Book Review: Dreamseller by Brandon Novak & Joe Frantz

Dreamseller
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”

Isla ni Michael (Dagli)

Gaya ng mga nakaraan niyang panaginip, isang nanamang eksena ang muling nasaksihan ni Alexis na nakikita niya lamang sa tuwing ang mga mata niya’y nakapikit at ang kanyang diwa ay wala sa dimensyon ng realidad. Ang anak niyang si Michael, na palutang-lutang sa laot habang yakap ang bolang niregalo niya sa bata nuong ika-anim na kaarawan nito. Continue reading “Isla ni Michael (Dagli)”

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

IMORTAL AT IBA PANG KUWENTO NG PAG-IBIG, HIWAGA, KABIGUAN AT TRAHEDYA ni Juan Bautista
(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?”

ANG BAGONG KRUSADA (Rebyu ni Y.M Bait)

Ang Bagong Krusada ni Juan Bautista

Ito ang ikatlong katha ni G. Bautista na aking nabasa. Una ay ang kanyang librong Imortal at ikalawa ay ang Red Manila Stories. Hindi ako binigo ng panulat ni G. Bautista. Ang pagkukuwento sa pagkakataong ito ay nasa perspektibo ng sosyal na pagtingin at pagkilatis lalo pa ang mga umiiral na organismo (Simbahan o Gobyerno) gayundin ng pagbabanggaan ng mga nag uumpugang mga puwersa (juxtaposition) ang kabutihan laban sa kasamaan. Continue reading “ANG BAGONG KRUSADA (Rebyu ni Y.M Bait)”

Morning Glory \m/


Photo by Alco Guerrero

Morning Glory

 

Is one of many reasons that music lovin’ MontabeƱos should be proud of. These musicians are diverse in terms of musical style and influences, hence, they are making great quality music for over a decade now. And speaking of quality music, the band is doing it very well through both instrumental and lyrical excellence. Believe me, for I am one of the fortunate people who witnessed them rock from their early teens up to this day. Continue reading “Morning Glory \m/”

HAYSKUL: Si Crush, Giant Calculator, Suntukan at Paglundag sa Pader

HAYSKUL: Si Crush, Giant Calculator, Suntukan at Paglundag sa Pader

 

1996-2000. Millenium Batch ika nga, at bilang batang 90s, isa ako sa mga mapapalad na estudyante na naging bahagi ng pagbibiyak ng Dekada Nobenta at ng Bagong Milenyo bilang isang Highschool Student. Magmula sa ebolusyon ng Cassette Tapes hanggang sa maging MP3. Eraserheads hanggang sa maging Sandwich at Pupil. Naglalakihang Motorola Phones hanggang sa paglabas ng Nokia 5110. Pagputok at paglaos ng NBA Cards at higit sa lahat, ang pamamayagpag ng Pinoy Alternative/Rock Bands. Marami akong nasaksihan, marami akong naranasan. Tahasan kong sinasabi ngayon na ang best era to be a Highschool Student? Syempre, 96-2K. Cutting classes, suntukan, love letters na nakasulat sa mabangong papel na galing Blue Magic at marami pang iba. Continue reading “HAYSKUL: Si Crush, Giant Calculator, Suntukan at Paglundag sa Pader”