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By Paolo Jeffrey Gan
Change, the universe dictates, is inevitable. My life is a testament to it. That I have had my ups and downs is definitely an understatement.
By Joshua J. Suico
Cancer. It is a sickness generally considered as afflicting only old or middle-aged people. Of course, this is not true; a lot of cancer patients are children, adolescents, and young adults. As for myself, I knew that cancer can strike anyone at any age, but I never gave a thought to it ever happening to me. That’s why when it came in the middle of my march toward the future, my initial response was of utmost disbelief.
By Denise Bernadette Ramos
Greed. Anger. Destruction. Fear. Death. The constant cycle. Will you accept that one day, when you wake up, all you can feel is fear and danger and you have nowhere to run? Are you ready to run as fast as you can and hide, but knowing that nowhere is safe? Are you prepared to live a life of darkness?
By Blessilde Limoso
Punk. Goth. Hippie. It appears as if every decade in the 20th century was characterized by a defining trait of some sort. The 1920s had the flappers, the 1960s had the mods, and the 1980s paved the way for electropop and psychedelia, which faded into the background when the 1990s arrived and grunge declared its advent. The list simply goes on. By the arrival of the year 2000, however, the world experienced a temporary setback to the point where it appeared as if things could simply coexist independently of one another.
By Katrina Gaw
Recently, a professor of mine asked our 70-student class a simple question: “Who here voted in the latest senatorial elections?”
By Kathy Mateo
Some people—my mother, for instance—would regard government work as the safe road. Well, maybe it is, if you have kids to feed and bloated tuition and a mortgage fee to pay. But for a typical twentysomething whose only major yearning is a travel escapade each year, government service is anything but safe.
By Julie Ann E. Gomez
Once in my life, I dreamed of becoming a politician. My immersion in a community during my senior year in college sparked an interest in me to enter politics. I would have run as Sangguniang Kabataan chair had this interest come a little earlier and had my age rolled a few years backward, but I didn’t lose hope. I said to myself that I could still become a barangay (village) councilor.
As a 16-YEAR-OLD high school senior, I am aghast at some of our politicians who have been “stealing” money from the state coffers and, therefore, the Filipino people who pay their taxes.
By Roxanne Vida Magalong
I’ve seen the movie “(500) Days of Summer” a couple of times more than an average person has. Strange, but it still hits home every single time, clearly because I can relate to Tom Hansen in more ways than one. Other than being a hopeless romantic and a self-destructive psycho, he was also a “could be a great (insert an occupation here) if he wanted to” twentysomething who got stuck in the same limbo.
By Jewel Jade V. Fernando
I sat in the middle of the road, watching the motorcycle being engulfed by darkness. The sleepless nights I’ve spent and the meals I’ve missed were rewinding in my mind. I could feel droplets of rain on my body and blood flowing from my wounds.
By Aaron Ponce
There are, on the stretch of Edsa, huge billboards featuring the daughter of deceased political giants endorsing a canned-food product. Shown with her in the photo are her two sons, one with development difficulties.
By John Q. Miro
True, some public school teachers are bad. Some are disinterested (they let you cheat, sleep, or cut classes). Some are incompetent (they don’t bother to remember the previous lesson and don’t know the meaning of “lesson plan”). Some are entrepreneurs (they spend most of their time selling food, clothes, toys, toiletries). And some are just robotic (they teach because they get paid for it and can’t be bothered outside class hours and course scope).