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Writer’s Recap: Rektikano rejuvenates the Animo spirit

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the expanse of unforgettable University-wide events was reduced to a simple, rectangular screen. However, that did not stop Lasallians from making the online experience equally memorable. The annual University Vision-Mission Week (UVMW) celebrated its return through Rektikano: Tinig ng Bayanihang Lasalyano, which brought about various events that aimed to ensure that…

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Writer’s Recap: LEAP 2021 opens a new world

The Lasallian Enrichment Alternative Program (LEAP) has always been a thrilling time on campus, offering new opportunities for Lasallians to engage in classes that cater to various interests every University-Vision-Mission Week.  Last year, LEAP shifted to an online setup due to the pandemic. It rolled out a one-week-long program that immersed students in the Arts.…

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Makibaka, huwag matakot: Raising our fists against red-tagging

This practice is known as “red-tagging” and is defined by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange as a “form of harassment against critics of [the] government.” Red-tagging can come in many forms: threatening accusations, arrests, forced disappearances, and even death.  Under the Duterte administration, red-tagging has intensified due to widespread troll farms, fake news, and…

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Melting point: Obstacles in Philippine figure skating

The sport of figure skating demands not a hardwood floor nor a grass field; it survives in icy plains, challenging the sport’s sustainability against the backdrop of the Philippines’ hot and humid weather. With professional figure skating—a craft that can only thrive in sub-zero temperatures—there is still much to be done to keep the local…

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Mapagpalayang karapatan: Why decriminalize abortion?

“Siya ang halimaw ng storya,” Alexandra Trese viciously says in the third episode of the eponymous Netflix series. She points her finger at Nova Aurora, the blood-spattered movie star who moments ago had just been revealed to have left her own newborn to die. The fetus, who came back as a tiyanak to take revenge,…

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Rant and Rave: Not all that glitters is gold in ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot Part 1

The original Gossip Girl captured the cultural zeitgeist of the early 2000s—the excess, the dubious morals, the chunky bracelets. When Blair Waldorf and her glitzy jet set first graced our screens, they created the blueprint for the perfectly messy teen drama that viewers just can’t stay away from.  It’s no wonder then that people had…

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Vital check: Inside the COVID-19 response

The long and arduous fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has been an uphill battle faced by all sectors of society, but one that is particularly reliant on the presence of healthcare workers. They take the challenges head-on from the frontlines to the vaccine rollout, even if the challenges stem from a deeply flawed healthcare system.…

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Stripped bare: Exposing the male gaze

Sensual jazz music plays in the background. Then, the camera slowly pans upward over a pair of long legs, a narrow waist, a bulging chest, and luscious lips—cut to men salivating over the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? From that moment on, she is merely a fantasy—nothing more and nothing less. Films…

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Food styling, a marriage of sight and taste

Before any delectable meal is tasted, it is first a treat to our other senses. Everyone knows that taste is nothing without smell—but what is a feast if not a delight to the eyes? This is precisely what the art of food styling aims to portray to the famished onlooker. From the tiny grains of…

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Rant and Rave: ‘The Suicide Squad’ is a callback to the Golden Age

For something called The Suicide Squad, this movie sure does a fantastic job breathing fresh air into the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). In James Gunn’s newest action-packed blockbuster, the Suicide Squad is sent to the island country of Corto Maltese in a search-and-destroy assignment. As expected, mischief and mayhem ensue, as DC’s most dangerous supervillains…