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‘Don’t Look Up’ is a powerful satire slapping you back to reality

‘Don’t Look Up’ revolves around individuals’ negligent behavior and their flawed characteristics that collectively spiral into a dooming fate of extinction一mixed with a sense of humor. 

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Say for example you’re drinking coffee at your house, the news is turned on while your eyes are hell-bent distracted on the screen of your laptop. The floor starts rumbling, the walls start shaking, and the greenish milieu outside your window is beginning to fade. Cars were already skidding out of the pavements, the skies already turning a yellowish hue because of what’s to come. 

You never expected any of these to occur, all because you couldn’t look up from the screen for a fraction of a minute.

Don’t Look Up is a satirical sci-fi film that takes place on the freshest realities of buzzing political agendas and power, a demand for profitable luxury and lifestyle improvement, and the literal star-studded skies being filled instead with the grave promise of a catastrophe annihilating every living being on Earth. 

Directed by Adam McKay, the film stars award-winning actors Leonardo Dicaprio as an astronomy professor in Michigan State (Dr. Randall Mindy) and Jennifer Lawrence as his graduate student (Kate Dibiasky). It also features highly acclaimed actors Timothée Chalamet (Yule), Meryl Streep (Pres. Orlean), and Mark Rylance (Peter Isherwell) along with supporting characters that made everything about the movie much more interesting and comically aggravating. 

Don’t worry, it’s safe not to look up while reading ahead. 

Not your ordinary end-of-the-world movie 

Photo courtesy of The Guardian

For a sci-fi disaster movie to embellish on an end-of-the-world crisis, it has the guts to portray the odds of it happening. 

As straightforward as it should be, the first few minutes of the film were already a testament to the complications of how a real-life end-of-the-world scenario plays out. 

Two astronomers, grad student Kate Dibiasky and adviser Dr. Randall Mindy discovers a rogue comet — Comet Dibiasky — heading towards Earth that could cause a similar extinction in the past of nearly every living being on the planet. After getting shunned by the White House and being humiliated on a televised morning show called The Daily Rip, the president finally agreed to take matters into their hands. 

The film ventures further into a flurry of media presence and criticisms; while technology company BASH of Peter Isherwell, swoops in to profit off of the arrangements for deflecting the oncoming threat. The six-month period ends with Comet Dibiasky finally landing on Earth; an epitome of the atrocious effects of unpreparedness and neglect. 

McKay, famously known for his films The Big Short and Vice, intended for the movie to include “absurdist, ridiculous comedy living right next to sadness” in which explains the whole seemingly dark premise of his most recent work. 

Taking great resemblance to films like Deep Impact and Armageddon, Don’t Look Up decides to instead revolve around individuals’ negligent behavior and their flawed characteristics that collectively spiral into a dooming fate of extinction—mixed with a sense of humor. 

The sardonic humor is awfully realistic with real-life parallels

Photo courtesy of The Verge

From Lawrence and DiCaprio’s raging yet sensible monologues during their interviews in The Daily Rip show, we all felt that bubbling frustration finally surfacing after treating the comet issue as next-level entertainment and mineral source. 

“I’m sorry, but not everything needs to sound so clever or charming or likeable all the time. Sometimes we need to just be able to say things to one another,” Mindy emphasizes. 

The threat of Comet Dibiasky was the main premise of the film, accounting for the raw parallels of the perils of climate change. It was a looming threat that could’ve long been prevented, if only everyone reminded themselves that time was essential.

But alongside that, communication is also paramount to the equation for success. If we keep on sugar-coating every major conflict there is, then how can we be honest with each other? 

Climate advocates and scientists regard the film with high praise for such authenticity when it comes to climate change awareness and superficial political inaction, as well as the meaningful analogy behind the global threat. 

Climate change is comparatively much slower than the comet threat from the movie, yet the problem was never eradicated. It only worsened as the years went on and more collective ignorance feigned. Due to numerous sociopolitical factors and personal gain, the rift between the issue and the solution just grew wider and bigger. 

Even though the comet was the main issue, the film also shed light on other major topics that need to be probed. 

Worldwide issues like the climate crisis and COVID-19 were poorly handled by our own government authorities, leaving it to us to suffer the consequences of their actions. 

