by Kaira Balcos
The past four years have brought record-breaking achievements for the University of the Philippines (UP) Men’s Basketball Team (MBT), the Fighting Maroons. After decades of missing the action, the Maroons have been playing strong against the other teams in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) under the direction of Head Coach Bo Perasol.
Season 82 was no exception to the continued success of the team. The team scored nine wins in the elimination rounds, the most number of wins garnered by UP in the past few years. …
by Dolores Austria*
*The author has opted to use a pseudonym.
Content warning: This article has mentions of identity issues and sexual offenses.
“Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts,” said the revolutionary and former South African president Nelson Mandela. However, is it possible that free men become prisoners of the contracts they enter into?
On November 3, the Commission of Audit (COA) sought legal actions against 41 graduates of the PSHS Western Visayas Campus for violating the school’s Scholarship Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the “contract”) mandating that they enroll in approved science and technology courses in college. The COA, through the PSHS system, demanded a total of 5.8 …
by Kaleena So
Halloween, celebrated annually on October 31, is one of the oldest holidays in history. A day that was once meant for religious rituals is now a widely celebrated holiday with numerous references in today’s Pop culture. The holiday has been evolving throughout the years with growing traditions such as trick-or-treating, costume parties, pranks, and games. These traditions also play a part in movies and television shows in the present.
Holidays like Halloween and Christmas are a big inspiration to Pop culture today. People have fallen in love with Halloween through the warm and nostalgic feeling it brings. …
by Cathleen Baroy
Our health workers are undeniably at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis, both the first line of defense and our vanguard against the invisible enemy. But, months of the pandemic have made health workers face an entirely new dilemma.
“Medice, cura te ipsum”, or in English, “physician, heal thyself”, is a common platitude in the healthcare community. Its origins are Biblical, but religious belief is not needed to understand and relate to the saying: to save others, one must save themselves first. The phrase has been used in succeeding literature, most notable in Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound”. …
by Benji Jacob and Lauren Fernandez
Our calls for an academic break were answered — but many students still question if the week given to us can be considered one.
Productivity has always been one of the most important driving forces of success. However, the prevailing notion of toxic productivity has done more harm than good to both students and teachers, especially within the Pisay community. In fact, this issue has been prevalent enough that it became a trend in social media.
Last October 18, 2020, a Twitter user began a cry from Pisay students across the PSHS System (PSHSS) with #PisayGiveUsABreak. The hashtag started trending on Twitter within just twelve hours. As of October 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM, the hashtag has been tweeted over 14,000 times. This revealed numerous issues about the students’ lives inside and outside the virtual classroom. …
by Vyan Abella and Indie Beldia
Productivity—it’s one of the main driving forces of success. And us Pisay students? We’re no exception to this.
In economics, productivity is a measure of output per unit of input, such as labor. It is the ratio between how much work we’ve done and how much we “earn” after accomplishing them. This is the exact principle society revolves around. By extension, it’s also one we also apply to our personal lives.
We students measure our productivity by studying and finishing our requirements in exchange for some time for rest and leisure, and hopefully a high grade. Ideally, we should be able to strike a balance between our school and personal lives, but we often fail to achieve this and overstep that ideal 1:1 ratio. …
October 5, 2020 — Despite the online setup, the members of the Pisay community continued to do their part in celebrating World Teachers’ Day by organizing an online program and giving gifts to the teachers.
The virtual event happened on October 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Zoom. It was organized by the Main Campus’ Transitional Council (TC) in coordination with the Specialization Years Program Batch Councils (SYP BC). The celebration was based on the traditional program held on school grounds, which had activities and a pahanda for the teachers to enjoy.
The program was hosted by Rafa Escareal and Cai Ibarra of the 2022 and 2021 BCs, respectively. After the opening remarks and prayer, the activities kicked off. …
by La Liga Manoban*
*The author as well as the featured artist have opted to use pseudonyms.
The past seven months of quarantine has forced Philippine society to take a more active part into sociopolitical issues. What used to be Congress hearings about the operation of ABS-CBN or presidential speeches on the role of science during the COVID-19 pandemic now became issues that every household and classroom needed to discuss. This is rightly so, as issues of national importance ought to be addressed both at the household and the national levels.
As these issues started to gain relevance, so did advocacies. Numerous organizations have formed or gained popularity during the quarantine, backing different advocacies. As some older organizations further expanded their reach, such as Anakbayan and WiTech, others have formed during this period—interestingly, on different sides of the political spectrum. …
by Lucas Khan
Trigger warning: This article has mentions of self-harm, depression, and body image issues.
Social media is dominated by people with perfect bodies and pretty faces. Their online personas are blissful and carefree; their lives pleasant, idyllic and seemingly untouched by sadness, fear or pain. However, this is all by design; it is an act designed to feed its followers on white lies and half-truths in an attempt to look as happy and attractive as possible.
It is a thinly veiled fantasy whose obsession with beauty and perfection promotes a materialistically superficial view of the world. This false reality is partly held up by social media algorithms, which fills news feeds with impossibly attractive people doing attractive things while making sure content by “less attractive” people does not enjoy the same level of virality. However, the main driving force behind social media’s false sense of perfection is the fact that users’ social media profiles do not reflect how they really are. …
by Kaira Balcos
Love. What is love? To most, the definition of love is subjective. There are so many words and definitions that can be used to describe this concept. There are also many different kinds of love. From platonic to self-love and the kind that we most commonly associate with the word: romantic. No matter what definition you choose, there is no denying that love is one of the many forces that have the power to take control over a part of our lives. As we all know, things change over time, and love is not an exception. …