Women in STEM

Written by Talia Araña and Fran Fabricante
Edited by Christiana Reyes
Graphics by Trasy Ipapo

“Ang education makakapaghintay ‘yan. Pero hindi ko pa [kayang] i-risk ang safety ng mga anak ko kapag lumabas na lang sila. Natatakot ako na baka mamaya pag-uwi nito galing sa school eh may COVID-19 na pala.”

(“Education can wait. I’m not risking the safety of my children when they go out. I fear if they attend school, they will come home infected with COVID-19.”)

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“Who is the first person that comes into your mind when you hear the words ‘tech industry’?” 

Ask anyone that question, and you’ll probably hear the repetitive answers: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and, never forget, Mark Zuckerberg. Nowadays, most of the world relates the tech industry with male domination, thanks to the media’s focus on “male tech genius” tropes with those three men first on the list and with stories of their lives on screens and on the headlines. 

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Written by Marla Abao
Edited by Jes de Joya
Graphics by Xixi Tankiamco

In this day and age, everything is accessible with the click of a button and in the blink of an eye. Indeed, accessibility is a wonderful feat that technology has brought us so far. From instant communication methods (hello, Messenger and Viber) to random memes and videos that have influenced nearly the entire world (looking at you, TikTok and YouTube), the Internet is a platform that has been aiming to aid our everyday needs. In fact, people joke that there’s an app for nearly everything!

As we use these technologies everyday, we become more reliant, and maybe a bit too comfortable with how we use it. Although it’s extremely convenient, we’re starting to be less careful with what we’re clicking and what we’re sharing with the world. You might have heard the saying “think before you click”, but have you ever really reflected on why this is particularly important?

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Written by Anna Divinagracia
Edited by Dona Marabe
Graphics by Xixi Tankiamco

This article contains strong language, sexual content, graphic narratives, and other themes that may not be suitable for younger audiences. Kindly read at your own discretion.

What radicalized you? What experiences in your life made you think? Which moment changed you?

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photos and information from QBO Innovation Hub

Photo 1. Photo shows startup founders Shahab Shabibi, co-founder of MyKuya; Gabby Dizon, CEO and cofounder of Altitude Games; Moritz Gastl, vice-president of Growth of First Circle; Stefano Fazzini, CEO of MetroMart; and Bonnie Factor, founder of Leading with Success with moderator Rocky Chan and QBO Head of Operations Natasha Bautista and QBO Director Katrina Chan during the first virtual QLITAN session held amidst COVID-19. Photo credit: QBO Innovation Hub

Businesses are one of the worst hit by the impact of COVID-19. Most brick and mortar stores were closed down and had to move to e-commerce. Manual laborers were either put out of work or called to serve in the frontlines. Fortunately, startups that have always had a foot on technology are equipped to find solutions and create a lasting difference in the lives of Filipinos.

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Written by Allie Santana

Edited by Iya Albitos

I made my very first art account a week under quarantine. I’ve seen about 5 musicals online, drawn about 25 different things, and binge watched about 11 season’s worth of cartoons—and no, this isn’t me encouraging the idea that we should spend every waking hour in quarantine ‘developing our skillsets’ or ‘learning x number of new things.’ This is me explaining how powerful art is amidst this crisis, and how impactful it is to ourselves and to the world.

Admittedly, in a time like this where the media is highly saturated with news articles and updates on tests, recoveries, or the lack thereof, you’d probably think: who would possibly be interested in seeing some mediocre drawing of a cat? But as a self-proclaimed struggling artist, I’ve come to constantly tell myself how creating isn’t all about who’s interested. In a time like this where we’re so frequently surrounded by fear, anxiety, confusion, and all other possible bad feelings, it’s not unusual to seek for at least a hint of understanding—and that’s exactly what art gives us. While the world continues to grow in uncertainty of both the present and the future, art has kept us human

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Written by Shanice Dy and Anna Divinagracia

Edited by Alyssa Melody Paglumotan

Reality in the “new normal” is a scene straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie: terrified masked individuals careful not to touch a soul, indignant protesters fighting for the rights of the people, nations under lockdown, and media corporations being shut down and doctored. There is no doubt that reality has not been the same since the global pandemic, alongside all the social and political issues dominating the daily news. Yet, amid the protests and issues, there are recurring problems rampantly happening behind closed doors, muffled under such loud clamour — problems including domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

For victims, safety does not lie within the four walls of home. Cases of domestic abuse and sexual exploitation have been at an increase since the onset of the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Becoming a victim has been more commonplace than ever, with the lockdown and quarantine enabling perpetrators to commit the heinous crimes.

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