Similarly in the film, Pres. Orlean could have addressed the impending comet immediately rather than treating it as a doomsday prophetic phenomenon. She could have just given the signal to continue the mission of deflecting the comet back to space rather than succumbing to her and Isherwell’s selfish desires of making profits. There was still so much time, yet it was lost because of their own carelessness and narcissism. 

We all wouldn’t suffer from the damaging effects of COVID-19 and its variants if the government response was quick, if protocols gave strict compliance, and if only they trusted the science enough for collective action. 

The public rather believed that BASH was doing such an astonishing job, publicizing the comet as a ‘money-making’ or ‘job-making’ source that could help everyone with their financial situation. 

And here’s where the media comes in. Its unabashed advances on allowing a passive reaction and filtering to these kinds of world crises is omnipresent; misshaping what’s relevant and what’s not, with what’s appealing rather than revealing. People avoid looking up from their devices now, so what is one way for huge media giants like these to exploit that advantage? 

Compare the attention of this subject to the breakup of popular celebrities—parallel to Riley Bina (Ariana Grande) and DJ Chello’s (Kid Cudi) controversial break-up from the film—and you’ll get staggeringly contrasting ratings for each. 

Dr. Mindy was given much exposure and media training to appear in more interviews, photoshoots, and even children’s shows; he was the nerdy ‘sexy’ scientist everyone raves about.

And then profit comes when ratings go up. On the contrary, the media coverage for climate change nowadays is improving, despite the COVID crisis headlining the news every single day. This doesn’t mean one is superior to the other; they’re equally important and must be given the same attention. 

Problem is, it’s still not enough for everyone to be completely conscious of. All the humor and themes surrounding the film made too much sense—from the parallels and euphemisms to the flaws of every character. 

A small margin of error can cost the entire planet

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“Thing of it is, we really did have everything, didn’t we?” 

The science was sound and the calculations were accurate. We knew of the media, politicians, and the public being involved in a ‘near-mass hysteria’ but the comet still prevailed and landed.

In the film, Comet Dibiasky was met with believers and non-believers; the science denialists, and those who consider it a hoax to terrify the public. Pres. Orlean became a reimagined version of Donald Trump, inspiring the ‘Don’t Look Up’ movement which was all sorts of wrong.

McKay’s storytelling was too realistic. Laughable, but possible. 

I also have to commend his way of inserting Chalamet’s character, Yule, as a symbol of religiosity in a time of hopelessness and corruption. It goes to show how religion can continue to be a source of one’s strength and their will to live despite their stereotyped nature. 

Peter Isherwell’s tech company—and eccentricity—was strikingly similar to today’s Musk, Zuckerberg, and Bezos; billionaires who have the power in money to save and improve human lives. 

Dr. Mindy’s bluntness to Isherwell was well-said, despite Isherwell taking the offense personally. He did approach the situation as a businessman, and he disallowed anyone criticizing his work.

But as scientists, Mindy was just as determined for everything to work out. Besides, it’s the end of the world we’re talking about. A room for discussion and inquiry would have single-handedly kickstarted the success of Isherwell’s drones, leaving no room for error. Yet, he did, leaving a boatload of mistakes that led to the world’s destruction. 

In another scene, Kate asked, “Is any of this even peer-reviewed?” 

The system of peer-reviewing is an accepted process for scientific and scholarly communities to validate and improve on existing studies. Replace that with self-adulation and you get an Isherwell who believes everything that he’s doing is purely correct and infallible. 

That’s why it’s relevant to ask questions—to constructively criticize and learn more. Knowing less will only make us more ignorant when we have a chance to correct the mistakes of the past.

Inspiring action amid trying times 

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Watching the fully-stacked cast with this complicated storyline was taxing.The comet was anticipated, but it still left us reeling over the doable what-ifs that could have prevented the ending from happening. There might have been more to elaborate on certain topics surrounding the film, but this could be sufficient enough to relay its central theme to all who have or haven’t watched. 

*Despite the frustration from seeing the ‘villains’ end up surviving 22,000 years later—and bidding billions of dollars for building houses—as part of the post-credits, it was gratifying, to say the least, to see them end up in a much newer environment where they are totally unfamiliar with. They’re still undeserving, but it would be their doomed prison too. 

