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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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Mike Navallo: Principles over fear

“Truth is our defense.” With these words, Mike Navallo reaffirmed the importance of accurate reporting and encapsulated the essence of credible journalism—presenting stories backed by evidence. Prior to becoming a reporter for ABS-CBN, Navallo worked as a lawyer and a researcher for Amnesty International. However, he has always had an interest in news reporting, and…

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Murals of the mind: The many lives of Dr. Joven Cuanang

Along the sleepy slopes of the Antipolo mountainside lies a microcosm of Philippine society. Stretched out over a 40-foot acrylic canvas and painted by the 16-artist Salingpusa collective, Karnabal looms like a grave question mark over all the visitors of the Pintô Art Museum. In it, every aspect of the Filipino is bared in strange…

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Transcendental: Unlocking the secrets of a spiritual healer

The healer of Brgy. Hagdang Bato in Mandaluyong City is well-known among the locals of the community; ask anyone around, and they’d be all too eager to give directions to his place. Tucked behind the barangay’s health center is his home—a surprisingly expansive property in the heart of the city. Strangely reminiscent of the province…

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Literature professors on what to read next

Note: This article has been altered from its original format due to the failure to properly credit the interviewees’ responses. The LaSallian offers its sincerest apologies to Sir Johann Espiritu and all other parties for this grievous error.   In this busy and ofttimes fast-paced world, we are left with too many books, but with too…

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Memoirs of a Lasallian: Pio Uy Dehesa

“Hindi ko talaga alam kung mayroon pa akong kaklaseng buhay,” admits 96-year-old Lasallian alumnus Pio Uy Dehesa, his voice quiet and contemplative. For him, age is not just a number, but a hint of how different the world he was born into is from our world right now. What must it be like not knowing…

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Your outgoing USG President, Pram Menghrajani

On a Friday morning of what should be a free day for students to unwind and recover from their Happy Thursday hangover, outgoing University Student Government (USG) President Pram Menghrajani sits on one of the benches in Gokongwei lobby, signing documents handed to her by a fellow USG officer. As soon as he walks away,…

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The rolling stone that is Luis Dery

Dr. Luis Dery has retired. It’s a rare sight, really. For someone who has spent the majority of his adult life writing and lecturing like there’s no tomorrow, he stands alone now, retired, seemingly desolate in the privacy of his nearly empty cubicle. No geeky colleague chatter to serve as music to his ears, no…

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The relentless spirit of Anne Frances Sangil

“I have a pretty boring life and career so my answers might bore you,” Anne Frances Sangil warns me before the interview. But I beg to disagree—nobody who wears a pair of Wonder Woman Chuck Taylor trainers could possibly be such a mundane figure. And I was right. For the entire duration of our one-and-half…

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The man behind the controversy: Dr. Antonio Contreras

Political science students know his name—he is, after all, the only professor teaching one of their majors. But recently, his name has become famous (or infamous?), not only within the University, but also around the country, as some of his actions have once again put him in the spotlight. De La Salle University’s own Dr.…