Is Anti-Terrorism Bill another excuse for the government to silence the public?

Saturday, May 30, 2020



Filipinos dismayed with the senate's approval of Anti Terrorism Bill took to Twitter their concerns and desire to junk the bill.

The topic #JunkTerrorBill trended on Twitter with keywords #OustDuterte and “ACTIVISM IS NOT TERRORISM” after the House of Representatives committee on public order and safety approved the substitute version of the Human Security Act.

The bill hands power to the government to define what constitute terrorism, who are to be considered terrorists and its penalties.

Netizens are particularly railing against the administration’s decision, calling it as another excuse for the government to silence the public. An attack on human rights, freedom, and overall democracy of the country.


What's in the Philippines' New Anti-Terrorism Act?


Here are the activities that can be interpreted as "terrorism" under the new bill: 

1. Damage or alleged damage to gov't property;

2. Assault or attempted assault;

3. Purchase or carrying a knife or anything that can be used as a weapon;

4. Meet-ups, suspicion of plotting against gov't;

5. Donating or helping relief drives that aren't government/state-recognized;

6. Participating in a rally or any movement that can cause a "serious risk to public safety";

7. Posting, writing, sharing and/or retweeting posts (even memes) related to "terrorist activities";
Punishable by 12 years in jail to life imprisonment; warrantless arrest minimum 24 days; wiretapping and/or state surveillance."



Here are some of the reactions online:



Under the current administration, the Philippine government has been targeting activists through propaganda, crackdowns, violence. Activism is not terrorism and it’s time the government accept that.


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"Pamilya Ordinaryo" and other Filipino films to hit Netflix this June

Friday, May 29, 2020

"Pamilya Ordinaryo" and other Filipino films to hit Netflix this June - Metroscene Ma


To make this year's Independence Day even more special, a new slate of critically-acclaimed Filipino films is coming to Netflix!

The world's biggest on-demand video streaming app partnered with local production studios, including Viva, ERJ Found Films, Black Cap Pictures and Changhe Films, to showcase diverse and real stories from the Philippines.

Below are the synopses of the five films coming out on Netflix this June.

PINOY SUNDAY (Changhe Films Ltd)




Synopsis: Inspired by a 1958 Roman Polanski short, this lighthearted examination of modern life in Taipei follows two Filipino immigrants, Manuel and Dado, during their day off from work, when the chance discovery of a discarded couch leads to adventure.

Director: Widing Ho

Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Nor Domingo, Dave Ronald Chang, Meryll Soriano, Alessandra de Rossi

Release date: June 5, 2020

“I never thought the feature debut I made ten years ago can have a second life and finally get shown to the Philippine audience, thanks to Netflix. It is a tremendous honor to have my second movie after ‘Cities of Last Things’ to be included on a platform which has done so much to promote filmmakers' works from around the world to a global audience. I am lucky to be part of the family.” Director, Widing Ho said.


SUNOD (Black Cap Pictures Inc)




Synopsis: As the medical expenses for her daughter stack up, a mother takes a demanding call center job where the building's sinister secrets begin to haunt her.

Director: Carlo Ledesma

Cast: Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos, Kate Alejandrino, Krystal Brimner, Rhed Bustamante, Susan Africa

Release date: June 14, 2020

“Having Sunod screen theatrically during the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival was an incredible experience, and now I'm excited for the film to find a new audience online, especially on Netflix, which has the best streaming. Speaking on behalf of myself and my crew, we took great pains to make the movie look and sound good, so it'll be a rush to see it stream in high quality.” Ledesma said in a statement.


LOLA IGNA (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)




Synopsis: An elderly woman finds her life disrupted when her family and village realize she has a chance at a world record for being the oldest grandmother alive. (Lola Igna was awarded Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score and Best Actress at the 2019 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awards Night)

Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Angie Ferro, Yves Flores, Meryll Soriano, Maria Isabel Lopez, Royce Cabrera, Jojo Riguerra, Armando A. Reyes

Release date: June 18, 2020

“I felt flabbergasted when I got the news from Netflix that the team loved my film, not just one but two of my films. I’m personally thankful to Netflix for introducing ‘Lola Igna’ and ‘Ordinary People’, to a larger audience, not only in the Philippines, but to the whole world. Now my films can be easily accessible anytime, and anywhere around the world.” The director said.

UNTRUE (Viva Communications, Inc.)




