What it means to forgive

We often hold people accountable over our sadness. Given the amount of time we spent dealing with melancholy all alone, we shuffle away from those who betrayed us and left us, those who were once there for us when no one else was. As they abandon us, we despised them for leaving us at the... Continue Reading →

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Retail Rants: The New Normal

A middle-aged woman frowns at me while she rummages around in her bag for her glasses. Beside her, a disgruntled grandpa sits with his hands trembling over a piece of paper as he carefully writes down his name, address, and contact details. I look behind them and see a young woman rushing towards us. "Excuse... Continue Reading →

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The Choice between Happiness and Validation

"It is better to disappoint your parents now, than hate them forever." https://www.tiktok.com/@garyvee/video/6780066349801671941?_d=secCgsIARCbDRgBIAMoARI%2BCjzzkbwk2WylV4P2gcmvSx%2B63jKpsgs9uB1fCO0QWk5tOdv2KN21XTbW7BP56m%2FlBY0jDKqZZtBFBk4VLGMaAA%3D%3D&language=en&mid=6780039853380799237&preview_pb=0&region=PH&sec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAAIRVaaCW38D-72Avi9ta2m5ckScu-dN23WyqvVXD9LtWD_E7RyI634xKA61sN4KoC&share_app_name=tiktok&share_item_id=6780066349801671941&share_link_id=c1eca6dc-a072-4c14-942d-b6efbd631e35&timestamp=1600438676&u_code=dah82m8cb879ag&user_id=6788153481703687169&utm_campaign=client_share&utm_medium=android&utm_source=copy&source=h5_t I once stumbled upon one of Gary Vaynerchuk's (Gary V's) TikTok videos explaining why we should follow our dreams regardless if our parents disapprove of them. As a teacher, I get to witness a lot of testimonies from most of my students... Continue Reading →

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What it takes to teach in the New Normal

Preparing for this school year is brutal, especially when teaching reached a point in time wherein it now has to cater to the need of pursuing online modalities despite them being taken by storm. In times of a pandemic, teachers are basically left at the mercy of a jobless environment borne out of a crisis.... Continue Reading →

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Forgotten Trauma: What it takes to honor a fascist

"Kailangan talagang mag-aral dahil bago lahat eh... yung ating mga estratehiya noon, parang kailangan na nating palitan, kailangang mag-adjust," says Ferdinand Emmanuel "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos, Jr. via his Youtube VLOG aired last September 3, 2020. [We need to do further study because everything is new... the strategies we used to employ seems to be in... Continue Reading →

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Grief, and the Beauty of Remembering (A Recount)

I previously worked as a volunteer for indigenous peoples. I was in charge of the majority of its operations including public relations, legalities of schools, and establishing day care centers for far-flung areas in numerous provinces. There I was exposed to a lot of parents, and I grew very fond of one of them. His... Continue Reading →

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Why we hate ourselves the most

Driven by our passions and ambitions, we, ourselves, are our harshest critics. What makes that dreadful feeling even worse is that no matter how we deny it, our pride convinces us that all of our failures, all of our sources for disappointment are in our control. I remember having a conversation with my sister during... Continue Reading →

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CRAZY TALKERS: Reflections from Cuomo

I recently watched Episode 19 of the CNN Replay series, posted last August 7. The show highlighted Chris Cuomo's scrutiny of US President Donald Trump's intentional mispronunciations of important words like "Thailand" (pronounced as "thighland" by Trump), California's Yosemite Park (pronounced as "yose-might" by Trump), and misusing the word "Oranges" for a word that was... Continue Reading →

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Redefining Mediocrity, and Why We Are Against it

If you think that Essays Against Mediocrity is a site that glorifies the intellectual structures of the elite, then you are gravely mistaken. As per suggested reading, I cite Judith Jack Halberstam's "The Queer Art of Failure." Halberstam centers on the argument of redefining the contemporary notions of what success means to society, and it... Continue Reading →

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As Happy Times Go Fewer by the Day

Let’s face it: happy days seldom come by in these trying times. Ours is a generation that grew too fast, matured so abruptly due to being exposed to a society so cruel that our sanities are at the mercy of being ripped apart by it. We are forced to be shackled by a destiny that... Continue Reading →

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Bashing Buknoy Glamurr (The Right Way)

It cannot be denied that the controversy of Andrew Luis Lapid (aka Buknoy Glammur) surfaced numerous expressions of hate and further discrimination towards the queer community. The social media unrest against Buknoy began on June 5, after he discriminated and undermined a tricycle driver and rendered the job shameful in a VLOG entry on YouTube,... Continue Reading →

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Gallery of the Unsung: Deyon Artworks Special

For self-taught young artist Dionn Nicolas, being an amateur allows you to explore art in a multitude of forms, essentially turning every bit of nothingness into a magnificent canvas. Having Nicolas as a student means seeing him everyday in full authenticity and genuine humanness. What's good about him as an artist is that he knows... Continue Reading →

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How do we justify healing?

Choosing to better yourself is the best thing that you could do to show how much you love yourself. However, be prepared because in the process of doing so, a lot of people will not be with you as you explore yourself even deeper. We frequently drown ourselves in a pool of self-doubt and disappointment.... Continue Reading →

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The Rights and Wrongs of VinCentiments

The merit behind VinCentiments' cultural trend is that it stands as a representation to the pleas and woes and frustration of today's youth. And in their very own ways, the team puts themselves in a position to represent the youth; at the very least, that is respectable. In their latest controversial piece entitled KPL |... Continue Reading →

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Beware of these work-from-home jobs

A simple click of the #DuterteApproved trend would perhaps be one of the major leads we would have in terms of how Philippine online troll farms operate. Anyone would be attracted to a job that provides all convenience; working within the safety of their own homes, a potential resource of income, and requires very little... Continue Reading →

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The Myth of Noble Labor

Similar as to how society delves in appearances, the way we value hard work is superficial. Fortunately, demystifying this pretentious admiration is easily manifested in our words, our narratives, the way we treat people, and our internal judgments. For most people who have an economic high ground, it is more convenient for them to praise... Continue Reading →

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Justifying Online Hustles: What you should be proud of as an Online Seller

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cost us our livelihood, job security, financial stability, and other economic pillars. Despite this, many chose to control their income through online businesses. The pandemic highlighted many societal instabilities, and among them is rendering professional merit as mediocre. Even before the pandemic, there has already been a culture of discriminating professions... Continue Reading →

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Why Xander Ford’s Gender Reveal is Invalid

If one were to search Facebook for issues concerning Marlou Arizala aka "Xander Ford's" charges on rape and physical abuse, they will be scrolling in vain. Last June 17, Ford's former live-in partner Ysah Cabrejas reached out to various legal platforms to charge him with rape and physical abuse. However, Cabrejas privately settled the matter... Continue Reading →

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The Absurdity of Social Media Arrogance

"A state born in violence, and the society that is its product, (will remain) marked by that experience even when the violence is justified and celebrated as a historic victory..." (Weiss et al., 2010).  In times where advocacy is grossly platformed in social media, it cannot be denied that a lot of self-righteous personages emerged from... Continue Reading →

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Teacher Theatrics

Given that we are basically mocking theatre and dramatization in professions, it is high time we talked about the reality of what the role of a teacher means behind the scenes. There are teachers who are already seen literally crossing streams just to deliver the learning modules to their students. We also see those who... Continue Reading →

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