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To the beat, to the rhythm: Peering into competitive ballroom dancing

Under the floodlights, hand in hand, pairs take to the dance floor. On certain days, they hold each other close, hearts beating loud. On some, they glide across the expanse of the room, with one leading the other, twisting and turning together in long, elegant strides. And on others, they dance in a flurry to…

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Between books and shelves: The dynamic future of public libraries

Public libraries are cornerstones of culture in the Philippines. While many institutions tend to govern our way of life, public libraries preserve how this way of life came to be in the first place. Tasked with housing primary source materials and other pieces of our country’s history, libraries sate even the most curious of knowledge…

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Into the spotlight: The reprise of Philippine opera

Boisterous belting followed by a broken champagne glass—this is just one of the many perceptions people have about opera. Also familiar are the declarations of love, joy, or remorse accompanied by harmonious sounds of the orchestra that amaze audiences, especially when performers take the opportunity onstage to showcase their impressive vocal range. And though the…

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Amid a pandemic taking lives, OB-GYNs fulfill duties to bring new ones

For most children, life begins in a delivery room at the hands of an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN), a medical doctor who specializes in female reproductive health. The delicate hands of these doctors tend to the mother with utmost care, ensuring that both the mother and the baby are safe and healthy. Now, amid a pandemic, it…

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Across frontiers: Former, current residents team up to aid Iloilo hometown

Since the implementation of the community quarantine policies last March, many households across the country have struggled with the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. The situation in Iloilo is similarly grim, as many villagers try to satiate gaping needs using what little resources they have left; in an effort to obtain sustenance, some have…

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Indak: Expressing Art with purpose

To some, the prospect of staying alone indoors for an indefinite amount of time may be a daunting one—the sudden switch from an active, normal routine to a more solitary and sedentary lifestyle could have disadvantageous effects on an individual. These situations often encourage the settling in of invasive and negative mindsets. To prevent intrusive…

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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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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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On queer film censorship

Onscreen, scenes often depict fragments of stories of people from all walks of life, sometimes providing a preview of realities normally unseen. Cinema serves as a platform through which people can express themselves and tell their stories—by capturing the essence of human life and narrating it in ways not only meant to entertain but also…

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A valid alternative: Understanding in vitro fertilization

The ability to bear offspring is often called the miracle of life. Given how natural conception is often considered the standard, it can be taken for granted just how many factors have to line up in order for this to occur successfully. The World Health Organization reported in 2010 that 15 percent of reproductive-aged couples—those who are…