Be there to give yourself a break from these midterms. Enjoy the company, art, and free food at {m}aganda’s “Gimme a Break” open mic on:


You know you wanna…

{ Justin Gonzaga/webmaster }


Children’s Cartoons Become Disinhibited Through Art

Simply imagine Sylvester if he actually ate Tweety, if Tom really did dismember Jerry, if Bugs really did blow Daffy’s brains out.

The Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry have been two of the most prominent cartoon series in the lives of children since the 1950’s. Stars like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, Tom, and Jerry have been instilled in American popular culture for decades, lighting up the screen with their slapstick humor. Through these characters lies a bridge between generations and their personal connections with the animated superstars.

These classic cartoons that many of us have come to know and love featured a mass amount of violence for the sake of comedy. Because they are cartoons, however, their acts of violence are overlooked by their intended audience and passed on as comedic antics.

Think about the violence that is in the media. The media has saturated our lives with violence to the point where we are desensitized towards it. We tend to forget that violence is all around us, specifically in children’s cartoons.

Artists jCauty&Son (James and Harry Cauty) take these beloved childhood characters and disinhibit them from their normal cartoon violence. They take a critical look at the violence that has been exposed to viewers for generations, and present these cultural icons in a manner that is so shocking, that viewers cannot help but examine the amount of violence in the media today. Continue reading Children’s Cartoons Become Disinhibited Through Art

[TODAY] 3 Generations of Filipino/American Activism Through Film

We’re kind of bummed that we just found out this is happening today when we have three-part midterms to write for Monday. But we wanted to share the wealth of knowledge, so here is information from an email:


Saturday, October 18, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street in San Francisco
Film Screening and Light Refreshments
Co-Sponsored by Manilatown Heritage Foundation

The event will feature 3 films documenting Filipino/American involvement in the campaigns addressing the Marcos regime, the toxic contamination at former U.S. military bases, and the impacts of Chevron’s oil operations in the Philippines. It will also include dialogue with some of the filmmakers and campaign participants.
Continue reading [TODAY] 3 Generations of Filipino/American Activism Through Film

Free Local Fun: Living Word Graffiti Battle, Sat. Oct. 18th

If you’re in the bay this weekend and have time for a SUPER COOL and FREE all-day event, check out the Living Word Graffiti Battle, sponsored by Youth Speaks, Samurai Graphix, and Hard Knock Radio. The event is part of the ten day Living Word Festival, curated by Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

The event will showcase 16 of California’s best graffiti artist as they battle it out, paint-style. And as you know, Maganda encourages artistic expression through graffiti, so we hope to see you there (because we’ll definitely try to make it out).

The event will also feature FREE performances by iLL-Literacy, Los Rakas, and Mos Def (forreal… must we even link these amazing artists because their names should speak or themselves).

It’s located at the de Fremery Park (1651 Adeline Street) in Oakland. Go! Go! Go! And bring everyone you know. Check out the facebook invite for more details and information on the Living Word Project.

{Cristal Fiel/ Editor in Chief}

Clair de Lune



As a pianist, I have a special place in my heart for classical music. A newfound favorite of mine is called “Clair de Lune,” (meaning “moonlight” in French) which is the third movement of Suite bergamasque, composed by Claude Debussy. I was doing some research on it and – besides finding out that it has been used in various movies, such as Twilight (coming to theaters on November 21st!!!) and the Bellagio fountain scene from Ocean’s 11 – was surprised to discover that it was inspired by a poem entitled, “Clair de Lune,” by Paul Verlaine. If you’d like to read it, here’s a link to the original poem

Continue reading Clair de Lune

For Whom the Bell Tolls

I attended a wedding reception for my cousin last night.
The locale, dope restaurant on Berkeley Marina overlooking the city and the Bay.]

One of the many issues that is near and dear to my heart is the idea of the new and the old. Even more so that I find interesting is the clash of the new and the old and the potential coexistence these have. What “new” and “old” do I speak of? I speak of the generations. First generation and second generation. Immigrant and native born. Old school and New school. The ideals and values that we face in this day I feel are a part of the grounds in the old values versus the new values. Perhaps one of the biggest clashes that I observe in my daily life is the Filipino versus Filipino American. I won’t necessarily go into all the details as to what values clash when these two generations mix, but an example would be the idea of interracial dating.

Continue reading For Whom the Bell Tolls

VDAY 2009

VDAY is a production put on by universities across the USA. The production is a series of monologues from the book Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. The monologues range from raunchy to racy to silly to serious – all about women and yes, their vaginas.

VDAY is not only a celebration of women,
more importantly it’s a global movement to
end violence against women and girls. 

The VDAY Productions are an incredibly powerful use of drama and creativity to spark thought and discussion about otherwise, incredibly sensitive subjects. Watching it last year, I realized that the conversations about women, their vaginas and their rights is often limited and ‘taboo’. In order for future generations to be able to have free, open discussions so that they can know and protect their rights, we need to generate more (creative) outlets for conversations about our bodies.


{ Aimee Louise Sison/Creative Director }




I’d never realized the beauty of the Philippines until I caught it, quite accidentally, on film. This past summer was the first time I had been back in years, and now I deeply regret the long stretches of time I had been away. 

It’s a gorgeous place to visit, and some interesting pictures resulted from the trip. Nothing can really encapsulate the beauty of that motherland, but these photos try their best.



Photo by Reena Flores

{Reena Flores/ Consultant}

Spotlight: Jessica Claire

Jessica Claire is a world-renowned wedding photographer. She is regarded as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world.

I have been following her work for quite some time now. I already decided that I want her as my wedding photographer. If only I could be as good as her…

Photo by Jessica Claire

Make sure to check out her blog here.

{ Justin Gonzaga/webmaster }

Want to join Maganda?

Well you can! Just come to any of our meetings and you can join our amazing staff!

As part of staff, you become part of a voice that has been strong for 18 years, spanned 22 issues, and has a rich history in the Pilipino and literary communities.

You get to help develop the structure of the magazine, decide the pieces that get admitted to this year’s issue, and organize the numerous events we have on the UC Berkeley campus.

To join staff, just come to our meetings held every WEDNESDAY in 140 BARROWS @ 7pm