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Eat, drink, and be merry: Deconstructing the Noche Buena

Eminent historian Fr. Horacio Dela Costa once argued that the two jewels of Philippine culture are our faith and our music. This is most evident in the distinctly Filipino celebration of Christmas. Cacophonies of Christmas carols touching upon the birth and virtues of Jesus Christ and the many holiday festivities permeate the Filipino Christmas scene—even…

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In bad faith: Reconciling SOGIE with religious freedom

The fight for gender equality in the Philippines has been a particularly long one. As early as 2000, an early version of a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill had already been filed in Congress, drafted by then-Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales and late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Since then, at least 16 different versions…

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‘Educate, not humiliate’: Fighting back historical distortions

History, as public memory, is integral to a society. After all, how people perceive—or even deal with—the important events and figures in the past can shape the realities of the present. But public memory is not set in stone; people can deliberately change the facts and interpretations to influence the opinions of others. Recently, a…

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LA approves remaining EXECOM, batch gov’t appointments in second emergency session

After postponing some appointments last week, the University Student Government (USG) Legislative Assembly (LA) completed the turnovers of some USG officials in another emergency session on Zoom last October 21.  New Chief Legislator, Executive Board members Legislators unanimously elected CATCH2T21 LA Representative Jaime Pastor as their new Chief Legislator, following his nomination by Majority Floor…

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Change delivered: Eased finance guidelines unveiled for student orgs

For many student organizations, mobilizing the necessary funds for activities has been a major challenge—less for want of greater spending capacity, and more on the need to get around bureaucratic hurdles. Last year, The LaSallian delved into how the University’s procurement process presented a pitfall for student organizations. Finance heads of both the Council of…

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LA mulls response on anti-terror bill, student governance concerns in second Laguna session

The University Student Government’s (USG) Legislative Assembly (LA) held a session at the Laguna Campus last March 6 to deliberate on resolutions related to the recent Senate approval of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, and other matters concerning student governance in the Manila and Laguna campuses.  Anxieties over Anti-Terrorism bill  The Assembly homed in on…

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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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Rant and Rave—The Kingmaker

Filipinos are no strangers to Martial Law documentaries, with the visual medium often showcasing the realities of Martial Law laid bare years after these atrocities transpired. But in this familiar landscape, The Kingmaker, a new international documentary looks into the mind of one of the leading figures of Martial Law as it uncovers the grandiose…

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In the aftermath of the liquor ban

Upon assuming office, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno vowed to implement a strict liquor ban near schools across his city of jurisdiction. By July 25 of last year, he made good on his promise by signing Executive Order (EO) No. 17, which compelled city offices to scale up their enforcement of Manila’s already existing…

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‘A safer place for all’: Moving forward together through the Safe Spaces Act

With recent sexual harassment cases being brought to the public eye through social media platforms, developments in the national arena are looking to shift the way these cases are handled.  Signed into law last April 17, Republic Act 11313, also known as the Safe Spaces Act, sets in place penalties for acts of sexual harassment…