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Heavy is the head that wears the crown

Every year, Filipinos huddle around their television sets to watch the Miss Universe coronation night. Holding hands and sweating in anticipation, fans shriek in pure joy when the country’s representative struts down the runway, with “Philippines” written in bold font on the sash across her chest. However, this love and appreciation do not come for…

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Journalists dive into disinformation, censorship amid the pandemic

To shed light on the significance of journalism and current issues during the pandemic, Pia Ranada-Robles, a multimedia palace reporter from Rappler, and Malou Talosig-Bartolome, a former reporter and senior news editor of GMA News, shared their expertise in Mulat: Journalism Amidst the Pandemic, a webinar organized by Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista last April 15…

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Writer’s Recap: Sa Pagsapit ng Dapithapon sees the light in the darkness

The rhythm of music is parallel to the rhythm of life—it tells our story and speaks the hope we yearn for. This is the message that the De La Salle Innersoul (DLS-Innersoul) sang in their 24th Major Concert, Sa Pagsapit ng Dapithapon, last April 16, 17, 23, and 24. Under Vince Mallari’s direction, the show…

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Sign of the times: Reviving Philippine historical education

Most Filipinos become aware of our country’s history within the four walls of the classroom. In subjects such as Sibika (or HeKaSi), Social Studies, or Araling Panlipunan (AP), they grow familiar with Lapu-Lapu’s bravery and Dr. Jose Rizal’s sacrifice. With the help of colorful flashcards, students learn to recognize the symbols of their heritage and…

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Skin deep: Peeling off the Philippines’ colorism problem

Amid the sudsy sachets of shampoo and tubes of toothpaste in a typical Filipino bathroom lies an infamous product—skin whiteners. Ranging from soaps to serums to creams, these products claim to give fairer skin in a matter of days or weeks. As such, they have earned a permanent place in every Filipino woman’s beauty routine.…

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The subculture of dissatisfaction: Punk is never dead

It’s gritty, loud, and foaming at the mouth. It’s short and direct—a chaotic whirlwind of sounds scraping against the surface. It screams what is usually withheld, echoing the resistance of people who are breaking their chains. It’s punk. “I was introduced to this music by a friend of mine who had a mixtape cassette with no…

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Love rewards the brave: Keavy Vicente and Rachel Coates on the rise of Filipino Girls’ Love

In recent years, we have witnessed the rise of LGBTQ+-themed content in media, with titles such as Love, Simon; God’s Own Country; and Moonlight raking in commercial and critical success. It seemed as if, finally, the community was getting the representation that it deserved. The same can be said for the local film scene, with…

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Laying the groundwork: The nuances of youth-led conservation efforts

When people think of nature, images of various flora and fauna interacting and thriving in their habitat come to mind—untouched by the ravages of time. Rarely do people include the human species in this mental picture. As nature is often associated with concepts free from human influence, a line is drawn between humanity and nature.…

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Play ad: The changing landscape of Philippine advertising

“Ampon po ba ako?” a child in tears asks his mother. A scene like this conjures in our minds a typical narrative of loss—except this ad is anything but typical. A moment later, the child sprawls on the table and demands an explanation why there are four glasses attached to his back. With the truth…

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Lumalaban sa lansangan, lumalaban sa kulungan: The plight of political prisoners

It started with a simple request from the police. Well into the second day of their nationwide protest to decry the insufficient pandemic response that has left drivers to fend for themselves, transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) was summoned to the Caloocan city hall. “Pagkatapos kausapin ng hepe, ay…