 2019

  “New year, new me” is a saying that has been repeated since time immemorial, or at least since Facebook was invented. The way we choose to express ourselves is a constant work in progress. The thought of reinventing oneself has probably crossed everyone’s mind once or twice. Whether it’s finally going to the gym…

Flipping the underground scene: Lyrical rhymes of FlipTop artists
by Sophia Nicole Cruz and Kay Estepa
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As the clock strikes nine at night, an audience fills up an arena. People crowd every side of the platform, wanting to be as close to the action as possible. Up on that platform, an artist builds up his confidence and rehearses the lines he crafted for the battle ahead. A member of the FlipTop…

Excelsior! : The legacy of Stan Lee
by Nadine Macalalad and William Ong
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No one can deny that being a “comic book geek” has never been more mainstream than in the past decade or so. It seems as though every other month, a new comic book movie is hitting the screen with packed cinemas full of dedicated fans. This recent boom in the comic industry can arguably be…

On resolutions: Resolve or restart?
by Westin Perez and Enrico Peliño
Feature // January 13, 2019

The new year comes with plenty of promise. No one can know for sure what it holds, but the potential it has is near limitless. Perhaps this is why resolutions for the new year is such a common practice among people. Maybe it’s the idea that the year can be molded and shaped into what…