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Why I will never marry my first love

We were both eighteen, gangly, still growing into our bodies. He had braces, I had frizzy hair and never gotten my brows threaded before, but we jabbed back and forth as we entered college together. It was funny, picking on each other, the teasing....

I hope my next love is my last love

One night I lay by my ex’s side, watching the sky. He told me about all the places we’d see together. The castles in Scotland, the aurora borealis, the beaches in Greece. That one day we’d cash out all our money and run away, go to...

What I would tell my fresh graduate self

Disclosure: I graduated in 2019. I know things are different now given the COVID-19 pandemic. The opinions here are from my own experiences. I also acknowledge that this is born from a place of privilege and not everyone has the freedom to take a...

Jowable: The funny truth about finding love

When the movie Jowable premiered on Netflix, my friend immediately told me “Mara, parang ikaw talaga yung main character (Mara, the main character’s really like you).” I didn’t understand what she meant by that at first, but a few minutes...

How to get over someone you never even dated

Admit it, you’ve probably been there. It may be a situationship, a 3-month talking stage that went nowhere, or just a crush. I’ve been there too, and it sucks. It might feel a bit stupid crying over someone you were never in an official...

I Lost My Grandmother During The Quarantine

Written by Jenna Wang Related: Further delay of school opening proposed due to COVID-19 fears It had only taken twenty minutes. Twenty minutes for the ambulance to come by and take my grandmother to the place where she would breathe her last. If...

A Letter to my Daughter this Mother’s Day

I have to be honest, it’s been challenging to raise you. At a time of a global pandemic, I am limited to give you the world. All I can do is try my best to keep you safe. Since you were born, all I wanted to do is to show you how wonderful the...

Dear Dad, Money Can’t Buy Everything

“Okay, I’m tired, so let’s stop here. Go buy yourself something.” Dad, you are a good man. But, I really really loathe the fact that you think money can solve everything. Look—arguments and misunderstandings are common...

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This is the Year to Stop Looking for Love

I get it, you know. I truly get it. I get what it feels like to have been alone for so long. To constantly, repeatedly, frustratingly being hurt by love—by the absence of it. I get what it feels like to be surrounded by people who seem lucky in...

What My Dad Leaving Taught Me

Research estimates that 41 percent of all first marriages end in divorce around the world. That is the harsh reality that we live in right now. And though the end of a marriage is always a difficult thing to deal with between a husband and wife,...

It took a while, but I can say that I love me

Words by Marielle Balmores Photos from Giphy, Weheartit and Pinterest Gaining self-love is a long journey one embarks on in order to improve their outlook on life and themselves. Especially having these societal standards that prey on those who...

5 Reasons Why Grandmas are the Best

Words by Krizia Joy Rivera Our grandmas are one of the happiest people when they see us. Every time we come to visit them, it’s always like a fiesta or a birthday because of all the food. What makes them cooler is that many of them are game to...

What Was Your 2019 Plot Twist?

Words and graphics by Zoie Sy 2019 was one big year for all of us. New challenges were faced, new friendships were made, and new opportunities came knocking on our doors. Here, we asked 12 people what or who they considered as their plot twist for...