Perspectives

Perspectives
The Tide is Turning: In the Philippines, Here’s How a Political Campaign Ignited the Spirit of Volunteerism and Change
Andrea Ysabel Andres | May 6, 2022

More than the usual campaign of promises and vows, this election season has shown a different side of unity within Filipinos. We have seen how, from her announcement to the remaining days of the campaign period, Vice President and now-presidential aspirant Leni Robredo triumphed in igniting the spirit of bayanihan at pagkakaisa, unveiling a new face of hope for a better normal.

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Dear Future Leaders, Take it from these Youth Champions Who are Walking the Talk to Show the Power of the 52 for a Better Normal
Matthew Cruz | May 4, 2022

Counting down the days until we elect the nation’s leaders who will take an oath and see us through in the next six years, the youth is taking matters into their own hands, airing their thoughts and making a case for a future where people and planet come first.

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Your National Elections Cheat Sheet: Who Deserves Your Vote Based on the Pledges and Plans of Some of This Year’s Presidential Aspirants
Andrea Ysabel Andres & Roni Mae Serrano | February 7, 2022

The official national campaign has started and aspiring candidates are quick in their shoes to get into every city and province to persuade the people why they are deserving to be elected. From implementation of policies and programs to personal stand on political and social matters, get to know the presidential aspirants that may be the next to sit in the Malacanan Palace.

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Without Fear or Favor: What We Learned from the Iconic ‘The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews’ on Journalism We Need and Deserve
Roni Mae Serrano | February 3, 2022

With the 2022 national elections coming soon, millions of viewers have since witnessed the first election-related program courtesy of GMA Network’s ‘The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews’. With more presidential debates and public forums coming our way, here’s everything that we learned from the award-winning journalist’s stake in uncovering strengths and weaknesses of the four presidential aspirants running for public office and the bar it set for those that attempt to tail its success.

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Beauty Ad Under Fire for ‘Insensitive and Upsetting’ Portrayal of the #PandemicEffect and Grilling Women’s Insecurities While They’re at it
Leo Balante & Pauline Nacar | August 11, 2021

The Internet demands brands and advertising agencies to do better when promoting beauty, and to go beyond the age-old message of making people feel bad about their physical appearances. The latest to receive this awakening is Belo Medical Group, which has recently launched a campaign all about the pandemic’s impact on our self-care routines.

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The Same Beauty Standards Filipinos Use to Attack Miss Canada are the Same Harmful Ideologies Used Against Us—and It’s Shameful
Pauline Nacar | May 7, 2021

Are we even surprised to see our countrymen getting called out for their “colorism”, when there’s so much bias towards lighter skin colors in our own country? Miss Canada bringing attention towards all the harmful comments against her dark skin from Filipinos is incredibly embarrassing, but perhaps well deserved.

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FYI: When People Take ‘Ayuda’ Matters into their Own Hands, That’s the Spirit of Community, Not Propaganda
Pauline Nacar | April 20, 2021

On April 14, a cart full of food and necessities went viral online for its initiative to support Filipinos forgotten about during this pandemic. Less than a week later, other inspired community pantries sprout across the Philippines, causing a flooding of heartwarming stories on solidarity, humanity, and the classic spirit of ‘bayanihan’.

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The Politics of Being ‘Apolitical’ and Why, This, In Itself, is a Political Statement
Pauline Nacar | April 3, 2021

We can’t deny that there’s a huge temptation these days to tune out the world and focus on positive thoughts instead, given the negative impact recent news can bring to our mental health. Despite this, though, here’s why we must resist and stay vocal if we have any hope of rebuilding our country—even if that means constantly wallowing in the despair of politics.

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Caution Fatigue or Did We Stop Caring? One Year Since Lockdown and We’re Back Right Where We Started
Pauline Nacar | March 17, 2021

Did someone accidentally press the “replay” button on New Year’s Eve, so now we’re reliving the worst of our nightmares from exactly a year ago?

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A Tale of Police Brutality, Military Takeover, and a People United To Take Back Democracy
Pauline Nacar | February 11, 2021

What’s currently happening in Myanmar is the culmination of years of oppression from the previously-established military rule. With the same forces snatching away their few years of enjoyed freedom, the people are fighting back to say “no more”. This is the most recent addition to world history’s pro-democracy battles, and it most definitely won’t be the last.

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