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 […]
February 21, 2012

Photo Essay: Baclaran Church

Baclaran Silhouettes at 5:30 in the morning