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Coffee Sessions: Going beyond the cup

Coffee Session, an online panel discussion on the Philippine coffee industry, was held last May 18, featuring a diverse cast with a common passion for coffee. Reflecting the collaborative nature of the coffee industry, several coffee experts were in attendance—Tere Domine, country director for local coffee brand Kalsada Coffee; Nathaniel Ongchuan, an award-winning barista; Mich…

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Writer’s Recap: Pandemic Tales—Untold Stories of Women During the Lockdown

Pandemic Tales: Untold Stories of Women During the Lockdown was an online forum held last May 20, hosted by the Center for Women’s Resources; the General Assembly Binding Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, and Action (GABRIELA); and the Voices of Women for Justice and Peace.  The webinar aimed to tell the stories of Filipino…

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Indak: Expressing Art with purpose

To some, the prospect of staying alone indoors for an indefinite amount of time may be a daunting one—the sudden switch from an active, normal routine to a more solitary and sedentary lifestyle could have disadvantageous effects on an individual. These situations often encourage the settling in of invasive and negative mindsets. To prevent intrusive…

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Rant and Rave: Fire Emblem—Three Houses

With the final wave of the Fire Emblem (FE): Three Houses Expansion Pass having been released last February 20, it feels fitting to revisit the 2019 base game and examine whether this Nintendo Switch-exclusive title still holds up months after its initial release.  In Three Houses, the latest and fully voice-acted title in the FE…

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Balay Aruga: A home far from home

Nestled under the shade of an ageless tree stands Iloilo City’s first-ever home care facility for patients with neurological disorders—Balay Aruga. At a glance, one might mistake it for a typical suburban home; it features a well-kept garden and a friendly pet dog, while situated at its center is a humble structure with walls decorated…

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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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Murals of the mind: The many lives of Dr. Joven Cuanang

Along the sleepy slopes of the Antipolo mountainside lies a microcosm of Philippine society. Stretched out over a 40-foot acrylic canvas and painted by the 16-artist Salingpusa collective, Karnabal looms like a grave question mark over all the visitors of the Pintô Art Museum. In it, every aspect of the Filipino is bared in strange…

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A way with words: The world of voice acting

From radios with warm voices settling in the background to soft and powerful voices bringing animated movies to life on the silver screen, voice actors have permeated the airwaves with their skilled performances.  It is impossible to deny their influence and talent—despite remaining unseen—in delivering performances that move us. However, many of these talented performers…

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Good morning, passengers: Exploring the skies with flight attendants

Flight attendants regularly make sure that everything on the flight runs smoothly; they bustle around the plane, guiding clunky carts of food and drinks through narrow aisles, ushering passengers on board to their designated seats, and demonstrating pre-flight safety routines. An entire flight could go by without passengers recognizing and appreciating the work that these…

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Sweet success: The renaissance of local chocolate

There are very few things as universally loved as chocolate. Whether in the form of a bar, served as a truffle, or coated with a candy shell, chocolates seem to be the type of sweets that never go out of style. The chocolate industry is also currently on the rise, with the 2020 Worldwide Cocoa…