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8 Must-try burger places around UST

YOU COULD never go wrong with a burger. It’s the little black dress of the Food Kingdom; it’s classic and versatile.

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YOU COULD never go wrong with a burger. It’s the little black dress of the Food Kingdom; it’s classic and versatile. You can eat it anywhere, on any occasion, in any form, at any pace.

One of the perks of being a Thomasian is having access to the array of restaurants and food stalls surrounding the University, and a big portion of these are burger places. Here are some of the best ones.

 

1. Yvan Navy

This burger and kebab place was the talk of the town when it first opened because of its low-priced but quality burgers. If you’re on a tight budget but craving for a solid pig out, Yvan Navy is the solution. For only ₱50, you could get a hearty serving of their Quarter Pounder. If you crave for something heavier, all you have to do is add ₱50 more for every extra 1/4 pound patty. And if you really are in the mood for a splurge, go big and try their Triple Half Pounder. Their luscious patties cooked on volcanic rock are guaranteed fresh from the grill. Because of this and the huge demand, your patience might be tested first before you get your hands on your burger. But don’t fret, because they’re really worth waiting for.

Location: P. Campa St., corner Andalucia

Price range: ₱50-300

 

2. Recess Time

Customization is the craze these days and that’s exactly what Recess Time offers. You’re free to choose your own patty (regular, premium beef or spicy chicken),  sauce (BBQ, teriyaki, pesto, honey mustard, lemon cream, buffalo, or spicy mayo), and toppings. If you want to play it safe, they offer signature burgers and they all come with an appetizing side order of potato nuggets. Their best-sellers include the Bacon Mushroom Melt and the Belly Buster. Aside from the satisfying food choices, Recess Time offers a good dine-in ambience and weekly barkada promos, making it a great choice for lunch or merienda with friends.

Location: Antonio St., Dapitan

Price range: ₱60-120+

 

3. Critu’s Burger

Located on the same street as Recess Time is the promising Critu’s Burger. This less-than-a-year-old burger place offers finely grilled quarter pounders that you will surely want to come back to. They’re currently serving two types of burgers – the regular one, with patties made of 100% New Zealand beef topped with a special sauce that will tickle your taste buds in the right places, and their special Spicy Peanut burger, a must-try if you’re game for a new, exciting flavor. However, this burger place could provide a bigger dine-in space so that more people would get to experience their good food.

Location: Moradiane Park, Antonio St., Dapitan

Price range: ₱55-95

 

4. JackO’s Burger Bar

This burger joint is almost always a full house. If you have tried their burgers, you’d understand why. The prices are very student-friendly (their quarter pounder is only ₱49), and their burgers really do live up to the hype. One of their best-sellers is the Cheesy Bacon Mushroom quarter pounder (₱65), and it is as tasty and satisfying as its name suggests it is. They also have a few eccentric entries on their menu, like the Peanut Butter burger, the Cheesy Hawaiian burger, and their one-and-a-half pound burger, aptly dubbed, the Mouth Smasher. Following the footsteps of the infamous Zark’s Burgers, they’ve recently started their own “defeat the meat” challenge, where you can get the chance to pay absolutely nothing if you can finish the Mouth Smasher, along with 150 grams of fries and a small bottle of Pepsi.

Location: Dos Castillas, corner Piy Margal St.

Price range: ₱49-₱290+

 

5. Burgervibes

The most important part of a burger’s anatomy is, without a doubt, the patty. This is where Burgervibes excels at. Their patties are made of pure beef so rich in flavor and chunkiness, you might swoon a little at first bite. Each burger meal comes with a generous serving of fries, iced tea, fresh vegetables, and homemade sauce of your own choice. Try their best-sellers: the Hungry Hulk for the cheese lovers, The Burglar for those who prefer the Western taste, and the Kalye Burger for the gravy fiends. Just make sure that you have extra space in your tummy before going in!

Location: Annie’s Place, P. Noval

Price range: ₱119-199

 

6. Barneys Burger

If you’re really craving for a quick, scrumptious snack after a tough day at school, you don’t need to go too far. Inside our campus lies a burger kiosk worth checking out. Originating from Guagua, Pampanga, Barneys Burger boasts of its own signature recipe that will both enkindle your taste buds and satisfy your belly’s needs. The next time you find yourself wandering around the carpark area, having a hard time choosing where to buy your lunch or merienda, try this one out. Their BBQ Burger is legen–  wait for it –dary.

Location: UST Carpark

Price range: ₱59-109

 

7. Yummerz Burger Bistro

Located on the other side of España, this restaurant’s strongest point is its logistics. They have good customer service, and their dine-in area is spacious and hip, with neon lights and impressive wall art. Their flame-grilled burgers are customizable (you’re free to choose your add-ons) and appeasing. If you’re a side-dish aficionado, you’ll like this restaurant’s diverse menu—you can pair up your burger with criss-cut fries, onion rings, nachos, quesadillas, buffalo wings or burritos.

