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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Written by Josef Artiaga

Edited by Liv Licardo


As you start another day in quarantine, you check your phone to see a barrage of notifications from online classes. Your social media feed is full of people posting music covers, art, and hobbies they pursue while at home. An uncomfortable feeling takes over and you can’t help to think if you are being too lazy or unproductive.

Sound familiar?

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Written by Kaye San Miguel

Edited by Victoria Albitos


When I was five, my parents took me to my first ever swimming class, which absolutely terrified me. I was almost sure that if I were to go to the deep end of the pool, I would either drown or get eaten by some ravenous monster underneath. So, before the lesson started, my swimming teacher attached floaties around my short and tiny arms. 

Then, as soon as he securely attached them, he carried me and threw me into the deep end of the pool. I was screaming, crying, and flailing about—I felt like I was sinking right into the bottom of the pool. Needless to say, I was sure I was going to get eaten by the monster who has been waiting for me. Surprisingly, however, I found myself slowly rising up the water until I finally reached the surface. Was it magic or my floaties? I wasn’t swimming, so why is it that I had stopped sinking? 

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The Social Media Epidemic

Written by Anna Divinagracia

Edited by Liv Licardo


Fake news, a current ‘trend and problem, is spreading faster than the coronavirus this quarantine season. In these dire times, some netizens and political figures have been taking advantage of the circumstances to spread fake news to the public.

From superfoods advertised as cures to ingesting disinfectants to deplete the effects of the virus, news that seem plausible – and some that hardly do – are taking over the internet. As a result, we are experiencing another, aside from the COVID-19 epidemic, that may be harmful as well: The Social Media Epidemic.

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Written by Victoria Albitos

Edited by Alissa Melodia Frias


Quarantine: a word we have all become familiar with over the past months. The streets are oddly empty, but the internet is alive day and night. Almost everyone with a phone and an internet connection is online. Whether for dancing on or scrolling through TikTok, getting the latest COVID-19 updates, or attending classes and webinars in Zoom, everyone has a reason to go online these days. Ideas zip back and forth, with everyone watching those who voice out their thoughts. Put all these together, and you find yourself in a haven for online activism.

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Written by Kelly Punzalan

Edited by Victoria Albitos


Many of our favorite brands and companies began as small startups that went on to become highly successful ventures‒ Amazon, Canva, Grab, Lazada, Angkas, just to name a few. In the past few years, local entrepreneurs of all ages have jumped on the startup train and have made waves across different industries. Filipina women make up a significant percentage of these entrepreneurs, empowering women and making a difference with worthy causes. These startups are manifestations of women’s grit and innovation, showing that business is definitely not just a man’s world.

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