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Before and after success

Instagram, the hugely popular photo sharing app, is not exactly the medium one thinks of when wanting to write a story. It does, after all, focuses on photos and is purely visual. But writer Anna Todd started writing on the app. “I was just writing  ‘imagine.' It was these things called ‘imagines’ that are like mini/fan fictions on Instagram,” explains the 27-year-old author. Of course, what she wrote were mini-fan fictions of her favorite boy band, One Direction, more specifically, Harry Styles. But it was after learning about Wattpad, a storytelling social site, that she really put her fingers to work, writing full fan fictions about her favorite celebrity, racking up millions of words, writing stories. She was discovered by a publishing house through Wattpad, and they offered her a publishing deal. And in 2013, she published her first book, After, the …

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The power of ‘NO’

By Isabelle Laureta A lot of words and phrases can be powerful. There’s “I love you,” “goodbye,” “forever,” “trust,” or pretty much any curse word that’s ever invented. But there’s one powerful word that’s probably the most underrated, and it’s only composed of two letters: “no.” Underrated, because people don’t always utilize it, likely because “no” has a negative connotation attached to it. What we don’t realize, though, is that saying “no” on certain situations doesn’t automatically make you a horrible person at all if it means you’re taking better care of yourself, your wallet, and the ones you love. I get that it can be hard to determine which things you should say no to, especially because we’re all young and clueless and because #YOLO, right? But let’s start with …

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10 ways you can wear Pantone’s Fall 2016 color trends

By Camille Santiago • Photo courtesy of brands

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Silliman University to host 3 international science conferences

DUMAGUETE CITY -- Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental will play host to three international events this week that will gather several academicians and experts in the field of science. On October 20 to 22, the 18th Samahang Pisika ng Visayas at Mindanao (SPVM) National Physics Conference will be held at the University's Luce Auditorium and Guy Hall, along with its two breakout conferences: the 2016 International Conference on Material Science and Nanotechnology, and 4th International Meeting for Complex Systems, a media release said Wednesday. Tertiary and secondary physics academics and researchers, as well as physics students from across the country are expected to attend this three-day activity. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, as well as poster paper presentations on relevant research findings in the fields of materials science, …

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Scary stories

By Isabelle Laureta Halloween is right around the corner and you know what comes with it? Well, heavy traffic, yes, but also, ghost stories! Like riding the MRT at 7 p.m. on a Friday night, ghost stories are the bane of my existence. I always regret hearing them—whether from my cousins and uncles back in the province about a levitating coffin, or from Noli de Castro’s Magandang Gabi Bayan Halloween specials back in the day. I’m still irrationally terrified of ghosts. I still run a little bit faster when I’m left alone downstairs and had to turn off the lights before going up to my room. But as I grow older, I constantly discover that there are things scarier than a white lady visiting me at 3 a.m. Let me share with …

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The story of your life

By Joachim Valdes A study by The American Psychological Association states that Millennials are the most stressed out generation ever. One of our unofficial nicknames is in fact, “Generation Stress.” PRESSURE PRESSURE In an era of people in the workforce plagued by debt, unfavorable job market, low salaries, increasing pressure to succeed at a younger age, and the onslaught of social media humble-bragging, such a statistic seems a little understated. Ask any adult in their early 20s if they’re anywhere near the point they had envisioned they’d be, and maybe, eight times out of 10, they’ll say no. And that’s what makes Tick, Tick… Boom!, presented by 9 Works Theatrical, as relevant as it is today. Tick, Tick… Boom! is the seminal autobiographical work of the legendary Jonathan Larson, known for his success on the musical Rent. It was initially written as a rock monologue—a form of theater that was relatively …

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Leni to the youth: ‘Use social media to build a nation’

Vice President Leni Robredo has encouraged the youth to put social media sites to better use by building a nation as she addressed the recent Communication Research International Conference held in U.P Diliman, Quezon City. “With the right information, there is much that you can do beyond ranting. You know this. Instead of criticizing government merely for the sake of criticizing, use data, numbers, and figures to engage and understand,” she said in her speech. Instead of complaining on social media, she urged young people to “use your research capabilities to understand the flaws in the current system and propose new ways to solve social ills.” The Vice President explained that social media platforms-- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram-- could be used by the youth to build a nation if they will “use it to …

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A bag of learning

Inside a typical student’s bag are notebooks, pencils, books, and papers, which they would carry on their backs to school using a car, a bus, a jeepney, or a tricycle—but in some places that most of us may not even be aware of, a student’s bag consists of just pencil and paper, and a change of shoes and clothes, because they have to ride a boat, traverse a river, and walk to get to school. “There is a place in Sarangani that you can only reach by boat for five hours, then traverse a long river for another five hours and walk for five hours again to reach the community where a small school is located. You give them one book there and they are already happy,” says Margarita Ballesteros, DepEd External Partnerships Service director. In school, there are …

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Tough cookie

It was a Saturday. I woke up to the incessant meows of a kitten coming from outside. As I was walking down the staircase, the meows became louder. My mom caught my eye then, with that iconic smile plastered on her face. “There’s a kitten in the garage!” she beamed. She found it alone at the market, and took it home out of pity. It was so small, about the size of my fist. It was shaking, too thin and weak to walk straight. For hours and hours she didn’t stop meowing that it made me wonder how something so small could tirelessly scream so loud. “Okay,” I thought. “I’m going to take care of you.” But somehow, I felt my heart wasn’t really that into it. Maybe because I didn’t trust myself enough to take care of it; to know that it wouldn’t …

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The millennial conundrum

By Angelu Rea Zafe Much has been said about the generation of today’s twenty-somethings. Born between 1980 to 2000, Millennials occupy a diverse place in the spectrum of society between being college students to young executives in the work force. They’ve been called a lot of names: selfish, privileged, narcissist, lazy, obsessed with being politically-correct—the list goes on. But are those labels really true, or is the older generation being too harsh? In a seminar called “Understanding Millennials: The Hashtag Generation,” noted film director Jose Javier Reyes, who is also a senior professional lecturer, helped educators of the country understand the Millennial generation in order to be able to teach them effectively and efficiently. Here are five things we learned about this generation of digital natives: They are competitive “Millennials today are pressured by …

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