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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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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…

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Power to the people: A look into COVID-19 donation efforts

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we look toward those who are not as privileged as us who may have food on our plates and a roof above our heads, and to the frontliners who tirelessly sacrifice themselves for the rest of society. In times of crisis, organizations and individuals try to extend a helping hand…

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On criticality: Fostering political dialogue in the classroom

In a world where an opinion is never a finite resource, educators who can help guide and develop the way the youth thinks—without tainting or manipulating them to submit to personal biases—are crucial in every classroom. The interactions shared between teacher and student may not always result in complete intellectual alignment, but they are part…

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The world of shadow teaching

Teaching can be both a challenge and a reward, as handling children can sometimes relieve or induce stress. Children with special needs, however, require a different approach; unlike their peers, these children may have conditions that inhibit their ability to learn or require a different kind of learning altogether. In these cases, some parents opt…

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On queer film censorship

Onscreen, scenes often depict fragments of stories of people from all walks of life, sometimes providing a preview of realities normally unseen. Cinema serves as a platform through which people can express themselves and tell their stories—by capturing the essence of human life and narrating it in ways not only meant to entertain but also…

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Life without sight

It is easy to take for granted the vision most of us have. However, there is a significant chunk of the population that must navigate life without their sense of sight, and much more are visually impaired in some form or the other. Blindness is a condition that comes in different forms. There is absolute…

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En pointe: Beyond the jumps and splits

“May ballet pala sa Pilipinas?” (Does ballet exist in the Philippines?) Such is a question often posed by Filipinos when thinking about the Philippine dance scene. And it is one that Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Ballet Manila founder and artistic director, hopes to answer—a barrier and a notion that she and many other local ballet enthusiasts strive…