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War on shrugs

By Isabelle Laureta Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “shrug” as “to raise and lower your shoulders usually to show that you do not know or care about something.” I’d like to focus on the latter part of this definition. More often than not, the easiest way to cope with a situation, especially bad ones, is to not care at all (or at least tell ourselves not to care, even if, in truth, we so do). “Oh, my ex has a new girlfriend now who’s prettier than me? I couldn’t care less!” “Wait, what? A lot of people disagree with my political views? LOL, sorry, but I just ran out of craps to give.” You know, a lot of times, not caring or shrugging things off is an effective coping mechanism. Indeed, caring too much can be bad …

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‘Living our dream takes courage’

By Mary Angela Barlongay Portrait by Noel Pabalate Just like any other student, Eiselle Alysandra Reyes was very shy and refused to speak in front of many people. But because of the many competitions she took part in, she learned to break out of her shell. “I felt like I really developed not just as a student but also as a person when I started joining competitions in high school. I learned not to be shy and to step outside my comfort zone,” explains Reyes. “I started with school-based contests/activities from storytelling, then declamation, and then oratorical/public speaking contests.” She participated in different competitions in the entire division of Mandaluyong, became a champion in public speaking, and was a finalist at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Oratorical 2012. But her biggest break was winning second place at the 2nd Student English Speech Competition in Daegu, South Korea, which was themed “Live Your Dreams.” The  graduating student from Centro Escolar …

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And he serves

Being the eldest son of entrepreneur and Philippine sports patron Jean Henri Lhuillier and former Olympic gymnast Bea Lucero-Lhuillier, Stephan grew up immersed in sports. The 16-year-old has been a part of tennis tournaments, competing against some of the Philippines’ best young tennis players and earning his rank as one of the most sought-after players on the court. “It was my dad who inspired me to play tennis. He’s a great sportsman and I’ve personally witnessed how passionate he is about tennis and how much he wants to help uplift the state of tennis in the country,” he said. When he started playing tennis at a young age, Stephan Lhuillier never imagined that his interest in sports would turn into something bigger. He has always enjoyed tennis as a competitive sport and has even joined …

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Millennial (MIS) adventures

By Isabelle Laureta It has been two months since one of my closest friends from college sent me a random message on Facebook, asking if I was game to go to Thailand. I said yes almost instantly and booked the flight that same night. It's been almost a month since that plan (one of the most spontaneous I've made, TBH) materialized. To others, it may seem like a typical four-day vacation with friends, but it is quite special to me. Probably because it's my first out-of-the-country trip with friends and not my family, and we survived, but I'm sure it's more than that. I've got a lot of experiences being independent in this life, 50 percent of those involving tears and wishing I were back in my mother's womb where I spent my last days of being at …

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16 room essentials for every college student

By Camille Santiago • Photos by Mikedee Indoors door organizer, P550, Quirks Now that this organizer is mounted on your door, you won’t have to forget about your keys, change, and other small items. Magazine holder, P999, Typo Inject a touch of industrial feel to your study table with this stylish magazine holder. Magnets, P199/each, Typo Get snazzy, use some punny magnets to decorate your filing cabinet. Alarm clock, P799, Typo A polished rose gold desk alarm clock gives a classy touch to your room. Tray, P1,499.75, L’Indochine Store anything and everything in this versatile wooden tray. Chalkboard, P399, Typo Use it write down reminders, inspirational quotes, or your to-do list. Jewelry Box, P345, Papemelroti Get organized starting with the littlest things! Hide your jewelry in the cutest possible way. Canisters, P1,199.75, L’Indochine From pens, to makeup brushes, lip liners, and even candies—these bamboo canistersare ideal …

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Nerdgasmic!!!!

By Pola Beronilla Images by Ken Salcedo Last Aug. 26 to 28, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) returned for another round of pop culture explosion at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Twice the fun and delight, attendees were served with three days of pure geeky goodness brought in by comics, toys, music, and a whole lot more. While the event required a lot of walking, falling in line, and precise scheduling, it was worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. We might have lost our voices (and emptied our bank accounts), but here's what those who didn't attend missed out on: Toys, toys, and more toys! You're never too old to play with toys, and APCC is the absolute outlet for this fixation. The event organizers surely maximized the great space they were given, scattering various life-sized statues of …

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14 Hats, Scarves, and Umbrellas that will keep you covered this rainy season

By Camille Santiago • Photos by MIKEDEE, additional photos from Lazada

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Bound brain bits

By Isabelle Laureta Here’s a short list of my favorite things: cats, soggy fries, and books. The first two, I’ve only learned to love recently. But books and I, we go a long way. I remember borrowing books from the school library every Friday when I was in elementary so I can read them over the weekend. One time, I brought one of those books to the hospital with me when I went with my parents for my mom’s check up. It was nothing serious, but a hospital isn’t exactly an ideal place for a 10-year-old to spend her Saturdays in, so it got me through. To me, books are magic. One of my friends told me that maybe the reason I read books a lot is because I wanted to be a writer. …

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22 Filipino students, youth to experience Japan under exchange program

MANILA -- The Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) announced on Monday that 22 Filipino college/graduate students and working youth will visit Japan from August 29 to September 5, as part of the JENESYS2016 program. Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) is an exchange program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, government of Japan that aims to promote understanding of Japan among youths oversees. JICE is in charge of conducting JENESYS in cooperation with different local governments, schools and international exchange organizations. JENESYS2016 will focus on showcasing the economic and technological features of Japan. JICE encourages the JENESYS2016 participants to share and disseminate what they will learn in the country to promote business relationships between Japan and the Philipines. The 22 Filipinos is part of a group of 200 young people from …

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