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Faith and footwork

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That morning, I was to hear cases for the first time since the earthquake of nearly three months ago weakened the supports of the courthouse. My people had set up a tent in the parking area, on the space allotted to us, and had laid out tables and chairs for the lawyers and litigants.

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

Araby

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Araby” is among the pieces I like in “Dubliners,” James Joyce’s collection of short stories. It is narrated by a boy who lived in a drab neighborhood, but transformed it into a place of adventure in the imaginative games he played with his friends. The gang kept an eye on the boy’s uncle, making sure he did not see them when he arrived, as well as on a girl, the sister of one of them, Mangan, who often came out on the doorstep to call her brother in for his tea.

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

The landscape according to Caravaggio

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cartoon_Dec29

They say that Caravaggio painted As though he were inside a dungeon Or a room deep within a tavern, Where the illumination comes Not from the sun but from a lamp, Which is unseen and seems embedded Into the very fact of being — The women, children, men and horses, Whose physicality is such As [...]

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

The dawn of visions

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For the past several days, the wife and I have been waking up at three in the morning, a bleak and merciless hour. To make sure that we would not miss it, I set the alarm on both the radio clock and my cellphone. Usually I respond to the alarm first. Perhaps I am the [...]

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

Django

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cartoon_Dec15

How strange that, as I look at Raphael’s paintings of John the Baptist, I should think of Django, the main character of a 1966 eponymous Western directed by Sergio Corbucci, a film that spawned many sequels, over a hundred according to speculations, but only 31 as per official count. The movie opens with an iconic [...]

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

Sundial

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Ever since I read Rilke’s “Autumn Day,” I had long wanted to own a sundial. The poem’s first stanza had left a mark on me — “Lord, it is time. Let the great summer go, / Lay your long shadows on the sundials, / And over harvest piles let the winds blow.”

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

Missing God

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A friend of mine posted a poem by Dennis O’ Driscoll, entitled, “Missing God.” At once it evoked a remark a public official made after seeing for himself the destruction that an uncommonly violent typhoon left in its trail. “I think God was somewhere else when the typhoon hit,” he said. Surely, he made this [...]

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

The hero of my tale

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Recently, the wife and I went to a store to buy a cabinet. We used my sister’s card for the purpose. At the entrance, the young man swiped the card through an electronic reader. When my sister’s address appeared on the monitor, he asked us if we still resided in the place, or if we [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

November

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November’s very name brings up a long-lost dog that the children were particularly fond of. Now grown up, they’re likely to add to the stories during family gatherings the one about a puppy, buff in color, that wandered into our yard and stayed. When it remained unclaimed for days, they decided to adopt the dog and named it after the month of its appearance – November.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Day and night

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Without Caravaggio one might not fully understand Bernard Strozzi’s painting of Zacchaeus. We know Zacchaeus’ story. He was a chief tax collector. In his Gospel, Luke narrates that, when Jesus was passing through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to get a look at him. But because of his height, he could not see Jesus over the crowd, [...]

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The bridge is love

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cartoon_Oct27

The floor quavered as I was writing this. I had hoped that the aftershocks were over — as of last count close to three thousand since the big earthquake ten days ago. The earth rocked at midnight, but only in the manner of the cradle. In fact, when I called her attention, instead of being [...]

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

Earthquake

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Always it starts with a tiny sound, No louder than the clink of ice in a glass— The little Venus on the table Tick-tocks as it walks in a wobble, The frame beside it slowly slides, The books begin to leave the shelves As though pulled out by many readers, And the vase, after a [...]

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Bird cage

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I chanced upon a bird cage on top of a pile of discarded things, among the broken furniture and the termite-eaten boards ripped from the living room wall during repairs. Somehow I had expected it. No childhood is without a bird cage. Mine had one, which I shared with my brother and sisters, and which [...]

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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