Location: Loyola St., corner P. Noval

Price range: ₱85+

 

8. Lovelite

Last, but definitely not the least, is the famed Lovelite. Perhaps it’s more known for its combo rice meals with heart-shaped eggs and overflowing gravy, but this eatery-slash-copy center is also home to the cheapest burgers you’ll ever find in the UST area. Try the burger and egg sandwich, or the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. They also offer a variety of affordable fruit shakes to complement your meal. Granted, it’s not as exquisite as the other burger places in this list, but if you’re on a thrifty mode, and if you want a legit “hole-in-the-wall” experience, Lovelite is the place to be.

Location: Asturias St., Dapitan

Price range: ₱20-40+

 

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Will you get a Paskuhan date?

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Another year to end, another Paskuhan to celebrate. The night is approaching and the event is almost ready. How about you? Do you have a date already? Find out here!

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Van Gogh would want his art in pictures – even in selfies

With the Filipinos’ natural flair for the “selfie” culture, it is understandable that some would pose with satisfied faces next to the art. It doesn’t mean that the appreciation has lessened, contrary to what some people would imply. 

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“Van Gogh’s work on a digital art? I’d prefer going to the museum,” was what popped on the Twitter timeline right after the announcement of the famous 19th-century artist’s exhibit hails Manila. 

“Also for sure, puro pictures na naman ‘yan pang #content and honestly it doesn’t give respect to the artist.” the influencer adds in a pejorative Twitter thread.

Just a few weeks shy from the opening of the Van Gogh Alive Exhibit on October 26 at the One Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City, people took to social media their uncontainable excitement for the world-renowned “multi-sensory” experience. However, some people cut short this very excitement as they opined on how the famous artworks will serve as a mere background for pictures shared on Instagram. 

As aired by these opinions, those who go to the exhibit only bearing in mind how “Starry Night” would look good behind them deliberately defeats the exhibit’s purpose and instead tries to downplay Van Gogh for sheer mainstream content. Of course, it garnered several opposing statements, opening the gatekeeping discourse as the immediate question elevates: must art only be an elitist culture? 

If it hasn’t already been clear, Vincent Van Gogh’s works had left an indelible mark on this world, one which is not only impacted by his unparalleled artistry but also by the stories of tragedy and madness, a revolting formula which birthed some of history’s greatest works. Perhaps it is still part of Van Gogh’s tragic narrative that he was not able to know how well-appreciated his works are, most especially in a time where modernity is completely embedded in the societal fabric. 

But now, the world makes up for what it lacked centuries ago: an appreciative eye, more so through the lens of technology that combines the traditional and the digital experience. 

However, as technology permits for an immersive experience of centuries-old masterpieces, the society continues to find a way to create figurative barriers, cherry-picking the ones allowed to step foot in the museum when they try to limit the activities that should be done for the attendees of the exhibit. 

Of course, those who wish to go must also bear in mind that the purpose of the exhibit is to showcase Van Gogh’s works and let people see new perspectives on the tragic artist and his take on the post-impressionist wave, but it is not up to some people how one shows appreciation for art. With the Filipinos’ natural flair for the “selfie” culture, it is understandable that some would pose with satisfied faces next to the art. It doesn’t mean that the appreciation has lessened, contrary to what some people would imply. 

Some Thomasians had also taken their issue on gatekeeping as they try to weigh all the confluences of the issue. 

“Art is for everyone,” says Angelica Mercado, a Political Science student states firmly in an interview with TomasinoWeb. “To shame people and discuss that they don’t know Van Gogh’s life story is secluding or having a bubble wherein only a group of people who meet this standard should view his work.” 

She also adds how Van Gogh, as an artist, would want people from all aspects of life to view his work, given that when he was alive, he was robbed of the audience who can give the attention he rightfully deserves. Mercado also touched on the subject of people’s ways of showing appreciation. “At least people were there and they saw something, whatever the reasons are behind that, it’s okay because it still spreads the art.” 

Louie Ty, a Communications student also stated how gatekeeping misses the point of exhibits in the first place. She gave her opinions on how policing other people’s preferences in enjoying art do not honor the work of an artist. 

“It only serves to exclude and isolate, to make others feel like they’ve one-upped someone who is not aware of all the made-up rules that have become associated with the arts. It is an interactive exhibit and if the response that it elicits from people is that they want to take photos in front of it then that’s okay. Because as long as the person feels something, then the art has done its job,” Ty told TomasinoWeb. 

