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Best of both worlds: Into the De La Salle Brothers’ artistic hobbies

For Br. Dodo, Br. Mario, and Br. Manny, art allows them to channel inner peace and their passion for positive social change.

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Undying Passion: Sarah Elago champions the youth, the marginalized, and the Filipino

Sarah Elago’s compassionate advocacies translate to how she continuously fights for the youth’s voices to be heard.

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All call: PETA’s bold performances and raw portrayals mirror reality

More than just a mere theater group, PETA dives deep into the grassroots to tell compelling and socially relevant narratives.

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Higit sa sining: Tarantadong Kalbo revolts through and beyond art

Kevin Raymundo, the man behind Tarantadong Kalbo, ensures that every visual encourages us to speak out about injustices.

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Achieving communal enlightenment toward Nirvana through Theravada Buddhism

In Buddhism, achieving Nirvana emphasizes the value of turning thoughts into actions and constant meditation.

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Lady Ann Salem gets the last word

After months of inhumane detainment, Lady Ann Salem vows to defend those victimized by the same injustices she endured.

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Of dots and strokes: The inner workings of Malate Literary Folio

Readers mostly only see the tail-end of a long and laborious process. This emphasis on tangible results may sometimes leave artists entirely overlooked. After all, regardless of the artist, the art will have to stand on its own against the world. But by doing so, an important aspect of art becomes sidelined. The unsung tales…

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Abante, babae: Mela Habijan leads the charge

“I always thought of myself as a beautiful woman,” she says matter-of-factly. Coming from anyone else, these words would have sounded arrogant. But coming from Mela Habijan, they were only introspective.  If you asked her now, she would tell you without missing a beat what she is—a writer, an actress, a beauty queen. She beams…

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Free spirit: Elle Aspilla is rewriting all the rules

It was the night before the prom and Elle Aspilla (III, BS-IBS) had just come out of the closet. It would still be quite a while before she would identify as a trans woman, but even back then, just embracing queerness was liberating. And what better time to be unapologetically herself than prom night? “Nagsuot…

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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…