As the main characters gathered together for their ‘last supper’, their faces were solemn enough to hide the existential dread creeping upon them in a few minutes; their deep breaths were already an exasperated response to accepting their fates. When the walls crumbled and the windows broke, it was the end.

“I’m grateful that we tried,” as Kate said.

It’s best to say that the ending was almost necessary. Bad endings in stories are uncomfortable and sometimes sob worthy. But McKay’s ending to the film was a cruelly realistic one, conveying the cold-hard truth before us with immense precision and dark undertones of humor. It stays true to the notion of delivering to the people what they need to know; yet the question is, what’s the next step? 

The next step we take is for us to finally recognize the gravity of our situation—look up, and see for ourselves the reality we are in and the future we can uphold. It’s better to die trying than living without doing anything. 

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2022 Elections Playlist: Tayo ang Kasaysayan

Sa darating na halalan, iboto ang alam mong titindig para sa karapatan nating lahat.

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Sa dinami-rami ng mga pangyayaring nagdaan sa loob ng anim na taon sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte, hindi na lamang ito isang karapatan. Responsibilidad na natin ang pagboto. Kahit sino ka man, kahit anuman ang estado mo sa buhay, kailangan mong bumoto. Hindi lamang para sa kinabukasan mo, ngunit pati na rin sa kinabukasan ng mga taong nasa paligid mo.

Para sa darating na halalan, gumawa ang TomasinoWeb ng 2022 elections playlist kung saan mapapakinggan ang mga kanta ng Eraserheads kasama sila Francis Magalona, Gloc 9, Ebe Dancel, at iba pang mga pangalan sa larangan ng OPM. Hanapin ang liwanag sa dilim sa mga tanyag na kanta ngayong darating na eleksyon. 

Iboto ang alam mong titindig para sa karapatan nating lahat. Nagkamali man noon sa pagpili ng mga pinuno, ito ang pagkakataon upang ihalal ang tunay na nararapat. Tandaan na nasa atin ang panahon.

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It’s time we talk about fetishization in BLs

There and then, when the object of production becomes subsumed into the gaze of only those who do not own the narrative and, by extension, to sell under the status quo, these stories translate to sheer fetishism. Same-sex relationships are only seen under stereotypes and cookie-cutter characteristics. 

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In the early days of lockdown, everyone was strapped in their homes for what would become a global health crisis. 

With time ticking ever so slowly while the world seems to collapse, people turned to entertainment to catch slivers of hope and in a time when our feelings swing unabated from anxious to sad, to fearful, to bored.

As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed one afternoon, I chanced upon this post about two young, good-looking Thai best friends (later, I learned that they are apparently love interests). People in the replies were gushing over them, of course, I had to poke around. I let it rest in my mind, at first, going on with my usual routinary, monotonous day in quarantine.

A week passed by and Bright and Win, “two best friends”, or, lovers’ names, kept horning in my feed, even on Facebook. Friends, through direct messages, kept telling me about it as well; how it was so refreshing to see a queer love story on a mainstream platform with so many fans talking about it. To put an end to all these virtual pressures, I had to check it out myself. In short, I fell into the Boys’ Love series wave.

I finished binge-watching one BL series after another. Sometimes, I’d sandwich one show with another to speed up my viewing time. Often, I’d pair it with films and other forms of content.

For me, after watching BLs, apart from the usual kilig and jitters, I feel a sense of novelty. Yet somehow I still feel discontented with what I saw. In other words, unrepresented. But before I take a deeper dive into the world of BL, I think it’s good to have a quick history lesson about it.

From yaoi to BL

Screengrab from MyAnimeList

The origins of the BL phenomenon as well as its roots as a literary genre come from Japan — primarily in its anime and manga literature — that thematizes young male homoeroticism between two men. 

Commonly referred to as “yaoi,” the genre began as fan works written by female fans from a personal interest to push the boundaries of comics at the time. 

In fact, the literary genre has been so that the term fujoshi, which translates literally to “rotten girls,” or female anime fans who enjoy and often obsess with male-to-male romantic relationships in the works came to light. This already gives us an idea how this grew as a spillover effect to the current forms of BL not only in Japan but also Thailand, China, and the Philippines. 

