Afternoon Respite

Mahilig Akong Magdamo

Isang paggunita ng nakaraan Napakahilig kong magdamo. Ito’y aking nagisnan at napagtanto noong ako ay isang nobisyo sa Iloilo.  Subalit, bago n’yo po akong husgahan nang di kanaisnais, maaari po bang basahin nyo muna ang aking paggunita sa nakaraan at sa aking munting pagninilay-nilay. Lumaki ako sa gitna ng siksikang...
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Mahilig Akong Magdamo

Recalling Papa Gandong’s Golden Moments

While Papa Gandong extended both hands, Jesus said, "Rejoice and be glad."  Do you know what my Papa Gandong did that night before he died? He raised both his hands as if he was reaching up and as if someone was extending his hands invisibly towards him. Then, he clapped...
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Recalling Papa Gandong’s Golden Moments

Wine’s My Respite

It was Martin Luther who said, "beer is made by men, wine by God". Well, to drink or not to drink, that is the question. Drink, I say. My toil may be really long, my body aching, I move on. For as soon as I get home, My wine is...
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Wine’s My  Respite

My “Father” Figure

I thought he looked like Santa Claus, with his pot belly and rosy cheeks.  He always mumbled so I couldn't understand him.  Not many people liked him or agreed with him. Perhaps because whenever he was asked a question, he always had a negative response. He used to call me...
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My “Father” Figure

Letter On The Sand

Dear Rene, We surely miss you this summer.  We miss the lovely concertos that you alone among us could play on the piano.  Here at BALULAN we have instead the murmur of the surf, the off-key tune of the birds, the rhapsody of coconut leaves… Your absence, Rene, spells for...
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Letter On The Sand