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TWICE elevates to new heights of artistry in ‘Formula of Love: O+T = 3’

Continuing to mature in sound and image, TWICE blends funk, reggaeton, and 80s nostalgia with their own flavor to discover the formula of love.

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If there’s one thing TWICE can’t do, it’s making bad music.

After serving us with the refreshing summer treats of Taste of Love, the queens make a spellbinding return with their third full-length album, Formula of Love: O+T= <3. As expected from the K-pop megastars, the album broke records left and right, with 700,000 pre-order copies and 70 million streams on Spotify within the first two days of release, becoming their fastest album to do so.

In this 17-track record, the girl group delves into a “scientist” concept, conducting experiments to unravel the different layers of love. Oddly enough, the album’s production stays true to this concept, as the girls experiment with a variety of genres, proving yet again their incredible ability to push boundaries and take creative risks in their music.

With that being said, how well did TWICE’s latest experiment go?

Expressing ‘love’ in different sounds

Continuing to mature in sound and image, TWICE blends funk, reggaeton, and 80s nostalgia with their own flavor to discover the formula of love.

The girl group kicks off their experiment with their most mellow title track yet, ‘Scientist.’ The track basks in the new trend of girl group synthpop but fails to establish a memorable soundscape. In contrast to their biggest hits like ‘What is Love?’ and ‘Cheer Up,’ it doesn’t have TWICE’s charm in hooking listeners. The chorus was just there to tweak the rhythm but doesn’t evoke enough excitement to make listeners attached to the song.

Production-wise, the track is composed well. The sudden blasts of bass and synths, along with the wisps of backing vocals make a solid foundation for the stripped-down melodies. Moreover, the song is written in a lower range, which allows the girls to operate freely in their comfort zone. There’s a refreshing absence of belting, and we get to hear more of the girls’ underutilized low registers. Overall, the song delivers a clever message about love, stating that it shouldn’t be approached with formulas or calculations.

This is followed by some major city pop vibes in ‘Moonlight,’ which is Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ sprinkled with TWICE’s magic dust. From tropical beats to funky basslines, TWICE relives 80’s retro and does it right. Much like the title track, this song highlights the girls’ lower tones more and veers away from high-ranged melodies. Furthermore, the inclusion of claps, bells, and marimba leads in the background sets a chillingly romantic yet dancefloor-ready atmosphere that will surely immerse its listeners.

Moving to a more sensual territory is ‘Icon,’ an empowering girl boss anthem. With an infectious reggae rhythm, it’s bound to get stuck in your head. While the usage of slang terms like “hustla” and “I’m fly” felt a little unnatural for the girls, everything else about this song was perfectly executed. It’s truly iconic, and there’s just something about Momo’s “Damn, I got it, I’m iconic” that hits differently.

Breakup is celebrated with falsettos and anti-drops in ‘Cruel,’ a fast-paced dance track. The funky piano chords in the beginning immediately build up a danceable ambiance, which is then accentuated by the sexy guitar riffs repeating throughout the song. Meanwhile, Dahyun continues to flaunt her songwriting prowess, as she depicts the bitterness and innocence of a post-breakup experience in a simple yet provocative style.

Next up is ‘Real You’ which is super catchy but not so cohesive. The verses start strong with sharp bass lines, only for the refrains to suddenly come with heavy synths and trap snares. Unfortunately, the bridge is even more substandard wherein the lack of variation makes it sound like a different song. Jihyo’s lyricism is spot-on, as always, but the jumbled arrangement doesn’t do her justice.

Revisiting the girls’ higher registers is ‘F.I.L.A (Fall in Love Again),’ written by Nayeon. The track bounces and grooves with carefree melodies, as the girls sing about a hopeless, conflicted relationship. Its bass-heavy chorus is an instant serotonin boost that would immediately transport you to an 80’s nightclub. More importantly, the track’s neat vocal arrangement allows a swift balance between the girls’ lower and higher tones and leaves little to no room for awkwardly-placed verses.

If ‘Cry For Me’ had a child with a trap song, it would be ‘Last Waltz.’ But as memorable as the “mmh mmhs” and “dun dun dun dun duns” are, this song is a bit all over the place. There’s a dramatic atmosphere created by the violins, but there’s also a lot of exuberance in the hooks. The verses just came in after another without getting built up, and Chaeyoung’s rap didn’t really add much. I’m not saying this song sucks, but it’s just oversaturated with so many production ideas crammed in one song. But perhaps, such bizarreness is what makes it remarkable to listeners.

The energy carries over to ‘Espresso,’ a shot we badly need right now. This hip-hop-influenced track speaks of the ecstasy that one feels after taking a sip of an espresso, which makes it really relatable. With saccharine vocals and jazz-inspired drops, listeners will easily get the earworms. The whisper spelling of “E-S-P-R-E-S-S-O” is unexpectedly addicting, and not to mention that vocal fry from Momo when she says “what” and “look.”

