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Thread by thread: An ode to the mananahi

Uniforms, dusters, patched holes, and sewn sleeves—hiding in between the threads of everyday clothes are the graceful skill and craftsmanship of the mananahi. They are an indispensable facet in local communities with blushing brides-to-be, future prom queens, or really anyone looking for anything from a sharp suit to a costume flocking to their doors. Their…

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Dr. Karen Trinidad weaves the tangible and the intangible with Sports Psychology

Sports is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. An athlete’s physical prowess may be more evident in competitions, but mental fortitude can also make or break a championship. Sadly, this reflects how psychology is often overlooked in sports and how this can have disastrous consequences. In the Philippines, only a…

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Makibaka, huwag matakot: Raising our fists against red-tagging

This practice is known as “red-tagging” and is defined by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange as a “form of harassment against critics of [the] government.” Red-tagging can come in many forms: threatening accusations, arrests, forced disappearances, and even death.  Under the Duterte administration, red-tagging has intensified due to widespread troll farms, fake news, and…

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Mapagpalayang karapatan: Why decriminalize abortion?

“Siya ang halimaw ng storya,” Alexandra Trese viciously says in the third episode of the eponymous Netflix series. She points her finger at Nova Aurora, the blood-spattered movie star who moments ago had just been revealed to have left her own newborn to die. The fetus, who came back as a tiyanak to take revenge,…

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Rant and Rave: ‘The Suicide Squad’ is a callback to the Golden Age

For something called The Suicide Squad, this movie sure does a fantastic job breathing fresh air into the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). In James Gunn’s newest action-packed blockbuster, the Suicide Squad is sent to the island country of Corto Maltese in a search-and-destroy assignment. As expected, mischief and mayhem ensue, as DC’s most dangerous supervillains…

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Rant & Rave: ‘Genshin Impact 2.0’ walks the tightrope of eternity

Ad Astra Abyssosque, adventurers! From the ruins of Khaenri’ah to the caves of an eroded stone dragon and to the misty islands of the Golden Apple Archipelago, ready your teapots as we set sail to the land of eternity.  Genshin Impact’s open-world, role-playing action gameplay expanded its horizons with one of the biggest updates the…

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The crux of power: Into the machinations of police brutality

“As an activist, encounters with the state’s armed machinery like the police and the military are unfortunately inevitable,” says Trist’n Buenaflor, deputy national spokesperson of the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines. Last year, Buenaflor was arrested along with 63 other peasant, youth, and worker organizers on their way to a rally for the president’s…

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Anything can happen: The whys of children’s educational programming

“Bawat bata may tanong. Ba’t ganito? Ba’t gano’n?” (Every child has a question. Why are things like this? Why are things like that?) Colorful visuals, informative learning, and interactive dialogue are what viewers are treated to when watching an episode of the 1994 children’s educational television show Sine’skwela. The science-centered program introduced the basics of…

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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…