The Music Scene of UST: What Needs to Happen (and to Every Other Music Scene, Too)

Before becoming the national favorites, they were artists in their infant stage. Your local bar’s stage entertainment. Your performers at campus events. The competitors in your barangay battle of the bands. The undervalued, underappreciated and underpaid life-force of music. The local artists. As with everything, music needs a sustainable environment to survive. With little incentive…

The Siege of Zamboanga’s Youngsters by Makoi Popioco

A little boy cowered behind an overturned wooden chair, avoiding gunfire. The other boy breathed heavily, he dashed his small feet forward and with his frail hands, he fired. The boy hiding behind the chair got shot, fell down, and played dead. I raised my hand, pointed my index finger, pulled the invisible trigger in my thumb,…

Have to Go

I have now left a place I considered my second home for almost five years. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call informing me that I have been fired. I was no longer required to report for work the next day for the morning newscast, News to Go. A few days later, my contract with the afternoon newscast GMA…

A Nation of Broken Hearts

I think I have a broken heart, literally. I’m back at the University of Santo Tomas, my Alma Mater — not at the plaza or my old building or even the walkways I spent endless hours in college just burning time, but at the hospital. I’ve never been inside the UST Hospital before. I never…