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Unmute: Enduring inescapable realities

DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild (HTG) presented its first online film production, Unmute, last September 23 to 25 on AnimoSpace, and on September 27 in a closed Facebook group.  The show presented a collection of four plays that offered glimpses of life during the pandemic, interweaving relevant social issues into each narrative. The virtual curtains opened…

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Mike Navallo: Principles over fear

“Truth is our defense.” With these words, Mike Navallo reaffirmed the importance of accurate reporting and encapsulated the essence of credible journalism—presenting stories backed by evidence. Prior to becoming a reporter for ABS-CBN, Navallo worked as a lawyer and a researcher for Amnesty International. However, he has always had an interest in news reporting, and…

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Without contempt: Finding a home within queer spaces

Strobing lights and colorful personalities conquer places where the LGBTQ+ community can be most uninhibited by societal norms. Queer spaces offer a carefree atmosphere for anyone who steps inside—enveloping them with love and acceptance. Beyond being a place to escape from society’s prejudiced gazes, much more can be discovered within the halls of these spaces.…

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Startups and alternatives: Stop-gap responses to COVID-19 economic woes

For a travel agent like Maria Fe Cantillo-Rofule, trips abroad are a customary part of her work life. She has led numerous groups of vacationers around the world that, in a way, it has become a form of routine. However, last January 26, a trip to Hong Kong became anything but routine: popular tourist spots…

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Rant & Rave: 2020 Virgin Lab Fest—Part Two

With a diverse collection of stories, Virgin Labfest (VLF) 2020 offers intriguing narratives for every kind of viewer. This is part two of The LaSallian’s VLF review, appraising more thought-provoking pieces from the online showcase. Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw, Sabrina Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw is not afraid to experiment online. Using shadow puppetry to supplement…

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Rant & Rave: 2020 Virgin Labfest—Part One

TheVirgin Labfest (VLF) is back and better than ever. Since its inception in 2005, the annual festival, normally held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has been the birthplace of plays crafted by both veteran and newcomer Filipino playwrights. The festival has never shied away from boldness, consistently staying true to its tagline of…

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Pride March 2020: Liberty and the path of most resistance

“Isang mapagpalayang Pride!” These words took over social media—in greetings, in calls to action, in statements of solidarity and comfort—throughout Pride March 2020 commemorations. Representing both an acknowledgment and a wish, the statement is a celebration of the hard-fought victories of those that came before, and a battlecry for the war that is far from…

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Strutting with Pride: Representation through ARTSvocacy Journey

Last June 22 to 26, a FAST2019 flagship project, ARTSvocacy Journey: PRIDE (ARTSJ: PRIDE),set sail in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. It aimed “to advance the [LGBTQ+] sector through inclusive governance and holistic opportunities,” according to Batch Vice President and ARTSJ spearhead Verrick Sta. Ana. Headed by FAST2019’s Mark Jay Casipit, Wylie Valerio, and Francine…

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Good morning, passengers: Exploring the skies with flight attendants

Flight attendants regularly make sure that everything on the flight runs smoothly; they bustle around the plane, guiding clunky carts of food and drinks through narrow aisles, ushering passengers on board to their designated seats, and demonstrating pre-flight safety routines. An entire flight could go by without passengers recognizing and appreciating the work that these…

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Beyond the curtains: Art on stage

Theaters have long created a home for art and artists alike. Within its halls, art and culture come alive, reflective not only of the celebration of human life but also of the passion and creativity of the artists themselves. They have created a safe space where passion for the arts thrive, nurtured and honored by…