From Duque’s ineptitude, to Duterte’s preferential treatment, as well as the PSG’s secret vaccination, issues already abound surrounding vaccination in the country.

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Like many other facets of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country, vaccination was not spared from the irregularities and potentially corrupt practices that came into public knowledge in recent weeks. This includes Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr.’s …


What should the Philippines strive to change and keep for 2021? We asked movers and shakers from various industries to share their thoughts with us.

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As it did with the rest of the world, 2020 proved to be a defining moment for the Philippines. Punctuated by natural disasters, corruption, activist killings, and a mishandled response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year highlighted the fallacies of our structures and systems front and center.

“It has paraded all the lapses in governance and excess of misinformation that has always left the public to fend for themselves,” noted Keisha Uy of PAGASA, a civil society organization in the Philippines. …


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These days, I carve out 30 minutes on weekdays and an hour on weekends for a workout, but I was never this physically active before we were essentially locked away for nine months.

Prior to the first community quarantine, I considered the short walk from the corner of the street to my office as exercise. Climbing the stairs on the way to my floor was part of cardio. Years of brisk-walking to class at a university known for its sprawling, verdant campus made me somewhat apprehensive toward the idea of going to the gym. More than getting my heart rate up, exercise had to include sunshine and new things to see. …


How reminiscence can be an effective tool in soothing the holiday blues

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Even with my introverted social battery, I enjoy holiday gatherings. The Christmas spirit excites me, as long as it involves something I am socially comfortable with and I’m with a person or two that I trust. Good company and festivities have an infectious joyful energy that can soothe even the most socially anxious person.


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Considered by most as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is the birthplace of Filipino food classics such as sisig (chopped pig’s face), bringhe (a stickier version of paella), and tamales (savory sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf; not to be confused with the Mexican version). Perhaps this reputation can be attributed to the Spanish colonial era, when Kapampangans were able to adopt the colonizers’ cooking techniques and create dishes that catered to their Spanish tastes.


Red-tagging has direct harms on its targets, but it also has far-reaching consequences that endangers the rest of us.

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In recent weeks, the Philippines has seen growing anti-communist rhetoric and red-tagging incidents instigated by the administration’s pawns, namely Lt. General Antonio Parlade, spokesperson of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Philippine National Police Chief Debold Sinas, and Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, among others. The targets cover a large quantity of personalities, including elected officials such as Rep. Carlos Zarate and Rep. Sarah Elago (both of which are members of the Makabayan Bloc, an oppositionist coalition), as well as activists from GABRIELA, League of Filipino Students, and National Union of Students of the Philippines. …


2020 calamities are just a preview of what awaits us due to climate change.

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Shirley Tapel stares off at the distance while holding back tears. In front of her, an ABS-CBN reporter holds the mic for an on-cam interview. “Pagod na pagod na talaga ako. Nag-aayos tapos maghahanda tapos may bagyo na naman daw. Mag-iimpake na naman” (I’m just exhausted. We haven’t even picked up all the pieces and yet we have to steel ourselves again for another typhoon), she says, the ruins of her wooden house at the backdrop.


The director invites introspection on our culture’s deep-seated fixation with “idols” in her latest film

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To be a fan is to be there for your idol until the end.

This was quite literally the case for “Noranians” — Nora Aunor fans, who would request for their idol’s picture to be buried with them when they die. These stories of extreme devotion are no longer novel. While the “till death do us part” conundrum for fan-idol dynamics applies only on a case-to-case basis, the phenomena goes beyond pastime, invading one’s daily routine and, ultimately, their lifestyle choices.

According to scholar John Fiske, fans have a system of their own. They abide by their own schemes, structures, regulations, mores, and patterns of behavior that develop over time. This is not to conclude that to be a fan is to be on the wrong. It’s just too present in our culture to be ignored altogether. We all hold someone in high regard, and fawn in glee over our favorites. But the truth is, there’s a thin line separating the extent to which we do so — from the safe to the overtly dangerous. Thus, the world of fandoms, or modern-day idolatry, in the Philippine context merits exploration. …


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As the year 1897 ushered in, there was an air of excitement as a Spaniard that went by the name of Señor Pertierra introduced the first motion pictures at Escolta. Despite this game-changing feat, however, it would take two more decades for a Filipino to release their own full-length work. The silent film Dalagang Bukid (1918) would make its way to cinemas and pave the way for the vibrant film industry that would come in the many years that followed.

In the international field in 1917, further developments in the film industry would lead to the Italian-Argentine immigrants’ first feature-length animated film.Titled El Apostol, the film is a political satire mimicking the regime of the Argentine president at the time. This celebrated progress in film came on the heels of the development of animated shorts that began as early as 1906. …


Should we expect the democrat to make substantial waves that will affect the Philippines? Here’s what experts think.

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Democratic nominee and career politician Joe Biden emerged victorious in the 2020 US elections against incumbent president Donald Trump. Biden’s road to the presidency was paved by a unified opposition against Trump who, since his ascent to the White House in 2016, has been criticized for his foul-mouthed remarks, divisive rhetoric, and precarious positions on various policies that affect the rest of the world.

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