Many students and progressives are calling for mass promotion and cancellation of online classes because of COVID-19. Should these demands be taken into consideration?

A picture of my former classroom at Parañaque National High School-Main taken on May 2019

The global coronavirus pandemic completely shocked the entire world and changed things suddenly unlike any other event in human history. Shops either remained open at limited times or closed down, strict health and safety guidelines were implemented almost everywhere, gatherings had to be cancelled or suspended, many workers suddenly found themselves unemployed, and classes were also forced to be suspended. Just like work, education has forced itself to find ways to continue or studying would be sidestepped only until the risk of getting COVID-19 becomes lower. With that, schools and universities turned to online classes so that students could still…

Here’s my experience of what working from home amidst a global pandemic feels like so far.

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The news of the coronavirus outbreak had been raging on since the first case in the Philippines was reported on January 2020, and I still had to go to work despite the increasing fear and risk of the virus. Headlines of the outbreak dominated the news almost every day, and the cases of COVID-19 gradually rose that the first case of local transmission (the first coronavirus case in the Philippines was a 38-year old Chinese woman who had travel history in Wuhan, the ground zero of the pandemic) was reported on March 2020. From that point, the Philippine government realized…

With the emergence of advanced technologies, critical thinking may seem a thing of the past, with gadgets and devices seemingly helping us do everything. However, it should always remain an integral part of humanity, no matter the technological progress.

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I was born in 1999, a part of the so-called Generation Z (often shortened as Gen Z), which are often differentiated and separated from the Millennials, who were born in the years beginning 1981 and ending in 1995. I could say that I am a part of a generation who experienced a great transition in the development of technology. I even experienced using floppy disks during certain activities in my Computer subject in the later parts of my elementary studies. I witnessed the transition of technologies as I became more reliant on Google Search during the later years of my…

Assassin’s Creed Rogue was the first game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise that I have played, and is also one of my most favourite. Sadly, many players, and even fans of the series had ignored this game in the past, and even in the present.

Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar, in Coeur-de-L’Hiver

I have been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed game series since way back a couple of years ago, when I discovered it through the internet. I wasn’t so fond of video games back then. I only played a few online games, as well as some video games from Grand Theft Auto to Left 4 Dead. When I saw for the first time on YouTube by watching its game trailers, I was instantly stunned by it. I could consider myself as a history lover, and I also wanted to learn how to do parkour, as well as fighting sports, and…

As the new Emperor of Japan steps into the throne, new challenges and possibilities are waiting for the Reiwa era.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako’s first public appearance after the former’s ascension to the throne (Source: Facebook/ mainichiphoto)

Back in 2016, now former Japanese Emperor, Akihito, announced his intent to abdicate from the Chrysanthemum Throne, after more than 30 years of reign, which began in 1989 after the death of Emperor Hirohito, Japan’s Emperor during the Second World War, due to failing health and his own concern in fulfilling his duties as the symbol of the Japanese people and the state.

It was the first time that the Emperor of Japan stood down since the Meiji Restoration that began in 1868. In preparation for the abdication and the ascension of Akihito’s eldest son, Naruhito, as the next Emperor…

An illustration of the fable of The Dog and the Wolf by J. M. Condé, published in New York in 1905

I have a memory during one of my few times I visit a bookstore in a mall in my city. I chanced upon some illustrated children’s book and decided to take a look at it. Even when I grew into a teenager, I still liked reading children’s stories both from the Philippines and around the world since aside from being short and illustrated, they often provide understandable and wise lessons that I could ponder on in my life. The story was titled “The Wolf and the Dog” by Aesop, a famous Ancient Greek fabulist and storyteller. It tells the story…

The Economist created an info-graphic showing what American politics would look like if the United States had adopted the parliament system.

The United States, upon gaining independence from Britain in 1776, became the first constitutional republic in the modern history. However, while the US created an entirely different system of governance compared to its former colonisers, the Americans never really got away with the influence of Britain, especially upon the creation of a body called the Electoral College that would elect both the president and vice president of the country. In fact, the United States is perhaps the only presidential republic in the world that uses this system, whereas other presidential democracies typically elect their presidents and vice presidents directly. This…

Jakeson Eudela

I am a Filipino-Taiwanese senior high school graduate and a freelance fiction and non-fiction writer currently residing in the Philippines.

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