In its early days, it presented only fan works showcasing platonic relationships between male characters in the form of parodies. The magazine June is attributed by literary and media scholars to be the earliest iteration of the theme since it was one of the first magazines that published male-on-male tanbi literature in 1978. 

As time progressed, the proliferation of Japanese yaoi manga that was intended for women audiences and consumption converged with queer desires and transnational fandoms, generating a diverse, new set of platforms (music, films, and series) catering to broader audiences and creating more sundry narratives.

With this, I think it already gives us an overview of the problem with BLs in general, and, perhaps, it also handed me the answer to my iffy-ness with it afterward. While many developments have been made in the genre, I still do believe that BL has carried over remnants of its prime form: the intention to “sell” queer narratives to non-queer individuals who consume this content.

Just to add a caveat as well, while this is already the case for male homosexual narratives, much more whittling in terms of representation and focus is experienced by Girls’s Love or sapphic stories. Usual storylines would not even delve on their quotidian queer realities but instead highlight sex not to empower but to fetishize and become objects of sexual pleasure.

There and then, when the object of production becomes subsumed into the gaze of only those who do not own the narrative and, by extension, to sell under the status quo, these stories translate to sheer fetishism. Same-sex relationships are only seen under stereotypes and cookie-cutter characteristics. 

Towards a progressive gender politics

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How do we then draw the line between genuine representation and plain fetishism? 

I believe that the answer to this lies in the intent and the effect on its audience. With BLs’ audience getting broader, the responsibility to shift to more inclusive, gender-sensitive, and socially aware is all the more apparent. 

Of course, we can’t deny the roots of yaoi and BL. And progressive gender politics cannot be realized in a snap of a finger. What I’m saying is that perhaps it’s time to push the envelope away from stereotypes that fetishize queerness.

For BLs form and content not to develop and be swayed to the progressive causes, such as representation in media, are refusals to recognize issues that the subjects face in the context of their true environment outside of fiction. To refuse fetishism is to promote criticality and elevation of queer societal discourse.

I still do enjoy BLs, especially new releases. I just wish that moving forward, we can challenge dominant narratives, and realize our imagined aspirations. Else, we’re stuck and the genre’s progressive potential to forward causes and cultural development won’t come up to scratch.

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April 2022: A new chapter approaches

Even amidst all this chaos, as what Jodi Sta. Maria said, ”papunta pa lang tayo sa exciting part.” While waiting for the new chapter to arrive, let’s look back at the events of April 2022.

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As days get dangerously hotter, the unpredictability of March bleeds into this month as the election season nears its climax. Thomasians also choose their next leader, both for their student councils and their country. Even amidst all this chaos, as Jodi Sta. Maria said, ”papunta pa lang tayo sa exciting part.”

While waiting for the new chapter to arrive, let’s look back at the events of April 2022:

1. Thomasians elect new CSC, local student council officers

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UST students elected a new set of Central Student Council (CSC) and local student council officers last April 4.

Garnering 27,809 votes, former Civil Law Student Council president Nathan Raphael Agustin became the new CSC president. 

Agustin faced possible disqualification due to the non-issuance of his temporary transcript of records, which is a requirement for candidacy. 

Meanwhile, College of Education’s Francisco Mayuyu, UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy’s Benjamin Amper IV, Faculty of Arts and Letters’ Dale Dale Ignatius Marollano, and Conservatory of Music’s Rhojen Sianda are the new secretary, treasurer, auditor, and public relations officers, respectively. The position of the vice president remains vacant.

The elections were also held online through an electronic polling system like last year. This year, there was also a higher voter turnout, with 30,924 votes cast compared to last year’s 28,848.

The UST Central Commission of Elections proclaimed the officers for AY 2022-2023 on April 26, where it also affirmed Agustin’s win after facing a disqualification case.  

2. Provincial bus operators, commuters bemoan new window hours scheme

(Photo courtesy of Russell Palma/The Philippine Star)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented a “window hour” scheme to facilitate the return of provincial buses on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Based on the agreement of MMDA and provincial bus operators, buses with private terminals in Metro Manila can traverse EDSA from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. 

The buses should also terminate their routes at the North Luzon Express Terminal and the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange outside the window hours instead of their terminals.

