Cruising magazine published my photo essay on my encounter with the phenomenal Whang Od. The essay, just about 700 words, was hard to write especially I already wrote an exhaustive essay on Whang Od and Her Village. To read the whole essay, you can buy Cruising #GoingPlaces at any bookstores nationwide. I included some parts here as a teaser. ***
September 6, 2013 | Sacred Heart School for Girls (Hijas Auditorium) We do not make light of Facebook. It has changed the way we see and use words such as “like,” “post,” “update,” and “wall.” It also makes grammarians cringe with the improperness and evolution of “unlike.” Facebook has after all cultivated a culture of “like”—the superficiality, ambiguity, and sincerity of it—made stronger with the absence of its counterparts. I do wish there were a dislike or hate button. Intoxicated with alcohol and idealism and armed with bottomless creativity, a group of young Cebuano artists—avid Facebook users themselves—named the Offbeats […]
Because I can’t, you must. Lawrence Ypil and Nikay Paredes read new poems and talk about writing about home away from Cebu. at La Belle Aurore Bookshop Junquera G/F Honey Hunt Pensione House, Junquera Ext., Brgy. San Antonio, Cebu City
The hands of Ang Suga | Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines “Te Jo, paita gyud diay aning atong kinabuhi,” said Wang. We were sitting on the shore, with my thoughts being carried away by the waves and reached the ranges of Negros. However, other serious matters occupied Wang. “Tan-awa, magsuwat ko,” he said and drew a line on the sand. Not later than five seconds, the waves claimed the line. I kept on staring at the place where the line was once. Stared. Stared. And his point sank in my feverous head.