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Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical: Disturbingly Beautiful or Beautifully Disturbing

These kinds of plays contribute to opening the eyes of the public to the problematic points of life. Ang Huling El Bimbo was surely action-provoking, with an audience whose eyes are now more opened to the horrors and truths of real-life.



Photo courtesy from Ang Huling El Bimbo: The Musical's Facebook page

Eraserheads has been known for their songs containing subliminal messages pertaining to serious issues, hidden beneath lively tunes. Scrutinizing the layers of the lyrics shines a light on somber topics that most overlook upon listening to their lively tunes that mask grave realities common Filipinos face. With Ely Buendia on vocals, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro on strings, and Raimund Marasigan on drums, the band’s knack for music composition has been helpful tools on opening the eyes of their listeners to pensive public matters, like their songYoko.’ 

The band’s discography has served as an inspiration for the hit musical titled after one of Eraserheads’ hit track — Ang Huling El Bimbo. The play initially hit the stage in 2018 and ran until August of last year. The musical has sparked the interest of Eheads fans as well as those who are supporters of theater. ABS-CBN has decided to stream the play online, which sparked the interest of a lot of Filipinos and may be a gateway to a deeper appreciation of Philippine performing arts.

Ang Huling El Bimbo: The Musical’s story has revolved around the college life of four friends named Emman, Anthony, Hector, and Joy, that were separated by time and a string of unfortunate events that severed their close-knit relationship but are reunited once again because of Joy’s death.

In reference to the song, the first act was nakakaindak, nakakaaliw because of how lively it is. It showcased how the trio — Emman, from a simple family in the province, Anthony, from a family where his dad despises him because he’s queer, and Hector, from a well-off family, were accepted to enroll in a state school in Manila — with each one of them with their own aspirations to fulfill. In one of their ROTC trainings, they were introduced to a nice girl named Joy, who immediately became their friend and eventually Hector’s girlfriend.


The second act was nakakatindig balahibo given its somber and dark nature. In a scene in the latter part of the play, the group decided to go on a joyride on Hector’s brand new car days before the trio’s graduation. They went to Antipolo, overlooking the city. The bunch was jovial in those times and even took a photo to immortalize that moment. As they were jamming, sitting on the hood of the car, a group of drunks came their way and started taunting and beating them up. The boys were held at gunpoint and forced to get inside the car, sadly, for Joy, she was forcefully violated sexually, while the car’s stereo blasted the song ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo.

Everything goes downhill from there. Once the drunkards ran away, Joy was in a state of shock and they were arguing whether they would go to the precinct or the hospital. Hector gets the last word and decides to just drop her home and never speak of the incident again. The day of the graduation comes, but the boys seem averted from Joy, then they went their separate ways. The years passed and circumstances have forced Joy to deal with drugs and get intimate with strangers in exchange for money. Eventually, we learn of her daughter named Ligaya, who Joy is more than eager to introduce to the trio who were a vital part of her life. She never lived to introduce them, but the trio met Ligaya in the morgue.

The play touched up on many problems like how Joy was pushed by poverty to work unorthodox jobs. Matters of hard-to-get-by education were mirrored in earlier scenes where the probinsyano of the group from a humble family strives to be successful to give his family a better life. It also tackles politics, on how some people in power are not really suited for position and are just prone to abusing their authority. 

After the musical’s release, it has sparked mixed perceptions by different viewers. While others were praising the play’s brilliance, others were critiquing how it fails to address the societal norms that the protagonists came across. A brief scroll on the hashtag #AngHulingElBimbo will open a series of varying opinions on the show.

Some say that though it showed the many societal problems that most are experiencing now, the play was not able to break the norms and just went with it. They discussed sexual violence but it went downhill when the real-life tendency of the victims and witnesses staying quiet was not broken down. The rape scene was also condemned by many because of its horrific portrayal. Additionally, they say that it is as if the play perpetuates keeping the mouths of the victims of sexual violence, like Joy, shut. The rest of the audience believes that art should not carry the burden of showcasing how societal issues like these should be addressed. They say that it was the play’s responsibility to shine a light on these and to challenge the viewers on how they could address the problems presented.

