Beyond Loyola
Beyond Loyola discusses national and international issues to link Ateneans with realities outside the university. With a socially aware staff, BL seeks to spark discourse, prompt change, and thus aid the Atenean in truly going “down from the hill.”

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Wanted: Yolanda, 4 years on

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Published 23 January, 2018 at 9:58 PM

YOLANDA CAME to the Philippines like a thief in the night. It was 4:40 in the morning when it first made its presence felt. It made landfall over Guiuan,...

Indebted gratitude

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Published 23 January, 2018 at 8:57 PM

The sun rises on the city of Marawi, left bloodied and decimated by a five-month-long conflict. Empty streets intersect empty streets and piles of rubble...

Is ‘Confucius’ the Philippines’ new Uncle Sam?

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Published 23 January, 2018 at 8:47 PM

CHINA’S QUEST for soft power began over a decade ago when its government started funding Confucius Institutes. These non-profit learning centers aim to...

Poor grandmas forced to care for drug war orphans

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Published 03 January, 2018 at 8:27 PM

Conclusion Many children left behind by fathers killed in government’s war against drugs have been left to the care of grandmothers. Whether it be...

Left-behind children cry ‘Papa!’

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Published 03 January, 2018 at 8:27 PM

*All names of family members have been changed, and the locations of the killings omitted to protect their privacy. It was Annie’s birthday that December...

A history of the Marikina shoe industry

Published 22 December, 2017 at 6:04 PM

  [caption id="attachment_30857" align="aligncenter" width="445"] Illustrations by Tessa Bernardo[/caption] Editor's note: This infographic was...

The shoemaker’s struggle

Published 21 December, 2017 at 1:04 PM

The collective struggle of shoemakers in small-scale manufacturing firms along Marikina City is reflective of the wobbling state of the once-progressive...

The sole of the nation

Published 21 December, 2017 at 12:53 PM

In 1887, the capitan municipal of Marikina, Don Laureano Guevara, known to his people as Kapitan Moy, brought with him a pair of imported shoes from Manila....

The stone age of infrastructure

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Published 16 December, 2017 at 9:05 PM

ONE OF Rodrigo Duterte’s promises during his campaign was to develop the less urbanized areas of the Philippines, and this promise made him popular among...

Media madness

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Published 08 November, 2017 at 6:41 PM

IN THE face of public criticism, President Rodrigo Duterte has targeted certain news publications and media organizations on numerous occasions stating that,...

In sickness and in PhilHealth

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Published 08 November, 2017 at 6:38 PM

ON SEPTEMBER 6, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading House Bill No. 5784, also known as the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Act. The...

If justice be taken away...

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Published 08 November, 2017 at 6:32 PM

The Manila City Hall is already bustling with civilians on a regular Tuesday morning. Most are holding mountainous amounts of paper―all waiting for their...

Business as usual

Published 08 November, 2017 at 5:42 PM

ON JUNE 9, 1975 the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China first established diplomatic ties. This was a result of then-president Ferdinand Marcos’...

The butcher’s slaughterhouse

Published 25 October, 2017 at 3:37 PM

On June 3, 1977, President Ferdinand Marcos denied the presence of political detainees in the country. With confidence, he declared that “we have not jailed...

The tyrant’s diktat

Published 22 September, 2017 at 3:36 PM

1971 was a turbulent time for the Philippines. The 1935 Constitution, the cornerstone of Philippine law for over 35 years, was about to undergo great reform....