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LIFTING UP YOUTH PINAY VOICES IN THE ARTS

PINAYSPHERE is a youth arts program founded by Jennifer Benitez that provides not only mentorship and networking opportunities but dialogues on culture and self care for rising FIlipina artists. This group is a safe space that caters not only to Pinay artists, but also gender non-conforming members of the creative community. It is open to youth from the ages of 12-24 years old who are actively pursuing careers in an artistic field, or who value artistic contributions.
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News

Branded Activism

Last year we witnessed a swarm of brands and multimedia conglomerates create entire marketing campaigns in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and a number of other victims of police brutality. This movement was set in motion by the success of Nike’s Colin Kaepernick “Believe in Something” campaign in 2018. While other brands (*coughing* Pepsi) have tried and failed miserably to make a statement about racism, the Kaepernick campaign is still hailed as the first successful politically charged campaign in sports history in the ad world.
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Lifestyle, Personal Development

Why happiness is different for everyone and it’s not what we think

Everyone is always in the pursuit of happiness, but what does being happy even mean? There’s an endless amount of...
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Lifestyle

How the Pandemic Helped Me Prioritize My Mental Health

I've done so much reflecting that I can confidently say I am not the same person I was a year ago. I don't think anyone is, to be frank. How can you be when something so life-changing was and still is happening all around us?
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Profiles and Interviews

Patrick De Belen drops sophomore EP, Full HP

Last year, Patrick De Belen released his first EP, In Between Lines, a 6-track project accompanied by a digital chapbook and...
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Culture and identity, Lifestyle

Our Top 6 APAHM Reads

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through these works of literature written by authors of Asian descent
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Personal Development

Why it’s important to find your voice

Take some time to figure out what you believe in, what you're angry about, and form an opinion about it. Let go of your preconceived thoughts that no one wants to hear what you have to say. Chances are, someone feels the same way and might be too afraid to say it out loud too. There are strengths in numbers; once someone steps up, an audience will follow you.
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Culture and identity

THE HISTORY OF FILIPINO TRIBAL BATEK

Now that tattoos have become more widely accepted among the modern era, there has been a greater appreciation for regional...
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Culture and identity

ORIGIN OF THE FILIPINO AMERICAN NURSE

Nursing has been a staple of the Filipino identity for decades...but how did this come to be and why the Philippines?
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Profiles and Interviews

Sneakers for All: Bata Sole

When Bata Sole Founder, Jeff Masangcay and his brother, Emmanuel visited their homeland for the first time in 2012, they...
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Profiles and Interviews

Pinays in Publishing: K.S Villoso

Introduce Yourself and what you’d like us to knowI’m Kay. Under the pen name K.S. Villoso, I write epic fantasy with a...
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Career, Changemakers, Personal Development

How to Be A Leader

This month, Kollective Hustle’s theme is leadership. So, we talked to Filipinx leaders from different industries to gain insight on...
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Lifestyle

Three Filipinx Authors You Should Get to Know

This month, we want to celebrate National Read Across America Day and list a couple of Filipinx Authors that you...
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Lifestyle, News

No Longer Invisible: Asian American Activism, Then and Now

Being an Asian American in America has never been easy, and maybe never will. Even with support from surrounding POC...
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News

Find Your Why: Pushing Through Your Creative (or Career) Lull

5 Antidotes to Remember as You Push Through A Creative (or Career) Lull Passion. Let’s be real. It can be...
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Profiles and Interviews

DESIGNING FOR A BETTER FUTURE: Erwin Hines, Artist, Designer and Creative Director

Erwin Hines is an artist, designer, and creative director. Throughout his career, he has focused on doing work that fosters empathy and inclusivity across all disciplines. He uses design to examine and reflect tensions within the current cultural landscape with the end goal of creating space for conversation and empathy.
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Lifestyle

5 Shows and Movies every Asian-American should watch

It’s no secret that Asian culture has been the topic of discussion lately. From Covid-19 centered xenophobia to gentrified Mahjong...
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Lifestyle

Kollective Hustle’s Valentine’s Day Playlist

We all gotta love language. Maybe yours is quality time. Or maybe words of affirmation and acts of service is your thing. But, um, hello? Can we take a...
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Lifestyle

Love Lessons I Learned During the Pandemic

This pandemic has taught everyone so much about ourselves as humans and changed our day-to-day lives within weeks. We all...
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Career, Personal Development

5 Ways to Level Up Your LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a digital platform that connects professionals worldwide. It’s basically your online resume. If you don’t have one yet, this is your sign – hop on and create an account now. And if you already do, here’s five ways to spruce up your profile:
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News

Actress and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu breaks barriers with short film Ally 3000

Her primetime credits include ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Gilmore Girls (ABC) and Trauma (NBC). She starred in the Amazon series, “Dyke Central,” which was featured in After Ellen, BuzzFeed, Bust Magazine and Curve Magazine as a top LGBTQ series to watch. Most recently, Espiritu can be seen as Melody in the feature film “Middleton Christmas.”
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Lifestyle

