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Insomnia, headaches, and more may be subtle signs that your mental health is suffering.
The modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ) have eased restrictions in the country somewhat, but we cannot deny how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us. While some are coping well and adjusting to the new normal, others ...
Karen Mei Caro May 22, 2020
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Karen Mei Caro May 20, 2020

This COVID-19 pandemic came and we are not ready. Suddenly, everything has changed and it was never the same again. There's chaos almost everywhere. Hospitals are crowded and people die. Some lost their family and friends without saying goodbye. It's truly a lonely sight. But behind this terrifying situation are lessons learned.


I am a working mom with two small kids. I have always wanted to be with them and just be a stay-at-home mom but we have lots of bills to pay so it was next to impossible. Though this crisis upsets me, I am thankful that I have more time with my children these days. We may not be able to go out like we used to do but we can still have fun together. They enjoy riding their bicycles while enjoying the morning sun, building blocks and many other things.


I'm not proud to admit it but I was a certified shopaholic. Almost everyday, I had deliveries from different shopping apps. I had also frequented malls and felt the urge to buy things immediately. I knew it was an addiction that was difficult to resist. So, even if these were not included in our budget, I would buy them. Then, later on, I would just regret the things that I bought because I didn't really like them. Just a waste of time and money. And now, since the lockdown happened more than a month ago, I was able to overcome the feeling to buy something I don't really need. The excitement is no longer there. I realized that I can still survive even without those new clothes, bags and shoes. And those material things are momentary and meaningless. Of course, these can make you happy but family and health are more important because not everyone has them.

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I have learned to be thankful for what I have, to stop complaining and to be patient to wait for my own breakthrough to come. This crisis opened my eyes to the harsh realities of life. It is heartbreaking to see other people looking helpless and struggling to find food for their families. I may not have lots of money but I have learned to give and help others in my little ways. It made me understand that even if I am not rich, I have a job, a home and food on our table. And these are priceless.


I know that their situation is not easy at all but they willingly endure the challenges and difficulties just to save and protect us from this deadly virus. Their families are also waiting for them to come home but they would still have to delay it until the pandemic ends. Yes, they are strong but exhausted - because even heroes also get tired. I know how it feels because my husband is a hero, too.


We are safe there and we cannot catch the virus if we practice good hygiene and social distancing, wear masks and not go outside. It is not boring to stay at home; it is a luxury that many people cannot have that's why I am grateful. So, let us do our part in our fight against this COVID-19. It is time to show our solidarity to end this pandemic because this is everyone’s battle.


There seems to be a lot of fear right now but I believe that Jesus is greater than this virus. And time will come when He will take it away. We do not know when it happens but God has a purpose - that is to love Him first and not anything else, to be humble, to repent and to turn back to Him and be saved. I also learned to be brave because God is my strength. And that Jesus, my Lord and Savior, can heal everything including corona virus. This morning, the sun was radiant and beautiful. It's like a symbol of hope. Of a new beginning. Of healing. And I believe that after this pandemic, we will rise again and heal as one.

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Andre Ragonton May 17, 2020
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No romantic strolls just yet.
It's official. Come May 16, less strict general community quarantine measures will be in effect in low-risk areas.Yep, that means you can finally stretch your legs by taking walking, jogging, and even biking outside your house. Thinking about enjoying a sweet stroll ...
Lia Reoma May 13, 2020

"Time" (Something to Ponder on Quarantine)

By Lia Reoma

Have you asked yourself what have you been doing lately? Are you one of the people saying they're bored in their house? Nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs on their phones, day and night. Wishing that time would go faster, where all of these are over and they can hang out with their friends. Has time run slow lately because there's nothing to do? Or maybe you're just doing nothing?

Complaints about being quarantined are all over the internet. Why not look on the bright side. Let's be positive, but not with COVID-19. There are good things that quarantine has done to us. Not only is it the reason why we are safe inside our homes but it also has given us something precious, something that has always been there but often took for granted, time. "Time" that you've been wanting to have but couldn't because you're too busy in school and at work. But today, time had been given to us. A time to take care of ourselves. Take that long rest you've been wishing for. We all know you deserve to sleep and relax, there's nothing wrong with that, just make sure it's not the only thing you'd do for the whole day. Bond with your family. Let's admit it, we haven't been able to give time for our loved ones for a long time. And this quarantine period has been the longest time you've been with your parents and siblings. Why not catch up with them. Watch a movie and eat together. Enjoy the company of your family. Because if everything goes back to "normal", you won't be able to spend much time with them. Cherish ever second and enjoy the little things. Time may have been running slow lately. But why not use that time before it slowly runs out, before it's too late. Spend it with the right people. We really don't know how much time we have left. For now, we are given a lot of it. So let's not waste it. Jay Shetty, a motivational speaker once said, "Time flies, but we're still its pilot". So today let's fly!

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Words: Darryl Banay Peñaredondo

Allowing students to cope up with the changes brought by the coronavirus disease, several schools and professors opt to cancel requirements and pass their students. As an act of compassion, top performing universities including Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila gave out passing mark to all their students with proper directives and guidelines that brought questions to other universities that can’t do the same.

