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Get up and Be Productive: Co-working Spaces Around UST

Finals season is just around the corner, and every student is searching for ways to study for their exams effectively. Co-working spaces offer just that atmosphere for you. With that, we listed down the places around the University to aid you on your review sessions. 

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Finals season is just around the corner, and every student is searching for ways to study for their exams effectively. Everyone has their own style to study, but one strategy in reviewing that applies to most students is to study in a peaceful, comfortable environment. Co-working spaces offer just that atmosphere for you. With that, we listed down the places around the University to aid you on your review sessions. 

ESPAÑA

Plug It Coworking Space & Study Hub

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Where: Second Floor, Saint Clare Homes, 902 Eloisa St. corner España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila,

Hours: 12 PM to 6 AM

Rates:  P45 per hour; P100 for three hours; P300 daily; P2,000 weekly; 6,000 monthly

Plug It Coworking Space & Study Hub offers a neat and classy ambience to soothe you as you study for hell week. They also offer free beverages, as well as complimentary chips for you to have something to munch on. Plug It also has unlimited internet, sockets for charging, as well as free use of lockers. Their rates are also is student-friendly so you don’t need to empty your wallets for this coworking space. They even offer a membership card for added perks and rewards!

Stream Concept Study Hub

Where: 1563 España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila

Hours: 10 AM to 6 AM (Sunday to Friday); 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Saturday)

Rates: P50 hourly; P150 for 4 hours; P300 for 7+ hours

Stream Concept Study Hub provides its customers with a wide range of services for an affordable price. This study hub offers free use of available school supplies, as well as printing services if you need reviewers. They also have pillows and blankets for a more comfortable review session. Aside from their services, they also give out freebies at times ranging from discounts to free ice cream, and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of dogs that occasionally visit their hub.

P. NOVAL

OrangeDesk Coworking Space and Study Lounge

Where: Fourth Floor, DB Building, 1250 P. Noval St. corner España Blvd., Sampaloc, 

Manila.

Hours: 11 AM to 6 AM

Rates:  P50 per hour; P120 for four hours; P300 daily, P1,800 weekly; P4,500 monthly

Color can affect the mood of an individual, and surrounding oneself with bright colors help could definitely help. OrangeDesk Coworking Space and Study Lounge provides you with a zesty ambience to brighten your mood. They pretty much cover the basics such as beverages, internet and sockets. It also has student-friendly rates so you will not run out of funds for this coworking space.

Panicroom Cowork

Where: Ground Floor, Galleria Suites P. Noval Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

Hours: 11:00 AM to 6:00 AM

Rates: P40 hourly; P100 for three hours; P280 for eight hours; P300 daily (all inclusive of high-speed internet, power and USB sockets, coffee, juice, and water)

Found in between Starbucks and Joli’s, Panicroom Cowork provides a great experience for students. The ambiance of this space gives a cozy vibe as it offers an environment ideal for those who prefer working with music or with silence. They cover the basics pretty well and even throws in a variety of coffee, juice, and water for their customers. Adding to the competitive pricing, this co-working space becomes a very attractive option to students who are looking for a nice and ideal place to study.

SkyLabs

Where: 1231 J Barlin St., Sampaloc, Manila

Hours: 11 AM to 2 AM

Rates: P50 hourly; P100 for four hours; P300 daily; P1,499 weekly; P3,999 monthly

Situated in the place of the well-loved food establishments in P. Noval, SkyLabs is a great choice for students looking for a place to study right after a meal. They are welcoming with their rates and even offers the occasional promo found in their social media page. The space is quite minimalist in style, giving students the immediate vibe of getting work done as soon as they walk in. Work is not all SkyLabs is for though, as they offer board games that can be requested through their staff. Inclusive also are free snacks which makes SkyLabs a very appealing choice for those who enjoy munching on something while studying.

DAPITAN

107 Co-Working by Macao Imperial Tea

Where: Pacific Suites, 1218 Santander St., Sampaloc, Manila.

Hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Rates: P350 daily; P3,500 monthly; P35,000 yearly

Perfect for milk tea lovers, 107 Co-working by Macao Imperial Tea combines great drinks and a productive space for any student. This co-working space provides the essentials of internet connection, power outlets, and an assortment of tables for the collaborative or the independent customer. They also offer a 10% discount on Macao Imperial Tea drinks to everyone who uses the co-working space while those who pay monthly and yearly can bring a friend in for 3 hours completely free.