Synopsis: Mara moves from the Philippines to the country of Georgia, where she meets a mysterious man, Joachim. They develop feelings for one another, until Joachim claims to hear peculiar sounds and see visions of a strange woman.

Director: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Cast: Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim

Release date: June 22, 2020


PAMILYA ORDINARYO (ERJ Found Film Production Co.)



Synopsis: Barely making a living as pickpockets, a teenage couple in Manila resort to desperate measures when their one-month-old child is kidnapped. (Ordinary People was awarded Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Director at the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, as well as Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and FAP Awards) Director: Eduardo W. Roy Jr.

Cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Kilip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Raymon Lee, Karl Medina, Erlina Villalobos, Menggie Cobrarrubias

Release date: To be announced

The five films will join  EerieThe Girl Allergic to Wi-Fi, and Miss Granny,  which were among the top ten most popular titles in the Philippines in 2019, as well as the Filipino Netflix Film Dead Kids by award-winning director Mikhail Red.


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“Atlantis” Is Reportedly Getting a Live-Action Remake Starring Tom Holland

Thursday, May 28, 2020


If there’s one thing every Disney fan can agree on, it’s that ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’ is an underrated gem.
Luckily, Walt Disney Studios has (allegedly) found its next live-action remake of one of their animated films with Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Though the details about the live action is very limited at the moment, a source at The Illuminerdi shared that  the live-action remake will feature Tom Holland as ‘Milo’. 
ICYF: The Disney animation classic features Milo (Michael J. Fox) discovering the lost world of Atlantis. He and his team of daredevil explorers meet the Atlantean people and eventually become entangled in the fate of their world.

Watch the video below



Disney is also now developing:


 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, starring Emma Stone

 The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey

 Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods


Which Disney animated film would you like to see get a live-action remake? What is your dream cast for the Atlantis remake? Let us know in the comments below.



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Life is good, all the time? NOT ANYMORE for Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Life is good, all the time? NOT ANYMORE for Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. - Metroscene Mag


Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa got his plot twist a day after his celebratory statement online

On Tuesday, May 26, before the online Senate session ends, the Senators are already bidding their goodbyes when dela Rosa was heard telling his colleagues enthusiastically, "Ang sarap ng buhay. Sarap ng buhay. Ganito na lang tayo palagi ha,"



Many people on social media slammed his insensitive statement knowing that the country is in a difficult time for two months already.






In the recent Senate session happened on Wednesday, May 27. President of the senate, Sen. Vicente Sotto III, ordered dela Rosa to attend the session on June 1 at Senate Plenary Hall in flesh along with other Senators, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Tolentino, and Sherwin Gatchalian.

Senator Zubiri added, "Tama yon, Mr. President. Para statement niya pagkatapos would be, 'Mahirap na ang buhay kasi hanggang alas diyes na siya sa senado.'"

It's true, your lack of compassion and empathy will come back to bite you in the assWhat a plot twist Sen. dela Rosa got in a span of 24 hours!

Text by: Novie Nunez


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'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online

'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: ABS-CBN

In collaboration with ABS CBN’s iWant TV and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the leading exponent of Philippine theater, Tanghalang Pilipino will be streaming six theater productions online starting on May 30 to June 30, 2020.


The month-long event will showcase the productions of three native stories from the Philippines and three adaptations of William Shakespeare’s works in Filipino.

Lam-Ang


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: ABS-CBN
'Lam-ang' is an ethno-epic musical inspired from the original story of Biag ni Lam-ang, an Ilocano folk epic of Luzon by Isabelo delos Reyes and translated in Filipino by Angel Acacio and Ariel Tabag. The production starred JC Santos as Lam-ang and Anna Luna as Kannoyan, Lam-ang’s beloved.

Mabining Mandirigma


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
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'Mabining Mandirigma' is about the legal and diplomatic heroism of Apolinario Mabini. The play is written by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, and earned 12 out of 13 awards at the Gawad Buhay Awards in 2015.

Sandosenang Sapatos


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Abigail Ravalo
'Sandosenang Sapatos' is a classic story for children written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan. The story revolves around a wheelchair-bound girl named Susi, and her dream to become a ballerina. Layeta Bucoy adapted the story for the theater production.

Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
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'Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw' is an adaptation play of William Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', translated by Rolando Tinio and directed by Carlos Siguin-Reyna.

