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In 1986, the last time the University of the Philippines' men's basketball team took the championships, the country was just emerging from a dark period of its history. Then, as now, we all find hope in the team's joy.
Utak at puso. This is the University of the Philippines’ current battle cry, and it came from the Pep Squad’s 2015 routine. Utak at puso sometimes seem to be the only things going on for the state university, whose sports funds are measly, compared ...
 
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The Netflix series 'Narcos: Mexico' is the story of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, an American DEA agent who was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the Cali drug cartel in Mexico. Is there anything we can learn for our own drug war?
It was the 7th of February, 1985. A man walked down the street just outside the DEA office in Guadalajara, Mexico, to have lunch with his wife. He is surrounded, gagged, and shoved into a beige Volkswagen. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar would ...
 
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The Litas, an international collective for women on two wheels, aims to ride over every stereotype there is.
There isn't anything so manly as big bike. Everything from the leathers and studs to the full-throated thrumming of the engine between one's legs—even the term crotch rocket—evokes sex and sexuality. And, yes, sometimes a bit of sexism.When it comes to motorcycle culture, the ...
 
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The subject of an upcoming movie, the crime syndicate has roots as a government-backed anti-communist vigilante group.
If Colombia had the Cali Cartel, the Philippines had the Kuratong Baleleng Gang. The turbulent, crime-ridden ‘90s, marked by massacres and other gruesome crimes, did not spare Mindanao. Robberies and illegal drug trafficking were said to be monopolized by one group, the ...
 
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Revisit Patricia Evangelista's "The Darkness of Fear" from Esquire's May 2012 issue.
On December 20, 2011, five years after University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño were abducted from Hagonoy, Bulacan, the Bulacan courts released a warrant for the arrest of retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. The former party list ...
 
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As long as you know the right hashtags, child pornography is just a few clicks or taps away on Twitter. Here, evil does not even bother to hide. It’s not just a dark corner of the web anymore—the Philippines’ child sexual exploitation crisis is right at your doorstep.
Social media brings the world to your doorstep. This is an age of easy access to everything, and unfortunately, this also means that society’s monsters are in closer proximity to normal life than ever.Weeks ago, a Filipino Redditor posted about an extremely alarming ...
 
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In this excerpt from 'Exeunt,' the late Carmen Guerrero Nakpil writes about her memories of that fateful day in 1983.
We had ordered shark’s fin soup and it was just being ladled into our bowls, when a phone rang in the distance. An aide scurried and brought the phone to Mrs. Marcos. She rose to take the call privately, and we continued ...
 
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Khavn De La Cruz’s film is based on the real life history of Samar at the turn of the century.
Award-winning indie filmmaker Khavn De La Cruz is no stranger to counter-culture and controversy. Some of his previous films, including Mondomanila and Squatterpunk, show a side of the Philippines  and Filipino culture that mainstream cinema rarely shows. His latest film, Balangiga: Howling ...
 
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Certified audiophile Tonyboy de Leon of 78-45-33 knows that old-school vinyl may trump all your newfangled formats.
In the vinyl record bar 78-45-33 in Salcedo Village, you can do a lot of things. You can, for example, enjoy good conversation while getting a cocktail from the bar. You can also admire the collection of vinyl records displayed on the top ...
 
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Veteran journalist Cheche Lazaro talks about why press freedom is essential for a healthy democracy.
If there's anything the past year should've taught us, it's that we shouldn't take freedom for granted.Press freedom, in particular, has taken a number of hits: the SEC revoked Rappler’s license in January (a decision that was overturned by the Court of Appeals), while ...
 
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Presenting our Esquire Man of the month: Paulo Avelino, star of 'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral'.
Three years after Heneral Luna took Filipino cinema by storm and swept audiences off their feet with its spectacular set-piece action, director Jerrold Tarog is just about ready to release its follow-up. Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral hits theaters on September 5, and is the second film in a ...
 
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Also presenting the KD 11 'Still KD' edition.
That's not even counting the Olympic gold. You’d expect a little more arrogance and a little more swagger, but despite the fact that he’s on a world tour, Durant doesn’t call much attention to himself.A KD Hyper Court Team All-Star Challenge was ...
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