Paris Agreement: What We Need to Know

With updates from Bam Alegre Finally after weeks of discussion in Paris and decades of international disagreements, representatives from 195 nations have created the Paris Agreement at the United Nations climate change talks in France. This agreement is historic because it is universal — all developed and developing countries will follow its rules and regulations….

The Science of Sadness: Overlooked Signs of Clinical Depression

Scene One:¬†Driven to Sadness This was the first time in a long while that it was just the two of us. We would see each other but with our other friends. So there was really no time to talk, no time to catch up. We were driving along the expressway. He confessed to me something…

Cliff Jumping at Tali Beach

On normal days, the waves in Tali Beach, Nasugbu, Batangas would have been more bearable, more calm even. But this was not that day. The waves seemed stronger, angrier. The rocks, made slippery by the onslaught of sea waves, glistened like sharp fangs. It was a monster — heaving and turning. Waiting for the next…

The Legacy of Mount Pinatubo

June 15, 1991. This volcano once claimed many lives. It then left a beautiful lake in its wake. The crater of Mount Pinatubo in Zambales may evoke words such as calm and serene now. But it will always have a horrible past. Mount Pinatubo erupted and overwhelmed nearby areas with¬†pyroclastic flows, ash deposits and lahar…

Why I Chose to Run

Every weekend at around 5pm to 6pm, I run at the UP Academic Oval. Why that place? I don’t know. There is a certain charm in UP at the hours leading to twilight. The drop of yellow, then orange, then red from the setting sun paints a haze into the surrounding. The glow of street…