Coriolano


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Denise Mallabo
'Coriolano' is a story of a legendary Roman soldier turned into tyrant but failed miserably. The story was translated by Guelan Luarca and directed by Carlos Siguon-Reyn.

Der Kaufmann


'Lam-ang' and 5 other Tanghalang Pilipino productions to be streamed online - Metroscene Mag
Photo source: Jessica Zafra
'Der Kaufmann' is an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice.' The production was was directed by Rody Vera and translated by Rolando Tinio. The theater production garnered seven Gawad Buhay Awards.


Text by: Novie Nunez




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Benilde to offer free online crash course on Filipino sign language

Monday, May 25, 2020



As city lockdowns force people to self-quarantine, everyone is searching for ways to be productive — luckily, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has a solution. Earlier this week, the college announced that it will hold a crash course on basic Filipino sign language (FSL).

The initiative entitled #SignForSigns is not only for those who want to expand their knowledge and master new skills during self-quarantine but also for those who want to help.

In a Facebook post, the college announced that the online class will start on May 30 and will be live on Benilde’s School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies Facebook Page.



“The FSL lessons are for free, but participants are encouraged to donate to the #SignForSigns Fundraising Campaign,” the post stated. “A minimum contribution of P350 will give you access to an FSL Learning Kit, which you can use to continue learning sign language at home.”

The proceeds of the campaign will be used to help deaf students and faculty who are on a “no work, no pay” scheme, Benilde said.

For more information you can check Benilde’s Facebook Page. And for direct donation, click here


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Online exhibit by UP alumni, portrait artists raises funds and honors frontliners

Sunday, May 24, 2020


From one online exhibit to another, the local art community is definitely doing its share of helping the frontliners and vulnerable communities amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Filipino Portrait Artists Guild (FilPAG), in partnership with the UP Alumni Association, recently launched “HANDOG LINGKOD,” an online fund-raising event curated by award-winning artist Grandier Bella to support our medical frontliners affected by the virus.


“The online exhibit is FilPAG’s way of expressing gratitude to the sacrifices of our frontliners by giving back, in the only way we know – by creating the best work we can do about our collective experiences with them during this crisis.” FilPAG secretary Grandier Bella expressed in an interview with Metroscene Mag.



As of writing, there are twenty-four artworks on display by local artists. The artworks depicts frontliners in various sectors such as medical, health, security, transportation, and common folks from all walks of life who are out there in the name of service and acts of kindness to our countrymen.




“Through our creative talents, this is the least we can do in honoring the men and women who have pledged their sworn duty to serve our community in these trying times,” Bella said.

“The members had their fair share of challenges to actually take reference photos and compose their works amidst the threat of getting infected. But it was worth all the effort, as they were able to create great artworks despite the challenging conditions we are all experiencing during this pandemic," he added.

According to Bella, 90% of the proceeds will be donated to affected frontliners, in coordination with the UP Alumni Association. The event was launched on May 15, 2020, and will run until May 31.

To see the exhibit, go here. For purchase inquiry, click here.



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'Gameboys', a much healthier choice than 'Sakristan'

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Gameboys: A much healthier choice than 'Sakristan' - Metroscene Mag

Set in the present day of pandemic, a fresh series that will surely captivate hearts and create buzz comes in a surprise, and it's a much healthier option than 'Sakristan.'

In a quarantine period where Pinoy viewers were hooked and laser-eyed to the popular Boy Love (BL) series from Thailand, '2gether', a Filipino BL series entitled 'Gameboys' will surely make a mark.

                   Also Read:  The Metro Manila Pride and Festival is going virtual this year


Recently premiered last May 22 in The IdeaFirst Company's Youtube page, the show's first episode 'Pass or Play' opens with the lead actor, Cairo, played by Elijah Canlas, Facebook live-watching his online play with fans.

Next comes Gavreel, starring Kokoy dos Santos, who defeated Cairo in an online match. But what happens when two unexpected friends not just play their consoles, but play in the name of love?

The first time I watched the pilot episode, I was in awe, maybe because I didn't expect this kind of a daring move for a show to be shown in the country. But then I found myself smiling as the episode ran.

Gameboys: A much healthier choice than 'Sakristan' - Metroscene Mag


'Gameboys' is a promising BL series that will create history in the theme of LGBTQ+ in the country. Sure, shows like this is still considered as a taboo but it will effectively create discussions and discourse.