Students and teachers, admit it or not, are the soul of any institutions (schools, universities or colleges). The development and growth of the students reflected to the quality of education they offer. Hence, quality education only grows if universities can give proper care to their learners specifically a help to ask students’ concerns about their struggles during this time of crisis. It is worth listening and involving the students, also non-regular employees we wish to help because their views and discernment is the tool to accurately respond to what the institution need in this time of quarantine.

Over the past few days, students’ sentiments and perceptions became an important determinant to show how a Higher Education Industry (HEI) imbibes the values of progressive leadership — whether they acknowledge the need to open their ears and hearts to self-awareness or not. Emotionally coping with this strange invisible enemy named COVID-19 was a challenge for all. Online classes is done in normal situations, we’re in the middle of a crisis. It is impossible for ‘all’ students to fulfill their requirements, communication and learning-wise. It is so unfair to not take considerations, especially in state universities, where over half of the population is living in a life of “one scratch, one peck.”

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According to the Philippine Constitution, higher education institutions are mandated, whether public or private, to operate within an environment of laws and policies that aim to guarantee and protect the right to education of all citizens by ensuring that institutions of learning promote access, equity.... Going back, I believe that giving bunch of works and requirements in this outbreak doesn’t promote enough access and equity.

Another option is providing learning materials for students who don’t have enough resources such as gadgets, internet etc… But what if they lend it as future investment for facilities, laboratories and equipment that they lack of? Another reason to think. Still, we cannot deny the fact that we are not yet ready for this situation, and so, flexible learning.

According to Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Prospero de Vera, months of May to July should be used to ‘prepare’ for the flexible learning system, which will be implemented for the coming academic year. Needless to say, rolling out flexible learning at this moment is unnecessary ?again, we are not yet prepared. But in an unfortunate instance, everyone is not just physically dealing with their health, but also mentally. In this unexpected time in history, we might develop feelings of fear, anxiety and stress in that plays and overwhelms their overall welfare. According to The University of British Columbia, to understand stress and the stress response, one needs to recognize someone else’s stress.

Students’ mental health is one major problem, as they grapple between prioritizing their welfare and their academic requirements. In a published article of Anjali Hazari, a research conducted over the past 30 years has shown that students learn better when they perceive the learning environment ? refers to the social, psychological context in whixh learning occurs ?positively. In that, I believe schools need to adhere this problem Generation Z and Alpha (which we call millennial) facing right now. What doesn’t seem a problem for a person might be a major problem for another. If a student from a university has infected with the virus, I hope none, how is he gonna fulfill his academic requirements? Is he gonna fail his subjects? With all the privacy and discrimination to the victims of the deadly virus, I’m crossing my fingers that you won’t leave them behind.

Student-driven solutions to educational inequity is all we want. Involving students’ sentiments into the process of decision making is vital in the light of COVID-19, because they can give clues on how effective a university is, especially their feedbacks about the institution’s present condition. Their comments can reveal the institutions’ weakest points, and if enough of them share the same discernment, maybe it’s time to re-calibrate and reassess. Students’ criticism should be taken constructively. It’s not yet late to change the imposed guidelines and policies for new normal. I believe that change isn’t just a diversion, but a proper way of learning. Dropping some ego will not make an HEI less competent during this crisis. If HEI still pursue to give boatload of academic works, in a life where the main reason to study is to afford a ticket to our dreams, we have nothing to do but follow and be a slave of our dreams in this uncertain time.

To understand the students on a deeper level, higher education institution must learn how to listen without judgement. We are locked in a cell that has no bars and we became prisoners of the threat that is beyond our control. This is not a crusade of the slaves, but it’s the perfect time to listen to the collective voices of the people ? we are your learners, not your slaves.

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What patterns do you see and where is the 'epicenter' of the epidemic?
A map produced by the Uniervsity of the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technolgy shows hotspots where COVID-19 is most prevalent in Metro Manila. The map was posted on Facebook by biological data scientist Darwin Bandoy.The map shows a concentration ...

The Melancholic Cry of the nation

By Lhorie Faith L. Wakat

Losing our loved ones is always a painful journey that we have to face, but what makes a painful journey more dreadful? Is it remembering the good old days you’ve spent with them or the remaining days you wished to spend with them?

As you step outside, it's like you've entered a movie scene where roads are all empty, the whirling of the wind was louder than before, and silence broke the rowdy streets. Despite the quietness of the city, lies the fear and agony of the people. The silent cries of the grieving family and the unfortunate deaths of COVID-19 victims. The death that startled and frightened everyone. Thousands of fighters that have lost their battles. The pandemic has taken the lives of every child, mother, and father of a family. Just like Liza, who expressed her grief in losing her mother whom she described as healthy and fit before she tested positive for the virus. "My mother Nida Cortes Paqueo died shortly after her 67th birthday," and described the tragic demise of her mother, "My beautiful mother, Nida was cremated. She died alone without her loving family and friends around her. She was cremated, alone without ceremony or tribute.”

