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By: theinfineight | July 31, 2016

For almost the entire Philippines, the first thing that comes into their mind when Lauren Rosales is mentioned is that "girl who was shot in a jeepney". At the age of twenty-six, that was her final and unfortunately, most famous moniker.

But for her loved ones, Lauren Rosales was Kulot (Curly), Nangnang (Grandmother), Superwoman, Bebe Lauren, Babe, Honey and Hun-Hun. She was a young woman who first delved into the fandoms when the Taiwanese drama "Meteor Garden" first aired in the Philippines. She was one of the youngest members of the fanclub for that show at the age of thirteen. Most of her fellow fangirls were college students and young professionals.


Lauren Rosales outside the meet and greet venue for Kim Hyun Joong


By: theinfineight | July 29, 2016

The day has finally come - from gradwaiting, you're now a graduate! Yet, there is one more hurdle you have to overcome before you can get your first job and that is gathering the necessary documents you need for your job application. The bumming part of it all? The fact that you have to pay one document fee after another for those government-issued clearances that your first employer would need from you.

Fear not! Senator Grace Poe knows how you feel and she is working hard for document fees to be waived for fresh graduates. Senate Bill 343 or the Fresh Graduates Pre-Employment Assistance Act  is her way of ensuring that fresh graduates are able to get the government documents they need for free. The government documents covered by SB343 are...

By: theinfineight | July 26, 2016

Just last week, we faced with the news of the death of Jefferson Bunuan, a scholar of the Kaibigan Foundation and an aspiring policeman who was shot in the middle of a buy-bust operation gone wrong. Bunuan had of course, nothing to do with the drug trade yet he was still treated like he had something to do with it.

This week, another innocent soul has fallen victim to the Philippine War on Drugs.

By: theinfineight | July 26, 2016

Yesterday, July 25, 2016 was not only the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte. It was also the launch of the Huwag Kang Papatay (Thou shall not kill) campaign spearheaded by the Archdiocese of Manila with the support of the Koalisyong Katoliko Kristiyano and student activists from the University of the Philippines.

At 5pm yesterday, a mass was held at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Adamson University in memory of the lives lost to the Philippine War on Drugs. Despite the success of the mass, family members of the killings were a no-show due to a probable fear over their lives. 

Simultaneously with the SONA, students from the University of the Philippines held a lie-in "Cardboard Justice" protest in fron...