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Rey: The protagonist you’re looking for… or not?

My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to have been able to reserve tickets online to the early screenings, since Episode VII was only going to be shown for a week before the annual Metro Manila Film Fest took over. That story was interesting as well—it seems the fans’ faith was disturbing enough to create…

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25 Cents’ Worth: Blocked

A typical scenario: It’s the start of the term. Professors are meeting their classes for the first time and are explaining the syllabus of their respective subjects. They mention that the final project is a paper that’ll be due three weeks before the term ends. You’re in the class and you make sure to write…

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The biggest loser

On September 29, 2011, American journalist Michael Kinsley wrote a scathing column on why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shouldn’t be president due to his obesity. His argument primarily banked on the notion that a good leader shouldn’t be judged on policies alone, but also on behavior and character—a clear reference to the politician’s publicly…

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Guilty for what?

Six years ago, Glee was born and I was hooked. The catchy marketing campaign, as well as its out-of-the-box premise, had me, as well as millions of others, hook, line, and sinker. However, somewhere along the way, Glee became ‘taboo’. From critically acclaimed, zeitgeist-capturing musical comedy, it became a guilty pleasure only few ever admitted…

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25 Cents’ Worth: Graduate School — To go or not to go?

During my current two-year foray into the Master of Science in Applied Economics (BSMSECO) ladderized program here in DLSU, I have gained firsthand experience in the pleasures and pitfalls of pursuing graduate studies. While this does not make me a guru in the art of surviving graduate school, it does not stop hopeful and insatiably curious…

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25 Cents’ Worth: In defense of millennials

Millennials: We are not entitled. We are frustrated and we have every reason to be. I’ve heard the phrase, “Iba na talaga ang kabataan ngayon,” one time too many. I’ve heard it from my parents, my grandparents, my titos and titas, my professors, and even the occasional jeepney driver. I know I’m not the only…

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Lasallian achievers for foreign countries

May 27, 2013 marked my first ever class in DLSU. I remember it so clearly: Room 805, Bro. Andrew Gonzales hall, POLISCI. Professor? Mr. Rene Pilapil, Jr. Traffic was heavy and I remember taking the stairs to the 8th floor thinking I was severely late for my first class. Good news, I wasn’t. My professor…

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Some misconceptions about Feminism

Whenever I announce to someone that I am a feminist, the reaction I’d receive would usually sound like, “Oh, but isn’t that promoting the concept of women being superior over men?” As always, my immediate response would be to correct the person by stating that it’s actually a far cry from a condemning superiority complex.…

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The irony of Pinoy pride

I see it every day. Same people, same situation. Children begging for spare change instead of staying in school and getting an education. I see families living under bridges, seeking solace from the harsh weather this time of the year. I hear horror stories of students selling their bodies to keep up with the rising…

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Committed to excellence

Back in my first year of grade school, I was given ten values that I was told I needed to embody – values that the ideal student supposedly possessed. All throughout my primary and secondary education, I memorized these values and took them to heart. One always struck me more than the rest though, and…