Not to mention that it is the first Filipino BL series, because while there were a lot of gay media produced beforehand, none were really using Thai's BL formula, not like this one.

It's a great start. A fearless dip of toe in the water. With two actors who have been harnessed by numerous indie films, their acting prowess is definitely a no doubt.

Shooting in this quarantine period, the show is oustanding considering the limited production and social distancing each one should observe. The editing and shoot-from-webcam tone is a notable work.




Although cringey at some parts, the actors' exchange and delivery of lines and 'pabebe' acting is great. Also noting Kokoy's charm and Elijah's cuteness are off the charts.

Who said boys can't play games then eventually fall in love? Fingers crossed.

However, the producers of the show are still collecting the audience's reactions and are still deciding on the show's future. Help in making it a regular BL series and show them your love and support!

Who knows the Philippines is ought to have its own version of SarawatTine?



Text by: Kyle Cadavez



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TWICE's New Teasers For Their Upcoming Album Will Make You Want 'More & More'


K-pop girl group TWICE heard you want more?


The nine-member girl group, consisting of Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu, is preparing for a comeback later this month with their ninth mini-album.

JYP Entertainment has finally released Twice’s teaser image for their ninth mini-album 'More and More' and the girls are rocking their new concept.

TWICE's New Teasers For Their Upcoming Album Will Make You Want 'More & More' - Metroscene Mag


The “Feel Special” era may be over, but for sure this new album will send us to overdrive!

If you remember, we first heard about the comeback when a documentary series entitled ‘Seize the Light’ premiered on Youtube last April 29, 2020 where the leader, Jihyo, announced the album's concept and release date.

Twice's 9th mini album will be released on June 1st of 2020 with 7 tracks featuring MORE & MORE, OXYGEN, FIREWORK, MAKE ME GO, SHADOW, DON'T CALL ME AGAIN, and SWEET SUMMER DAY.

We can't wait to hear these songs and make us go wild again!

Text by: Novie Nunez


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FEU Visual Comm's MULAT exhibit is a haven of arts and awareness



What better way of showcasing art and tackling the nation's struggles in a pandemic than creating an exhibit online?

A new Facebook page paves its way to a fresher and more dynamic way of telling a story and discussing the pressing issues of today.

MULAT 2.0, is a visual arts page that was turned into life to present the projects and talents of Far Eastern University's (FEU) visual communication students. It is the second installment of a physical exhibit with the same name.



In an interview, Herwin Cabasal, MULAT adviser, told the MetrosceneMag:

"The theme of MULAT 2.0 - Visual Communication Exhibit for this season is 'Visual Expressions of Quarantine.' The objective of this edition is to express and present visuals that deal with the Enhanced Community Quarantine mandated to us by the government. Since we believe that this pandemic is already part of the Philippine history, visual communication students aim to chronicle the current situations and events that we see and observe during this quarantine. We do this by producing visual media such as print ads, photo essays, movie posters, and short films that adhere to the said theme."



"But there’s a twist to add some flavor. Since communication students of FEU are truly creative people, their media productions in whatever forms must be inspired by various art movements that they have learned from the said subject. From Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Magic Realism, all the way to Symbolism, Social Realism, and Pop Art, among others, students can choose which art movement can serve as an inspiration for their media productions to visually express and present stories about life under quarantine. At the same time, these outputs can also serve as both advocacy and protest of the students regarding different social issues exposed by this pandemic," Cabasal added.


So far, the page is earning very good responses from the netizens, showing their awe and support through shares and reactions, and effectively engaging in discussions in the comment section.

"From there, we believe that we are already achieving our objective in MULAT, which is to serve as a platform for discourse and discussion about what matters in our society," he expressed when asked on what their objective for the page was. With the exhibit's main inspiration from a discussion in class about Aldous Huxley, 'The Art of Seeing' author, that said "the more you know, the more you see", they believe that this quote sums up what visual communication is all about.




MetrosceneMag asked what the page's inspirations and goals are.

"This is basically the reason why it gave birth to an idea of advocating 'visual literacy.' That is primarily our inspiration and goal on this page. Here in MULAT, we encourage our viewers to read visuals with critical thinking. It is not enough that we just merely appreciate the aesthetics, but to perceive what it is really trying to convey. Most of the time, we have to see these artworks outside the frame. It is by seeing outside the frame that we become critical and responsive to the diverse issues of society," he answered.

