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A Question for Maria: Is Machismo a Prerequisite in Action Films?

In a world where feminism is finally finding a collective voice through new media, filmmakers and other media-content producers are continuously called to break traditional gender notions in the name of a more diverse and less prejudiced media.

Maria had great potential to be the introductory note to an entirely new breed of action films – one that shapes female characters fully and breaks decades-long reinforced stereotypes. There is much merit to the film’s technical aspects, but there is also so much more it could have done in terms of its message.

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Oil tax hike afflicts transport sector workers; drivers face income cut

Oil expenses consume one-third of the income of the 55-year-old jeepney driver, due to the rise of fuel prices.

This increase has caused UP-PhilCOA driver Melvin Ladran to struggle even more in budgeting his daily 800-peso earnings for his five children.

The oil excise tax increase imposed earlier this year has heavily reduced the income of transport sector workers, especially public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers like Ladran.

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Alone/Together: Formulaic mainstream offering with untapped radical potential

Fresh from her movie with JaDine, Antoinette Jadaone leads LizQuen to heights the famed love team has yet to reach in their careers. Alone/Together delivers a satisfying take on a romance abrupted and an individual disenchanted. However, as weightful as the movie may be, it was a frustrated piece that easily could’ve been more provocative if only it were braver.

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