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Ang mantsa ng puki: Demystifying the female body

For the longest time, women’s bodies have been a taboo topic. Coochie, flower, kitty—these are just some of the names we use to skirt around the word vagina. In our language—puki, tinggil, and puwerta are scientifically accurate parts of the vagina, yet there is a certain stigma when these words are said. As Eve Ensler…

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Rant and Rave: ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ comes to a fateful end

Determined to separate itself from its lighthearted source material, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has given us camp and chaos for the last four years. Reveling in its tongue-in-cheek stories and deliciously dark themes, the story follows teenage witch Sabrina reconciling her dual nature as she battles against malicious forces threatening her family and friends.…

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Rant and Rave: MMFF 2020 welcomes the old and new—Part Two

The parade of films for the 46th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) continues. One feature simply wouldn’t do to showcase all the diverse films that the festival has to offer. Thus, The LaSallian presents the second part of the MMFF 2020 review. Suarez the Healing Priest, Sarah Writer-director Joven Tan’s Suarez: The Healing Priest is…

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Rant and Rave: MMFF 2020 welcomes the old and new—Part One

For 46 years, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has been a fixture of Filipino Christmastime. Starting December 25 each year, families would flock to cinemas like clockwork for a lighthearted Christmas spectacle—you have the Vic Sotto ensemble film with the banal jokes and the revolving door of fresh-faced loveteams, the gaudy self-deprecating Vice Ganda…

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Rant and Rave: Genshin Impact—Behold, the Chalk Prince and the Dragon

“The transition from nothing into something, from shoot to stem…and now to fruition,” says the Chalk Prince Albedo as one embarks on a quest to discover truths hidden within the snow capped mountains of Dragonspine—the latest addition to Genshin Impact’s world. Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action-adventure game developed by Chinese studio miHoYo. After the…

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Rant and Rave: Not so home ‘Sweet Home’

The webtoon Sweet Home made a splash for its eerie illustrations and unorthodox storytelling back in 2017, easily garnering a dedicated fanbase for creators Carnby Kim and Youngchan Hwang. Excitement hit a fever pitch when Netflix announced that a live action adaptation was in the works. However, adapting the thriller webtoon in all its gritty…

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Rant and Rave: Ma Rainey’s black bottom sings the blues

Movements across the globe have called for massive reforms in oppressive institutions in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of the police. As art has always reflected social and cultural changes, perhaps Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom couldn’t have come at a better time. Boldly chronicling racial injustice with the revolutionary legacy…

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Mother tongue is home: Reflections on MTB-MLE

The Philippines has a language problem. Among its more than 7,000 islands, nearly 200 languages have sprung up—each with speakers numbering from a few hundred to millions across the world. With so many disparate languages, which one ought to serve as the common denominator? Spanish, English, and Filipino have each been proposed as solutions, but…

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Survival of the fittest: Making a living in wet markets

Gone are the days when anyone could freely head to a public market to purchase fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables. With community quarantine measures in place, many livelihoods have been upended. Eight months on, and the many businesses in the country are still struggling to adopt solutions to survive an economy in recession. Among the…

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To the beat, to the rhythm: Peering into competitive ballroom dancing

Under the floodlights, hand in hand, pairs take to the dance floor. On certain days, they hold each other close, hearts beating loud. On some, they glide across the expanse of the room, with one leading the other, twisting and turning together in long, elegant strides. And on others, they dance in a flurry to…