For its next act, Manila’s MET theater will rise from its thrashes

By Keith Pereña

As the minibus to Manila City Hall started descending down Quezon Bridge, I could not help but notice the building adjacent it. From my seat on the left, it looked like a decrepit structure, its façade covered in perhaps moss or soot. But years later, as I walked past this magnificent building on my way to the metro station, I found out that it was the Manila Metropolitan Theatre — an Art Deco building that was inaugurated in 1931.

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Why is space travel taking so long? Beam me up right now, Scotty

By David Light

What’s a light-year? The same as a regular year, but with fewer calories. Just an example there of the mind-numbing ramblings with which we have had to amuse ourselves, seemingly for decades, while twiddling our thumbs waiting for the world’s first spaceport to open for business. How and why is commercial space travel taking so long?

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What’s a jar of purple jam got to do with Greta Thunberg?

By Keith Pereña

Over the past week or so, my newsfeed has been filled with the adventures of a 16-year-old girl who had world leaders passionately listening to her speech on climate change. Speaking at the United Nations earlier this week, Greta Thunberg’s message about inaction regarding climate change sent shockwaves in the UN’s uber-formal New York headquarters.

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Dubai just gave permanent residency to arts

By Purva Grover

When you’re new to a place, you find your bearings by surrounding yourself with individuals who have the same interests and passions as yours. And that’s what took me to a particular spot in the sleepy, industrial neighbourhood of Al Quoz a couple of years ago. Someone said all the crazy, creative ones like you hang around there. I was sold.  Continue reading Dubai just gave permanent residency to arts