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Loving and leaving

Watching all the episodes of the Friends series and reading too many novels set in New York has enticed me to take a big bite of the Big Apple. For so long, I’ve entertained fantasies of walking the halls of Columbia and living the life of a starving writer, or reading hundreds of manuscripts as…

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What were you doing before the internet?

An intriguing question, isn’t it? Many of us would rather not even think about those “dark ages” anymore. I have painful recollections of spending long hours in the school library looking for decent material about Levi Celerio before the internet existed. It makes sense; a lot of readers may not even know who he is.…

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Manny Matters

The biggest boxing story for the past year was, to nobody’s surprise, the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight that never happened. “Pretty Boy” had more conditions than a kidnapper, ranging from the split of the earnings of the potential mega-buck fight to the blood test he wanted Pacquiao to take before and after the fight.…

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State of smiles

Before the holiday break began, a foreigner friend told me that I smiled too much and that I should at times refrain from showing my cavities to the world. Much to the outsider’s dismay, I widened my grin instead and told him that there is just a lot to smile about. In the Philippines, the…

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Memento Mori

I will not mince words or lie to you; I am dying, and so are you. Each day brings with it death for us all. No, I am not trying to sound pessimistic (nor sound like a doomsayer; you have the Book of Revelation for that). Scientifically speaking, the human body regularly “dies” since the…

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Editorial: Harvest of awards

The famous psychologist BF Skinner believes that one of the obstacles in behavior development is lack of positive reinforcement, or the act of increasing the reward immediately after a response to also increase its frequency in the future. This is applied with dogs—increasing their treats as they learn their tricks. This is also applied in…

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Everyone’s an expert

You wake up and you have this really bad coughing spell. You ask anyone around the house for help, and they offer you much more than that. The next thing you know, someone is making tea out of the leaves of this plant (whose rust-colored product is not exactly visually appealing) while another is trooping…

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Presenting… our USG officers!

Shirts, ballers, and bag tags for sale! That’s the most popular University Student Government activity (USG). This year though, they’ve added a new touch to make their projects more appealing. They decided to use their own faces and bodies as publicity materials. I had the opportunity to sit on one of the Legislative Assembly’s (LA)…

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A baptism to yuppie-hood

In 2003, a clownfish named Nemo swam his way from the Pixar Animation Studios to the hearts of millions—but this is not about him. It is about the friends Nemo made in the aquarium of P. Sherman—those who were placed in plastic bags of water and who rolled over the streets of Sydney, only to…

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A toy story

I love Lego. I grew up building the likes of impossibly cool cars and sleek, but rather bare, spaceships. All of my creations would be piloted by a plucky astronaut, whom I still keep to this day. The concept of building your own toy still amuses me to this day–Lego’s tagline being “A new toy…