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Ateneo takes first game of UAAP Season 73 Finals

12 Oct

This news article was originally posted at UPIU on Sept. 26, 2010. The link can be found here.

I have never written a sports news article before this, so I was quite nervous when I submitted this for critique. Nonetheless, the person who critiqued this (Dang), found that it was a good first effort for someone like me who’s never written sports before. She said the links were quite appropriate, except for the Kirk Long one. Actually, it was hard to find a good link for Kirk Long, because almost all the articles written for him in magazines don’t have soft copies online. Anyway, a big criticism I had for this article was also the ‘bias’ some people gathered for Ateneo, though personally it was just me stating facts.

MANILA, Philippines — The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles mercilessly manhandled the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws and snatched Game 1 of the UAAP men’s basketball finals with a staggering 72-49 finish on Saturday, September 25 at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Join CMFR’S “Fighting Impunity: 2010 Multimedia Contest”!

1 Oct

The The Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), represented by its secretariat organization, TheCenter for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and in partnership with the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC), on Sept. 29 launched a competition for the best commemorative poster, radio plug and short video at the CMC Auditorium, 10 a.m.

The contest aims to encourage and enhance public awareness of the killing of journalists and the culture of impunity as part of the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre.

Contest rules can be found here.

Students and Professors alike gather at the FIGHTING IMPUNITY launch on Sept. 29. Speakers at the event included CMC Professor and former Dean Luis V. Teodoro, Melinda Q. De Jesus and current CMC Dean Roland B. Tolentino. (Photo by Paul Belisario)

Dreams of a Young Animator

14 Sep

Note: I did not submit this piece for critique.

Manila, Philippines — Animation is not for the weak.

Lovers of the medium who go past the age of thirteen are sometimes derided in media as geeks, nerds or social outcasts. Many fail to see that it takes patience, hard work and a whole lot of dedication to create a single frame. As a result, animation only appears as a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a ‘normal’ adult conversation, and rarely taken seriously as a mature form of art.

Maria Christina Ramona “Mikki” Crisostomo, 22, is one of those atypical individuals who have long passed the age limit, and yet still carries a burning torch for animation.
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The Conundrum in Coffee Consumerism

14 Sep

This feature article was published on Sept. 14 at the UPIU. Original article can be found here.

Coffee is one of my favorite things ever, bar none. It made sense that I’d write about this for my feature article. However, I did have a doubts about this, mainly that the language I used was probably too informal or conversational.

The person who critiqued this piece, Jedd, said that it had excellent diction and language and the flow was quite good. It’s a quirky article that many people our age could relate to. While it was hard to find things to link, I still managed to link and make it an online article instead of just an article. However, the flow was interrupted near the end, since there was a bit of departure from the casual conversational tone into a more academic tone. He said that there was also the lack of photos, of which I could have easily found a stock photo or could have taken a photo to accompany the story.

The city is filled with and run by caffeinated individuals. In this day and age, when time whizzes by in a blur of interminable routine and sobering news reports, coffee makes the day bearable.

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Drug problem in Philippine town reflects nationwide struggle

7 Sep

This news feature piece was published last August 31 at Asian Correspondent. It was re-submitted on Sept. 13. The article can be found here

How I came across this story was serendipitous. Our househelp actually gave me ‘Rhena’s’ contact details, since she was her grade school friend. I visited her when we went to the province, and voila, a story!

This article was also quite well-received by the class. Sir Arao said the story was well-written and there were no glaring errors. The structure and flow of the story was also appropriate to a news feature. Some constructive criticism I received for this was that there were some missing links, although all in all the links I gave were relevant. Sir Arao also told me that instead of linking to Lingayen, Pangasinan, I should indicate instead the distance relative to Manila to make it more relatable to foreign audiences.

Vehicles coming in from Manila have to pass through the idyllic, little barangay of Buer, Aguilar before reaching the capital of Lingayen in Pangasinan. Thriving mainly on farming products such as corn and rice, it looks to be a simple place ideal for escape from urban frivolities.

However, something sinister lurks in the corners of the town’s dusty roads. Electric posts and bus stops are plastered with cardboard signs bearing anti-drug sentiments like “Yes to God, No to Drugs” and “Pag-iwas sa droga ay paglapit sa Diyos (To avoid drugs is to get closer to God).”

A young woman living in a nipa hut close the field snorts derisively when asked what she thought of the slogans: “It’s a waste of money. The addicts don’t take them seriously so it doesn’t help at all.”

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Criticism on’s ‘Airbender’ article

17 Aug’s December 3, 2009 article on the M. Night Shyamalan-helmed film adaptation of the Nickelodeon series Avatar the Last Airbender is a quick and simple read that seems relatively well-constructed. However, considering the amount of people on social networking sites who profess to ‘like’ it, I find it necessary to point out that the article does injustice to the brevity of the issues presented in this highly controversial movie. Continue reading

The Making of an Escapist

17 Aug

This was column piece was published last August 13 at Asian Correspondent. The original article can be found here

I was inspired to write this partly because it’s not too often that I express my patriotic sentiments, and partly because I wanted to show my cousin the error of her ways. I doubt she’d ever read this, but at least I said it. Maybe when she’s older I can show this to her? Haha, who knows!

The class’s comments on this piece were generally positive; I was actually surprised. They said the language used was good, appropriate and relatable. The piece also flowed well, they said. The criticism I got for this piece was that there were no links and no pictures. Admittedly, it’s hard to find something to link in a personal article such as this.

It was at a family gathering that I came across a not-so-peculiar sentiment shared by almost my entire clan (and as I came to learn later, maybe even the majority of the Philippine nation), and it was triggered by the interrogation of my 9-year-old cousin, Gabbie.

Unusually bright and retentive for her age, Gabbie is also the family’s darling. Questions with various degrees of triviality would be directed at her, and whatever she said was met with approving coos.

One of my uncles asked, “Do you want to work in court like your mom?”

She said, “Yes, uncle. But I don’t want to work here.”


“Because my friends at school said that the Philippines is so poor that when I grow up, there’d be no money left for us.”

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And… Action!

2 Aug

Hello! I’m Corinne, a journalism student by day, serial procrastinator by night. And I have a confession: I am hopelessly in love with movies.

There are so many other things that hold my interest – sci-fi and speculative fiction, pop music, the latest hollywood gossip – but none has been as enduring and long-lasting as my love for seeing amazing stories come to life on screen.

So why the movie blog?

We tell stories to keep us going. We tell the fantastic and the tragic, the horrific and the beatific. Sometimes they are the same thing. We look, time and time again, for something to believe in. Films not only bolster the need to tell these stories, but make us believe in the impossible.

I love seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. It’s a different experience, sitting in a dark theater and having that communal experience with strangers. It’s also another thing to sit alone in front of your monitor with the lights dimmed so you can cry at that particular scene without shame. Movies make us live life in frames, in brief but memorable flashes of color and light.

So in here you’ll find reviews, pic spams, quotes, news and general thoughts on the movies I’ve watched. Old, new and from any genre, I’m willing to give it a try.

This alone is worth the ticket price!

Thanks to FuckYeahDisneyMoments and TimBurtonMovieStills for the images. :)