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Hail and farewell: The changing face of grief

Death is only truly tangible once you’ve lost someone. It’s in the cold that invades their side of the bed. It’s in the quiet that comes to haunt the room where they once were.  It is in the belongings they leave behind, untouched and gathering dust. Death is undeniably real and for many, making peace…

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Beyond splashes and spreads: Looking into panels of local comic makers

Leaping off the pages and onto the silver screen, comics have had an undeniable impact on pop culture—from being a staple in many a childhood to inspiring people in fighting social injustice through art and storytelling. Straying away from recognizable Western publications such as DC and Marvel and their Asian counterparts like manga, comic book…

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Power to the people: A look into COVID-19 donation efforts

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we look toward those who are not as privileged as us who may have food on our plates and a roof above our heads, and to the frontliners who tirelessly sacrifice themselves for the rest of society. In times of crisis, organizations and individuals try to extend a helping hand…

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The art of fashion: Passion between threads

The right dress can make any person the center of attention with a few magical snips and snaps. But there is definitely more than meets the eye when viewing a designer piece; there are stories in the smallest of beadings, in the most intricate laser-cut carvings, and even in the way the dress fits the…

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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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Dreams: The guiding forces of one’s unconscious

Everyone dreams.   According to the American Psychological Association, our brain conjures up these fantastical images more apparently during rapid eye movement sleep—a deeper stage of sleep. However, while everyone dreams, not everyone has the capability of recalling their dreams. There are those who do not remember the adventures and misadventures that occurred while they visited…

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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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Engendering Sympathy: Why care about Gender Studies?

Gender is all around us—from the clothes we wear to the institutions we inhabit. Individuals are all seen as having a gender and are thrust into this system that dictates everything from one’s appearance to their behavior. This on its own is reason enough to warrant the study of gender, to see how it is…

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Animals in captivity: Manila Zoo understood

Manila Zoo, the mini jungle at the heart of an urban city, is a place shrouded in mystery and stereotypes. It has often been the center of news reports and unwarranted scandals. The LaSallian wades through the enigma surrounding Manila Zoo with the help of Jazz Ong (AB-OCM ‘18), a passionate volunteer for Zoo Crew,…

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Pre-loved and repackaged: The secondhand book scene in manila

Mass-market publishing is a tremendous result of human ingenuity and economies of scale—letting a text that’s been weeks, months, or even years in the making get sold at a fraction of a day’s wages while still earning a profit. Due to the hardy, long-lasting nature of books as a medium, there has always been a…