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Survival of the fittest: Making a living in wet markets

Gone are the days when anyone could freely head to a public market to purchase fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables. With community quarantine measures in place, many livelihoods have been upended. Eight months on, and the many businesses in the country are still struggling to adopt solutions to survive an economy in recession. Among the…

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Talking heads: Podcasters on and off the mic

Meaningful conversations bring about a sense of enlightenment. New discoveries are made through a back and forth of opinions, as well as a sharing of personal experiences. Such a relay of knowledge has become so sought after that it has popularized podcasts. More refined than simple talking heads, podcasts are divided into episodes, where different…

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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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Growing concerns: The disruptive effects of a pandemic on children

The forced isolation imposed on families across the country due to COVID-19 has left a massive impact on the lives of everyone involved. This has been no less true for some of the most vulnerable members of society—children. Over the past couple of months, the conventional life that a child may have known has been…

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Coffee Sessions: Going beyond the cup

Coffee Session, an online panel discussion on the Philippine coffee industry, was held last May 18, featuring a diverse cast with a common passion for coffee. Reflecting the collaborative nature of the coffee industry, several coffee experts were in attendance—Tere Domine, country director for local coffee brand Kalsada Coffee; Nathaniel Ongchuan, an award-winning barista; Mich…

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Call to Action: Tribulations of student emergency responders

Superheroes, whether on the big screen or in comic panels, often lead dual lives, delicately balancing their personal and professional responsibilities. Clark Kent is a reporter for the Daily Planet when he’s not out saving lives as Superman. Tom Holland’s iteration of Peter Parker is just a regular high schooler before a call to action…

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Wedding woes: How wedding coordinators plan the perfect wedding

“Here comes the bride, all dressed in white.” A time for first-glimpses and grand entrances, the bride’s march toward their beloved is often considered one of the highlights of any wedding as the couple promises their futures to each other in front of loved ones. While the future spouses—as well as many members of the…

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Highlights of the silver screen: Oscar 2020’s Best Picture nominees – Part One

2019 has been a good year for cinema. When movies like The Lighthouse, Uncut Gems, and The Farewell are left out of the nominees for Best Picture, the competition among the high quality films in the running to snag an Oscar is definitely tough. That said, with the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner,…

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The world of shadow teaching

Teaching can be both a challenge and a reward, as handling children can sometimes relieve or induce stress. Children with special needs, however, require a different approach; unlike their peers, these children may have conditions that inhibit their ability to learn or require a different kind of learning altogether. In these cases, some parents opt…

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Work, will, and women: Beyond fitness in an all-women’s gym

Going to the gym takes guts; sometimes the feeling of taking one’s fitness into one’s own hands is emboldening, but other times, it’s an act that can reveal one’s deepest insecurities. The journey toward physical fitness is best done in the company of others, which explains the growing popularity of gyms solely for females like…