With all the intentional long-weekends and extended holiday seasons, it wouldn't hurt for the administration to at least recognize its existence and declare its withstanding pathos even if it was slated on a weekend. The point of this writing is neither to reflect upon the dubious decision of not getting another Friday for a regular rest day, but it is the fact that we as Filipinos cannot just have February 25 as a lazy Sunday.

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Cartoon by Reyvin Besonia

There are two types of people in this world: those who want to make a difference and those who only choose to see these differences unfold. This divide greatly exemplifies how we view certain social roles as something partial rather than infinite. After all, progression and regression exist to define whether we proceed to do better things or stick with the same ideals that we live by, and the only thing that makes these two possibilities are the dynamics upheld by power. One way of exercising this newfound power is through leadership.

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Cartoon by Carl Gio Compendio

‘In shades of brown and black’; this perfectly describes the coastal waters of Oriental Mindoro as the MT Princess Empress sunken ship continues to spread 900,000 gallons of industrial oil to the said area. It is currently affecting 32000 families with millions worth of damages in the Mimaropa region, and if its containment will not be hastened with the utmost efficiency- it may permanently stain not just the marine ecosystem of the said area, but also the livelihoods of the families depending on it.

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This is the reality of our country’s current transport schema: the call for modernization has come at the cost of affecting the lives of Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators— investing in a shiny future with new and futuristic automobiles over job-stricken Filipinos wondering how to afford the bare minimum cost of living.

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PRESS FREEDOM. Amaranth answers backlash after openly supporting online news outlet, Rappler. Graphics by Raymud Pastoril

This is not just about Rappler. It’s also about us.

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It is by being watchful that we notice the things that have remained steady amidst the swift run of the years.

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Visayas State University (VSU) is well known for its lush green scenery, offering shade and a calming atmosphere for the students and faculty. However, these past months, the university’s pride in lush greenery has slowly been cut down, in the most literal sense. Native trees ranging from the Eco Park up to the Department of Arts, Letters, and Languages (DALL), Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences (DPSS), and Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management (DTHM) have now been pruned, and Viscans are left questioning the rationale of this action. 

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We're truly fortunate to be experiencing this golden age of technology. Gone are the days when students slaved away over final term papers – now a swift ChatGPT session can save the day. But the magic doesn't stop at essays; they can now also make 'art'. But here's the thing: for as long as we remember, art has been a human-only activity. We learned to make art before we started writing. Our essence is woven into every piece of art we deem authentic. R.S. Mellette says: "Art is what makes us human." But if what makes us human is replicable by machines, where do humans come into this? As it stands now, humanity is slowly becoming obsolete, easily replicated by machine.

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After the People Power Revolution ousted his dictator father and namesake four decades ago, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr finds himself in a strife with a surprising force—his predecessor, former president Rodrigo Duterte.

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Characterized by vast tracts of rice fields, sandwiched by cordilleras protecting them from typhoons, the Philippines has always been an agricultural haven. With around 45.2% of the nation’s land being dedicated to the production of various agricultural produce, as estimated by the World Bank, and over 40% of Filipino workers employed and reliant on the Agricultural sector according to the Department of Agriculture, it’s

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After a series of postponements, the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections finally commenced their new flag bearers last October 30. These two were not as manic compared to other national elections. Candidates were few, campaigns were not crusades, and credibility marks more than the promises that come out of one's mouth. There is no guarantee as to whether we could ever find the right leaders to lead our communities to greatness especially since this election might just be another ploy to keep the ball rolling–but one thing is for sure: this is now the time for redemption. 

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“I dream of my brother coming back to life.” “We did nothing, we were sleeping.”

These words, among many, truly broke my heart. There are a lot of times that I get ashamed of what I have; a home, food, clean water, and loved ones who I can always keep in touch with. When I know that there are people in real-time that have just been deprived of these; and it all seems very unfair. And more so these days, every time I go through my social media, I see all these displaced people. I am naive for having thought that we have grown past all of this violence, ethnic cleansing, and colonization in the early 20th century.

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Valentine’s Day is over! While we gear our eyes toward the romanticism that occurs on the 14th of every February (bouquets, chocolates, and plushies if you're lucky), we often disregard what happens after these declarations, pushing this into the farthest corner of the room. It is in our biological demands that we yearn for sex, yet its discussion still fails to hit the limelight.

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School events like the Intramural Games proves imperative to the student experience: cheering for your faction’s representing athletes, slyly but not-so-subtly stealing glances at your campus crush, or simply hanging out with your friends— these are merely a few things you could do to enjoy Visayas State University’s (VSU) Sálingkusóg2023. However, not everyone enjoyed the leisure that the grand event provided; some went through hurdles that not even the greatest runner could easily jump through. As VSU lives through the “transfer of strength”, what do Viscans think of this year's intramurals?

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Graduation marks a joyous yet scary phase in life, as the excitement of newfound freedom and possibilities is tempered by the uncertainty of venturing into the adult world. As the Class of 2023 prepares for their final march this coming 70th VSU commencement exercise, we asked them about their plans and goals as they begin  to walk a new path in life. 

 

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We are almost heading to the last page of the school year, and a new set of student leaders will soon take their seats. As part of the students' annual activity at Visayas State University (VSU), students practice their right to suffrage by electing leaders to take charge of the University Supreme Student Council (USSC).

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Graphics by Ciann Renel Cazar

The Mr. and Ms. VSU pageant is a major highlight in this year’s activities for the university’s 99th founding anniversary. Amid having eight pairs from across all five satellite campuses and colleges of the VSU system competing in the momentous comeback of the university’s most coveted crowns, comes the imminent buzz with pricing of tickets that sparked controversy among the Viscan community early last week.

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Christmas is just around the corner. It has been the norm for VSU to welcome the Yuletide season with a festive lighting event. The towering and stylish Christmas tree and signature Pinoy parol hanging on posts, which adorn and illuminate the streets and patios of the university, prodded anticipation and excitement within people from different walks of life. And as the COVID-19 pandemic became a staunch part of the observance of these events, excitement and expectations about witnessing this again have doubled, to say the least.

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