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Without contempt: Finding a home within queer spaces

Strobing lights and colorful personalities conquer places where the LGBTQ+ community can be most uninhibited by societal norms. Queer spaces offer a carefree atmosphere for anyone who steps inside—enveloping them with love and acceptance. Beyond being a place to escape from society’s prejudiced gazes, much more can be discovered within the halls of these spaces.…

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Beyond choreography: PH folk dance embodies culture, collective identity

As the country celebrates Buwan ng Wika this August, it feels apt to look back in time to explore what we know of the Philippines’ stories and cultural depth, and move forward toward how we can preserve and continually keep the nation’s vibrant colors alive well into the future.  We often try to appreciate our…

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Light in the brushstrokes: Inmates capture the colors of life in ‘Humans of Hope’ exhibit

The cold confines of prison can be a damning place.  In the time one spends sitting behind bars, an inmate could lose some semblance of hope in such a desolate setting. This desire to help the inmates was what inspired the Servants of the Holy Eucharist to initiate the Restorative Justice Program at Mandaluyong City…

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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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Startups and alternatives: Stop-gap responses to COVID-19 economic woes

For a travel agent like Maria Fe Cantillo-Rofule, trips abroad are a customary part of her work life. She has led numerous groups of vacationers around the world that, in a way, it has become a form of routine. However, last January 26, a trip to Hong Kong became anything but routine: popular tourist spots…

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Across frontiers: Former, current residents team up to aid Iloilo hometown

Since the implementation of the community quarantine policies last March, many households across the country have struggled with the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. The situation in Iloilo is similarly grim, as many villagers try to satiate gaping needs using what little resources they have left; in an effort to obtain sustenance, some have…

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Gamers, rise up: Fostering a sense of community through gaming

The world seemed to be put into a standstill as it started to experience the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses were closed until further notice, public events were canceled or postponed, and everyone’s movements were limited due to community quarantine policies. At home, we seek different activities to keep ourselves anchored and to maintain…

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Educators fill in gaps in shift to distance learning

As the country scrambled into a panic over the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, people were forced to isolate within their homes. Driven by the need to ensure the well-being of a involved in the educational system, school administrators deemed it necessary to restrict access to school campuses.  With the gradual relaxation of quarantine measures,…

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Growing concerns: The disruptive effects of a pandemic on children

The forced isolation imposed on families across the country due to COVID-19 has left a massive impact on the lives of everyone involved. This has been no less true for some of the most vulnerable members of society—children. Over the past couple of months, the conventional life that a child may have known has been…

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Sound check: Musicians in the midst of isolation

Music is intangible, yet is closely intertwined with human experience. From the radio tunes kids used to wake up to on Sunday mornings, the playlists that accompany commuters on crowded bus rides, to the certain songs that lull people to sleep at night, music has always been a part of life. Throughout time, it has…