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Out of the shadows: Campus journalism in times of silencing and dissent

It was a Saturday when Carmen “Menie” Reyes woke up to a world that had been silenced. The usual chatter of the radio had faded into the night, the television only emitting white noise. It was September 1972, when Martial Law was declared in the Philippines, and she was in her third year of high…

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Paths forward: Community support at the core of modernization, true progress

Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has constantly found ways to shape and reshape the environment to suit its ever-evolving needs. Throughout history, humanity has anchored societal and economic progress on modernization projects that were aimed at providing the best solutions to different issues, bringing about widespread change to society as a whole.  The need…

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News for the Deaf community: Meet the Filipino Sign Language Access Team for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a disruption of our day-to-day activities. During this time, we are all encouraged to stay home—if we can—and to remain vigilant. Now more than ever, we are reliant on daily news broadcasts and trusted sources on social media. Access to credible and accurate information regarding the pandemic and the preventive…

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Good morning, passengers: Exploring the skies with flight attendants

Flight attendants regularly make sure that everything on the flight runs smoothly; they bustle around the plane, guiding clunky carts of food and drinks through narrow aisles, ushering passengers on board to their designated seats, and demonstrating pre-flight safety routines. An entire flight could go by without passengers recognizing and appreciating the work that these…

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A vision of creativity: Graphika 20/20

Graphika 20/20, a conference comprised of renowned creatives and industry professionals, took place in the SMX Conference Center last February 15 to 16.  Now on its 15th year, previous years. This year’s theme zoned in on the creative vision—decorating the stage with monochromatic crystals to reflect the different perspectives and angles an artist can take.…

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Glimpses of love

Cloud 8.999…, Albert Right before I left for college, my phone dinged. It was him. Two conversations ran parallel in my head: one weaving what I wanted to say to him, and one with myself trying to understand what I was feeling. I thought of the subtle winks and the smiles, the times I felt…

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The history and landscape of Kundiman

In every love story, there is a courtship stage. The suitor serenades their beloved atop the balcony in the hopes of winning their heart—staple of romantic gestures to this day This scene remains a popular motif in Filipino media, from teleseryes and variety shows, to your neighbor’s random hugot posted on their Facebook page. Courtship…

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Titser Ko Si La Salle: Tales of local guidance and perseverance

[Iba’t iba] naman ang tawag natin sa kanila—tila nagpapakita pa rin sila ng faith, service, at communion in mission,” Project Head Kim Elizabeth De Jesus emphasizes as she addresses the audience of Titser Ko Si La Salle!, a DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild’s (HTG) production that  ran from January 29 to February 1 at the Teresa…

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Dice, paper, and imagination: Exploring D&D in the Philippines

Dungeons & Dragons—commonly known as D&D—is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game that has risen in popularity in recent years. The game’s portrayal in the popular Netflix series Stranger Things was one of the primary catalysts for its sudden prevalence, with the show’s main characters being avid players of D&D and the main antagonist even being…

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Rant & Rave—Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars has never been as divisive as it is today. Disney’s sequel trilogy has, at best, been a mixed bag, and it was always going to be difficult to bring a close to such a turbulent story. Stepping up to the plate in an attempt to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the galaxy-spanning saga…