CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM

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“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?”—Mark 8:36 The rise of social media has brought about a whole new set of social scorecards. Today, we often rate our social standing by number of likes, followers, retweets, blog views, and so on. From…

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You were a feminist even before Beyonce sang about,” was what my younger brother quipped some weeks back, while I was mindlessly dancing to Beyonce’s “Flawless.” The rise of a culture saturated by Taylor Swifts, Lena Dunhams, Beyonces, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehlers have challenged the debate on what is…

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THERE’S a back to story to every person who is a part of our lives—where we met, how long we’ve known each other, what are the things we like doing together. While some stories tend to be generic, there are a few which are quirky and always a joy to…

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FOR most young professionals, the Halloween weekend could only mean one thing: partying in costumes you spent about three months deciding on. While others choose to let loose, there are also people who are choosing to reflect the year that was and loved ones who have gone before us. As…

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These days, technologically apt kids and kids at heart have a different dictionary all together. Their vocabulary often consist of abbreviated terms such as BAE (before anyone else), or YOLO (you only live once). Another form are the typical English words that have taken new meanings, like basic (which means…

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“Basketball will always be the country’s one great unrequited love.”—PBA: A Nation’s Passion Documentary IT was an affair for the books and a night to remember. Filipino basketball stars then and now came together (along with their significant others) to celebrate 40 years of the nation’s greatest passion–the Philippine Basketball…

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WITHOUT a doubt, we are a basketball-loving country. Dubbed as “the Filipino sport of choice,” basketball has been a bonding ritual for fathers and sons everywhere. And at one point or another, every single young Filipino boy has dreamed of becoming a professional baller one day. However, it is also…

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BEFORE I entered high school, I was obsessed with the teen magazines that were fairly new in early 2000. My friends would always remind me of my fondness recalling that I introduced them to these magazines. I was often the culprit of passing around these reads in class when the…

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LIFE is all about stories. Every person you meet has a story to tell. And as a writer, I have been fortunate enough to share my tale and of others. For me, life is one big interwoven storybook filled with characters from different walks of life. It is amazing that…

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FASHION, admittedly, is not one of my strongest suits. My mornings often consist of bargaining with my alarm clock, a few lazy jumping jacks, and a mad dash out of the house at 6 a.m. to avoid south of Manila traffic. Because of this, I don’t get to spend much…

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