LITERARY

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  • April 05, 2024

Ang Pitong Salita ni Juan

Syempre, hindi makakalimutan ni Juan ang kahalagahan ng pananampalataya at pagtitiwala sa Panginoon sa kabila ng lahat ng mga pagsubok at hamon. Dahil sa kanyang pananalig, alam niyang igagabay siya ng Diyos sa kanyang buhay.
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  • April 01, 2024

Jest in Love

But deep within, where truths are often hid, I knew some jests bear half the love they bid. Though it's settled, it was a joke that was sent, I hope she'd realize that some jokes are half meant.
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  • March 16, 2024

Echoes of Clementines

I hate citrus fruits. Yet you made me love them again, the same way olives are close to your own. And truth be told, from here on out, I think I always will.
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  • February 14, 2024

Things That Fall

I feel suspended for at least 10,000 feet and everything else seems so small to be relevant, but you. I feel a certain kind of euphoria. The neurochemicals flooding my brain tell me that this is home—you are home. If I had known that free-falling could feel this great, I would do it over and over again.
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  • January 11, 2024

Sa Aking Pagsadlak

Bagaman paulit-ulit, ni isang araw ay hindi ako nagsawa sa daloy ng buhay kong ito. Kaunti lamang ang aking pahinga, ngunit hindi ko na mabilang sa dami ang mga alaala naibahagi ko sa mga pasahero ko. Alaala ng tuwa, lungkot, pagkabagot, at pahinga.
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  • December 29, 2023

Rizal—Foremost Asian Revolutionary 

Jose Protacio Rizal, the Philippine national hero, stands today as the foremost Asian revolutionist whose heroic phenomenon continues to dazzle scholars and historians alike.
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  • December 09, 2023

Sa Lansangan Ng Maynila

Hinihingal at sumsakit na ang mga binti ng mga nakimartsa pa-Mendiola. Nanunuyo man ang lalamunan sa uhaw ay sinigurado nilang aalingawngaw ang kanilang sigaw sa lansangan ng Maynila, “Ang laban ng tsuper ay laban ng komyuter!”
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  • December 09, 2023

Alto Indio!

Books have been read, and people have awakened. These documents they bury us with will be ripped apart by the voices of the oppressed. Burned by flames ignited by the hopes of tomorrow. This is how our revolution begins.
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  • November 27, 2023

Tiffany’s Epiphany

Why must this sudden rush of memories occur in the most unexpected hours, in a place I can't recollect ever setting foot upon?
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  • November 15, 2023

Hope Is The Thing That Bites

It bleeds like a wound, festers like a wound, A scar that marred the skin, a phantom pain pulsing in sinew and flesh. So often, hope is a dog that bites the hand of terror, A weapon that slashes at the face of grief.
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  • November 07, 2023

Comparing Heights

I remember rotund cheeks and sunny giggles.  A frame sprouted inches taller, reaching my waist.  Anyhow puzzling—it was somewhat sweet, somewhat bitter;  Pa wasn’t too fond of seeing you grow up too fast, after all.  
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  • November 06, 2023

Tender is the Flesh

“Aling Hannah is the best! You gotta try her food, man!”  “Delicious, and the portion sizes are crazy.”  “I’m definitely never eating anywhere else now.”  “I’m so hungry. Can we go to Aling Hannah’s?”  “Let’s go to Aling Hannah’s.” “Aling Hannah is the best.” Behind my face mask, I grin. What a wonderful feeling this […]
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  • October 31, 2023

Art is long, life is short

From his unique vantage point, he saw how art had played an instrumental role in shaping nations. It served as a mirror, reflecting a person's aspirations, struggles, and triumphs; the fight for independence and the call for revolution. Art was not merely an aesthetic endeavor; it was a powerful catalyst for change, a beacon of cultural pride, and a force that brought communities together.
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  • October 23, 2023

A Balikbayan Box Away

Inang Pilar sighed, defeated. Never did it cross her mind that she would lose her little Barbara to the American dream—the same Barbara who conquered her nursing studies and vowed to help Filipino healthcare become more accessible.
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  • October 10, 2023

Maningning’s Bell Jar

Consider the girl who recklessly played on the school swings, Or the artist with stained hands and a sweet foreign tongue. What was once somebody’s wide-eyed daughter, Now autopsies you capture in cheap Polaroid.
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  • October 02, 2023

