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Aleia Anies: Conquering battles through words

By SYRAH VIVIEN J. INOCENCIO AT FIRST glance, Aleia Anies may seem like she’s a tough nut to crack, but as her plum-painted lips turn into a smile, people will think otherwise. Despite being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder, a mental illness that causes episodes of depression and abnormally elevated …

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AB Guidance Counselors: Rendering service with a genuine heart

“GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ‘yan. Hindi ‘yan maniniwala sa’yo. May [halong] judgement na nila ‘yan.” This perception is what guidance counselors of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) usually hear from students. Along with similar views, this refrain Artlets from visiting them, thinking that only the gravest problems are needed to …

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SubSelfie: Of and For the Millennials

THE NOISY and distracting environment was silenced by their voices of love and dedication for stories. Journalism alumnae Lian Nami Buan and Apple Gamboa never felt short for words; they both share a love for their craft not even the pressure and restraint of the newsroom can take away from …

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Bernardo Bernardo: Rising from the rubble

BERNARDO BERNARDO is 72 years old, but he has only just begun. The actor has starred in various theater plays, movies, and television shows, but his most challenging role was one that he never played on-screen—that of a comedian grappling with crippling depression. Years after he defeated his demons, Bernardo …

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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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Analiza Yanga: Living a life of service

STUDENTS FROM the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB)  slowly occupied the hallways of the St. Raymund de Peñafort building as some of the afternoon classes came to end. Asst. Prof. Analiza Yanga left a classroom and calmly walked through the busy hallways toward a different room—not for another lecture—but …

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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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