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Rant & Rave: Ghostbusters

“Ain’t no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts,” reads one comment on a YouTube video of the newly formed Ghostbusters, which was uploaded after their first mission. Leader Abby Yates, played by Melissa McCarthy, yelps “Oh!” then decides to read the other comments to decompress. This jarring moment might make some viewers gasp or laugh while…

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Fleeting versatility: The current state of DVDs

“What happened is that we had this very old CD. It’s called Rolie Polie Olie, and it’s like this really old cartoon,” Gab (III, BS-EPSY) shares. “Me and my siblings, before we’d go to school, we would always watch that.” Not too long ago, DVDs were still a thing. It wasn’t perplexing to go to…

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Hope for the Philippine literary scene

Last April 28 and 29, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) held the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival at the QCX Quezon City Memorial Circle as part of the celebration of National Literature Month. With the unifying theme Against Forgetting, delegates and festival-goers conversed with respected authors and burgeoning contemporary Filipino writers. The program was…

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A guide to the streaming sites

So you’re a little late to the party and just learned that Netflix has entered Philippine shores and your interest is piqued. Announced by CEO Reed Hastings at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Netflix launched in more than 130 countries, including the Philippines, last January 6. If the global streaming…

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National Artist Awards Night: A celebration of culture and the arts

Headed by a triumphant processional by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Gabi ng Parangal Para sa mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng 2009 at 2014 kicked off a night full of celebration and festivities. Various theatre actors, musicians, artists, and other luminaries of Philippine culture gathered to honor nine National…

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Rant & Rave: 10 Cloverfield Lane

When the surprise trailer was released a mere two months before the film itself, savvy internet users regarded 10 Cloverfield Lane as another welcome hug from the franchise that birthed the cult found footage hit set in New York. At the same time, it’s both amazing and perplexing to think of how the thriller managed…

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Faces of DLSU: Hospitality with a smile

“Saan tayo kakain?” is a question that is always hard to answer. Hungry from learning, or just plain hungry, friends usually gather together during their lunch breaks to discuss the possible places they can eat together. One can go to Agno, or to any of the various restaurants surrounding the school. Besides those, though, there…

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Tough act to follow: The travails of pop acts

Pop music’s hold on pop culture is undeniable, even with the decade’s decline in album sales. In an era where social media has become the primary platform for promoting new music, Taylor’s adventures with her squad and Beyoncé’s world-stopping performances have become common sights on people’s timelines. Some argue, though, that the pop game is…

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Having it all: The life of an overachiever

“They told us kasi na, in college, they won’t stop you from doing whatever you want to do,” says Michelle, (II, POM-BSA), a student who’s currently handling eight positions in various orgs, while only in her second year in college. The old and the wise have often advised that college is the perfect time to…

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Rant & Rave: Unbreakable

“I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.” These were the words delivered by Janet Jackson when she announced a new era May of this year. Between the passing of her brother, Michael Jackson, and her recent marriage to Wissam Al Mana, Janet has been under the intense scrutiny, especially because of her recent disappearance…