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Word for word: Taking measure of the Filipino translation industry

Perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Holy Bible is the most widely translated book in the world. By the 20th century, portions of it had been translated into 3,384 languages. As Jean-Claude Loba-Mkole wrote in his paper History And Theory Of Scripture Translations, “From a historical perspective, it rightly can…

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Handle with care: Unpacking misconceptions on sustainability

Now that the world has found itself at the mercy of a climate crisis, the need has arisen for a middle ground—which, as agreed upon by 193 countries in the United Nations, was sustainable development. These days, sustainability is more commonly known through the proliferation of metal straws and Instagram-worthy eco-friendly packaging. However, this commercialized…

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Rant and Rave: “Your Choice” makes us ready to love

Just like the warmth of the morning sun, Seventeen’s music has a certain joy that never ceases to make one’s day. Consisting of 13 members with three subunits, Seventeen is a self-producing Korean-pop idol boy group serving powerhouse performances and diverse discography since their official debut six years ago. From their exhilarating Very Nice to…

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The category is: Untucking the art of Philippine drag

Glue the lashes, pucker the lips, and bring home the tips. The moment their heels step out of their cramped dressing rooms and into the stage, drag queens give such sickening performances that leave audiences all over the metro gasping for air.  To simply call them entertainers is to do injustice to drag’s long history…

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What a year it was: Oscars 2021 Best Picture Predictions – Part One

For as long as movies have existed, the magic of cinema has brought people together. The collective experience of sitting in a darkened theater and reveling in the highs and lows of the silver screen has been the cornerstone of the industry.  With the pandemic shutting down theaters and fundamentally changing entertainment, the past year…

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Free spirit: Elle Aspilla is rewriting all the rules

It was the night before the prom and Elle Aspilla (III, BS-IBS) had just come out of the closet. It would still be quite a while before she would identify as a trans woman, but even back then, just embracing queerness was liberating. And what better time to be unapologetically herself than prom night? “Nagsuot…

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At gunpoint: COVID-19 and the indigenous struggle

For indigenous peoples across all borders, the struggle for autonomy is an undeniably familiar narrative that spans generations. Subjected to violence, pillaging, and erasure since the Spaniards first stepped on our shores, these communities are consistently relegated to the fringes of history—constantly left behind by the state-constructed Filipino identity characterized by settler colonial symbols. But…

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A reimagined world: Filipino folklore in the 21st century

The creaking of the floorboards. A warning against going out into the woods at night. The urge to offer a “tabi-tabi po” as you pass by a mound of dirt. The balete tree you always avoid. These stories have been planted deep in the Filipino psyche, holding an unnerving power that compels us beyond reason.…

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Writer’s Recap: Sana OL, Present!

Performing theater, online at least, has become a familiar sight during the pandemic. After all, the Virgin LabFest was presented live and free-of-charge this year via their official Facebook page. But if Sana OL, Present! has anything to prove, it’s that there’s still room for new talent in the world of online storytelling. Sana OL,…