Muning Kaibigan 

Nakakabagot at nakakapagod, pero kahit pansamantala, hindi na gano’n kalungkot;  Sapagkat, ang aking pagtitipa sa OPC, nakilala ko si Muning—ang aking munting kaibigan.
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  • September 25, 2023

Small Town Girl, Big City Dreams

What some might perceive as being ambitious was merely the prologue of a small-town girl’s journey, now venturing beyond the familiar in pursuit of her once-distant big-city dreams.
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  • September 10, 2023

A Victorious Fraud

And the climb will be orchestrated again and again, The blindfolds refashioned, the chains refitted. The puppeteers command behind a spiked veil: "Hurry. Make us rich.”
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  • September 05, 2023

Category is: Drag Lord

“Anak, walang kailangang hilumin sa iyo,” marahang sagot ni Hesus. “Ang puso mo’y magiliw at punong-puno ng pagmamahal para sa mga tao sa paligid mo. Kung gusto mong tumambling at magsayaw-sayaw diyan—gawin mo, dahil wala kang inaapakan at walang makakapagdikta kung paano mo isasabuhay ang iyong pananampalataya’t sining.”
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  • September 03, 2023

Minsan Anak, Madalas ATM

Pinalaki ako ng kakulangan sa paghahanda; ng tahanan na walang plano; ng kakulangan sa pribilehiyo; sa loob ng rehas ng kahirapan; suot ang kwelyo ng minanang responsibilidad. 
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  • August 30, 2023

Agosto Na Naman

Sa mga nagdaan pang taon, paiba-iba man ang naging timpla ng panahon, hindi natinag ang alaga’t pagmamahal ng aking ina. Mula sa masasarap niyang luto hanggang sa walang kapagod-pagod na pag hatid-sundo, bawat papel ay kayang magampanan basta para sa’king kapakanan. 
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  • August 23, 2023

Taludtod ng Manghahabi

Gawa sa mga kamay ng iba’t ibang henerasyon, Upang ikumot sa tuktok ng Pulag, tuwing sisikat ang buwan. Malayang kikinang ang makulay na luwalhati sa pook ng Cordillera, Sa tuwing sisilip ang araw sa makaharing Kalinga.
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  • August 12, 2023

Bali-Baling Balarila

Paumanhin kung ang kalat wari asiwa ang aking pormasyon pagtatagpi ng mga salita. Sa kabila ng bagitong pagbabaybay at bali-baling balarilang mapapansin sa aking munting liham, nawa’y taglay na pag-irog sa iyo’y mahinusay kong maipalaam. 
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  • July 29, 2023

The Hands of Man

Distinguished martyrs rule the realm of sweetness and light, Of what wretched souls eternally set ablaze aches to acquaint.  Yet in land is where I've learned of sinners and saints in one; A white Sepulcher wreaked through the hands of man. 
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  • July 26, 2023

What I Drink

To be exiled from centerfold and denied fortuity  Is something I’d never wish, not even on my worst enemy. All who bore witness to our suffering averted their eyes, They claimed tragedies behind what we drink were mere alibis.
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  • July 16, 2023

No Neon Lights in Manila

Daylight ran out and only the piercing silence of the city streets were heard. No rum spilled, no cigar was lit, and no melodies were sung as no neon lights glowed in the Metro.
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  • July 05, 2023

Shards of Glass 

Once, I believed I could be anyone I pleased. Shards of glass scattered on the floor where my knees stooped bruised echoed the split images of my carte blanche. 
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  • June 21, 2023

Adarna Aflame

Orange hues illuminate the dark sky—clouds of smoke snuffing out the bright stars tonight.
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  • June 11, 2023

Is it too Tight?

The sun’s tender rays fell upon the mirror Unveiled insecurities in shadowed horror
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  • March 27, 2023

A Sip of the Past

Life, as I learned, was supposed to be this way: I am nothing but a moth orbiting a lighted candle
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  • March 19, 2023

At The Moment of All Our Waiting

It was not a ticket-buying line for my favorite alt-rock band. For Pete’s sake, it was a line for a jeepney ride. I was a student a few hours ago, but before I could go home, my career took a turn into becoming a real-life zombie.
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  • February 27, 2023

The Thing About Gravity

The law of universal gravitation claims that a force of attraction pulls any non-zero mass objects together, so why aren't you attracted to me yet? 
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  • February 19, 2023

A Letter to the Grave

I celebrate the tray of cookies and pure joy; The secret handing of some money, The hands that held mine when no parent was around, To you, my grandparents, I owe the child in me.
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  • February 17, 2023

