Elan Gurl

Look at the girl, isn’t her smile so refreshing? That familiar face, Filled with expectations, Of great things about the future, Without care in the world, Unburdened, Undisguised, Nostalgic. When she cries, she’s unstoppable. So it is when she laughs. Contagious. When I’ve seen this picture, I feel like my essential self, the child in […]

Gising, Nay.

I’m grateful I got home safely. Salat man sa pasalubong na karaniwang inaasahan sa nagbabalik-bayan, nakakatuwang masaya naman ang pamilya ko sa pagsundo sa akin mula sa paradahan ng jeep. Nagkwentuhan. Naglitratuhan. Nagtawanan. Nagkainan. Nabanggit din lang ang kainan, daig ko pa ang nagdadalantaong naglilihi kung makahirit: “Nay, Mais.. mani.. mangga..” ang ilan sa aking […]

Si Tatay

He never called me pretty, Never did he say I’m his princess, Rarely did I please him with my clothes, Hardly did he like my hair long. He let me dig pits in the backyard, Fetch containers of water from afar, He’d scold me when I neglect my siblings, He’d hate me when of them, […]