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Rant and Rave: 2020 Virgin Labfest—Part One

TheVirgin Labfest (VLF) is back and better than ever. Since its inception in 2005, the annual festival, normally held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, has been the birthplace of plays crafted by both veteran and newcomer Filipino playwrights. The festival has never shied away from boldness, consistently staying true to its tagline of…

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Rant and Rave: Fire Emblem—Three Houses

With the final wave of the Fire Emblem (FE): Three Houses Expansion Pass having been released last February 20, it feels fitting to revisit the 2019 base game and examine whether this Nintendo Switch-exclusive title still holds up months after its initial release.  In Three Houses, the latest and fully voice-acted title in the FE…

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Rant and Rave: Noli Me Tangere, the Opera resurrects old ghosts

One would think that Noli Me Tangere, the Opera would need no further explanations. After all, Dr. Jose Rizal’s  book is firmly etched in history—and in our basic education curriculum. Felipe Padilla de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino’s opera traces its history from its first run in 1974 in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).…

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Rant and Rave: Trese

Last year, Netflix announced that Trese, a comic set in a Manila fused with Philippine mythology, would be released as an animated series. But there are those probably wondering what exactly is Trese. Though its story is grounded on Philippine mythology, there is much more to this comic than meets the eye.   Dripping in…

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Rant and Rave: Precious Moments Gift Shop and Restaurant

Be it a haven for collectors of well-loved porcelain figurines or simply a sanctuary for those seeking comfortable solitude, this quaint little nook hidden within the metropolis of Makati is none other than the SamBREW Cafe inside Precious Moments Gift Shop and Restaurant. Having just been reopened after undergoing renovation,  Jojo Sonillo, president of Precious Moments…

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Rant and Rave: Carry On

Fanfiction has gotten a bad reputation outside of the fandom community. Mainstream media often trivializes and mocks it, but what many do not realize is that fanfiction can also contain beautiful, poignant stories that resonate within the hearts of fans and non-fans alike. Several have interesting plotlines, well-developed character arcs, and most of all, heart…

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Rant and Rave — Champions: The Lost Chronicles of Eden

“There’s a demon beside you right now,” opens the prologue to a gripping tale about the visible, invisible, and exceptionally human. Debut novelist Karren Renz Seña conjures up two worlds, one within the other in Champions: The Lost Chronicles of Eden. Earth and Cielos, the city closest to heaven, are the site of an ongoing…

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Rant and Rave: Magtanggol Liberacion

The timing of the three-day run of the Harlequin Theatre Guild’s latest production, Magtanggol Liberacion, could not have been any better. The state of Philippine politics has gone awfully awry these past few months, with the news of the Vice President himself filing a P200-million libel suit against multiple sectors being the latest one to…

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Rant and Rave: Voices in the Theater

A.S. Santos’ debut novel Voices in the Theater, the first book in her SPRG (Student Paranormal Research Group) trilogy, is a breath of fresh air from the hundreds of hugot-inducing, boy-meets-girl, online-fic-turned-publication books out there today. With a creatively thought out plot, a complex heroine, and for Lasallians, an oh-so-familiar setting, this book definitely has…

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Living in Dani’s world: The Sandbox Collective’s Vision

Based on the heartwarming play of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, Dani Girl explores the reality of cancer from a child’s perspective. In this musical, you’ll get to experience Dani Lyons’ adventures with her teddy bear, Mr. Fritz, and friends Raph and Marty, as she tries to understand the meaning of her cancer and the trivialities that come with it.