Kiss and Make Up

Perhaps it comes with growing older or wiser—rarely both, But I’ve become weary of burning red bouquets,
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  • November 10, 2022

Little Haven

Soot sticks onto the walls of your lungs, your veins filled with more smoke than air. Rusted, unused railways reclaimed by nature, grasses of green stubbornly find a home between blood-forged iron. In the dilapidated wooden houses that are merely a shadow of what it once was in the face of taller, shinier, and stronger buildings—trees of old hiding away and keeping to themselves yesteryears that have succumbed to corrosion. 
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  • October 23, 2022

The Poisonous Ichor

The guard of Olympus had it all: strength of ten men, devourer of beast, Achiever of task, alien to fear Oh, indeed! He was envied by many.
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  • October 03, 2022

Love Thyself

Love is a tantalizing sentiment in our life; A brutal yet sincere act.
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  • September 28, 2022

Nine Lives

Mornings around Far Eastern University often leave your fingertips numb and warm puffs of air slipping past your lips, the ever-so-strong winds attempting but failing to knock down concrete buildings that hold so much history. Tiny paws carry a particularly rough-looking calico cat through a green campus and towards a bustling pavilion.
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  • September 24, 2022

The One Where Adulthood Kicks In

I dreamed of self-independence to escape from the house rules, To abscond from the voice with repetitive dialogue. Covet the freedom of making decisions from breakfast to midnight snacks, At a young age, I think I mastered the art of pretending.
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  • September 14, 2022

A Cry for Justice

My withered wounds have finally come to rest: Capital punishment? A farce system full of ignorant fools running. I won’t forget the ticking clock amidst the cells—it must be fate! The whisper of the bustling wind caressed my damp skin; Am I truly free of these shackles? Where will the light take me, Hijo?
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  • August 30, 2022

BA in Google Translate

May isang katotohanang kailangan kong harapin sa tuwing kailangan kong bumulong sa dilang nakagisnan; Magdilang anghel man o bumaha ng sandamakmak na talulot, hindi parin mabibilang sa mundo niyo. Bakit parang tulak ng bibig ang tunog ng bawat titik sa aking sariling wika? At bakit ko piniling maghanap ng kanlungan sa wika ng iba?
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  • July 28, 2022

History Hates Lovers

We love stories of poets and bright minds, The bleeding hearts and hands of daydreamers. Yet, what about the lovers of all kinds? The ones called "good friends" to fool the reader?
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  • July 20, 2022

After The War

The silence between is strange—maybe it’s because what’s sitting across from me is a slab of stone with your name and our shared birthday etched on it.
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  • June 16, 2022

Your Senior Self, Gradwaiting Tam

In the end, you’ll know the key to the door that will lead you to a whole new world that you’ll be discovering. “Be brave” might be cliché in this environment, but your bravery will surely lead you to something good and beautiful.
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  • May 11, 2022

Halimaw sa Arawan

Sa malawak at makasaysayang lansangan, Ika’y makibaka—kinabukasan mo’y bantayan. Bitbit ang mga matutulis na sibat ng katotohanan, Sa muling pag-awit, manilbihan ka—para sa bayan!
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  • May 08, 2022

Persephone’s Lullaby

There are mornings in my mother’s garden, Her grip comfortably tight around my hands, A reminder that I am safe and home— That you are not him, but the seed of my little spring.
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  • April 27, 2022

Hearts of Cards

With a diamond of achievements, a spade of competence, and a club of morality, Mayangguik was the only aspiring queen among aspiring jacks and kings.
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  • March 21, 2022

Of Words and Warfare

How sharp my weapon must be, To pierce through the souls of the blind, To be heard by the ones in menacing power, To shatter the benumbed hearts; hardened and cold as ice.
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  • March 18, 2022

Divine Manananggal

From the moment I was born, I knew where my worth was placed: my inability to make life. They gave me a crown of sampaguitas, so beautiful—they praised. So gentle and compliant to the will of the wind. I followed everything they said without a complaint.
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  • March 14, 2022

Cyber Stockholm Syndrome

Little girl, thought you had the whole world in your hands, So mature for your age, they lied to your face. All you wanted was to find a place to belong, Now you see past the cyberspace’s farce.
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  • March 02, 2022

Sa Gabi

Sa gabing madilim at namumuno, nabatid ng magkakapitbahay na darating ang umagang maliwanag at mapayapa—habang may dibuho, awitin, tula, at palabas.
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  • February 14, 2022

Para Kanino Ako Iibig?

