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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]