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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…

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Holidays away from home: An OFW Christmas

In the Philippines, to say that the Christmas season is a long-awaited holiday would be an understatement. Filipinos are known to start the all-familiar countdown to Christmas as soon as the “Ber” months begin. For many, the Christmas season is one packed with family get-togethers and parties. This seemingly inherent reverence for the Christmas holidays…

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Paw and tail: Defining the furry

In the deep, broad platforms of the internet, the term “furry” may be one that internet purveyors have come across, either appearing in the form of people wearing the iconic fursuits—costumes created to explicitly showcase animal-like characteristics—or in artworks of human-like animals. However, beyond the furry surface, there exists some confusion regarding the true nature…

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Yolanda’s Ground Zero in 360°: Capturing the aftermath

Ground zero is a term often used to refer to an area left most devastated after a disaster; in the aftermath of the 315-kph winds of supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013, ground zero pertained to the barangay of 68-Anibong in Tacloban City. All the houses built on the coastline were destroyed. More than 50 people were…

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Marvel vs. Capcom: The spirit of battle

In the far corners of the mall, the clang of gaming tokens rattling in pockets, cheers of children, and jingles from nearby gacha machines are lost in the cacophony of players duking it out against each other amid the glow of a flashing screen. Nearby spectators are treated to an orchestra of joystick clicks and…

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The Final Frontier: Between science and fiction

While taking in the vast expanse that is our universe, humanity has tried time and time again to comprehend the many elements hidden within. We once turned to gods and deities to bring society to order and hopefully make sense of the world around us, until we eventually built our own tools to survive and…

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Equality for all: Senate conducts public hearing on SOGIE Equality Bill

Gretchen Diez, a transgender woman, made headlines last week after she was denied the use of a women’s bathroom in Farmer’s Market, Cubao, by a janitress. After the scuffle, Diez was detained, shamed by the police, and later released after the mall’s management dropped charges of unjust vexation against her. Last August 20, Diez was…

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From bean to brew: A conversation with SGD Coffee

It is a no brainer to say that the enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee sends an invigorating sensation to those who deem the drink a staple in their daily routines. Over the past few centuries, coffee has indeed become more than just an incontestable staple. It has grown to be very important in many…

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College without culture: Reactions on CHED’s ruling of Filipino and Panitikan

Jose Rizal advocated embracing one’s own mother tongue and culture. Though the “One who does not treasure his own language is worse than a beast or a putrid fish” quote may be misattributed, respect for the native language—as a form of patriotic allegiance—has been ingrained in the consciousness of students in their primary years of…