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Ang Titser Ko

(larawan ni Nathan Dumlao)

Ayon nga sa kasabihan, ang ating mga guro/titser ay ang ikalawa nating mga magulang. Totoo ‘yon mga tol. Dahil sila ang nangangaral at nagtuturo sa’tin sa labas ng bahay. Kaya sa ayaw at sa gusto natin, kahit badtrip pa tayo dahil madalas tayo noong mapagalitan (na malamang dahil na rin sa mga ka-ungasan natin), ay may utang na loob pa rin tayo sa kanila.

Pero mga tol, matagal na silang dehado. Matagal na matagal na. Continue reading “Ang Titser Ko”

Paco Llarañaga and family should thank Viva Films

Yes, you read it right. And I said it not to ridicule Paco Larrañaga or Viva due to the latter’s latest film titled, Jacqueline comes home.  It’s because the film, whilst promoting, have successfully pushed the Filipinos to watch Give Up Tomorrow. A documentary that shows the complete opposite of what Viva Films wants the people to perceive. Continue reading “Paco Llarañaga and family should thank Viva Films”

Book Review: Dreamseller by Brandon Novak & Joe Frantz

by Brandon Novak/Joe Frantz

As a writer myself, I do believe that books are gifts to society. But this Memoir by a former professional skateboarder turned junkie, named Brandon Novak, is just exceptional. For some reasons;

– it’s real
– it’s disturbing
– it’s heartbreaking
– it’s fist clenching
– it’s enlightening
– it’s inspiring Continue reading “Book Review: Dreamseller by Brandon Novak & Joe Frantz”

Creak in the woods

“Creak in the woods”
Juan Bautista


“Get up son. It’s time.” Rico’s father beamed in excitement. For that day was hunt day. They were about to go to the woods for a two day hunting. “Comin’ Pops.” Rico answered scornfully. It was a cold four  o’clock in the morning and his body didn’t want to leave his bed that early. And in fact, he doesn’t even have a mite of interest. A ten year old boy should be watching TV, playing and sleeping on the weekends. Not to crawl and crouch in the middle of the desolated woods, and wait patiently for hours in a chilling weather holding a crossbow and binoculars. Continue reading “Creak in the woods”

BASAG is still open for story submissions (May 31, 2018)

Call for Submissions:

PSICOM Publishing Inc. is now accepting manuscript submissions for LITERATI Imprint entitled “BASAG: Modernong Panitikan ng mga Kuwentistang Wasak”.

About the Anthology:

BASAG: Modernong Panitikan ng mga Kuwentistang Wasak, is an anthology written in Filipino, to be released by PSICOM Publishing Inc. under its Literati Imprint. PSICOM’s Literati author, Juan Bautista, will be the anthology editor. Continue reading “BASAG is still open for story submissions (May 31, 2018)”

Imortal: Rebyu ni Doni Oliveros

(PSICOM Publishing Inc., 2016)

Binubuo ng 12 maikling kuwento. Lagpas kalahati ang nagustuhan ko. Mahusay maghabi ng kuwento si Bautista. Sa unang talata pa lang, kuha na niya agad ang atensyon ko. Pagkatapos ay halos ayaw ko nang bitawan dahil interesado ako sa mangyayari. Madali lang basahin dahil ang uri ng Filipino niya ay yong pangaraw-araw nating naririnig sa kalye. Continue reading “Imortal: Rebyu ni Doni Oliveros”

Insensitive nitwits and the overly sensitive, what’s the difference?

Insensitive nitwits and the overly sensitive, what’s the difference?

Since yesterday, photos of Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia is all over the internet for two main reasons. First, it was stunning. Second, some people (humanitarians, cultural advocates, people against racism or whatever they want to be recognized) find the couple’s pre-nuptial photo shoot (in Ethiopia), insensitive for the natives. Based on my understanding, what they are trying to say is the concept of the photo shoot is some kind of marginalizing and discrimination over the Ethiopians (who happen to be in the photos around the couple). Well, for me it’s not. Continue reading “Insensitive nitwits and the overly sensitive, what’s the difference?”