Saffi C. Arcenas

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Everyday queens

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Eyelashes are firmly in place, lips are painted in a thick, bright shade of red, and the colossal wig goes on. Heels click on the floor as her dress sways from...

Passing the plate

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Imagine a warm, steaming plate of adobo and a heaping serving of soft, fluffy rice. This comforting image will probably be accompanied by the familiar walls of...

MBTI and the zodiac: Self-expression or stereotyping?

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Personality tests and horoscopes have been around for a long time, but they have now evolved into a singular language of identification and empathy. As a...

Gathering grounds

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The culture of collecting has evolved through the years such that today, it exists in a way that benefits the collector emotionally, economically, and...

Bringing back the bamboo

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As bamboo is a common resource in the Philippines, it has become increasingly played-out. However, with its many advantages, some Filipino enterprises have...

Making sense of sensitivity

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Cultural appropriation is a social phenomenon still unsolved, where various perceptions and ideals continue to intersect. This poses one crucial question: When...

Framing the Internet

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May it be a photo, a hashtag, or a simple tweet, art has found an audience even outside galleries and museums. Today, art is in a literal arm’s...

Making ripples: 2016’s Atenean game-changers

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As we ring in 2017, we’re invited to take another look at the gems of the recent year, particularly those that came in the form of Atenean individuals...

Spin-offs: Charm or curse?

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Just when you think a series is over, a new addition suddenly materializes. But when is it time for the last chapter? Be it a spring of inspiration from the...

Silver screens, blue beginnings

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Every OrSem is marked with the anticipation of a new O-Film. Unbeknownst to the average Atenean, however, the O-Film dates back to the mid-2000s and there is...