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Self-isolation in the movies
by Fiel Estrella - May 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Our days in quarantine have been compared to post-apocalyptic dystopia and endless time loops — but how do movies actually depict what it’s like when you’re physically disconnected from the rest...
A call for safe spaces
by Fiel Estrella - May 1, 2020 - 12:00am
With strict guidelines against citizens leaving their homes during a raging pandemic, research points to an increase of domestic violence cases worldwide. Here’s where to get help.
The Strokes have paved the way for a ‘New Abnormal’
by Fiel Estrella - April 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Seven years after ‘Comedown Machine,’ The Strokes have finally released their sixth album — and it couldn’t have come at a time more suited to the quintet.
River Phoenix is on Spotify, and other extraordinary things
by Fiel Estrella - April 18, 2020 - 12:00am
With his band Aleka’s Attic, River Phoenix advocated for what he believed in and carved out a cult following without so much as an official single. Over 25 years later, his songs are finally (officially)...
How Dima innovates reproductive health in the country
by Fiel Estrella - April 18, 2020 - 12:00am
On recently launched website Dima, customers of all ages (though take note: minors require valid prescriptions from physicians) can consult with partner doctors, shop for birth control and other products and medication,...
What ‘solusyong medikal’ really means for every Filipino
by Fiel Estrella - March 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A week of Metro Manila in quarantine raises concerns as to how ill-prepared the country is for a pandemic like COVID-19 — and how much more support our frontliners in the health sector can use.
Raising women’s voices through art
by Fiel Estrella - March 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Ph Care partnered with artists Winnie Wong and Soleil Ignacio and photographer Sara Black for a gallery panel discussion that put women’s issues at the forefront.
For the new ‘Mulan,’ what does it mean to be loyal, brave and true?
by Fiel Estrella - March 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The modern Disney classic about the girl-warrior who risked it all returns in live-action to cinemas 20 years later, but everything surrounding it has been an uphill battle.
A case for the stacks of CDs we can’t seem to let go
by Fiel Estrella - March 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Albums and mixes on holographic discs may practically be time travelers that have literally outlived their purpose, but thatdoesn’t mean there’s no place for them in the era of streaming.
How the ‘Final Destination’ movies defined horror for a generation
by Fiel Estrella - February 29, 2020 - 12:00am
For those of us who grew up with it, the supernatural slasher franchise would end up embodying the anxieties and ennui of our adult years.
Lara Jean still has a lot of growing up to do in ‘P.S. I Still Love You.’
by Fiel Estrella - February 22, 2020 - 12:00am
The sequel to ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ got certain things right about its heroine’s character development — with a little misstep or two.
Seventeen’s ode to Manila
by Fiel Estrella - February 15, 2020 - 12:00am
The South Korean boy group makes its way back to local shores for another night of bright performances, whip-smart banter, and impromptu breakdancing.
The sun is also a star
by Fiel Estrella - February 8, 2020 - 12:00am
‘Descendants of the Sun’ co-stars Jennylyn Mercado and Dingdong Dantes reveal what makes the show different from its South Korean counterpart — and just why their pairing works.
Studio Ghibli finds a new home on Netflix
by Fiel Estrella - February 1, 2020 - 12:00am
In an effort to make them more accessible, the entire catalogue of the Japanese animation studio will be available to stream for the first time, with subtitles and dubs in over 20 languages.
The world as Prafull Sawant sees it
by Fiel Estrella - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am
The multi-awarded watercolorist is known for the realism in his work — a quality influenced by his many travels to different cities across the globe.
The Academy needs to do better
by Fiel Estrella - January 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The road to true diversity and representation in Hollywood has been a long and difficult one — and having these efforts be ignored by the Oscars isn’t helping.
What makes a house an ‘Adorable Home’
by Fiel Estrella - January 11, 2020 - 12:00am
A just-launched mobile game puts a whole new spin on virtual cat collecting and home decorating with packed lunches and animal visitors ranging from ducks to koalas.
Pop songs are for getting through your twenties
by Fiel Estrella - January 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Some singers were meant to fade into obscurity — but some of them rise from the ashes and keep on making anthems for girls and the women they’re growing up to be.
Class rage goes to the movies
by Fiel Estrella - January 4, 2020 - 12:00am
From ‘Knives Out’ to ‘Parasite,’ the past year’s most talked-about cinema explores every intricacy of the gap between rich and poor and, in some instances, turns it on its head.
‘The Witcher’ showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich on how the show came together
by Fiel Estrella - December 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The Netflix series — the latest in a long line of adaptations for the fantasy book series of the same name — is a stunning show of monsters and magic, but at its heart, it’s still all about humanity....
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