The Capital CoWorking Space


Where: 1241 J Barlin St., Sampaloc, Manila

Hours: 10 AM to  5 AM

Rates: P50/60/220 (Normal/Focus Desk/Focus Group Area) hourly; P140/180/700  (Normal/Focus Desk/Focus Group Area) for four hours; P220/250/950 (Normal/Focus Desk/Focus Group Area) for eight hours; P300/350/1200 (Normal/Focus Desk/Focus Group Area) daily; P2000/2250 (Normal/Focus Desk) weekly; P3000/3500 (Normal/Focus Desk) for two weeks; P5000/6000 (Normal/Focus Desk) monthly

 A focused aesthetic seems to be what The Capital is going for with their co-working space. Found in Navarra Street, this space is very straightforward with its offerings without being too basic. Their rates comprise of three tiers: Normal, Focus Desk, and Focus Group Area. These tiers are based on the tables that students may use and the time they’re going to use them. The rates may be a bit steep however, its notable inclusions are unlimited snacks, coffee, refreshments, and use their shower room ideal for an intensive workday. While it is not as cheap as the other co-working places in this list, its proximity and aesthetics may be enticing for busy students.

HomeRoom Co-Working & Study Lounge

Where: 3/F Dioresa Plaza, 1521 Dapitan St. Sampaloc, Manila

Hours: 10:00 AM to 7 AM (Sunday to Friday); 10:00 AM to 12 AM (Saturday)

Rates: P88 hourly; P488 daily (10AM until closing); P4888 monthly

HomeRoom is indeed a hidden gem along the busy road of Dapitan. Their co-working space offers a busy and productive environment which will surely motivate you to start your work. HomeRoom is one of the few co-working spaces around the University that offers a napping room and a shower room, perfect for students who will be staying with them for the long wee hours. 

Buzzy Bee Co-Working Space

Where: 1253 Gelinos St., Sampaloc, Manila.

Hours: 11 AM to 2 AM

Rates: P45 hourly; P300 daily; P3885 monthly

If you’re as busy as a bee, this coworking space offers the right buzzy environment just for you. Buzzy Bee Co-Working Space provides its customers with affordable rates, with a discounted rate starting at 10 p.m. They also offer free snacks and refreshments. If you need to take a nap, Buzzy Bee houses a break room for you to play board games with your review buddies or to catch those z’s. 

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Which UST street are you?

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Another year, another Buzzfeed-esque quiz that is based on purely subjective notions. This quiz can somehow garner questionable results as they can be entirely different from how one sees oneself, but still feel free to take a (good) three-minute break and validate which UST street completely molds your Thomasian existence. Enjoy! 

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‘Awit’ and the normalization of transphobia

With music as a tool for liberation, we must not let the likes of “Awit” to limit our minds, let alone poison our culture with prejudice.

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Screenshot from the album cover of the now deleted song "Awit" on Spotify.

Erich Gabriel Bongon, also known as Young Vito posted a video of himself on Twitter singing a preview of “Awit” last Dec. 5, 2019, a song he that composed with sexist undertones and transphobic lyrics. Netizens were quick to call out the rapper when the preview is posted, prompting him to delete the video and issue an “apology.”

What happened afterwards? Was he cancelled? Was he given career opportunities after the incident? Did he change his ways and most importantly, did he educate himself on gender rights?

Young Vito is known to have signed a recording contract with Viva Records. With the record label having full knowledge of the incident, Young Vito and Viva Records have enabled themselves to go further: to release the same song with the same infamous lyrics, capitalizing off its notoriety on social media.

Awitis just one of the many Filipino songs propagating harmful ideas that does not only target the transgender community, but also encourages the normalization of transphobia and a culture of hate in the country.

Young Vito’s “Awitis a trans woman, with the singer implying that the woman deceives men, that there is something wrong with them. 

The song’s album art depicts a trans women using a urinal, as if implying that they should use the male’s comfort room; a controversial choice due to the ongoing debate on trans peoples’ comfort room access.

After receiving flak, the rapper posted an apology on Twitter, at the same time refusing to delete his video and liking tweets saying that people are “too sensitive.” He deleted the video afterwards.

A few days later, the rapper signed a five-year contract with Viva Records. After that, the song is released on multiple streaming platforms last Jan. 17, 2020 under Viva Records, with Emmanuel “NEXXFRIDAY” Salen producing and providing the beat for the track.

Photo grabbed from Young Vito’s Instagram account @youngvitoph

“Despite the controversy surrounding the song, Awithas been turned into a full-blown bop…,” the caption of the now-deleted lyric video in Viva Records’ Youtube channel reads. 

The song is then deleted on Spotify one day after its release.

Awitis just one of the many Filipino songs with transphobic lyrics. Songs like Abra’s “Gayuma” and Kamikazee’s “Chiksilog” portray trans women as someone who deceive men with their looks, while also spreading the notion that trans women are still men even if they have already identify themselves as women. 

One may think that the lyrics of these songs are harmless but for the transgender community, it makes their lives more difficult than it is.

In a country where the trans community are ostracized, where even some members of the LGBTQ+ community preach transphobia, where the likes of Hermie Monterde are still discriminated in the workplace, where personalities such as BB Gandanghari and Jake Zyrus are mocked online, where women like Gretchen Diez are shunned and arrested for entering the comfort room, where people like Jennifer Laude and Jessa Remiendo are murdered for being transgender – these songs spread dangerous ideas to the public. 

