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Mikkah Factor

Mikkah Factor

Bittersweet Mocha

IN THIS day and age, everything we say and do is observed, analyzed, and critiqued. When President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Mocha Uson as Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary, all eyes (and ears) were on her. Uson has been very vocal about her support and loyalty toward the Duterte administration. She continues …

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Turning the tides against sex offenders

LAST YEAR, numerous women took to social media to narrate their experiences of sexual harassment in Hollywood and to call out those who have harassed them. The Weinstein effect eventually reached the local scene; some notable figures, including prominent artists and indie band members, were proven to be sexual predators. …

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That One Stereotype

“Bakla ba ‘yun? Paano ba siya gumalaw?” my high school friend asked as he talks about our Christian Living Education teacher. I could not help but squint my eyes at him for a moment, initially showing judgement. I, however, began to ask myself who or what exposed him to this …

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Commodifying Culture for Survival

OCTOBER OF the previous year, a photo of 90-year-old Apo Whang-Od Oggay sleeping at a press conference in the recent Manila FAME trade show circulated online. Many netizens were outraged and expressed their concern towards the Kalinga tattoo artist. The Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM) invited Whang-Od …

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The last straw

I HAVE been used to the sight of a small tube accompanied by the purchase of a Gulp beverage at 7-Eleven. Expected to be given one, I guiltlessly asked for a straw. To my surprise, the convenience store no longer offered that “convenient” option. Although some establishments still offer plastic …

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Karol Ilagan: Seeing the world through inquisitive eyes

THE QUIET halls of the St. Raymund de Peñafort building leave an empty room filled only by a petite and simple individual, a discerning figure with eyes full of wonder and curiosity. As a journalist who goes beyond reporting the obvious, Karol Ilagan now faces the challenges of the world …

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J. Neil Garcia: Textualizing Realistic Portrayals

By CRISTINA ELOISA A. BACLIG BITTERSWEET. This is how J. Neil Garcia describes the life of homosexuals in the Philippines. As a creative writer, to write well is always the primary concern for his works. But as an author of LGBT literature, works about homosexuality are important in challenging the …

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Mark Anthony Abenir: Redefining Success

By MARK JOSEPH B. FERNANDEZ and JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO MARK ANTHONY Abenir stands on one side of his office flipping through documents, his tall figure looming over piles of paperwork stacked on the table. He adjusts his black jacket and the black frames perched atop his nose as he …

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