Get Fit in 2021 with these fitness & dance experts

It’s been almost a year of not stepping into a gym due to the global pandemic and personally, I’ve really...
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Personal Development

5 Habits to Get Out of Your Head and Into the Life You Want

Think about it. You have this magnificent idea just waddling around in your head. Maybe you wanna start a podcast, film a series, or write a book. Maybe you’re the next real estate guru or Michelin-rated chef. Who knows? Its spark might be smaller than you’d like at the moment, but it’s definitely still lit.
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Personal Development

The Kollective Hustle Self-Care Guide Self-Care: Journaling

Whether you are an avid journaler or have barely kept up with writing down your thoughts, checking in with yourself...
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Culture and identity

A Tale of Two Tabos: What Assimilation Looks Like As a 2nd Generation Filipino-American

Growing up with immigrant parents can be one of the most interesting yet odd experiences. From my own life, my parents would weave in Tagalog with their English anytime there wasn’t an English word that translated well. The perfect, yet somewhat strange example, is the tabo.
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Culture and identity, Lifestyle

Asian Americans and Hip Hop Dance: The Choreo Culture

For the past couple decades, young Asian Americans have built a culture within their communities and a sense of belonging...
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Career

Life After College: 6 Things I Wish I Knew

When they say life can throw you curve-balls, they really meant it. I struggled with my mental health and even gained 25 pounds during the first year and half after graduating because I was so thrown off by what life was really like. Here are a few things I wish I knew prior to graduating:
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News

Perspective: Obstacles vs. Opportunities

During this global pandemic, everyone has had to deal with various types of setbacks and obstacles that are unique to them. Despite this, we have a choice in the way they perceive their situation and how they overcome them. Working to adjust to the sudden changes in life is great and productive, but what happens when the next unforeseen surprise happens?
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Career

Overcoming the Job Description

A personal problem I have been trying to overcome is not allowing job descriptions give me anxiety or deter me from applying. When I start reading through the summaries I find myself focusing too much on what prefferred skills they want and start undermining my own personal accomplishments.
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Lifestyle

#FilipinoFoodForThought: The Future of Filipino Food in America

Within the past year alone, the Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee has skyrocketed in popularity. The trademark Chickenjoy with gravy, halo halo, and Jolly...
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Personal Development

7 Morning Tips to Boost Your Energy and Maximize Your Day

Here are 7 Tips to Boost Your Energy and Maximize Your Day that because burn out is real.
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Changemakers, Profiles and Interviews

From PR to Production: Jeremiah Abraham

Founder and CEO of Tremendous Communications has worked across major movie campaigns for Warner Bros, Sony Entertainment/Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Disney, HBO, and worked on films and franchises such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching, Harry Potter, and Aquaman.
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Profiles and Interviews

Inspiring Interview: Stephanie Gancayco of Hella Pinay

Doing different types of events that are really highlighting Filipino women/peeps. It’s our time finally in more mainstream culture.
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Culture and identity

Straight Otta Southside Stockton, Little Manila

My discovery of identity is never-ending, and I am constantly in my process by decolonizing my mind and definition of self-love.
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Culture and identity

Raising Future Pinxys: An Interview Rooted in Motherhood & Multiculturalism

Being a first-generation born Filipino-American citizen and raised in southern California, I grew up in the small city of Diamond...
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Profiles and Interviews

Gelaine Santiago, spreading Filipino culture through e-commerce

So many people wait for that perfect idea or eureka moment to come, but those are rare and few inbetween. If there’s something that makes you passionate and excited, then take small steps today to pursue that.
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Culture and identity

My Coming Out Experience: The Two Roads between Family, Relationships, and Religion

The Beginnings For nineteen years, my sexuality was unexplored and I truly believed in the traditional, heteronormative narrative of marriage...
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Culture and identity

Breaking the Language Barrier: Taking Tagalog to the Next Generation

In America, most of us were never taught the language in fear of not being able to assimilate
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Culture and identity

5 Books That Capture the Filipino-American Experience

Here's a starter pack of books to explore and embrace my identity as a Pilipinx-American. Thank you to those who shared book recommendations surrounding the Filipino-American experience and rising Filipino-American authors.
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Culture and identity

From Behind to on the Page: The Progression of FilipinX in Comics

The early pioneers had to overcome exploitive practices to help pave the way and inspire the creators of today and tomorrow. What’s as important is being able to see ourselves on the pages and see our own stories.
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Culture and identity

From Hate to Love: How Ethnic Studies Redefined my Filipino American Identity

“No Hxstory, No Self. Know Hxstory, Know Self.” To me, this quote means that without learning the hxstory of my...
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Career

6 Ways to Network After College

Why does that matter? In case you missed the headline completely, this article is giving you tips on how to network after college. Being out of school for four years definitely has its ups but also its share of downs. One being actually going out in the world to network with people. Yeah, I know. You actually have to talk to other people outside your circle of friends.
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