National Obsession: Tales of the Homewrecker

Infidelity is commonly regarded as taboo, a dirty little secret made for dimly lit corners of public spaces or encrypted online conversations. This is somewhat the basis of its appeal: the thrill of trying not to get caught, and the succeeding confidence boost that comes with obtaining something one isn’t meant to have. But here…

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National Obsession: The Dark Side of Filipino Love Teams

The Filipino language takes pride in its wide collection of “untranslatable” words. But the most intriguing one of them all has to be kilig. When you ask someone to explain what the term means, they almost always pause to collect their thoughts, attempt to link the feeling to physical sensations — butterflies in the stomach,…

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Are The Filipino People Truly Free?

Featured Artwork: Thea Torres On June 12th, the Philippines celebrates its 122nd year of independence: a feat we achieved thanks to our forefathers who wielded their pens and swords and revolted against our colonizers. But given the recent turn of events, our country seems to be doing them a great disservice by allowing a tyrant…

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The Importance of Telling It as It Is

Featured Image: Aidan Un/The Philadelphia Inquirer Spoilers for Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay up ahead! . . . This pandemic, I’ve been revisiting a lot of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I know I’m not alone in this pursuit: I guess we’re all holding on to remnants of our…

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