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Backstage at the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s August 23 Palawan outreach concert, a violinist polishes a beautiful hundred year-old violin right beside where I’m seated. It was at that moment that I realized that this might be the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

The Screamers: How Fangirls Shape Music History

The Beatles had it all. Fame, fortune, a highly publicized break up, relatively successful solo careers, and dozens of timeless songs. They have Yesterday,...

“Be more present.”

This was a piece of advice I was given during a difficult period of time I had this summer. I was tense and stressed...

Too young, doesn’t mean…

I’m sixteen years old and too young to vote. But just because I’m too young doesn’t mean that I can’t be informed or passionate...

Endings and Endgames

When I was 9 years old, and had just got out of the hospital because of a bad virus, and I was pissed. My...

Change

Change. For the past few months, change has become something that I look at with unease. I feel tides shifting, relationships forming, plans made...

Not on Pointe

When I was five years old, I wanted to be a ballerina. I wanted to wear a pink tutu, tie my hair up in...

It’s In the Little Things

Fridays during my stay in Manila were bible study days. I would read or study or write in another room while Lola and her...

Elise Blind Babes

I’m older than Titanic by three months.’”  Titanic the ship???” “WHAT??? NO!!! TITANIC THE MOVIE!!!” Aaaah, yes. A typical conversation in the Blind Babes Society group chat. It...

Elise’s Valentine’s Day Mix

Can anybody find me somebody to love? Ah, it’s Valentine’s Day, and Queen’s Somebody to Love is the first song on “Elise’s Vday Mix.”...

The Waltz and the Rhapsody

What makes a song great? Is it the lyrics? The beat? The bass line? The melody? The vocals? Or is it all the above,...

5 Days into 2019

December 31, 2018. With only one minute to go before midnight, the band is pumping everyone up with their music. I grab cocktails for...