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Indifference, Aylan, and Ateneans

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Human indifference. The latter word is defined by Merriam-Webster as a ‘lack of interest in or concern about something: an indifferent attitude or feeling’. When the body of the three-year old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi was found ashore on a Turkish beach last week, Europe’s migrant crisis drew international outrage. …

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What’s best for her

Teenagers want to be significant in society. We choose our career path and opt to be excellent in it. We become aware of what is happening around us. We take our stand in certain issues in the society and become responsible for what we stand for. We make it a …

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Ayoko Magmahal: the value of education

A month ago, college students from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) created this slogan sounding like bitter, broken in-love tagline in the social media. This caught the attention of many students thinking it was a trending love hashtag, but it turned out to be a protest: Ayokong Magmahal.. ang …

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Growing up and seeing the world

Imagine looking at planet Earth from afar. It appears like a serene blue ball floating beautifully on an abyss of darkness adorn with stars. The world looks peaceful and delicate; albeit its innocence, planet Earth harbors chaos and destruction within. If you’re standing on the dusty dunes of the moon, …

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New age name-calling

“Kaulaw niya uy. Very un-Atenean.” Recent ADDU culture, at least on how I see it, has far detached itself from the philosophy of its priests. Some students throw around words such as “magis” or “social justice” like buzzwords, eliciting a cheap chuckle or a free ticket out of an NSTP …

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Ending the Cycle

You’ll definitely see it coming. Their catchphrases dominating radio airtime, until you find yourself unconsciously singing their jingles as you shower. Their sound bites and faces slipping in the middle of your favorite television shows, until remembering said faces, and the promises attached to them, become second nature. Occasional sprinkles …

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Youth’s “I Don’t Care”

“I don’t care.” “Oh, there’s nothing I can do about that.” “I’m too busy to get myself involved out there.” “What will I get from this?” “I simply just do not care.” These are familiar lines we undeniably spit out on a daily basis, silently or out loud and consciously …

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To a Better Year

2014 had been an avalanche of both surprising and dreary events for the country—consecutive calamities, heated discussions on corruption issues, international agreements, and sports victories, to name a few. Globally, we also dealt with the outbreak of the Ebola virus, consecutive aircraft crashes, national threats, insurgent threats, and terrorist attacks, …

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What matters

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College life is the beginning of real life. We acknowledge that our achievements in high school seemingly don’t matter anymore. We understand that diligence is more significant than intelligence. We realize that above all else, we need to be strong. The littlest details will matter. We meet students claiming why …

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SAMAHAN Constitution: Yes or No

Facebook and Twitter now seem to be flooded with posts regarding the proposed SAMAHAN constitution. The proposed SAMAHAN constitution garnered a significant number of criticisms as well as support in social media. You could read posts saying that it would turn SAMAHAN into a bureaucratic and complicated government where everything …

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