The announcement confused bus operators, announcing that they would only operate during the window hours set by the MMDA. Commuters were also left stranded at terminals in Metro Manila as the buses cannot go directly to its private terminals.

People also lamented online over the window hour scheme, expressing how commuting to Manila became more difficult. Some lawmakers also want a House probe on the said scheme for the “significant delay and convenience” it caused.

The  Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) distanced itself from MMDA’s scheme, saying that the agency is not “privy” to the agreement’s details.

3. Holy Week activities resume after two years

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After the coronavirus pandemic halted Holy Week activities for two years, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) allowed the resumption of Visita Iglesia, Salubong, and processions this year.

Visita Iglesia is a tradition of visiting at least seven churches during Maundy Thursday or Good Friday in remembrance of the Stations of the Cross. Salubong, on the other hand, is a reenactment of the meeting of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ after the resurrection.

The CBCP advised devotees to place religious images in motorized vehicles instead of carozas pushed by people and shorten the procession routes. 

Although, the Department of Health reminded the people that kissing and touching religious images are still prohibited. Minimum health standards are also still in place even as more areas shift to COVID-19 Alert Level 1, the lowest quarantine classification in the country.

4. UST becomes fifth top-performing law school in “historic” 2020-2021 exams

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The University became the fifth top performing school in the cluster of schools, with more than a hundred first-time takers in the 2020-2021 bar exam.

The Supreme Court (SC) announced on April 12 that UST has a passing rate of 93.05, or 201 passers out of 216 takers. 

This year’s Bar Exams gathered a “historic” 11,402 examinees, as the SC suspended it for two years due to the pandemic.  

The Bar Exams were also held digitally and locally for the first time. Coverage was also shortened, with only two testing days instead of the four-Sunday Bar Exam.

5. ‘Agaton’ onslaught leaves 224 dead, P3 billion agricultural damage

Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Tropical Storm Agaton flooded several parts of the country, leaving 224 dead and  P3 billion in agricultural damage.

“Agaton” formed inside the Philippine area of responsibility and intensified into a tropical depression on April 9. It made landfall on Basey, Samar, in Eastern Visayas on April 11.

The intense rainfall flooded parts of Visayas and Mindanao, displacing over two million people.The Department of Agriculture also reported that “Agaton” left around P3 billion in agricultural damage, affecting the livelihood of 67,586 farmers and fisherfolk.

6. UAAP opens its doors to live audience after two-year hiatus

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For the first time in two years, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) opened its doors to a live audience last April 5. 

After initially starting Season 82 of Men’s Basketball through a “bubble” setup, the UAAP announced on April 1 that it would accept limited spectators, provided that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and follow minimum health protocols in place.

As of the writing, the UST Growling Tigers had three wins and 10 losses and was also out of the Final Four race after losing to the NU Bulldogs on April 26.

The Women’s Indoor Volleyball Tournament will start on May 5, with the Growling Tigresses opening the season against the FEU Lady Tamaraws.

7. EJ Obiena to carry PH flag at 31st SEA Games

Photo courtesy of Jerome Ascaño

After missing the World Athletics Indoor Championships due to the Philippine Athletics and Track and Field Association’s (PATAFA) non-endorsement, Thomasian pole vaulter EJ Obiena is set to be the country’s flag bearer at the 31st South East Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

This announcement came after Obiena and the PATAFA found closure after the Commission of Audit cleared the former of his liquidation issues.

PATAFA also endorsed the pole vaulter for the SEA Games and the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

The Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino revealed they nominated Obiena and Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, to carry the Filipino flag at SEA Games. Although, only one flag bearer is allowed per country.

The weightlifting star gave the other thumbs-up, emphasizing that Obiena is the “story of every Filipino athlete who fights to bring home pride and glory to the country.”

Obiena is one of the 656 Filipino athletes competing in 39 sports in the SEA Games, which will run from May 12 to 23.

8. Thomasian groups endorse Robredo-Pangilinan tandem

A month before the May 2022 elections, more Thomasians supported Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan’s bid for the two highest seats in the Malacañang.

Last April 2, six out of eight UAAP student councils, including the UST CSC, endorsed the Leni-Kiko tandem after the respective council’s mock polls.

Over 7,200 UST alumni also endorsed the tandem as both have “demonstrated integrity throughout their entire political careers.”

