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Perspectives

Shot in the Dark

It doesn’t seem like she knows what she’s doing,” someone once said about me. Upon hearing this, I was not sure what upset me more: the fact that she was talking about me in third person while I was right in front of her, or the fact that she might …

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Write! Why don’t you write?

To diffuse the power of the author, to dismember texts with incursions and applications of criticism, in Literature, we were trained to unbridle our intellect and infuse it with the spirit of action in the form of praxis. In praxis, one is called to move. Untangle. Unchain. Slice through. And …

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Leaving my lenses

Magjo-journ ka? Hindi ba dapat magaganda lang yung mga journalist?” That was what a high school teacher once told me when I boasted that I wanted to pursue journalism as my college course. She blurted that out in front of her co-teachers which made me more embarrassed. I wanted to …

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Planting your Magical Beans

My friends know how big a fan I am of Friends, that 90’s TV show about six attractive young people living in New York. And while I was browsing for an episode I still haven’t watched, I stumbled upon this episode where Rachel faced a predicament: “What if it doesn’t …

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Talákád; mákó

Let me get this straight: I hate writing. Even writing this farewell column feels so much of a chore. But anyway, this will be my final writing requirement for the year, and a personal one at that. If you still want to continue reading, here goes my column. ***** What …

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‘Genuine’ service

IT’S that time of the year again. Few weeks from now, people we barely know will greet us—all smiles—in the hallways of the campus as they shake our hands. Our ears will get tired listening to mudslingings, wittily crafted slogans and speeches, recycled platforms, and promises that may never see …

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The Blame Game

WHENEVER I get catcalled, I would either (1) keep on walking as if I hadn’t been harassed, (2) look the offender in the eye with the hope of catching him off-guard, or (3) actually stop and call the offender off for thinking that proudly calling me “baby” with a nasty smile …

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Virality as a means to get even

ALL’S WELL that ends well, but sometimes, it goes viral. The power of social media has changed the way we do things—from connecting with the people we love to the way we do work and everything else in between. With what looks like just mish-mashed interactions online gave rise to what …

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Closet Survival

IN The Wizard of Oz, the Wizard exercises an illusion of power and magic over his constituents by projecting a spectral mirage of himself through the use of a contraption that conceals him from the view of his subjects. We need to remember that the Wizard is mortal and perhaps …

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Living in “the gates of hell”

WALKING, though it may sound superficial, is one of the most efficient methods of commute. Walking short distances to school or work costs nothing, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and reduces one’s carbon footprint. But here in Manila, walking is a stressful and perilous activity for everyone. To begin with, sidewalks …

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