CategoryMenagerie Feature
A very secular Christmas
by Catherine Orda and Nicole Wong
Feature // December 19, 2016

It begins, as most celebrations do, with the act of informing everyone at arm’s length that it is almost here. We then count the days that lead to it—excitedly and religiously—and there is almost a sense of collective relief as we get to cross off another day on our calendars. Then there are the images…

Divisoria 101: A look into a bargain hunter’s haven
by Addy Binoya and Audrey Giongco

Upon opening the television, news channels are once again sending reporters to check out what’s happening in the busy complex of Divisoria. There’s a certain charm that Divisoria unravels during the holidays; shoppers are seen multiplying faster the sooner Christmas day comes as there is a compelling need that people get especially at this time…

Lazy Bastard: Ridiculously comfortable
by Nicole Wong
Menagerie // December 11, 2016

  With an ambience reminiscent of a simple hole-in-the-wall restaurant in New York, Lazy Bastard is dedicated to serving customers their ridiculous comfort food, as one of its partners, Mr. Justin Qua, puts it. And at Lazy Bastard, ridiculous is a good thing: Hotdogs topped generously with ingredients such as meaty chili con carne, or…

Break On Through: Going beyond limits at TEDxDLSU
by Denise Nicole Uy, Casey Margaret Eridio and Maxine Ferrer
Feature // December 9, 2016

  On November 25, 2016, the Junior Entrepreneurs’ Marketing Association (JEMA) held a TEDxDLSU event entitled Break on Through. TED is a global organization renowned for their dedication to promoting new and innovative ideas in the form of educational talks with individuals from all walks of life. TEDx is a platform of the same organization…

Tales from the Balikbayan box
by Danielle Arcon and Nathaniel Sierras
Feature // December 3, 2016

Halfway through one of Philippine cinema’s most memorable films, Anak, Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto find themselves in the middle of a confrontation; Barretto sobs as the scene unravels unspoken tensions and escalates to a climactic mother-and-daughter conflict. “Siguro ang talagang gusto kong sabihin, mas malaki ang nawala sa amin noong iniwan mo kami,” she…

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

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…