August 19, 2013

Sun.Star Cebu | The Capital According to a Cebuana (2 of 3 Parts)

MANILA, according to Maynila—a TV program I sometimes I chanced upon in my high school days—was all about high school or college drama and romance. Rizal Park—commonly or formerly known as Luneta Park—Intramuros, and Fort Santiago are some of the backdrops of the budding, breaking, reuniting of young love. Maynila bears the tagline, Larawan ng Bansa (The National Image). There are times that I am convinced that our national image is reduced to drama, youthful and foolish sentimentalities, romance. Often, parks are dating sites for the young and the young-feeling. But on a bright Wednesday morning, I only spotted a […]
August 13, 2013

Sun.Star Cebu | The Capital According to a Cebuana (1 of 3 Parts)

FROM above, Manila was a galaxy of pulsating veins—wide awake, working, bright in the wee hours of the morning while the moon creeping on the lower horizon looked nearer and more orange than Cebu’s. As the plane was about to land, the capital seemed romantic and vulnerable at four in the morning. Such delusion that the metropolis was fragile disappeared the moment the taxi driver outside the airport teased “Taxi, ma’am, mura lang para sa inyo,” in his fraudulent baritone. More than encountering unfamiliar terrain, visiting Manila—which takes an hour by plane from Cebu—is more about confronting a language we […]
July 25, 2013

Manila Bulletin | Searching for the Wreckage at Malapascua Island

“Logon?” An old man asked me—like others did—where I was going. I shook my head. “Leyte?” “Malapascua,” I answered, somewhat tired of the guessing game. “Ah, Logon,” he said—a fleeting delight like a beautiful memory—crossed his face. Locals especially the old ones, he then shared, insisted that Malapascua is Logon. “So nganong gitawag man siya’g Malapascua? (So why it is called Malapascua?)” I asked interested in the two conflicting names. “Ambot anang mga poreners, day (I don’t know with those foreigners, day),” he said with resignation in his voice. “Magdive ka didto, day? (Will you go diving, day)” Tatay then […]
July 23, 2013

Photo Diary | Terra Manna in Rainy July

“Dagko kaayo’g lusok ang uwan kagabii,” shared Ate Beth, a TM staff.  Last night, there were thousands of feet stomping and running on Traveller’s Palm’s roof. I originally planned to take a dip after an hour or so of writing but the gloomy weather seemed discouraging for snorkeling by the platform. So I took a leisure walk around the garden instead. Despite visiting this personal refuge every month, it is still surprising to see something new. It must be the weather or the soft light. It felt that I have not seen these ornaments before. A lesson from the morning […]