These kinds of plays contribute to opening the eyes of the public to the problematic points of life. Ang Huling El Bimbo was surely action-provoking, with an audience whose eyes are now more opened to the horrors and truths of real-life. Although AHEB was not able to give out concrete measures we can take to address issues, it surely made us abhor these realities and pushed us to action to break the wheel of irrational normalization of societal issues plaguing. 



Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.



Artwork by Ayeesha Panotolan

The most dreadful time of the semester is here and with it comes every student’s best friend: cramming. We all know that it’s an ineffective and unhealthy way to retain information. Yet, we still choose to condense weeks worth of lectures into hours of late night study sessions because it somehow still gets the job done. 

Studying in the wee hours of the morning means you need something to keep you and your brain awake and functioning. Below, we’ve compiled a playlist that will surely get those neurons firing as you burn the midnight oil.



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12 tweets hyping up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat

And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!



"Lady of Sorrows" poster grabbed from the official Facebook page of the University

Today, the University published a poster commemorating the day of the Lady of Sorrows. As a Catholic university, it has always been a practice of the University to publish publicity materials about the Catholic Church’s feasts, traditions, and holidays. However, the Lady of Sorrows poster had more to offer other than the photograph of Mama Mary. What does the Twitter-verse have to say about it?

Here are some tweets that that hyped up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat:

1. An iconic upgrade.

Comic Sans MS is nowhere to be found! 

2. And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

I know you’re rooting for this iconic album too.

3. Ah, ah, ah!

The Lord and Mama Mary love us like that! 

4. Time to hype the party!

Wait, are we going to cry or…?

5. Time to light these bad boys up.

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

6. And she spoke of the truth!

It really does, I swear.

7. There’s an uncanny resemblance, right?

Aren’t we all inspired by someone or something?

8. Don’t you just miss the good days?

Time to bust out those moves soon, sister.

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9. Sing it with me!

I’m a hundred percent sure you sang the next lines!

10. *Saves to Pinterest board*

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who did this.

11. Response?

We’re going to need the energy UP tonight.

12. Stream Papuri sa Diyos Remix

Prepare your dancing shoes! You’re going to bust some moves.

Whether one is religious or not, everyone can admit that the pubmat is comical yet well done at the same time. Today, Twitter truly had a laugh while touching up hints on pop culture references. All jokes aside, may we celebrate what the 15th of September is truly about: the day of the Lady of Sorrows.

And together we say, “Amen”.



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The 12 types of people in quarantine

We’re pretty much sure you’re #8 in the list.



Artwork by Patricia Jardin/TomasinoWeb

The pandemic has kept people indoors and isolated from their day-to-day lives. While cabin fever set in for some, others have thrived in being able to stay in the comfort of their homes. 

Being productive while in quarantine has been a major challenge for everyone ever since it began. With normal workflows being disrupted, we had to find ways to keep our minds working amidst the recent events that have taken over the world. With that said, being productive isn’t just about continuing the grind, it could also mean finding the time to heal in all aspects of our lives.

These limitations gave birth to personalities that we did not know we had; for others, the personality they wished they could always show. Here we list down the different types of people in quarantine.

1. The news bulletin

Source: GIPHY

There might be some who feel burdened and tired by the daily news cycle, but these people are not one of them. Glued to the TV or the updates on their phones and computers, they’re the kind to stay on top of the news as it happens. These people are the ones we rely on for updates, even if it means talking to them is like listening to primetime news.

2. The health secretary

Source: GIPHY

Going hand-in-hand with the news buff, these are the types of people we can trust with the latest safety tips and tricks against the pandemic. They keep up-to-date with recent studies, at-home advice, and ideal precautions to keep themselves and everyone safe. Like the news bulletin, we can rely on them to help inform us on how to stay safe during this pandemic.

