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Vital check: Inside the COVID-19 response

The long and arduous fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has been an uphill battle faced by all sectors of society, but one that is particularly reliant on the presence of healthcare workers. They take the challenges head-on from the frontlines to the vaccine rollout, even if the challenges stem from a deeply flawed healthcare system.…

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Stripped bare: Exposing the male gaze

Sensual jazz music plays in the background. Then, the camera slowly pans upward over a pair of long legs, a narrow waist, a bulging chest, and luscious lips—cut to men salivating over the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? From that moment on, she is merely a fantasy—nothing more and nothing less. Films…

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Food styling, a marriage of sight and taste

Before any delectable meal is tasted, it is first a treat to our other senses. Everyone knows that taste is nothing without smell—but what is a feast if not a delight to the eyes? This is precisely what the art of food styling aims to portray to the famished onlooker. From the tiny grains of…

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USG office hours proposed, Students’ Charter amended in LA session

In a special Legislative Assembly (LA) session earlier today, August 24, legislators proposed a requirement for units of the University Student Government (USG) to set office hours anytime between 7:30 am to 10 pm every Monday to Friday and 8 am to 3 pm every Saturday. The amendments to the USG Students’ Charter were also…

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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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On the hook: Going deeper into Pinoybaiting

Get yourself a clueless foreigner uncomfortably munching Jollibee’s Filipino-style spaghetti and you’ll instantly get a thousand likes from elated Filipinos. Other times, it’s some Hollywood celebrity endorsing a local brand, causing passionate fans to stampede to its stores. Without a doubt, Filipinos have normalized—and celebrated—the sight of a foreigner grasping Filipino culture in their hands.…

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Judiciary hosts webinar to explain changes to USG charter

The University Student Government (USG) Judiciary branch organized a webinar last July 16 on Zoom and Facebook Live to discuss amendments to the 2009 USG Constitution that were ratified in a plebiscite earlier this year, the first successful vote to change the charter. The new constitution is set to take effect in Academic Year 2021-2022.…

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Out of the shadows: The fight for intersex inclusion

People often whisper in hushed tones the word “hermaphrodite” as an insult or a means to label something which they cannot fully comprehend. Now considered a pejorative slur, this misnomer has pervaded Philippine society, creating this barrier of ignorance that has stigmatized the intersex community. Replacing the misnomer, “intersex” is a more inclusive and appropriate…

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Finding a home in animal shelters

City sidewalks have long been a refuge for strays and abandoned animals alike. Left alone in the cold to fend for their survival, these furry little creatures have had to face harrowing ordeals, come rain or shine. Death is a fate that many have succumbed to—either due to hunger or the injuries and illnesses sustained…

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Of the people, for the people: The power of community pantries

Aside from a health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has also only brought about an economic one. The shutting down of businesses and subsequent employee lay-offs have greatly exacerbated the already-pervasive issues of hunger and unemployment in the country. As ayuda (relief aid) and other government support services remain insufficient for the needs of the people,…