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Book 3

Letters


Selected Writings





Music


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“Every night, I get the fortune of meeting new people,” Baker says. “There’s a whole audience full of people I’ve not ever interacted with before, and that’s astonishing. When you look out to the crowd, you think, within each person is a wealth of experience. Like, they’re a whole world, and they’ve lived a whole life. And I know nothing about them, not even their name. And then, for like an hour, we’re all on the same mental page, no matter where we are in life.”


On the redeeming power of sad songs and how they make us feel better — Julien Baker profile for CNN Philippines Life


    

“Nobody really knows what happens, but mystery often comes through struggle. What’s good is that I learned to be strong and fight back, and that it’s important to be yourself.”


No more dreaming with The Drums — Q&A with Jonny Pierce of The Drums for Supreme

“There’s something really funny about our music, because it’s often so heart-on-your-sleeve, a little bit. We know how that can be embarrassing. We’re just not worried about embarrassing ourselves anymore.”


Sit back and enjoy the slow show — The National, live in Manila for Young Star




Art


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The art of Danilo Dalena and the Filipino everyman
Having been consistently hesitant to adhere to and wary of the boxes he has been placed in, often finding them to be what influences and limits the audience from seeing work with more nuance, Dalena likes to think of himself like “other artists who self-identify as gago at totoo.”



Personal mythologies: Demystifying Manuel Ocampo’s early works
Writing about Ocampo is always a little scary. You feel like you’ll read him or his art completely wrong — a strong possibility, as his art is rife with iconography and symbols, giving it a proclivity to be misread — but a tiny part of you is absolutely sure that he just wouldn’t give a shit.





Selected Essays


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Pop Culture & Media


For L’Officiel Manila:

I. Zayn by any other name II. Frida Kahlo: The Unlikely Revlon Fan

For CNN Philippines Life:

I. In 'La Luna Sangre,' can kilig and kilabot come together? II. What Kris Aquino's kikay kit says about her III. How Philippine politics is like a comedy of terrors

For Young Star:

I. The truth behind bars: on Orange is the New Black II. Pop culture party: 20 books III. We are ‘Snotgirl’ IV. Back to the Future: on Stranger Things V. Here and Queer: a list celebrating some LGBT characters in recent memory VI. In the bed all day: Zayn Malik talking points VII. Through the Wire: on Brian K. Vaughan VIII On ‘My So-Called Life’



Carina Samantha Santos