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The way home

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The human being is an alien spaceship piloted by a crew who have lost all their maps or suffered collective amnesia to the extent that they have absolutely no idea where they are, where they come from, or where they are going. And so they peer through little portholes and drive as best as they can, recording their journey as they go, for future use, or perhaps just out of a nervous instinct. Is there anything to this thesis? The best proof would be my husband.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Breakfast

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Two fried eggs in an immaculate white plate. This was the first thing she saw as she entered her friend’s house. How so well-cooked they were, their edges obviously pushed inwards into a thickness as they fried in the pan for just long enough to develop a perfect burn even as their yolks remained fluid. How beautiful they looked!

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The mask

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It took Yolanda to unmask not just Tacloban but all of us. For we too have our own marginalized poor living in slums along the coastline. And we might as well rid ourselves of the notion that a typhoon does not select its victims. The poor are the first to die and suffer the most after everything falls apart.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Tacloban

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It was a rainy morning in Tacloban when he woke up to find they had brought no sugar-free coffee with their rations. And so he resolved to walk as far as he might to find himself a cup. Four people, loosely related drove overland from Cebu to Tacloban to comfort themselves by looking up old [...]

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Christmas among the ruins

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Only a few things are probably quite as sad as Christmas mass right beside a ruined church. And so it was a muted Christmas in Bohol province. All that was left of the churches of Loon and Maribojoc were a flattened heap of what seemed like sticks and powder. The Baclayon Church still has a [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Puto maya

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My late friend, Edilberto “Ed” Alegre, would have been happy to be here. And surely he would have reminded us of the theory that to learn the true texture of a particular culture you first need to eat their food. To compare one particular culture to another, compare how they cook a particular common dish. The case in point in this case is puto maya and tsokolate. This one, at the wet market in Da-o, Tagbilaran.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Moonlight

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December never creeps in slowly. It always comes in a mad rush if you are in the city doing the usual things, wrapping up the year, so to speak. You would have to brave the traffic. There is always last minute shopping to be done. Everyone seems to be doing it. Hard to enjoy the [...]

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Drawing poetry, writing lines

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With writing as with music it helps to start from the most fundamental thing, which is that it is all a problem of navigation, as if one might navigate through a river keeping sight of both banks. Both banks being opposing arguments that one must keep a balance of. As for instance, when you ask: [...]

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Mindworks today

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Mindworks is the annual show of installations and performance art by students of the Fine Arts Program of the University of the Philippines Cebu. The show is the longest running show of this sort in the country. For better or worse, this show has been presented yearly for over 20 years now. It is open [...]

Posted: December 11th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The season of hope

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It is quite surprising, the way the twin calamities hit the Visayas have raised the collective political awareness. Nothing like a calamity to reveal the social weaknesses. Such as for instance, the logic of designing our cities so that the common good is best served. Such as for another instance, why we need to work [...]

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The absence of trust

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The work to restore the Visayas after a killer earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda is just beginning. We have almost passed the phase of giving victims immediate relief but there is still the work of rebuilding what has been destroyed. And that might be the bigger, more complex and slower work. If the latter, it will be because it is work the government will have to do or direct.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Conversation

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A conversation between ancient friends and a guest was more than a month overdue. But the lapse was excusable. An earthquake and Yolanda came inside that span of time. And since the topic was all about calamity and how the government falls short of people’s expectations their words soon became heated. The Austrian guest would [...]

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A guest from Tacloban

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He was much privileged to receive into his home a guest from Tacloban. The visitor was on his way to Manila. He needed a place to stay for the night. He was a young poet-writer, a friend of and among a community of friends, and so he invited him to sleep over. All the better [...]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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