Deconstructing art: creativity and the creative process

Gourmet. Indie. Hipster. Just some of the words in the English language that are being thrown around so carelessly on a daily basis that their meanings have been twisted beyond recognition. Among all the words being kicked around in daily discourse, one could spark debates that could last for years on what it really is:…

The Hammers That Forge Heavy Metal (Part 3 of 3)

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana, Kimmy Baraoidan, and Bong Ranes. In this three-part series, Kimmy talks about some of the problems that plagued and continue to challenge metal bands and fans, her experiences as a former member of a metal band and her personal thoughts about the local metal scene and those…

Surreal realities in Manix Abrera’s News Hardcore

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Comic strips courtesy of Manix Abrera “At dahil hindi natutulog ang balita, nakatutok kami beinte-kwatro oras (And because the news never sleeps, we are tuned in twenty-four hours),” goes the spiel of veteran news anchor Mike Enriquez of GMA Network–a mantra that everybody in the media would come to know as early…

Review: Lovecore’s “Funk n’ Roll” nails the fusion

Text by: Sheenah Tan Photos by: Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan Surely, funk is yet another common genre in the country’s indie music, but to fuse it with rock n’ roll? Now we’re talking. Enter Lovecore’s Funk n’ Roll, a 13-track album that was released just last month. The band further strengthened funk and rock…

The hammers that forge heavy metal (Part 2 of 3)

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana In this three-part series, Kimmy talks about some of the problems that plagued and continue to challenge metal bands and fans, her experiences as a former member of a metal band and her personal thoughts about the local metal scene and those of several local metal band…

The hammers that forge heavy metal (Part 1 of 3)

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Photos by: Chris Quintana In this three-part series, Kimmy talks about some of the problems that plagued and continue to challenge metal bands and fans, her experiences as a former member of a metal band and her personal thoughts about the local metal scene and those of several local metal band members. The points she…

A metal Christmas carol

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan I’m really not a fan of Christmas songs, Christmas carols, or caroling. I always dread the –ber months because radio stations, malls, supermarkets, sari-sari stores, jeepneys and buses start to play the cheesy, outdated ones on loop—as if playing them on repeat would hasten the arrival of the most festive season…

Takeaways from TEDxADMU (Part 2)

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan The second speaker for this year's TEDxADMU was Paul Rivera, the founder and CEO of Kalibrr. Kalibrr is a job portal that aims to more accurately match job applicants and employers based mainly on skills. It aims to revolutionize how companies are hiring. Leaving his job at Google, Rivera took a leap…

Jim Paredes at TEDxADMU

Takeaways from TEDxADMU (Part 1)

Text by: Kimmy Baraoidan Hipster stuff. That’s what one of my clients said I was doing when I told him that I would be away for a day to attend TEDxADMU. One of my life goals is to attend a 'main' TED Talk in the U.S. However, at the moment, I’m financially challenged, so that…