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Writer’s Recap: #JusticeForYna

Yna is doomed. That much is clear from the beginning. But what we see at the start is far from any picture of pity. If the bright music didn’t convince you, there’s plenty of other proof she is happy. A well-made bed. A pretty smile. A post-it the shade of sunshine that says “Kaya ko…

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Writer’s Recap: Hult Prize OnCampus Competition Pitch Day at De La Salle University

Last December 11, the University hosted its fifth annual Hult Prize OnCampus Competition Pitch Day via Zoom. The event was under the supervision of the Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development and the campus’ Center for Social Entrepreneurship. The Hult Prize has been paving the way for the youth to envision the possibilities of their…

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Writer’s Recap: Secrets to storytelling with Ricky Lee

Inside all of us is the innate drive to create something meaningful—whether it’s an essay your professor will read or a business pitch for your boss or a film for your audience, we always have the end goal of wanting to understand and being understood. We aim to hold people’s attention; there must always be…

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Unmute: Enduring inescapable realities

DLSU Harlequin Theatre Guild (HTG) presented its first online film production, Unmute, last September 23 to 25 on AnimoSpace, and on September 27 in a closed Facebook group.  The show presented a collection of four plays that offered glimpses of life during the pandemic, interweaving relevant social issues into each narrative. The virtual curtains opened…

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Writer’s Recap: Sana OL, Present!

Performing theater, online at least, has become a familiar sight during the pandemic. After all, the Virgin LabFest was presented live and free-of-charge this year via their official Facebook page. But if Sana OL, Present! has anything to prove, it’s that there’s still room for new talent in the world of online storytelling. Sana OL,…

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Coffee Sessions: Going beyond the cup

Coffee Session, an online panel discussion on the Philippine coffee industry, was held last May 18, featuring a diverse cast with a common passion for coffee. Reflecting the collaborative nature of the coffee industry, several coffee experts were in attendance—Tere Domine, country director for local coffee brand Kalsada Coffee; Nathaniel Ongchuan, an award-winning barista; Mich…

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Writer’s Recap: Pandemic Tales—Untold Stories of Women During the Lockdown

Pandemic Tales: Untold Stories of Women During the Lockdown was an online forum held last May 20, hosted by the Center for Women’s Resources; the General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Action (GABRIELA); and the Voices of Women for Justice and Peace.  The webinar aimed to tell the stories of Filipino…

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Indak: Expressing Art with purpose

To some, the prospect of staying alone indoors for an indefinite amount of time may be a daunting one—the sudden switch from an active, normal routine to a more solitary and sedentary lifestyle could have disadvantageous effects on an individual. These situations often encourage the settling in of invasive and negative mindsets. To prevent intrusive…

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Writer’s Recap: Corponomy

Snow White asked me to write this. Mind you, this was no ordinary Disney Princess. This was a high heel boot kicking, K-pop dancing, macho posing Disney Princess—an embodied mishmash of personalities. Save for her sing-song pitch and red bow around her hair, she resembled a fitness instructor much more.  The dissonance between her persona…

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Writer’s Recap: Soul Impact

The crux of being human lies in the inherent truth that our existence is finite. Limited by time, resources, and sheer happenstance, we can sometimes be consumed by the desire to overcome the finality of our frail humanity—and seek the eternal.  Aptly titled Soul Impact, De La Salle Innersoul’s 23rd anniversary concert delved into this…