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The city girl’s version of roughing it

Hidden in the heart of San Narciso Cove, Zambales was a special campsite where more than 30 large Coleman tents stood, adorned with enchanting fairy lights beneath tall fir trees. For three days, a hundred happy campers at the Crystal Beach Resort enjoyed the luxurious accommodations and activities of “glamour camping” or glamping for short. A unique lifestyle concept, glamping offered the fun, outdoor, being-one-with-nature experience without the hassle or troubles usually associated with “roughing it in the wilderness.” Upon arrival, glampers were given the VIP treatment. They were escorted to large lockable tents each big enough for two or three people, which they would call home for the next three days. Accommodations came with an inflatable mattress, a foldable chair, a night lamp, a complimentary set of toiletries, and an electric fan to help …

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It’s all about the Cat-titude

By Isabelle Laureta It’s a no brainer: humans train their pets. That’s just how the system goes between domesticated animals and human beings. For as long as I could remember, (and sometimes, much to my mom’s dismay) we’ve always had pets in our family—from the most basic ones like dogs and rabbits, to a rooster (which, I’m sorry to say, ended up on our dining table) down to the exotic ones like a salamander—and this always has been the case. We train them. Except maybe for the salamander, which I think my brother lost somewhere in our old house. But it wasn’t until I’ve met my cat that things changed for me. Like always, we train her so that it would be bearable to live with her in our house. But little by little, …

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Making Memories

Nothing beats the feeling of opening a photo album or a scrapbook, with your personal notes and stickers, and remembering the feeling when those photos were captured, not even the likes you get in Facebook and Instagram. You feel a flutter in your stomach holding a printed photograph that you know will last you forever, to infinity and beyond. The digital age and social media have vastly changed the way Millennials preserve and keep their memories. Instead of photo albums, today’s tech savvy generation simply upload photos in their blogs and social network accounts. Once uploaded or stored in their computer’s memory drive, however, these photos are left forgotten after some time. While convenient, this has inevitably created nostalgia for tangible keepsake of one’s most memorable moments. But a person who wants …

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What kind of voter are you?

By Inka Magnaye Choosing new leaders is always a huge issue, and everyone knows it can get pretty intense. Scandals start popping up left and right, pop hits are (poorly) tweaked and turned into campaign material, and nasty back-and-forths between candidates are broadcast throughout the nation. But much like the candidates, you can also see how different the voters are from each other. From people choosing based on religious beliefs to people voting like they just closed their eyes and shaded whatever their pencils landed on, there are many kinds to choose from. With the big day fast approaching, let’s take a look at the different kinds of voters and the lines that clearly define them. THE DEVOTED They know all the angles, have read all the abstracts, and never fail to mention that they’ve followed their candidate from their political …

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Make a Statement in Summer-Cool Accessories

By Camille Santiago Images by Dairy Darilag Earrings, L’Indochine, P599.75 Here’s a subtle way to add a pop of color to your basics. Necklace, L’Indochine, P299.75 Bye-bye, chain necklaces! Hello, rope necklace!   Bracelets, L’Indochine, R799/set of 2 Now is the best time to rock an arm full of pretty beaded bracelets. Watch, Penshoppe, P499 This denim watch is perfect for summer adventures - and it’s really cheap, too!   Espadrilles, Soludos, P3,390 The camo print caught our attention   Wayfarers, Sunnies Studio, P399 You’ll need thesefashionable sunnies to get through the warm-weather months. Tote bag, L’Indochine, P999.75 An everyday tote that can double as your beach bag? Yes, please.   Beach tote, Sacola, P899 Carry your SPF, sunnies, and whatnots inside this gorgeous raffia tote.   Cap, Penshoppe, P269 Keep your mane protected (in style) in this hip tucker cap.   Duffel bag, The Lost Nomad, P2,600 Whether you’re touring the city or crashing a pool …

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See you never

By ISABELLE LAURETA In front of our house, we have a very small garden of vegetables. My dad is a BS Agriculture graduate, you see, and my mom grew up in a family of farmers, so growing produce is a very natural thing to them. Back when I still wasn’t a slave to the Internet (i.e. when I still went out of the house just because), I used to visit that garden during afternoons and accompany my parents while they were watering tiny sprouts of eggplant, string beans, sweet potato, and our small Samp000000aloc tree. It was on one of these days that I saw my mom mindlessly cutting out the leaves of the Sampaloc tree. I asked why. “So it could grow younger buds and we could make use of them,” …

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Marketing with a heart

By ROXANNE RASCO Students from different universities in the field of Business Administration, Marketing, Communication, and Advertising battled it out in the first “Shark Tank: An Interschool Social Marketing Plan Competition” last Feb. 16 at San Beda College-Manila. Spearheaded by the San Beda Junior Marketing Association (SBJMA) in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines (WWF-Philippines), the students tested their creativity and skills in thinking new strategies to drive donations and spread global awareness in certain social issues during the competition. According to Jerico Bueno, project head of Shark Tank and SBJMA executive vice president, they chose WWF because of their environmental advocacies. “WWF can give an opportunity for the students to know more about of environmental conservation knowing that global warming is now at its peak,” he says. The …

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What’s Your Summer Look

Style Up highlights SM Makati as this summer’s most exciting fashion destination by bringing together the season’s hottest looks and the metro’s style influencers in one grand fashion presentation. The big idea is “UP.” And whether you’re updating your look, trying out a new trend, or taking that runway ready route, SM Makati will help you Style Up with its fun and fab selection of clothes, shoes, and accessories. It’s all about fashion’s transformative power to make you look good and feel great on the beach and beyond. The Style Up fashion show featured Daywear and Dressy Casuals from the SM Woman, SM GTW, SM Men, and SM Kids collections. The collections were complemented by footwear by SM Shoes and accents by SM Accessories. A special portion showcased Manila’s influencers dressed in their …

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Tiny Problems

I was born really small. My mom used to tell me that when I was still a baby, she could hold me in one hand and do household chores using the other. I have a dent on the lower left of my skull still visible today to prove that. From then on, I never really grew a lot in terms of height. In school, I was always in front of the line during flag ceremony because we were always made to go by height. And even though I wasn’t really good at dancing, I was always made to join cheer dance competitions because I was one of those who are small enough to go on top of the pyramid, or be thrown in the air with little to no effort. This …

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There’s somewhere you could go to help you become a leader

Calling all Filipino youth. Today more than ever, we need to take seriously what our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, said about us being the hope of our nation. We need a new breed of leaders who will, once and for all, fulfill our nation’s hopes. Among the laudable efforts to train young Filipinos to answer this call is ARCYLC: ARC Refreshment Corporation’s Youth Leadership Camp. ARC is the licensed bottler of RC Cola International (RCCI) in the Philippines. Since 2011, it has been helping student leaders improve and mature through ARCYLC, a non-profit camp. This year, 40 motivated and lucky students were chosen from various state universities and government-funded colleges throughout the country, including Far Eastern University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Jose Rizal University, and Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila. To …

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