From the perspective of Industrial Design student Chelsey Lansang believes that people should not be quick to judge. “What if instead of looking at it negatively, why not look at the possibly [sic] positive outcome na baka naman when they get there, they get to see the true reason why those artworks are so mainstream and world-famous that is: the genius and indelible stroke of Van Gogh, his brilliant combination of contrasting and monochromatic colors, and his weirdly beautiful take on the forms of reality?” 

Gatekeeping and all other actions that invalidate people and their appreciation for art only create a divide that must’ve dissipated centuries ago. This same divide is what kept Van Gogh from showcasing his art to an audience who kept the standards of art on a figurative high horse that failed to welcome his artistic takes on reality. 

Truth is, the world is constantly changing, and so do the ways of showing appreciation. We can only hope that people will learn to adapt to these good changes, too. The Van Gogh Alive Exhibit will run until Dec. 8 at One Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

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How “Neneng B” Reflects Women in the Music Industry

“Neneng B” is just one of the examples that vividly elaborates on the sexuality of women – not in an empowering manner which celebrates the spectrum of the female gender, but in an openly degrading stint.

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Screengrab from Neneng B (feat. Raf Davis) official music video

Just recently, the song “Neneng B” by Nik Makino is receiving a legal backfire not for the reasons most people would highly assume and would likely prefer; rather for illegally acquiring the beat of the song from a European music producer, Roko Tensei. Though many clamor for it to be taken down over its hypersexually explicit lyrics, copyright issues may be the best chance for the removal of this song in the music industry – a compromise that people would gladly not take for granted.

It is worth noting that ever since the song rose to its popularity, dialogues on the issues of objectification and sexualism had been circulating the internet. Still, it managed to get at this point wherein children are blindly singing along with its lyrics without careful thought, and even procured dance moves that might downplay its real issue (and its actual purpose) to mere entertainment. 

This is not a new territory which people would trudge on as these issues that obliterate the sexuality of women has been highlighted for various international artists. It doesn’t mean, however, that it excludes the Philippine music scene. “Neneng B” is just one of the examples that vividly elaborates on the sexuality of women – not in an empowering manner which celebrates the spectrum of the female gender, but in an openly degrading stint.

Using the “Boys will be boys” Card

For years, the music industry has been blatantly harsh on women. It has been putting up transparent barriers that let women sit still and be policed by the so-called standards. This, in itself, allows objectification to pile up in the community. It is no surprise, however, for the industry has been contained in a male-saturated patronage.

For instance, the issue on Taylor Swift and her music being prohibited by two men – who are heads of the record label in which she used to be part of – says a lot about women being seen as mere catapults to the success of men. 

This does not mean to turn its back on the considerable struggles that men in the music industry is also going through. It takes into account all discriminatory regards towards both genders. In retrospect, however, the scales tip more on women being the frequent receiving end, and most of the time, it is shunned by moguls that focus more on providing quantitative measures, more so in a patriarchal system. 

Now, with the issue of Makino, in an artistic aspect, it could be claimed as a way of creatively expressing his art in a free medium that strips off any political or social undertones. However, this very action, whether it is fought to be a creative expression, intends to put harm on a group of persons, blatantly attacking and obliterating their freedom of expression.

It should be known that songs like these give free passes by charging it to the “boys will be boys” notion and openly allow men to determine according to their liking how women should be regarded in this society. 

Changing the Narrative

In a generation gearing towards neutral liberalism, women are making active and loud choices to voice out their experiences. This may give insight on changing perspectives of women. 

For instance, Bethany Consentino, the other half of an American rock duo Best Coast, called out the restless magnification of sexualism in the music scene through an essay. She voiced out how during gigs, overtly sexual phrases are still being used, which she refuses to be used on her and every woman in the industry.

“I am supposed to not only stand there and take it but also digest it as a compliment to add to my fierce arsenal of sexy confidence,” Consentino adds in disappointment. 

“I’ve had guys outwardly tell me it’s different because you’re a girl.” Becky Bloomfield, frontwoman of punk rock band Milk Teeth, also recounted her experiences of gender discrimination in the music scene. She even pointed out how it was surprising for her male colleagues to know how much she was literate in the technical language of a concert gig. Unsurprisingly though, this just confirms the degrading image of women in the industry. 

Some are small, yet sure steps taken. There are noticeably shifts in the rose-colored notions of allowing men to overpower women through the empowerment given by the media, speaking up when the situation calls for it. These small steps become the very foundation of an ideology that seeks not only to empower the female spectrum, but all persons regardless of their gender. 

Even with such empowering acts that spring up from this situation, it is still important to note that they do not counteract the damages done and those who should be held accountable as prime proliferators or accessories to this issue must still be recognized. And women, surely, are not ready to back out just yet.

It is concerning how misogyny is still blatant and harsh these days despite how many are outspoken about the issue on hand. The world will never achieve equality if they never give way for change, especially when it comes to music – an important art form that the people stick to their hearts.

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