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This scenario portrays the situation of thousand families who're bereaving from the deaths of their loved ones, it made them felt like someone grabbed all opportunity they had to be with them and now they’re left with nothing but a heavyweight that they have to carry. The scariest part of dying is being buried to death having the feeling of restlessness. The thought of having no one to talk to and only loneliness lingers the room. What saddens me the most are the words left unspoken turned into tears as they knowingly faced death, alone.

Victims suffered not just physically but also emotionally. They're isolated within the four walls, yearning for their family's affection; entertaining themselves as they watch nurses and doctors countlessly enters the room. It’s like their sadness is eating them alive, wishing for this misery to end but it didn’t. Every weeping family’s despair is having the desire to caress the hands of their precious ones and reassure them with endless support in times of their despair; longing to give them warm hugs and stay with them during their darkest times, but it only happened when they bid each other goodbyes, as they grasp the jar of ashes.

COVID-19 gives us eerie memories of tragic deaths and unsettling situations that are depriving us of living our ordinary lives. A dolorous battle against an unseen foe, living life as if every day is an uphill struggle that we have to face. The sad state of affairs that's hovering our beloved country, how many more lives will it take for this catastrophe to end?

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An Ode to The Sun by Karyle Anne Tabian

Your rays are like pixie dust

While wind gives life to leaves

Sunbeam creates colors for sky

Casted diamonds in pebbles

Like sand and soil draws to smile

People forget that you are there

For sweat and tinge from heat hurt

They blame you, which is bad

For the needs you provide them

The warmth you offer

The prayers you've answered

All set aside in the room of neglect

They only see themselves

Only feel themselves then

Cumulonimbus tries to rescue

By releasing torrential rains To all islands who were thirsty

To all the withered that thrived

Raindrops will descend

As soon as we pray for it

WE, applauded for sky

Hailed the clouds

Heat became chills

Everything was balanced

But are you still there?

I know you're hiding

I loved your all-out glamour

You bestowed me vision

For all things worth seeing

The light will come back

As soon as I pray for it, for you

To bring joy even just for some

Because many had abandoned

Your glory and power

Now an epidemic aroused

People start shutting windows

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And houses were locked

Your rays are far from US

We forgot about warmth

And it's our fault

Survivors of disease longs for you

Hope resides in your beams

Mighty orange light strikes our eyes

And we felt that when we feel you

We are alive

That our lungs and heart work

Our minds wake up

And made US realize

Your rising and setting

Will always be new hope For us.

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Celeste Legaspi May 8, 2020
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Four students from different schools share their thoughts and experiences on the issue.
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How is This Pandemic Treating You?

I don’t understand why does our country not prioritizing mental health as it should be? This is a difficult time for everyone. I do hope we can be of help to others, by checking up on them, listening with each other and letting our hearts share with one another.

A few nights ago, I decided to check in with a couple of my friends to see if they were doing alright amidst the pandemic. I really am interested to know how they are coping, if they are alright, or if they are still able to balance themselves. I miss them a lot and I really hope to see them very soon. I got their replies and reflected on it. I have checked up on friends’ mental health and it’s not looking too good.

With the stress of online requirements, as well as the continuous rise of numbers of those infected, and the unclear future of what will happen tomorrow; adding to it are personal problems as well, it seems too difficult to keep our sanity intact. There are friends who cannot function properly at home due to having online classes despite this crisis we are experiencing. It’s becoming difficult to focus on such tasks and I have to agree with what they said that we are merely just complying with the given tasks, and we’re not really learning from it anymore. Instead of just being with your family, you are to sit at your desk and finish the tasks to meet its deadlines.

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We paid for quality education, to obtain skills and knowledge that we can use for a brighter tomorrow. But because of the inevitable, it has then become a burden. We aren’t receiving what is best for us and for our future. There are also who cannot seem to find peace in their homes, because of personal problems. I have also put a burden on myself with everything that is happening. My mental health is suffering. It has become too difficult to stay focused and continue doing whatever that is that I have to accomplish.

A few days after classes was suspended, I was so sure that I’d be fine, because I don’t really go out often and I enjoy being in my room more often with every materials that I truly enjoy. But I realized that I am not doing so well after all, I find myself suffering more silently in this supposed, comfort of my home. It was suffocating; it’s frustrating, and exhausting. Not everyone has means of coping up in this vulnerable time. Everyone seems to be wallowing in the dark, succumbing to the darkness and sadness forming up in their heads --anxiety and depression are slowly draining them. It’s all clear that nothing else is helping to prevent such. It’s not just going to stop like that. It’s a saddening truth that our mental health is suffering, but it seems that we can’t do anything about it, but to only to keep on going.

Everyone has a role to play in this crisis. I encourage everyone to check up on their loved ones; no, check up on anyone else too. It’s not creepy to leave a message, or perhaps a note hoping that they’re doing alright. Let’s not take anyone else for granted. In these trying times, we can’t afford to lose any more people, whether it is because of the virus or mental health illness.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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