Bekimon: Language of the Gays

As society becomes more open towards the LGBTQ+ community, Filipinos have slowly adapted themselves to pieces of their unique culture, particularly with their quirky means of communication. While it started out as a safe space for gays to talk using their own code, Bekimon’s rising popularity has caused it to grow out of its shell and become a mainstream language in the country.


The Beauty of Pinoy Drag

For many years, the portrayal of queer folk in media has widely been reserved for mere entertainment. In celebration of Pride Month, The New Builder showcases why the Philippine drag scene goes beyond the comedic trope.


Behind the Curtain: Mapúa Tekno Teatro

In celebration of this year’s United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – International Theatre Institute (UNESCO – ITI) World Theatre Day, The New Builder features a haven of Cardinals with an inclination towards the performing arts – the Mapúa Tekno Teatro, or MT2, the University’s official theatre group.


By Mapúans, For Mapúans: Shaping leaders through AYSLS

Leaders create more leaders. Through the first-ever Alfonso Yuchengco Student Leaders’ Summit (AYSLS) that will be held on February 21 and 26, 2022, the Mapúa University Student Government (USG) takes its time to shape Mapúans to become catalysts for change and promote student empowerment.


Searching for Love Online: Five Types of People on Dating Apps

February — the month that all lovers await. With the constraints brought by the pandemic, online dating has become more popular than ever. Theoretically, love can now be found through mobile apps while people comfortably cuddle their pillows at home.

Not knowing the kind of people one could meet online can be quite scary and traumatizing. Hence, it would be best to armor one’s self in advance by knowing the five popular types of people on these online dating apps to not fall for cons.


Return to the Big Screen: A Guide to MMFF 2021

The annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has become part of many Filipino holiday traditions for many years. With Christmas bonuses and pamaskos in hand, many people usually flock to cinemas to watch films and make the most of the festive season.


‘Tis the Season: Looking back on the Filipino Christmas Culture

Every year, Filipinos prepare for the Yuletide season by hanging colorful lights, setting up Christmas trees, and playing traditional Christmas carols to bring out the warm nostalgia and spirit of the much-anticipated holiday.

In the previous year, many were not able to fully enjoy the holidays as they were stuck at home and were not able to host parties due to the pandemic. However, as the country slowly recovers from the pandemic, missing these activities last holiday season just might make this year’s celebration even more special.

With Christmas Day fast approaching, it is now time to look back and remember what the community had missed in the past year.


The Gift of Giving: Gift Ideas for Christmas 2021

It is the most wonderful time of the year again. Since Christmas is sitting just right around the corner, it can be challenging to list down the gifts to buy for our loved ones. As we embrace the season of giving, The New Builder shares some gift ideas that are fit for any person, budget, and occasion.