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Nerisa del Carmen Guevara: In the eyes of an artist

By LORRAINE B. LAZARO THE BEATING of the drums was the beginning of it all. It was just another ordinary day when the busy streets of Malate transformed into a big stage for Nerisa del Carmen Guevara. As she placed down her teacher’s bag, she began to freely sway with …

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John Nepomuceno: Finding hope amid adversity

By JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO JOHN NEPOMUCENO sits with his hands clasped, eyes fixated on the table. He is struggling to follow his train of thought. His heartened discussion on special needs individuals was disrupted by the stream of cars rushing through Dapitan just across his seat in the café. …

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Shannen Palec: Leading with perseverance and humility

By FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG and LORRAINE B. LAZARO GUSHES OF the fresh wind from her hometown slowly faded as she moved to a new city to test her luck. The volleyball player from Passi, Iloilo casts a smile on her face as she shares her greatest motivation to play …

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Joanna Estorque: Working Beyond Self-Limitations

By CRISTINA ELOISA A. BACLIG “YOU DON’T have to limit yourself.” This is what Joanna Estorque, a proud student assistant at UST, firmly believes as she strives to do more things beneficial not only to her, but to other people. Despite the demanding subjects and deadlines in her hectic life as …

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Baby Ruth Villarama: Portraying Reality in the Silver Screen

“A WINDOW to the world.” This is how documentary filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama describes the television features that took up her Saturday afternoons as a child; she was always anticipating the day’s National Geographic Society special. She never truly understood why she was drawn to those 30-minute features. Maybe it was …

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Kristelle Batchelor: Finding her Home-court Advantage

SEVEN THOUSAND thirty-five miles. Kristelle Batchelor walked into the La PanotiQ bakery cafe, welcomed by its gray walls, tiled floors and front glass windows. She put on her black apron and greeted each customer with a smile. She was 7,035 miles away from her home and her true love. Her …

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The King Tiger’s Last Chance

HE WILL not be another King Tiger clutching his soaked jersey at the end of the season, wondering why the championship would only let them get close—but never close enough. Not on his last year. Louie Philippe Vigil had his fair share of court heartbreaks when the Growling Tigers succumbed …

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Cyrus Valdez: Making the Cut

HE THOUGHT, and there was nothing. Cyrus Jay Valdez and his team of 11 were down to filming their last few scenes of the short film Forever Natin. Time was running out. He was almost at his breaking point. Was he going to let the pressure get to him? “If …

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Faces of Dapitan (08/05/2016)

“How long does it take you to adjust to a new environment?” “I don’t think it will take long. I mean, we have friendly people around.” “You just met them here?” “Yeah, I just met them here.” “Then, you clicked immediately?” “Yeah. We kept texting.” “How do you cope with …

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Beard, Beer, and Bribery: BAYAW on the Road to Presidency

IT IS past eight o’clock in the evening. Only noise from a few crew members fill the Aksyon TV studio as they begin shooting a short episode of a documentary show. Suddenly, a man wearing his “daddy fit” orange polo shirt walks into the room—beer belly first—and takes a seat at …

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