‘Rewind’ is the song I’d rewind whenever I’m studying or driving. After the hot streak of upbeat tracks, this one comes as a huge surprise, being the first slow song in the album. While the generic lyrics and overused swing rhythm are too unimaginative for my liking, the girls’ vocals kept pulling me in. Their wistful tones go so well with the soft vintage vibes and make the song even more comforting than it already is.

Taking emotions to the next level is the rock ballad ‘Cactus.’ It’s the second track in the album penned by Jihyo and by far the most cohesive. The instruments provide a seamless progression between the verses, starting off with gentle bass chords before escalating to the thunderous drum beats in the chorus. Each of the girls delivered their parts powerfully, from 3Mix’s vocal runs to MiChaeng’s “I’ll be fine.” No doubt, they made an already sad song even sadder. Oh, and if that’s not sad enough, keep in mind that Jihyo wrote this for her dead cactus.

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After a short wave of ballads, TWICE returns to the funk territory with ‘Push & Pull,’ the first sub-unit track in the album by Jihyo, Sana, and Dahyun. The track leans into an electrifying retro brass style that further diversifies the disco vibes already established in the earlier tracks. This style surprisingly fits the concept of a push-pull relationship that the song tackles and the triad’s stylistic singing brilliantly hints at the emotions of frustration, uncertainty, and hope.

We are then greeted by some swag in ‘Hello’ by Nayeon, Momo, and Chaeyoung. Hearing a rap-heavy song from Twice should be a treat for us, but not if it has laughable lyrics and sloppy flows. It could’ve been more well made with better raps and better beats, but it still gets a pass in my book, only because of the satisfying back-to-back singing parts from Nayeon and Chaeyoung. It’s a shame though because Nayeon, Momo, and Chaeyoung had so much potential to be a great sub-unit, yet they got the short end of the stick.

The third time’s the charm in ‘1, 3, 2’ by Jeongyeon, Mina, and Tzuyu, the last and absolute best unit song of the album. It’s a wonderful fusion of Latin rhythms, Spanish trap, and K-pop. As the title suggests, the track talks about mismatched tempos in a failing relationship, which the triad winsomely portrays through sultry choruses and soulful low registers. These three truly fit elegant songs, and their voices altogether is a match made in heaven. From the playful switches between their voices to the addicting “follow your tempo” post-chorus, they made it possible for a TWICE-esque reggaeton to be a bop.

Following this is ‘Candy,’ a disco-pop anthem written for ONCEs. Like candy sugar, it’s so sweet, but a little boring. The girls’ dreamy voices make the choruses easily catchy, but quickly lose their momentum with the repetitive harmonies and clunky instrumentals. Nevertheless, the song still works its own magic in melting ONCEs’ hearts, and really feels like a warm hug from TWICE themselves.

Of course, the party can’t be complete without the mysterious allure of their English debut, ‘The Feels.’ It’s been more than a month since its release, but it’s still stuck in our heads. Here, the girls enliven their cutesy roots and make it extra sweet with flawless English pronunciations and ebullient hooks. The trendy bassline, paired with brisky percussion, provides the much-needed energy to propel listeners to a dance craze.

And finally, we finish with ‘Scientist – R3HAB Remix.’ This is definitely not the closure I imagined, but I ended up enjoying it nonetheless. Remixes are typically not everyone’s cup of tea, but this one’s pretty dope. Somehow, the simplicity of R3HAB’s beats makes ‘Scientist’ a suitable song choice for raves and festivals. The tinge of deep house drops is also a nice touch, letting the chorus become more impactful than it was in the original version.

Diversity is the name of the game

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With a 55 minute-rollercoaster of groovy basslines, immaculate vocals, and dancefloor sessions, Formula of Love: O+T = 3 proves to be one of TWICE’s most powerful releases yet. The tracks possess stark variations in genres but maintain a unified sound that keeps the listening experience unflinchingly buoyant all throughout. While there are some failed experiments, this is outweighed by the many standouts that are qualified enough to join the league of TWICE’s best B-sides. To be completely honest, no song here is downright bad. It’s just that TWICE has raised the bar so high, even for themselves.

Formula of Love: O+T = 3 is mature TWICE at its finest. This is by no means the first time TWICE gave us a wider peak of their musical diversity. We’ve already seen them blend genres in their previous studio album, Eyes Wide Open, which critics and fans alike considered one of the most career-defining moments in TWICE’s career. But Formula of Love: O+T = 3 is just as groundbreaking, in a sense that it continues to cross the path already carved by Eyes Wide Open, while also carving its own. The braver and bolder approach in this album serves as a testament to TWICE’s immense growth as artists. From ushering new trends for the K-pop landscape to getting more involved in songwriting, it’s clear that their impact in the music industry is going to continue its forward trajectory.

It’s also worth noting that despite TWICE’s ongoing venture into the more sophisticated corners of their musicality, they still have traces of the signature youthful sounds that characterized their earlier hits. This allows them to explore limitless potentials without ever compromising their authenticity, and will continue to do so in the future. With their growing popularity and overflowing passion for their craft, it’s exciting to see what wonders they still have in store for us.

Get the feels with TWICE’s Formula of Love: O+T = 3, now streaming on all music platforms.

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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

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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

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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

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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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