3. The quarantine entrepreneur

Source: GIPHY

Quarantine brought upon limitations, but these people have found business opportunities while at home. They’ve created different products or services that people can make use of while at home. For some, it has also been a way of helping communities by donating portions of their sales to charities and relief efforts. From delicious desserts to affordable online services, these people have kept on the hustle during the quarantine.

4. The house executive

Source: GIPHY

While the lockdowns meant work had to stop for most, these people continue the work at home. Often seen in an online meeting in Zoom, Teams, or Meet, they carry on with their job in what some argue to be a less stressful environment. At the same time, they also become sources of entertainment in calls when random background events occur.

5. The (at-home) gym rat

Source: GIPHY

Who said you had to skip your summer bod this year? With more time indoors than ever before, these people prefer to use their time to whip their body back to shape. Having less distractions, they’ve managed to find a workout plan to stick with using all the equipment at their disposal.

6. The quarantine chef

Source: GIPHY

If there was anything we loved watching more than comedy skits and dance challenges, it would be cooking videos. With people spending more time in the kitchen this quarantine, more recipes have come out to inspire our quarantine chefs to put their aprons back on. We can bet on these people to wow us with their cooking on our tables or on our smartphones when they post their cooking online.

7. The vlogger

Source: GIPHY

While most people are content with enjoying content, these people have been inspired to make them. You’ve probably seen some of your friends start a YouTube channel during this quarantine period and maybe even shared their videos in support. These people make their quarantines more interesting by exploring their creativity and producing content for friends, family, and the world to enjoy.

8. The TikToker

Source: GIPHY

Perhaps the young and hip cousin of the vlogger, these are the people who have decided to get in on the trend and produce TikTok videos. Similar to previous platforms like Vine, TikTok makes it easier to produce fun and quirky content that’s much shorter than its YouTube counterparts. Whether it’s TikTok dances or comedy skits, these people have joined in on the fun on the trending social media platform in their spare time.

9. The Netflix guide

Source: GIPHY

If the last two entries featured people who make content in quarantine, these people are the ones more content with consuming them. Finally having the time to sit back and go through their Netflix library, these people have become very reliable guides for what movie or show to watch next. Whether you’re looking for heart-wrenching dramas, light and witty romcoms, or serious and brooding thrillers, they’ve got just the thing for you.

10. The digital shopaholic

Source: GIPHY

Lockdowns may have caused malls and shopping centers to temporarily close, but these people have decided to take their business elsewhere. They find themselves spending most of their time browsing through flash deals and free shipping specials looking for the best deals. With packages coming in on almost a daily basis, these people have endeared themselves to the delivery crew in their area.

11. The Zen master

Source: GIPHY

Being at home this quarantine means you get to be in the one place you’re most familiar with. While others try to stay active physically, these people use the comfort of their homes to engage themselves mentally and emotionally. They’re the ones we probably don’t hear a whole lot from this quarantine but when we do, it’s often to hear realizations and reflections about themselves and the world around them.

12. The couch potato

Source: GIPHY

Perhaps the most recognizable and most relatable, these people are the ones that just enjoy the break from it all. These people simply enjoy sleeping in, staying in bed, or just relaxing in their own little spaces. They relish in the simpler things in life, choosing to just take a good break from all the work and stresses that they’ve had before.

The pandemic has left us with a constant feeling of uncertainty about our future. Monthly bad news and toxic arguments in social media have made us feel bogged down and burnt out. 

Regardless of the means, what’s most important is that we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether that’s by doing physical and mental activities or simply taking a well-deserved break, what matters most is that we keep ourselves afloat. 

At the end of the day, our part in staying at home is the best we can do to not only help ourselves but also everyone around us against this pandemic.


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