On Ending the Stigma Attached to Getting Tattoos – Let Me Convince You

On Ending the Stigma Attached to Getting Tattoos – Let Me Convince You

Having a tattoo in the Philippines means that you are already subject to discrimination. As someone who has five tattoos, I've been there. Many jobs require that you do not have any tattoos, or visible tattoos, no matter how competent you are for the job, you will not be accepted solely because of having a tattoo. [...]

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One of My Worst Experiences with Clinical Depression: Temporary Mutism

One of My Worst Experiences with Clinical Depression: Temporary Mutism

I am Marlina Carlos, 22, diagnosed with Mixed Anxiety Depressive Disorder (MADD). When they say that mental illnesses aren’t debilitating like other illnesses, I have always disagreed. Having a mental illness is physically and mentally exhausting. Your brain takes over your body, and your mind prevents you from living a normal life; My recent experience [...]

​The Two Faces of Labor Day In The Philippines

​The Two Faces of Labor Day In The Philippines

The words "Labor day" have long been taken for granted. Like most national holidays, labor day means just another day at home, just another long weekend, just another beach trip. But unlike other National holidays of great significance, Labor day has rised into becoming THE holiday for going to the beach and having a great [...]

On Activism in the Philippines vis-à-vis The Standing Rock Protests

On Activism in the Philippines vis-à-vis The Standing Rock Protests

Shailene Woodley Most known for being an actress on Divergent, The Fault in our Stars, etc., recently got arrested at a protest against the construction of the dakota access pipeline. She's an activist. She's strong, passionate, principled and brave. I think everyone would agree to that. We look up to her. She's fighting against the [...]

5 Things Filipinos with Clinical Depression are Too Tired of Hearing

5 Things Filipinos with Clinical Depression are Too Tired of Hearing

1] "All in the mind lang 'yan"  Absolutely. It's all in the mind. Not to the extent that we can control our depressive episodes but to the extent that our minds are literally programmed to make us depressive. It is insulting when people say that it's all in our mind, suggesting that we can overcome [...]