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Young Chinoys reinterpret traditions in a rapidly changing world

Young Chinoys reinterpret traditions in a rapidly changing world

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ONE WILL know that another lunar year has come when streets are filled with sights of red colors, sounds of familial joy, and the scent of various Chinese traditional foods. To members of the Chinoy Thomasian community, the celebration of the lunar year also means a sacred family reunion—paying respect to their ancestors and giving of ang pao—a way of welcoming another year of prosperity and breakthrough.  As the tradition comes through the new members, adaptability shines through the younger generations' choices in how they practice their traditions, as each generation comes with choices that translate to change. Festivities The weeks leading up to the Lunar New Year are exciting for behavioral science sophomore Denise Andrea Sia.  As a daughter of two store owners in Quiap...
Why I Don’t Watch Filipino Teleseryes

Why I Don’t Watch Filipino Teleseryes

Culture, The Culturist
by JOHN PATRICK A. MAGNO RANARA THE COVID-19 pandemic is still showing no signs of waning. With the new Delta variant, where the virus is more transmissible, it’s as if we had gone back from scratch. Like the early days of the pandemic, many of us are again filled with fear of stepping out of our homes. Fortunately, we have the technology to keep us company. Western shows and Korean dramas have become more popular than ever as streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube Premium, and iFlix have become a go-to entertainment for many of us. Teleseryes, as you all may know, are a staple element in Pinoy entertainment, characterized as melodramatic shows that portray social realities experienced by Filipinos. They have existed since the 1960s and continue to dominate the world of o...
Chill’s Home-Baked Goodies: A bundle of assorted delights

Chill’s Home-Baked Goodies: A bundle of assorted delights

Culture
by JOHN PATRICK A. MAGNO RANARA A MOTHER can bestow many gifts, values, and life lessons to her bundles of joy. For some, it is her unconditional love and support even in times of confusion; for others, it is her guiding wisdom as one traverses through the complex labyrinth called life. But for Brianne Leigh Cabalonga, it is the inspiration to start her own business. Chill’s Home-Baked Goodies is a fresh bakery that bloomed in Cainta, Rizal in May last year and specializes in cheesecakes, revel bars, brownies, and cakes. Both the owner and cook, Cabalonga uses the skills that she learned from her mother to run her own bakery. “A few years ago, my mom started a small bakeshop. My sister and I used to help her in the kitchen after our class. When my mom needed to go ba...
How Filipinas Became Heroes During WWII

How Filipinas Became Heroes During WWII

Culture
by THERIZ LIZEL R. SILVANO WARS took place in several nations and in different environments. Soldiers, families, reformers, and survivors were carrying values and beliefs of their own, with a hopeful perspective that their needs and aspirations would soon be met. They are the affirmation that history truly happened, and that they brought changes in society that can still be observed today. The people of the past have battled for the principles that concern not only their lives but also the lives of others. Indeed, wars have brought chaos and change, but above all, the aftermath of wars brought starvation and scarcity, especially during the Second World War in the 1940s. When war emerges, the government does not only need strong survivor instincts but faith that the Filipino ci...
ManilART’19: An Omnium Gatherum of Artistry

ManilART’19: An Omnium Gatherum of Artistry

Culture
by THEA ANDREA MAGUERIANO ManilART, a 5-day national fair on its 11th year with the theme “Showcasing the Global Filipino Artist” was held last Oct. 9 to 13 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig to unveil worldwide Filipino talent. The event was held in the said month in celebration of Philippines' commemoration of Museums and Galleries Month. Additionally, ManilART is a flagship project of the National Committee on Art Galleries of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The exhibit showcased different forms of art from global Filipino artists. From paintings to sculpture, ManilART’19 did not fail to amaze the art world with its world-class talent.  “Nostradamus Prophecies I” - Romulo Feliciano (Ominous) The entrance to the exhibit started ...
Design Week Philippines 2016: A celebration of creativity in the walled city

Design Week Philippines 2016: A celebration of creativity in the walled city

Culture
LOST IN the beat of quality indie music, and entranced by gripping spoken word performances, the crowd sat in a cozy huddle and tuned in to various stories of life told through a one-of-a-kind fusion of music and poetry. Ex Vivo: From Beginning to End brought together some of the country’s most popular spoken word poetry groups: Ilustrados, White Wall Poetry, and Lakambini Poetry. Vibrant local bands such as Oswald Sleeps Tonight, Kissling, and Caffeine and Taurine also filled Intramuros with good music. The Spoken Word Poetry and Independent Music Festival held last April 16 at Maestranza Plaza, Intramuros, Manila, was part of Design Week Philippines, an annual celebration of design and creativity organized by Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). “[S...
6 Takeaways From This Year’s Pasinaya Festival

6 Takeaways From This Year’s Pasinaya Festival

Culture
FOR 12 years and counting, the Pasinaya festival continues to showcase the unique and evolving Filipino creativity. Here are six remarkable performances during this year's festival held last Feb. 7 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 1) Ballet Philippines: Journey to the Pool Ballerinas immersed into a swim as they move in synchronized flips and strokes. Their powerful stunts transport the audience into a dive of underwater movements. The dancers’ swift and energetic performance navigates a spectator’s imagination. The “flippers” proved that ballets can create a captivating performance sans pointe shoes and tutus. 2) UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe: Facing Social Issues The Salinggawi interpreted the country’s social issues and its effects through dance. Their ...