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Letters

Patay na si Hesus: Rich in Culture, Rich in Life

By KRIZIA MAICA B. MAGBITANG IT IS time to rehash old wounds and point out the fresh, new ones in Victor Villanueva’s film, Patay na si Hesus. The title itself gives the impression of an atheist remark and even a support to Nietzche’s God is dead philosophy as Iyay (Jaclyn Jose) …

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Hamog: Beyond the Haze

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES WHEN THE haze clears in a city, everything stays the same. There are the same high-rise buildings that are surrounded by traces of poverty, and the same densely-populated areas with their people either basking in their riches or wiping their tears with their rags. The fog …

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Birdshot: Of Baffling Bloody Battles

By ZYMON ARVINDALE R. DYKEE INNOCENCE IS oftentimes associated with something that is clean, untainted, or untouched. One can represent it through fresh white bed sheets, or by the skin of a newborn. Yet it is a universal truth that they are unable to remain spotless, such as when women, while …

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Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig: An Ode to Sinners

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES THE SEAL of Confession is what binds the priest from the sins that a penitent confesses. No matter how grave or life-altering a sin is, the priests are obliged to not disclose the information that they hear inside the confessional. Yet unintentionally, the Seal serves …

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Bagahe: On Boarding with Bothersome Burdens

By ZYMON ARVINDALE R. DYKEE INSIDE THE comfort room of a plane in flight, a middle-aged woman quietly bears on the toilet her second child. Heavily panting while her gaze shifts between the sink and the toilet, she decides to regard the bloody infant as unwanted baggage. Zig Dulay’s award-winning …

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Kita Kita: Love seen through a fresh pair of eyes

By MINKA KLAUDIA S. TIANGCO MAN HAS forgotten a simple truth: that one needs to see beyond material objects, and instead should seek intangible aspects of one’s life that are truly essential. Yet, for a dear little prince, taming a fox and gazing at a garden of common roses is what …

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Sinandomeng: Reaping a Bountiful Harvest

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES FARMING REQUIRES an immense amount of strength, patience, and dedication. Most are familiar with the job’s intensity, yet they are unaccustomed to the idea that farming is also a way of life. It is more than an act of reaping what one has sown; it …

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Instalado: Into Incontrollable Indigence

By ZYMON ARVINDALE R. DYKEE STEMMING FROM a dream of a fast-paced progression, the Chinese took the initiative to revamp the process of learning. From this initiative bore the “installation,” the process of stocking knowledge directly inside people’s brains. Despite gaining popularity and having been adopted by countries all over the …

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Si Edgar, Si Allan, at si Art: Tales of Horror on Stage

FEAR IS an ancient instinct that has been untouched by the nuances of modern civilization. In humans, perhaps one purpose of fear is to promote survival because without it, people would be walking into oncoming traffic, mindlessly triggering guns at pedestrians, and hanging out with patients who have tuberculosis. Fear …

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