Living up to its name, most especially in a crucial time like this, MULAT will always have its eye open and will never be blind. As Cabasal emphasized, "here in FEU Department of Communication, students utilize their knowledge, talents, and skills for the greater good of this nation. That is why in everything we do in this field, we adhere to this mantra: 'may alam, may pakialam.'"

The online virtual exhibit can be visited thru their Facebook Page. It will run from April 26 to May 26, 2020.

Text by: Kyle Cadavez 


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Here's an update on #MassTestingNowPH

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Lavarn na! ‘Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal’ will be available for streaming

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Can Darna sing?


The Filipino musical with gender-bending superhero is going off the stage to your screens as it streams online on May 30.

ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal will be streaming free on the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) YouTube page as part of their #CCPOnline initiative.

Ze Muzikal, is based on Carlo Vergara’s graphic novel Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah, and was first staged in 2006 to 2011 in various locations like CCP and PETA theater by Tanghalang Pilipino.

It was supposed to be a part of the theater company's musical lineup for its 35th theater season but the schedule was changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Filipino superhero folklore, tackles issues on feminism and LGBTQIA+ rights. The stage musical is written by Chris Martinez with original music and composition by Vincent De Jesus. It is directed by Chris Millado.




In the meantime, refresh your Zaturnnah knowledge by revisiting the 2006 film directed by Joel Lamangan where Zsa Zsa Padilla played Zsazsa the superhero and BB Gandanghari embodied Ada in all the best ways. Not gonna lie, I'm looking forward for Queen Femina Suarestellar Baroux's The Story of Planet X performance.



The Filipino superhero also inspired an animated adaptation produced by Rocketsheep studio.



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Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag


The fears that surround the COVID-19 pandemic can take an emotional toll, especially if you're already living with an anxiety disorder. For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle, causing panic that leads to breathing difficulties. 


In a clinical setting, psychologists use exercise, medicine, and different kinds of therapy to treat anxiety. But if you do not have the means to connect with your (or have one in the first place) psychologist, it’s okay. There are still a lot of things you can do to ease your anxiety through this trying times.

Indulge yourself in reading 

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag

You may say, I know that already or I have done that already, and it doesn't help. Reading books should be enjoyed in a quite well-ventilated area in your house. Immersing yourself in the story helps you to relax and have an engaging experience with the story. Pick a book that is interesting to you, read something happy, or sparks joy in you.

Unleash the artist in you

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag

 Create 'do it yourself' projects; some people enjoy it; they find it entertaining and relaxing. The feeling of satisfaction when you finished the project, it gives you joy. While doing the project, your mind will be directed away from those thoughts that worry you and will be now focused on the thing you are doing. You can start small, like DIY bracelets, or make teddy bears from old socks and clothes. It's up to you!

Find time to meditate 

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag

 You may hate exercises and moving a lot, but yoga is proven to not only strengthen your bones, but it also helps the mind and body to relax. When doing yoga, find a quiet place in your house, or if you like, you can play soothing music. Then don't forget to breathe in and breathe out. This will calm your nerves.

Tell your stories 

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag

Letting it out is better than keeping it in. Talk to your friends on the phone; you can video call or message them as well. Talking about things that make you feel anxious can help ease your troubles. Just pick a friend that you can trust and not a negative person. She/He can console you and listen to everything that you have to say. But it's better if you have your therapist's phone number that you can call, if not settle with friends. 

Play with your pets 

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag

If you have a dog, cat, fish, or bird. Whatever you have at home that you call a pet, you should play with them, spend some time grooming them. It will take your mind off the situation. 

Be one with nature

Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine - Metroscene Mag

If you don't have plants, try planting some, it will take a while for it to grow, but you are in quarantine, so you'll have a daily task to water and tend to your garden. If you already have plants, try watering them and remove their dried leaves. Admire their beauty, admire their flowers and leaves. 

Remember, while doing these things, breathe in and breathe out. Relax, ease your mind, don't think about it. Take your time to calm down. Laugh, cry, and it's okay. Just remember that there are therapists online that you can contact if you can't handle it anymore. Reach out, and it's better than to keep it all to yourself. 

Some of these tips may not be helpful to those who are experiencing full-blown anxiety attacks, but you can prevent them from happening by breathing exercises and soothing the person. 



Text by Zelina Ramos


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