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Writer’s Recap: ‘Italian Film Festival Manila’ transcends cultural boundaries

With moviegoers gradually trickling back into theaters, the film industry has to put its best foot forward as it reintroduces itself once again to mainstream audiences. After Filipinos were forced into social distancing for two years, the Italian Film Festival Manila (IFFM) highlighted the cinema’s ability to transport viewers to new locales through a diverse…

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25 Cents’ Worth: When Filipinos turn against each other

There is a certain satisfaction that comes with seeing your rivals under distress—but when applied in the political sphere, this feeling becomes more of a detriment to society.

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Karangahan kan Bikolnon: Reclaiming the art of tigsik

As a tribute to the many intricacies of life, tigsik represents the heart and soul of the Bicolanos.

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Enveloped in power, hijabi women fight for their right to cover

For many Muslim women, the hijab is a symbol of the Islamic culture and ultimately, women’s bodily autonomy.

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With dangers of modernization, jeepneys may lose its vibrant colors

The Jeepney Modernization program threatens to strip the color away from jeepneys, erasing jeepney artists’ cultural significance.

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In sickness and in health: Videotelephony and the future of weddings

As the pandemic restricts large gatherings from happening, many couples resort to videotelephony to share their special day with loved ones.

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Rant and Rave: ‘Bad Buddy Series’ destroys the competition

Unspeakable dangers are regularly experienced by many in the LGBTQ+ community. From “casual” homophobia to outrageous hate crimes, the world shuns those who don’t conform to heteronormative ideals. Hence, it must be an overwhelming delight for LGBTQ+ audiences to experience the world of Thai boys’ love (BL) media, where two men are allowed to simply…

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Achieving communal enlightenment toward Nirvana through Theravada Buddhism

In Buddhism, achieving Nirvana emphasizes the value of turning thoughts into actions and constant meditation.

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Rant and Rave: ‘Formula of Love: O+T=<3’ spotlights musical chemistry

With their charm and impeccable choreography, TWICE never fails to uplift their audience’s mood, leading to their awe-inspiring evolution capturing the hearts of many fans. The group debuted with cutesy tunes and progressed to more mature tracks like the assertive Yes Or Yes and the gritty Perfect World.  Today, TWICE is well-known for their cute…

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A loving home: How queer parents redefine the Filipino family

Many LGBTQ+ couples in the country are fighting tooth and nail just to be legally recognized as families.