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THE FUSS ABOUT THE LAST MERCURY RETROGRADE FOR 2021

When Mercury retrogrades, it makes our heads spin. How have you been the past few weeks? Did you suddenly feel like things were not going your way? Did the universe seem like it was not on your side? If you’re one of those people who experienced a cluster of misfortunes the past few weeks, you […]

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SAAN GALING ‘YON: THE PHILIPPINE FLAG

A country’s flag is its most important symbol. It signifies the patriotism and freedom of the nation. It also expresses the sentiments and hopes of Filipinos. Have you ever wondered why The Philippine flag looks the way it does? Where did it come from? Flag History of the Philippines During the pre-colonial period, sources and […]

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MINDANAO ART 2021 OPENS WITH RENEWED MESSAGE OF HOPE

Mindanao Art 2021, with the theme, Art in between: Mindanao Art in Liminal Space, has proven, once again, that art is undying and ever relevant. For this year, Mindanao Art chooses a butterfly as its logo. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, hope, and new life. Their colours and patterns symbolize beauty—that along the process of […]

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PINOY CLEVER WORDPLAY PART 2: GAY LINGO

For the last installment of the two-part series about Pinoy clever wordplay, we will talk about the gay lingo. Bekinese, swardspeak, beki speak, whatever you call it. For better articulation, we will be borrowing some words from Danton Remoto’s essay. It was read at the International Conference on Queer Politics, University of Amsterdam, July 1998. […]

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PINOY CLEVER WORDPLAY PART 1

No, not that highly addictive online game ‘Wordplay’, but rather, the actual brand of Pinoy puns. From jeproks, sakalam, to the Pinoy coño slang RUG (are you game?), we are not just a code-switching nation; we are also truly a nation that knows how to play with words. Okay, we’re punny.  But first, where did we even get our […]

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RAINBOW MAGIC: HOW COLOR AFFECTS US

The average human eye can register 300 different color shades, and can distinguish up to about a million. Colors are a big part of our lives. Because of this, most of us find it difficult even imagining a life without it. Colors hold so much importance and meaning to us that it can spur emotions. […]

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SARILING ATIN: FILIPINO IDIOMS

In honor of Buwan ng Wika, we´ll talk about Filipino Idiomatic Expressions. Idioms are phrases or sayings that are used to describe a situation. They are a type of figurative language that gives us the opportunity to describe our circumstances or express ourselves in a more creative way. Idioms also help you understand and speak […]

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ART AND OUR EMANCIPATION

It has been almost two years since the pandemic shifted our lives. An era that continues to challenge our daily living, to this day, and pushed some of us to the brink of giving up. No industry or sector was spared by the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic. People losing their jobs, sources of income […]

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TOP JAPANESE FILMS: MAKOTO SHINKAI

Whether it be through cartoon animation or ramen, which sounds so good right now in this rainy weather, Japanese culture has been making waves in various landscapes in the country, long before the dominance of our Oppas and Noonas from K-dramas and K-pop scene. Shout out to the ARMYs and BLINKs out there! For this […]

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SURVIVAL KIT: LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE

One of the things that kept me busy through this pandemic is my attempt to learn a new language. Since I chose to study Korean on my own, I found it to be more difficult than I expected. It’s completely different from what I’m used to because the characters they use are different. The romanized […]