AIDS OF SPADES: Unraveling the Power of Knowledge and Acceptance on HIV and AIDs Awareness

While there are available vaccines and trials for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to alleviate the increasing number of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDs) patients, there is no remedy yet that can treat the looming stigma in the country. This posits that while there is a fight to lessen if not end the HIV and AIDs cases in the Philippines, there is an attached societal disease that needs to be treated similarly.



In a place where hopes, dreams, and lives were once bound now stands a land riddled with terror, horror, and death. Images that harshly portray mass extinction seemingly reduce countless lives into mere numbers. Endless attacks that silence screams and howls consume people with grief and fear. As unrecognized bodies painted with ash gray and red continue to grow in numbers, the heart of the Holy Land now mirrors hell. One would assume that the current conflict between Israel and Palestine started on the morning of October 7th, but in retrospect, it has been taking place for almost a century. The Islamist militant group Hamas, which translates to Islamic Resistance Movement, launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7 during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. As hundreds of people died and were wounded, the state of Israel declared war on the Gaza Strip, a place which is populated by almost two million Palestinians.


The stories of untold victors: '23 NSCUAA Bicolana 4th placers

In the recently concluded 2023 National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (NSCUAA) Games held in Tarlac, Bicol displayed adamant poise, bagging numerous medals in chess, swimming, and athletics. As remarkable as it may sound, behind the glory and praise of our medal-bearers are Bicolana women, who were a notch away from adding up to the region’s medal tally. Stepping into the spotlight of these near-medal achievers, here are the battle-for-bronze stories of Bicolana athletes who, despite confronting formidable pre-tournament obstacles, sported their prowess and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the finest athletes in the country in the 2023 NSCUAA Games.


Bicol spikers faze powerhouses prior to '23 NSCUAA exit

Coming from an underwhelming placement in the 2018 National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (NSCUAA) Games with a short preparation time this year, revamped Bicol volleyball teams still imposed a scare on high-ranked regions, Calabarzon and Western Visayas, during the 2023 NSCUAA Games.


Sa tinta at hinaing: Hangad ng tagagawa ng propesyon

Taga-hila kami ng hagdan pataas patungo sa hakbang ng kani-kanilang pag-asenso sa buhay. Ngunit, kami naman itong hinahayaan lang madulas pababa at inaapak-apakan upang manatili lamang sa aming mga kinalalagyan.


Crisis in Convenience: The AI Dilemma

The notion that artificial intelligence (AI) serves as a complementary tool rather than a complete substitute for human work is a concept that is becoming blurry as concerns arise when this advancement encroaches on sensitive boundaries to the extent of endangering professions while benefiting only the privileged.


Lupang Hinarang: Hagulhol sa Hinanging Himig

Hindi lamang tuwing Setyembre naririnig ni Inang Bayan ang mga pekeng metaporika sa kanyang tinatanging awit— sapagkat sa araw-araw na pagtugtog nitong musika, punong-puno ito ng pagkukunwari.


Piring na Pagtugon

Ang pagkaalarma ng mga estudyante sa presensya ng mga naka-kulay asul at berde ay isang patunay lamang na hindi kaligtasan ang nadadala ng mga ito kundi pag-aalala lalo na sa gitna ng kasalukuyang panahon kung saan talamak ang mga pangyayari at ang mga inaasahang siyang magpapatupad ng batas ay ang mismong lumalabag nito.


USC Denies Initiating Partnership With OPAPRU, Military Personnel; Says It’s Admin’s Call

Bicol University (BU) - University Student Council (USC) Chairperson and Student Regent Remee Baldorado refutes allegations on them partnering with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) for the recently concluded KaPEACEtahan Peace Fair, clarifying that the BU administration made the call to grant military personnel access to university grounds.



I witnessed the transition from virtual to in-person classes, the shift from the Duterte to the Marcos administration, and the change from Mascariñas to Nebres. It was all thrilling and exhilarating as we set the agenda people would talk about for the next weeks. However, the most rewarding aspect of my time at Unibê was comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.


Mananatiling Mapagmatyag Sa Bughaw Na Pamamalakad

Ang pagtatapos ng terminong Azul ay ang hudyat ng simula ng pamumunong asul. Sa pagtayo ni Remee Estefany Baldorado bilang susunod na Chairperson and Student Regent (CSR) ng pinakamataas na konseho sa unibersidad, nararapat na maging imparsyal pa rin ang buong katawang-estudyante sa kanyang ilalatag na mga plano at desisyon tungo sa kabutihan at proteksiyon ng mga estudyante ng pamantasan.


I’m Back In Beyubs, Yet Leaving Soon - Senior, ID 2019

I always dreamed of parties after exams. Fancy study sesh at coffee tables. Meet-cutes in the university library. Running with someone in the BU oval. Falling in love. Crying together with my college friends because we can't handle life anymore. Breaking down. Getting drunk. Rinse. Repeat.