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Rant and Rave: Jinyoung’s ‘Chapter 0—WITH’ lends a comforting shoulder to lean on

Following self-owned K-pop group GOT7’s ninth anniversary last January 16, lead vocalist and center Jinyoung—the last among the septet to launch a complete collection of his own—welcomed 2023 with Chapter 0: WITH. Beneath his euphonious voice and expressive eyes, the singer-actor reveals a suave assortment of songwriting, composing, and producing skills. Parting of the curtains…

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Rant and Rave: A new samsara blooms through ‘Genshin Impact 3.2’

After the electrifying events that transpired in the nation of thunder and lightning, Genshin Impact took travelers to new areas around the world of Teyvat. But even after exploring the enigmas within the mists of Tsurumi Island, the depths of Enkanomiya, and the mines of the Chasm, nothing could beat the anticipation of finally heading…

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Rant and Rave: Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ makes the whole place shimmer

There’s nobody else who knows her magic like Taylor Swift.  It’s a repeating cycle: Swift will bring us into a fantasy that we have no choice but to fall into, leave us, and then come back to us again. None of us seem to be bothered, though–not when she’s transported us out of bounds in…

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Rant and Rave: All say mabuheeeey to ‘Drag Race Philippines’

Racers, start your engines and may the best Filipino win!  Since its premiere in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR) has provided drag its well-deserved reverence as an art form. The extension of the franchise in other territories, like Thailand and the United Kingdom, had further intensified the clamor and demand for a Philippine version. Queer…

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Bringing Thai to Taft: Doon makes its long-awaited comeback

Nestled at the heart of Malate, Manila and a mere ten-minute walk from the DLSU-Manila campus is a Thai and Asian Fusion cuisine restaurant, aptly named Doon. Rustic and cozy, the restaurant’s ambience immerses any customer into its calming setting right from their first step into the threshold.  Once the customer is sat at a…

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Rant and Rave: Riding into the night with NCT 127’s ‘2 Baddies’

After almost a year since the release of their last full album, NCT 127 hits the ground running with the unveiling of their exhilarating fourth album: 2 Baddies. Coming from an extended hiatus, the idols’ invigorating desire to put their whole hearts into the production of the album was made apparent in their powerful vocals…

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Rant and Rave: Through music and love, ‘Katips’ sheds truth on Martial Law atrocities

“How big can one get against a force too much bigger than yourself?”  An outcry of the hopeful, a requiem for the fallen–such is the description of the long-awaited Katips: The Movie. Originally a 2016 theater production staged by Director Vince Tañada, its narrative moves away from the polarization of politics to shed light on…

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Rant and Rave: Why ‘Thor—Love and Thunder’ is not so mighty

Following the success of Thor: Ragnarok comes Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Odinson in the swashbuckling Thor: Love and Thunder. Audiences were more than ecstatic to once again see the god of thunder wield his mighty Stormbreaker on the big screen, along with the much-awaited reunion of Thor and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. But amid all the…

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Rant and Rave: STAYC heralds the change of seasons in ‘WE NEED LOVE’

Fresh off of the K-CON Chicago 2022 high, STAYC marks the change of seasons with their third single album, WE NEED LOVE. Following their second mini album, YOUNG-LUV.COM, the girl group sheds the “Teen Fresh” concept to explore a different kind of sound. Black Eyed Pilseung, producers and founders of STAYC’s agency High-Up Entertainment, decided…

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Rant and Rave: Dinosaurs take a back seat in franchise closer ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

The doomsday clock really was out of time.  When Jurassic World Dominion premiered worldwide last June 10—almost 30 years after the Steven Spielberg masterpiece made movie history—it marked the close of the man-meets-dinosaur movie sextuplet, which stemmed from Michael Crichton’s novels, Jurassic Park and The Lost World.  No doubt, the movie had a big buildup…