STUDIES SUGGEST that the hot weather tends to spoil people’s spirits. So, for this summer, the Flame brings you a list of cafes and restaurants perfect for when you need to cool down. Beat the smoldering heat with creamy milkshakes, try uniquely flavored ice cream, fuel your energy with delectable desserts, fill your stomach with healthy comfort food, and make sure this summer becomes one that your taste buds will remember. 1. Dough-licious cookies made with love: Cookie Mug For Kath De Ocampo and her family, owners of Cookie Mug, every day is a sweet one when they meet satisfied customers who appreciate the love and hard work that went into establishing their humble business. For almost three years, the dessert establishment has been known for its unique and delici
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) was jam-packed with people flocking to the 13th Pasinaya Open House Festival: Palabas at Palihan last February 4-5, 2017. With the theme “Art for Peace,” the collaboration of companies, groups, and individuals has brought the Filipino spirit closer to the people. Art enthusiasts refreshed on ideas and inspiration while first-timers were both thrilled and astonished to witness a melting pot of culture and the arts right before their eyes. The festival offered Palihan (workshop-all-you-can) on the first day, encouraging participants to bring out and relish the artist within. More than forty workshops were made available to everyone interested in practicing various forms of art, music, theater, dance, and other creative pursuits. The foll
BRIMMING WITH one plot twist after another, this year might simply go down in history as one that left people “shookt.” Now that 2016 is coming to its final tick on the clock, the Flame offers a rundown of some of the noteworthy events that made 2016 a year to remember. Political plot twists Profanity and rhetoric, fierce approach in issues, and colorful personalities won the hearts of the masses in the presidential elections in the Philippines, and the United States. President Rodrigo Duterte and President-elect Donald Trump seem to never run out of ways to shock the world with controversial statements, promises, and decisions, and their terms in the office are far from being over. An unworthy interment The nation was caught off-guard when the Supreme C
WITH THE turn of the tides, Hallyu (Korean Wave) has crashed into the hearts of Filipinos, becoming one of the latest trends in music, clothing, food, cosmetics, and products. To further strengthen the relationship of the Philippines and Korea, the K-Ribbon Selection served as a gateway to familiarize Filipinos with the origin and evolution of Korean culture. Whether you are an enthusiastic supporter of Korean Pop (K-pop), a passionate viewer of Korean drama, a fervent devourer of Korean food, or an eager tourist of Korea—the exhibit aimed to fulfill your interest in all things Korean! Visitors were mesmerized by the appetizing arrangement of hansik (Korean food), highlighting reinvented variations of the cabbage kimchi, bibigo rice, gochujang, hangwa, and ginsengkan to name a fe
WHEN THE lights dimmed, the enlivened audience filling the seats of Beato Angelico Auditorium immediately stopped chatting as they shifted their attention to the stage, ready for an emotional night of spoken word poetry. UST Mediartrix, in partnership with Words Anonymous, held Takipsilim: A Night of Spoken Word Poetry last October 21. Event organizer Rhafaela Bacal said she wanted to take advantage of the rising trend of slam poetry to introduce the creative culture to the University. Each performer hooked the audience as they expressed their sentiments, and stances on issues through art. Some of the most striking pieces were delivered by Michelle Manese, whose deep and powerful voice commanded every ear to listen while her sincerity touched every heart in the room. In her la...
FEEL AT home with nature, awaken your inner kid, try a Maginhawa St. classic, and visit a gorgeous wafflerie. Keep your Instagram aesthetic alive with these photogenic and satisfying cafe finds. HILLSIDE CAFÉ AND JUICE BAR 57 Mother Ignacia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City Reunite with the soothing aura of nature in Hillside Café and Juice Bar. The driveway is lined with lush flora that refreshes one’s senses. Once inside, the cozy ambiance takes customers to a quaint countryside house complete with books, music, and pillows. Start treating your body right with the cafe’s healthy assortment of food. Try the Beancurd Chicharon, which leaves a lasting taste of crunchy tofu dipped in apple cider vinegar; the Aglio Olio Seafood Pasta, a combination of noodles, garlic infused olive oil, sh
WITH THE exam season just a week away, students are once again buried neck-deep in long quizzes, requirements, and last minute catch ups in readings. It is time to set aside those Netflix series and hit the books. So here are a couple of tips to help you transform the dreaded week into a breeze: Be attentive in class discussions. Lend your ears to your professor’s lectures and pay very close attention, as they tend to disclose the most important information and hints on the exam content days before the exam. Always take down notes. In relation to the first tip, sometimes, handouts and PowerPoint presentations miss some important data. So whether or not you have a good memory, make sure you take down notes during discussions too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
ON SEPT. 21, 1972, then president Ferdinand Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 and rendered the state under armed control. This declaration resulted to around 107,240 human rights violations, which left a horrendous mark on the nation. Stories of the horrors of the period are retold every year. But millennials—who were too young to have experienced or remember the bloody era—continue to show apathy, while the preceding generation appears to have forgotten. The Sound of Silence: Remembering Martial Law is an eye-opening exhibit featuring the works of Edgar “Egai" Talusan Fernandez. Here are some of the pieces which invoke the various dimensions of the oppressive period: Pandora ng Karunungan, a black and white painting, presents a head whose temple has a flicked off switch, a
LOOK NO further, fellow sweet tooth! These nearby cafés offer a delightful assortment perfect for your appetite. Share summer stories, and relish wonderful memories with friends over scrumptious desserts, light snacks and appetizing drinks. Café Churro Open from 10am to 10pm at Antonio St Satiate your churro cravings inside the cozy and Instagram-worthy Café Churro. The recently opened branch adapted a modern European interior with its black-and-white-themed furniture, and an open kitchen that gives diners a glimpse of how the delectable pastries are made. Café Churro proudly offers Classic Churros, which could be coated with cinnamon, and served with rich chocolate or the new butterscotch dip. Chocolate N’ Churro is another must-try; the fried treats are coated with either d
THE NEXT academic year is fast approaching, but not everyone is ready to let go of satisfying afternoon naps and lazy days at the beach just yet. Beginning a semester is always a tough task, so here are a few tips to help you slowly ease into a new chapter of your university life. 1. Finish your to-watch and to-read list before the onslaught of academic load and extra-curricular activities. Curl up with a good book or marathon those series you’ve been wanting to watch. Once your vacation ends, you can never be as chill as you are now. 2. Clean and organize files in your computer or laptop to make room for future handouts, presentations and videos. Invest in an external hard-drive, or set up a Google Drive to back-up important documents. Avoid last minute hard-drive cleansing, and