Tuesday, November 30

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Superstitions and myths: More than just tales of old

Superstitions and myths: More than just tales of old

Culture
YOU MIGHT have dwelt on the stories of the duwende, tikbalang, white lady, or kapre at one point in time during your childhood. But the belief in these creatures is more than just eerie tales. They are ingrained in the Filipino culture and have been inspiring artists to create terrifying yet appealing works. Filipino myths, legends, epics, and the like often serve as inspiration in various forms of art of painters, writers, filmmakers, and animators, according to the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA). These tales may have been used to scare children but they remain relevant to Filipinos as they form part of their culture. "Superstitions are part of the daily lives of the Filipinos [...] it is deeply rooted in our culture and it has been with us almost since th...
Horror films may serve as a coping mechanism, experts say

Horror films may serve as a coping mechanism, experts say

Scenes
by JANIS JOPLIN G. MOISES and VANESSA NORIKO S. YAP HORROR MAY not always be a breeze to watch as it can bring traumas and other mental health issues to some, but in other cases, watching these kinds of films can be a way to release emotions that cannot be expressed in real life. Zachia Domingo, a behavioral science sophomore, said horror films helped her process suppressed emotions. “Horror films affected my mental health in a positive way since it helped me get a lot of emotions out of my system,” Domingo said. English Language Studies sophomore Joyce Estrella said watching horror movies has helped tap into her feelings and experience stronger emotions during a dull day. Estrella and Domingo admitted that horror films provide excitement and thrill rather than fright be
Movie Night

Movie Night

Letters, Photo of the Week
By ABIGAIL M. ADRIATICO Note: This article is a work of fiction as part of The Flame's Photo of the Week. You hear the clock ticking as the credits of your second horror movie for the night start rolling. It is already 11 in the evening, and you still have a few more films to go through. However, that does not really faze you. After all, it is a Friday, and you have nothing to do tomorrow.  The tradition of watching horror movies during the eve of Halloween is something you always did with your sister. Even after you move out of your family home, you still practice it. With the lockdown in place and your sister busy with schoolwork, this is the first time you celebrate it alone.                       As you stare at the screen while the next film plays, you come to realize
The Discord Caller

The Discord Caller

Letters, Photo of the Week
By DAWN DANIELLE D. SOLANO Note: This article is a work of fiction as part of The Flame's Photo of the Week. Sprawled on my desk were my color-assorted sticky notes and highlighters. The faint light coming from the lamp post outside my bedroom window shone over the last page of my tear-stained reviewer. While I memorized the names of the scholars and their theories, I rubbed a cold vaporizing ointment over my stiffened shoulders.  I sat in the dark of my room, staring at the white screen before me. It was that time of the year where I hunch over my battery-drained laptop, trying to squeeze in a week’s worth of lecture into my brain. More importantly, it was that time of the year where I functioned on two hours of sleep and five cups of coffee. Boy, do I love college.  My ph
Halloween In Our Hearts: Movies to watch when the clock ticks three

Halloween In Our Hearts: Movies to watch when the clock ticks three

Culture
by CHRISTINE JANINE T. CORTEZ and JOHN PATRICK A. MAGNO RANARA IF ONLY we would take a moment to turn away from all the jingle and twinkle of the Christmas season, then we may realize that there is one other important holiday that needs to have its fair share of celebration. The month of October should be the time for chilling scares, eerie screams, and spooky customs. However, since the dawn of time, it has always been outshadowed by a more favored holiday. It is in the unspoken tradition of Filipinos to start celebrating Christmas as early as September. Colorful carols and festive songs permeate the streets in four long months. Perhaps the lack of love for Halloween is rooted in our religious conservativeness and that celebrating such a spine-chilling holiday may instill ...