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A Look at Cooking With (the) Dog

As soon as the YouTube video plays, one is greeted with a particular jingle followed by a greeting thick in Japanese accent: “Hi! I am Francis, the host of this show Cooking With (the) Dog.” The camera shifts to the host… a toy poodle named Francis. Confused? It really is quite impossible to believe (and…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Duckling

Food is not spared of the people’s tendency to pass visual judgment. Without the aid of aroma or actual taste to guide hunger, simple pictures can drive the urge to eat. The visual significance of food is so defined within current culture that the simple act of ordering from a menu still relies on appearance.…

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From the Archives: Proudly Paete

What is left of the Filipino arts? In the current age of postmodern ideologies and minimalist art, the situation of our authentic crafts becomes depressingly grave. Reminiscent of our pre-Hispanic culture, what’s left of the Pinoy arts may also soon face extinction. But somewhere in the farther end of the province of Laguna, there are…

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From the Archives: Political Glitz

What do Tsong, Bistek, and Captain Barbell have in common besides being showbiz icons of this country? The answer is quite simple: they all decided to star in what is often the dirtiest stage of this republic-politics. This is a country where politics and showbiz often form an almost unbeatable mixture. But behind the prestige…

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From the Archives: Married…and gay about it

Marriage is not just a piece of paper. Neither is it a tax shelter. What it is, though, is the state’s recognition of two individuals’ promise of life-long union. And just like many heterosexual couples, homosexual ones also hope to have this recognition. But it seems that same-sex couples cannot depend only on the legal…

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From the Archives: The reality of orphaned children for Christmas

Christmas. A season for celebration and endless parties. A time for reunion with families, relatives, and friends. A season for joy, for cheers, for peacemaking, and for loving. A wonderful time for every one of us who has something and someone to look forward to. A holy day in memory of the Child who is…

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From the Archives: Herbert Marcuse and society in the 1980’s, the young face of activism

Not until recently had I understood why Pope Paul IV said that “it is not peace that we should have at all cost but rather justice.” The events of the past months, however, brought out the wisdom of this papal statement. Peace without justice and based on fear is at most tenuous, whereas justice based…

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From the Archives: What is left of Democracy in the Philippines?

Last of Two Series On November 9, 1965, Ferdinand E. Marcos was elected as the sixth president of the Republic. He was formerly an LP, but upon learning that Macapagal would seek a second term, he joined the NP through the sponsorship of Speaker Jose Laurel Jr., and became its standard bearer. His vice-president was…