These songs normalizes harmful prejudices embedded in our culture. It hinders the LGBTQ+ community, especially the trans community’s fight for equal rights. It makes the idea of targeted discrimination and hate crime acceptable, painting a harmful image on people’s minds that it is normal to mock transgenders with the help of a song.

Music has been used to break the status quo, teach important lessons, and in some cases, aid in bringing down tyrants. With music as a tool for liberation, we must not let the likes of “Awit” to limit our minds, let alone poison our culture with prejudice. 

If we want true progress, we must lose the chains of backwardness binding us, and we can start by taking small steps—starting with picking good songs to listen to.

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Kadenang Ginto is more complex than ever

The show may seem ordinary in the spectrum of teleseryes, but with the bouts of recognition and attention it harbors, shows like Kadenang Ginto may have the tendency to succumb to society’s patriarchal roots—a premise that has been the show’s subdued message from the very beginning.

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Media and entertainment industries, especially in the Philippines, have undoubtedly created a number of teleseryes that got viewers hooked. Iconic lines from television shows made their way through social media, thus birthing an irreversible decade of video parodies, i.e. “Cassie, hindi ka muna papasok sa iskul” which came from the ABS-CBN afternoon prime show, Kadenang Ginto (directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Avel Sunpongco). This particular boomerang created by the show serves as a primary example of the proliferation of teleseryes into the in-betweens of people’s mundane realities. 

Usually, Filipino TV formulas have just been restricted to cookie-cutter stories such as rich girl-poor girl rivalries, wife versus mistress conflicts, and other types of predictable stories with a recurring plotline—dramatically mirroring the struggles of which people could sympathize and in some cases, empathize with. 

Now, with the recent narratives of most materials, it is fitting to raise the question: do teleseryes, such as the case in point, subconsciously imply a patriarchal and capitalist society which can water down women’s roles as simply pawns of the men-splayed environment?

Dissecting the Initial Premise of the Show

The whole idea of the show displays a tangled story between Daniela Mondragon (played by Dimples Romana) and Romina Andrada (played by Beauty Gonzales). Romina, a glorified Secretary, marries the business tycoon and father of Daniela, Robert Mondragon (played by Albert Martinez).

Caused by jealousy, Daniela strived to emerge relevant by physically and emotionally belittling Romina to death, hoping that she could at least gain more relevance in the old Mondragon’s life. It gets more complicated when Daniela marries Romina’s past lover, Carlos (played by Adrian Alandy), who still has unresolved feelings for the latter.

While Daniela’s past actions remain important both in their family business and in the lives of the men involved, it seems questionable that all her intentions were for the sake of these men.

While it is also applauding that Daniela and Romina are their own persons who are fully responsible to stir changes necessary to keep the show going, one may question the end of not just the character’s intentions, but as well as the writers’ inclination to probe and provide a substantial arc for these characters.

It raises the question, especially during a period when a new character was introduced in the persona of Richard Yap, a rich businessman, who somehow became a catalyst on how the character of Romina can get back on track. 

Are the women in Philippine teleserye doomed to always be swept off their feet by some men to garner the easiest way out?

The show may seem ordinary in the spectrum of teleseryes presented by the network, but with the bouts of recognition and attention it harbors, shows like Kadenang Ginto may have the tendency to succumb to society’s patriarchal roots—a premise that has been the show’s subdued message from the very beginning.

Now (with the plot lines tangled and recurring), the characters and their progressions can be attested to hopeful major changes (thankfully), as lead female characters are taking matters on their hands especially with Romina Andrada-Mondragon gaining more control over her circumstances, a (seemingly progressive) march of silent revolution, veering away from the initial premises of the show – yet still bound to its original plot line.  

Trudging the Conventional

While the network’s teleseryes’ cookie-cutter and cardboard characterizations of women are proven formulas, fresh perspectives are always a welcome venture with the exploration of complex female characters. 

Writers and show producers must become more socially-reverberant that they not only choose to showcase shows that pay the rent. In the Philippines, it is slowly building its pace with independent films being at the forefront.

Unfortunately, most mainstream media consumers are still inclined with choosing the proven formulas so mass media practitioners also stick to what generates more audiences. What the consumers can do now is to try to become more adamant to good and progressive changes – utilize the everlasting “get out of your comfort zone” notion. 

Media, as compared to what it tries to cater to before, has certainly come a long way with the sprouts of powerful women characters here and there. Unfortunately, Philippine mainstream media and its consumers sat way comfortably in the reassurance of these boxed and usual beliefs.

It may possibly take a while for these teleseryes to do the same with their high intentions to generate money, even if the essential purpose of art to heighten and challenge the empathic tendencies of the people can definitely suffer.

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