The Reason For Frat-Related Violence Could Be You

By all means, rage against the corrupt, elitist, mysoginistic, padrino system-loving culture of fraternities — but please do not forget to check on the company you keep. This culture of toxic masculinity is alive and well because it feeds off from our own inaction, our being complicit, if only because we refrain or refuse to…

Peeking into ‘The Dressing Room’

Staging re-runs is equally challenging than staging original theatre productions. One works with the same material but newer elements have to be added to make it more powerful and visually stunning. Hence, a re-run isn’t just a re-play but a whole reimagination of the same story. Dulaang UP’s The Dressing Room might be a re-run, but…

The UP Shopping Center Fire

While not the most glamorous of UP Diliman icons, the UP Shopping Center has an unquestionable place in the hearts of the community. It was always there to lessen the burden of students when it comes to photocopying readings or binding their thesis outputs. It was a one-stop shop for any imaginable need. Today, many…

The ‘Female Oblation’: After #UPlift, Ferdie Cacnio Will Continue to Create

​ He wasn’t able to sleep the night his masterpiece, “Uplift,” was shown to the public, in front of the University Theater of UP Diliman, during the full bloom of sunflowers along University Avenue, at a celebratory time of commencement exercises. It wasn’t because of uncontainable sense of achievement that the visual artist was still…

Understanding the Angry Christ

I am no theatre critic, but I’ve seen every single production of Dulaang UP since its 33rd season—that’s more or less 30 plays. There were hits and misses, but hands down, Angry Christ easily ranks as one of the most enigmatic and beautiful. I would admit, for each Dulaang UP season, it is Sir Dexter…

Memories of Miriam

When I visited the home of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in 2012, I was wearing an Iron Man shirt. I only just realized today that it described her well. She was the Iron Lady of Asia, after all. Yet after decades of public service, she had no need for nicknames. Her name was enough to sow fear in her…

“I Will Not Interfere”

“Kayo lang po ang pag-asa ko (You are my only hope),” an emotional Mary Jane Veloso pleads to newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte. Under the Noynoy Aquino administration, Veloso received a temporary reprieve from execution last April 29, 2015 — the only one to be spared among drug convicts that included leaders of the Bali Nine, an infamous group…

Let’s Fall in Love and Build a Nation

The road snaking through the heart of the town of Jagna was decorated with colorful banderitas that day. It was my first time in Bohol, and I had not come to see the tarsiers or the chocolate hills. I came to see something more wondrous: Love. And it wasn’t just any kind of love. It was a…

Why I Sued GMA: Refusing Unfair Labor Practices in the Media

On June 2014, I sued my employer, GMA Network, Inc. Signing those documents sealed my future, or the end of it. Scratch that. The company does not actually recognize me as its employee, and that’s precisely why I, along with other members of the Talents Association of GMA (TAG), filed a case against the network. Yes,…

What’s Next for Mary Jane Veloso?

Editor’s Note: We will continuously provide updates about the case of Mary Jane Veloso so that even though she fades away from the limelight of mainstream media, her quiet fight for justice will continue. She has been spared from execution. But she is still behind bars, far away from her family. The death sentence will still…

That Thing Called Hinagpis by Antoinette Jadaone

Hinagpis ng isang Babaeng Iniwan na Nga, Ipinagpalit pa sa Pangit  “Ang kapal ng mukha nya! Taga-UP ako ha. At hindi lang taga-UP, cum laude pa ako! Tapos ipagpapalit lang nya ako dun sa pangit na yun na ewan ko kung saan galing? Ang pangit nya ha, as in grabeng pangit! Tignan mo yung Facebook…

Quietly Out of Place

They say we should write about what we know. To avoid mistakes? Perhaps. But it is more likely that they ask this of us because it will lend credence to our stories. And so, that is why, today I will write about something that I know dearly as an introvert: solitude. Ironic Until I came…