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CONFERENCE TO TACKLE CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of new societal and cultural norms have emerged. Some are well-known, while others are isolated only to communities where they exist. It will always be better to be knowledgeable about these new emerging cultures as they contribute to the betterment of our society at large.  Thus, […]

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Arts & Culture Food, Health & Fitness

WHO WE ARE AS FOOD?

If the food we eat is what we are, then who are we? Filipino cuisine has been around for centuries. It went through several changes of the seasons and colonial influence. These are evident in every food we serve on the table today. But when it comes down to it, what does our food really […]

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Arts & Culture Music & Movies

CINEMALAYA: VANGUARD OF PINOY INDIE FILMS

Cinemalaya, the country’s premier independent film festival, has produced some of the best movies that graced the Philippine cinemas. It has been a breeding ground for filmmakers and actors who wish to break boundaries and create statements through the art of filmmaking. Since Cinemalaya started in 2005, we witnessed old and new representations with their […]

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Arts & Culture

FINDING PEACE IN ROOTEDNESS: KUBLAI MILLAN

“My source is endless, as an artist. In my search for the heavens, I have to look down instead of looking up. Down to Earth is my way up to heaven. Mindanao, amongst islands, is the closest to Earth. “ Art is an essential element of society. It depicts life, culture, and state of mind […]

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Arts & Culture Travel & Tours

OFF THE WALL: THE WORLD’S OLDEST CHINATOWN

Binondo, the country’s Chinatown and the world’s oldest, continues to brim with pride. It held its fort from its humble beginnings when it was all just a flat, marshy land until it erected buildings and establishments of cultural relevance. Binondo’s heritage can be traced back to the Spanish colonial era when Chinese immigrants were restricted […]

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Arts & Culture Music & Movies

OPM IS HERE TO STAY, ONLY WITH A NEW DRESS

We have entered a new era in OPM or Filipino music. For years, even decades, mainstream music was dominated by novelty songs. We can’t help it – Filipinos are simply happy people. It’s one of the reasons why novelty songs almost always reach our households and communities faster than the speed of light. Who doesn’t […]

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Arts & Culture Music & Movies

PRESS PL▶Y: THAT WHICH OF UDD

Flickering lights, fair-goers moving at a glacial pace – I stopped. The mini-Octopus ride next to me starts spinning. As the riders shout on top of their lungs for the temporary high, the familiar sound of the first piano key of ‘Oo’ started playing. Behind a sea of blurry heads nodding and hands waving, that moment, […]

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Arts & Culture

SAAN GALING ‘YON: FINGER PAINT

Paintings have been around for a long time. During prehistoric times, nomadic humans used paintings to mark caves they lived in with their stories. These paintings are our only proof of how they lived and where. The oldest paintings can be dated back to 42,000 years ago. How did it start? The motivation or inspiration […]

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Arts & Culture

TRESE: TABI TABI PO, NUNO!

“There are monsters among us, and some of them are human,” If you haven’t seen the Netflix Pinoy animated series, Trese, why? Just kidding. Over the last two weeks, Pinoys have found a new reason to glue their eyes on TV. Thanks to the release of the much-awaited animated series, Trese, there is now another […]

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Arts & Culture Travel & Tours

RAISING THE CURTAINS – THE MET IN MANILA

You may have noticed this old, forgotten, and decaying building when you pass by Ermita in Manila. Despite the wear and tear of this old building, it manages to show the intricate details and art that form this archival structure. If you look closely at the glass windows, the carvings on the walls, and the […]