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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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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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Light in the brushstrokes: Inmates capture the colors of life in ‘Humans of Hope’ exhibit

The cold confines of prison can be a damning place.  In the time one spends sitting behind bars, an inmate could lose some semblance of hope in such a desolate setting. This desire to help the inmates was what inspired the Servants of the Holy Eucharist to initiate the Restorative Justice Program at Mandaluyong City…

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Heart and soil: Sowing the seeds of urban gardening

Months ago, the uncertainty surrounding lockdown measures became more pressing, with hordes of shoppers storming supermarkets to stock up on essential goods. With customers loading an alarming amount of fresh produce in their carts, the unfolding scene eerily resembled a dystopian tale—but this growing fear of a food shortage was not completely baseless. Food security,…

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Under quarantine: From the eyes of the working class

The roads are deserted—an unusual sight at this time of the year. Only a few take to the streets as if it were any other day, running an errand to a nearby store as early as 6 am. With half their faces covered in face masks, none of them can take a single, full breath…

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A way with words: The world of voice acting

From radios with warm voices settling in the background to soft and powerful voices bringing animated movies to life on the silver screen, voice actors have permeated the airwaves with their skilled performances.  It is impossible to deny their influence and talent—despite remaining unseen—in delivering performances that move us. However, many of these talented performers…

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The history and landscape of Kundiman

In every love story, there is a courtship stage. The suitor serenades their beloved atop the balcony in the hopes of winning their heart—staple of romantic gestures to this day This scene remains a popular motif in Filipino media, from teleseryes and variety shows, to your neighbor’s random hugot posted on their Facebook page. Courtship…

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Highlights of the silver screen: Oscar 2020’s Best Picture nominees – Part Two

With nine films vying for Best Picture, a second article was warranted to give ample space to discuss the highs and lows of each work. Without further ado, The LaSallian presents part two of its reviews of Oscar-nominated films. Parasite, Joaquin With an ensemble of veteran and novice actors, director Bong Joon-ho—having helmed classics like…

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Fitness first: Hitting the gym in the New Year

To many people, the New Year season means a fresh start, with everyone seemingly enveloped by newness and change. Anything seems possible at this time of year, as the fireworks and horns usher in the clean slate that everyone looks forward to. A New Year’s resolution that many have in common is hitting the gym…

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Written on the shoulders of giants: Exposition into fanfiction

Fanfiction is a genre that has greatly benefited from the social nature of the internet. Born from communities centered around existing bodies of work, the act of consuming and creating fanfiction is inherently a labor of love. By pushing the very boundaries of the source material, fanfiction fundamentally alters something that a target audience already…