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Scrap PDAF | I will join the march to Luneta tomorrow, Aug 26

I will join the rally tomorrow, August 26, at Luneta Park. The meet-up for the UP faculty, student, and communities will be at Quezon Hall, 7 a.m. I will be … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

SONA 2013: Stories, lessons, and questions

Today, I was in my very first official mobilization. I don’t know exactly why it took me this long to actually join. But now, I finally did. I do not … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

OPM is not dead, but it might as well be

Address the problem. Make OPM accessible. Let us hear it. Maybe then we can debate OPM’s life and death, quality or lack thereof. Unless we hear the music, it might as well not exist. After that, we can tackle once again, what is Filipino music anyway? What is OPM?

August 30, 2012 · 4 Comments

My Braid Stories

For about a year, I thought I would be writing my graduate thesis on video games. I’ve written several seminal papers on it, including the an art historical view of … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Please wake up Lirio

May your weapons be a key to your awakening.  May each strum of your deconstructed guitars echo through your consciousness. May your defamiliarized instruments call unto powers beyond our own. … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 9 Comments

Remembering Rizal and a Poetry Performance

In their late 20’s, Rizal wrote Noli Me Tangere, Luna painted the Spoilarium and Bonifacio started the armed revolution. Those of us in our late 20’s today, what are we … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Christmas Fantasy Production

Is Christmas real? Christmas celebrations are mostly real. At least, as far as I’ve experienced it with my family. Christmas Eve was the first time I thought of this article, … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

Sendong Tragedies, Power of Images and Aestheticizing Suffering

A picture paints a thousand words. We heard that phrase numerous times in our lifetime. True to a certain extent. Yet, a thousand words may still remain silent on certain … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 2 Comments

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#gamerchef making friends with more temple cats. One of them thinks he is a great, comfy bed. So cute. #cats #catsofinstagram #catsofyangon #temple #travel #yangon #myanmar Will really miss Myanmar... #buddha #travel #yangon #myanmar I wanted something local nearby to eat for our last lunch here. They came up with this one, they say its Kachin food. Hope it is good. Lol. #lunch #food #travel #yangon #myanmar Waiting for the right light. It feels like half of Yangon is here. #travel #pagoda #yangon #myanmar What do locals do on a Sunday? #park #travel #yangon #myanmar Back in Yangon. They let us check-in early for free as returning guests. Yay! But no breakfast, so we ventured out in the market a block away. Found youtiao that people buy as soon as its cooked. Also some fresh strawberries. We just asked for tea at the hostel. So good. Yangon, so far, was kindest and easiest for us. #breakfast #travel #yangon #myanmar