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Another voice: Clement Corominas, citizen journalist

A lot can happen in two minutes. The first thing Clement Corominas noticed when he arrived at the campus of University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu was the number of police officers surrounding the school. It was June 5, and a rally was being held in protest of the yet-to-be-signed Anti-Terrorism Bill. Stepping out of…

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Out of the shadows: Campus journalism in times of silencing and dissent

It was a Saturday when Carmen “Menie” Reyes woke up to a world that had been silenced. The usual chatter of the radio had faded into the night, the television only emitting white noise. It was September 1972, when Martial Law was declared in the Philippines, and she was in her third year of high…

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Heart and soil: Sowing the seeds of urban gardening

Months ago, the uncertainty surrounding lockdown measures became more pressing, with hordes of shoppers storming supermarkets to stock up on essential goods. With customers loading an alarming amount of fresh produce in their carts, the unfolding scene eerily resembled a dystopian tale—but this growing fear of a food shortage was not completely baseless. Food security,…

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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…

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Of Reiki and reinvention: An inquiry into energy healing

A new decade has arrived; more people are looking to reinvent themselves with a fresh slate. But with every social media post of embarking on a journey toward a “new year, new me”, how many of these people are truly taking action to change and heal themselves for the better? Reinventing oneself takes more than…

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Fitness first: Hitting the gym in the New Year

To many people, the New Year season means a fresh start, with everyone seemingly enveloped by newness and change. Anything seems possible at this time of year, as the fireworks and horns usher in the clean slate that everyone looks forward to. A New Year’s resolution that many have in common is hitting the gym…