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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 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...