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Letters

Valor Trumps Dread in Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

By ADRIAN PAUL L. TAÑEDO NATIONS CELEBRATE their heroes for their vital contributions to regaining the freedom of the people. Some heroes are acclaimed for their stratagem and tactics in combat, while others are respected for being able to rally thousands of people forward into the battlefield. A hero is …

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Pan de Salawal: The Irony of Pain

By RYAN PIOLO U. VELUZ FROM THE torpid state of slumber, Salvador (Bodjie Pascua) disturbs the serenity of night with gasps of pain as he urinates with struggle and droplets of blood. He looks up at the ceiling with tears in his eyes, contemplating his miserable life spent alone while enduring …

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ML: Reliving the Pandemonium

By ADRIAN PAUL L. TAÑEDO photo from Cinemalaya’s official website TIME has taught people that the history of the Philippines is written with blood. Ever since colonial masters invaded the land, natives have taken up arms to try and defend it. All of this is written in the pages of …

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Liway: A Celebration of Victorious Resistance

By RYAN PIOLO U. VELUZ photo from Cinemalaya’s official website IN A confined arena of outlaws and insurgents, children are living under imperceptible chains of suppression that inhibit their freedom to prosper and taint the purity of their youth. Governed by their naivety, the children are indifferent to the reality …

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BuyBust: In a Playground of Sinners and Saints

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES  photo from WellGo USA ILLUMINATED BY neon lights and light bulbs that peer from the windows of tattered houses in a poverty-stricken area in Manila, agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency stand by to conduct a buy-bust drug operation. Nina Manigan (Anne Curtis) senses …

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Tanghalang Tikom XI: Silence Breaks Barriers

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES and MARIA ANTOINETTE A. MALICSE DESPITE THE lack of sound, silence can be both compelling and evocative. It is a loud expression that can echo a variety of meanings. In its 11th year, the Communication Arts Students Association held its annual Tanghalang Tikom, which aimed …

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Hexenringe: A Trip Into the Dark

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES EVIL IS a natural force that can easily be bred, propagated, and cultured. It finds its roots from the deepest and darkest regions of a person’s identity. It is synonymous to Midas’ touch—destroying everything that comes to its way. Despite that, evil is weak. With …

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Deadma Walking: Opposing the Course of Destiny

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES WITH A year to live and an incurable illness that plagues him, John (Joross Gamboa) finally takes matters into his own hands. If destiny made the decision regarding the cause of his death, then he holds the decision on how he will die. He tells …

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