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Sa North Diversion Road: Spiteful Nature of Infidelity

ARTISTANG Artlets surprised us again with another outstanding performance.

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     ARTISTANG Artlets surprised us again with another outstanding performance. Originally staged and directed by Tony Perez, a Don Carlos Palanca and FAMAS awardee, the play entitled Sa North Diversion Road is presented and well-chosen by the official theater guild of the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas. Having been performed and even adapted into a film, Sa North Diversion Road is one of the few spectacularly made creations that truly depicts, in unexpected depth, the real experiences of sorrows and burdens of infidelity.

     The play started with a man (who is later on revealed as Toni, the songwriter), driving alone on the North Diversion Road (now called North Luzon Express Way) then followed by scenes of ten different couples of diverse conflicts involving unfaithfulness and the searing pain of adultery. The acts involved a wide array of ways of how such couples deal with the problematic injury of betrayal. The ordering of the scenes or conversations also played a huge role in the play, for it contributed much of its playful and light mood at the beginning and its hurt-inflicting and dreadful scene of the last depicted couple.

     The actors and actresses, at first, were if not below, but average in terms of performance. Indeed the acting of the performers, at the beginning was captivating in terms of realism, but the quality of their expressions and intensity of their emotions dwindled in the middle of the whole performance. One factor that might have contributed to such premise was when the same actors and actresses played different roles. In their changed roles, they somehow failed or did not often succeed to fully live out the unique and diverse charisma included in their lines and actions. However, the last act, wherein the final couple’s scene wherein Mae, the wife of the artist, revealed her knowledge and showed her pain not only physically, but emotionally of Toni and Charmaine’s secret affair, greatly redeemed the whole rating or enactment of the drama. It was even able to captivate the audience’s full attention and sentiment when they acted in a very exceptional manner – definitely beyond expectation.

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     The style and theme was of injustice with the original version by Tony Perez. Even though the acting throughout the play was considerably average, they were consistent in being effective in portraying and relaying in a clear and understandable manner the story to the audience through their strong and flawless dialogues and good sequencing of events. They were also able to effectively present the story and carry away the reactions and sentiments of the spectators.

     The production, unfortunately limited in budget, was also noticeable. The very simple set-up and limited costume used hindered in the involvement and effect of the performers to the audience in the scenes. From the audience’s point of view, it was difficult to consider a different context or scenario which are still being projected with the same clothes of the same actors.

     Amidst its limitations, Sa North Diversion Road is worth praising. It can still be reflected as one of the remarkable plays performed by Artistang Artlets and therefore may still be well-thought of as noteworthy. Directed by Ma. Kristina Magno, and managed by Christine Emano, from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Sa North Diversion Road successfully captivated and involved the audience in this disheartening drama. This is a notable adaptation that will not only continue to linger in the memories of the viewers, but will also remind us of the reality that it teaches us about the truly unfathomable concept of love.

By Janine S. Ismael
Photo taken by Joshua P. Lugti

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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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!

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"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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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