Teka, hindi ito ang pagmamahal na nagpapakilig, O ang mga salitang kumikiliti sa’yong hilig. Ito ang pagmamahal na nagmula sa mga himig— ng mga lumaban at namatay para ika’y marinig.
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  • December 27, 2021

Swaying Alone

On your first night away, My heart could not be kept at bay. Your scent in our home lingers, I wished I held you longer with my fingers.
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  • October 14, 2021

The Asian Kaleidoscope

Let us welcome profoundly our colors, symbols, flags, and spirits: This is a place of reality where religion is a profound melody. Open your ears to the tune of Allah from the central lands. I radiate solemnity—oh, how I believe in harmony amidst diverse beliefs.
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  • October 01, 2021

Behind the Reels

Back in the day, tickets were still as cheap as the transportation fees; a spoiler-free environment; and a quiet place to appreciate the film. Cinema is indeed a vibrant domain of imagination that refreshes the mind, taking the soul of the audience into another universe.
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  • September 27, 2021

In a Student’s Memory

Once, she was discussing "Orpheus," and thankfully, I always made sure that I studied beforehand. Ma'am Elle explored the story and made it her own, but she also got to share bits of it in the class. We shared analyses and experiences of being broken, conquering fears, and artwork hobby—all revolving around the text. Finally, she reminded us that we have to believe in ourselves no matter what, as opposed to what Orpheus did. I’m thankful for the life lessons she taught us!
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  • September 23, 2021

Disarming the Iron Fists

Two iron fists reigned in different times, As they were cast in the same mold. Palms covered in blood along with similar crimes, Sardonically iron fists, now speckled with gold
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  • September 13, 2021

Our Kind of September

Let’s raise our flag because it’s September! It’s a Filipino story narrating a new chapter. An introduction of our dream to have autumn and winter, Only to celebrate our Christmas just like our summer.
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  • August 15, 2021

A Medal for One

I took a sip from a cup filled with my night prompt, one that I learned to love a little more in the passage of time. A sip of coffee to remind me that my day is destined to be spent differently. To be honest, it does not cease my indisposition. In fact, to be mining gold while being handed rocks is so dreary that it makes me want to go back to sleep. The funny thing is, it is always the same reason that makes me do things. Oh, to think at night with a muddled mind.
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  • August 01, 2021

The Merciless King

Oh merciless king, You watched her plummet down, As the farmers howl in excruciating pain.
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  • August 01, 2021

Point of Creation

They say that it is a gift, but it is an uncontrollable itch. A curse placed in my flesh swallowing my existence afresh.
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  • July 27, 2021

The Idolatry

The smoke was coursing through my lungs. Inhale, savor the grass, exhale. Around me are my henchmen, soaring high as the number of my debt. Beside me, I saw a cloud of smoke hovering in front of Walnut’s face. Laughing idly by himself, he looked up before mouthing the word “ay...men.”
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  • October 11, 2020

The Last Tamaraw

The familiar breeze of dancing leaves welcomes me back but the ghost of the brawl still haunts my senses.
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  • September 13, 2020

State of Despair

It became recurrent that both our souls athirst; one of hunger, and power for the other.
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  • March 24, 2020

Pandemic's Heaven and Hell

Spare Time There is so much time left! From my balcony,I can tell, this must be cue to leisure.Fulfill all you can, oversee through the screens,Overlook the far sights, what else can I do? There is no sense for you to fret.The distance in need now does not seem unfamiliar.Hasn’t social-divide all we’ve known in […]
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  • May 12, 2019

Frail

Little bright secret that I kept; There were some nights and days And some trying times when I wept Because I didn’t get to see your face.
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  • August 17, 2018

Serve and Protect

Body slumped on the pavement. Blood dripped in water, creating a blur of dirt and red.
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  • August 28, 2017

Genesis

Blood pooled underneath; ink seeped through parchment - both with hope for a change, both with desire for justice.
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  • June 22, 2017

Another Path

The sounds of cicadas are heard as I feel the summer heat, turning the tassel of my cap, my goals are finally fulfilled.
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  • August 29, 2015

Magic Realism ni Edgar Samar, ibinahagi

Tinalakay ng kilalang manunulat at propesor ng panitikan at malikhaing pagsulat ng Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) na si Edgar Calabia Samar and kahulugan at kahalagahan sa realidad at haraya sa kanang usapin ukol sa “Magic Realism in Literature,” na isinaayos ng Far Eastern University (FEU) Literature Society noong nakaraang Agosto 28.
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