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Rant & Rave: 2020 Virgin Lab Fest—Part Two

With a diverse collection of stories, Virgin Labfest (VLF) 2020 offers intriguing narratives for every kind of viewer. This is part two of The LaSallian’s VLF review, appraising more thought-provoking pieces from the online showcase. Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw, Sabrina Mayang Bubot sa Tag-Araw is not afraid to experiment online. Using shadow puppetry to supplement…

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Rant & 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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Taking spiritual journeys: On altered states of consciousness

The question of what reality is—of different dimensions, alternate timelines, or even the nature of our existence in this world—has continued to boggle scientists and philosophers from thousands of years ago until this very day. While others simply bury these concepts under the rug, many consider things like the possibility of an afterlife as fundamentally…

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Rant & Rave: Hamilton

Not everyone can be “in the room where it happens”, but now it’s a possibility. Sort of. Hamilton hardly needs any introduction. The cultural and internet phenomenon based on United States Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s biography was unavoidable in 2016. Articles praising the show’s music—an inspired blend of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and show tunes—and diverse…

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Pride March 2020: Liberty and the path of most resistance

“Isang mapagpalayang Pride!” These words took over social media—in greetings, in calls to action, in statements of solidarity and comfort—throughout Pride March 2020 commemorations. Representing both an acknowledgment and a wish, the statement is a celebration of the hard-fought victories of those that came before, and a battlecry for the war that is far from…

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Strutting with Pride: Representation through ARTSvocacy Journey

Last June 22 to 26, a FAST2019 flagship project, ARTSvocacy Journey: PRIDE (ARTSJ: PRIDE),set sail in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. It aimed “to advance the [LGBTQ+] sector through inclusive governance and holistic opportunities,” according to Batch Vice President and ARTSJ spearhead Verrick Sta. Ana. Headed by FAST2019’s Mark Jay Casipit, Wylie Valerio, and Francine…

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ARTSvocacy Journey: PRIDE

Pride—a symbol of protest, liberty, and the undying aspiration for universal acceptance. Despite the Philippines’ having its reputation for being “The Most Gay Friendly Country in Asia” according to Inquirer’s ​ 2013 ​ PH ranks among the most gay-friendly in the world , ​ prejudices are often targeted towards those who exhibit one’s blossoming affection…

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Baking a difference: Capturing the flavors of Filipino bakeries

Who can resist the allure of a good bakery? Whether it be a local panenderia that carries Filipino favorites, like ensaymada and pandesal, or the kind of bakery whose windows feature decorated cakes that are just as much a treat for the eyes are they as for the taste buds, it’s hard to not give…

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No filter needed: A glimpse into the lives of social media managers

Likes, comments, tweets, and shares—these are the benchmarks of social media posts. These are deciding factors that could make or break the online presence of a business and determine its potential success. With more and more people signing up for well-known social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, brands and businesses have almost…

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News for the Deaf community: Meet the Filipino Sign Language Access Team for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a disruption of our day-to-day activities. During this time, we are all encouraged to stay home—if we can—and to remain vigilant. Now more than ever, we are reliant on daily news broadcasts and trusted sources on social media. Access to credible and accurate information regarding the pandemic and the preventive…