UST faculty members also backed Robredo, who said their students “can look up to and emulate.”

Last December 2021, several alumni, faculty, and students launched Thomasians for Leni Facebook page.

9. Several presidential bets hold joint Easter press con

(Photo by Lisa Marie David/Reuters)

Presidential aspirants Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and former defense chief Norberto Gonzales held a press conference on Easter Sunday to “call for unity.”

In the presscon, both Domagoso and Lacson hit Vice President and fellow presidential candidate Leni Robredo for “fooling” them at the unity talks before filing their certificate of candidacies.

Domagoso urged Robredo to “make the supreme sacrifice” of withdrawing from the 2022 polls as he claimed that her rivals had a better shot of winning the presidency against Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., who was the top candidate in surveys.

Lacson also said Robredo rejected his unification “framework” as it required the latter to drop out of the presidential race if she lagged behind the polls. 

Meanwhile, presidential candidate Ka Leody De Guzman chided his rivals’ Manila Peninsula presscon. He also rejected their call for Robredo to withdraw.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao was also invited but did not show up at the presscon, much to the relief of his campaign team.

On the other hand, Robredo asked her supporters to intensify their campaign for her candidacy and for them to be unswayed by emotions after the tirades against her.

Several netizens urged others to ignore the presscon as it coincided with the surprise reunion of K-pop girl group 2NE1.

10. Scientists stage worldwide protest against climate crisis

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Over a thousand scientists from 25 different countries staged the “Scientist Rebellion,” a worldwide protest against climate change and the inaction of governments to address it.

The protest followed the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report stating that the world needs to deeply cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 to avoid “irreversible” environmental damage before 2100.

The protest went viral after National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist Peter Kalmus and other experts were arrested after chaining themselves to JPMorgan Chase & Co in Los Angeles, California, a top financier of fossil fuel projects.

“We’ve been trying to warn you guys for so many decades that we’re heading towards a fucking catastrophe, and we’ve been being ignored,” Kalmus lamented.

Many pointed out his call to the events of the movie “Don’t Look Up,” a satire about climate change and how the world ignores scientists and their findings.

The protests made the #LetTheEarthBreathe campaign went viral, prompting many to do little acts to help reduce their carbon footprint, from deleting unwanted emails to using search engines like Ecosia, which promises to plant a tree every day 45 searches.

Although some climate activists pointed out that systemic change can better save the environment, the top 10 percent wealthiest people in the world are responsible for 34 percent of the global carbon emissions, more than double what the 50% of the worldwide population in the low-income bracket produce.

11. 2ne1 rocks Coachella with reunion performance

Screengrab from Coachella’s YouTube page

K-pop legends 2NE1 surprised Blackjacks worldwide after their surprise return performance after seven years at the Coachella Music Festival last April 17.

After 2ne1 leader CL’s performance in the 88rising’s Head In The Clouds Forever, she went off stage, coming back with fellow members  Bom, Dara, and Minzy.

In a Billboard interview, CL revealed that the intention behind their performance was “simply” for the group, serving as a “celebration.”

K-pop fans also felt a wave of nostalgia, pointing out how 2ne1 remains iconic even after all these years. Fans also rejoiced after witnessing the return of Bom’s red hair, Dara’s wild hairstyles and Minzy’s dance moves.

The group debuted under YG Entertainment in 2009. The group disbanded in 2016, after their last performance as a group at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

12. ‘Your daughter’ remix goes viral

Screengrab from AC Soriano’s official Twitter account

Papunta pa lang tayo sa exciting part.”

A new earworm arrived in town as netizens were left repeating the  “your daughter, is sleeping with my husband” remixed monologue in the show “Broken Marriage Vow.”

The remix came from social media content creator AC Soriano’s (@ItsAC’sLife) one-man show featuring the roles of actress Jodi Sta. Maria called “Jodi Sta Maria: The Unauthorized Rusical.”

AC, who was also known for impersonating actress Toni Gonzaga’s political performances (as “Otin G”), lipsynched to Doc Jill’s dinner revelation scene mixed with Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction.”

The “Unauthorized Rusical” entertained more than 12,000 live viewers, including Jodi Sta. Maria herself. The actress even performed the acapella version at the show’s virtual media press conference.

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