In Defense of the Cursed Child

Warning! Spoilers ahead. It’s been almost a decade since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and five years since the screening of the last film, effectively ending 19 years of book-reader relationship, which to most Harry Potter fans cover much of their lives. It’s a literary and movie success that transcended race and age and…

News Hugot 1: Extra Judicial Feelings

After our series Oral Origins wherein we researched the roots of the popular curse words in the Philippines, we welcome you to News Hugot, a new segment that will provide a creative outlet for people to forget the news for a while and to focus on their feelings. Our opening salvo is the series of…

A Day in the Life of a Humanitarian

It was a decent looking boat carrying us to Gigantes. I decided to sit at the forefront to enjoy solitude, while everyone else chitchats while sitting on the wooden bench in the middle. This was more than a two-hour ride on the waves of Panay. The first hour was manageable and the scene was rewarding, until…

“Bias”

Kababasa ko lang sa isang Facebook thread — gago raw ang media. Biased daw. Paano? We feed you quality shows, and then what? Wala masyadong nanonood. The ratings, likes and shares show. Mas gusto niyong pagpiyestahan ang mga teleserye tungkol sa mga kabit at teenybopper, mga personal na buhay ng mga celebrity at opisyal ng gobyerno, at mga…

Oral Origins 2: Gago and Leche

There are certain curse words that have become part of daily conversations. But do we really know where these words come from? After discussing Putang Ina and Yawa in the first edition of our special report Oral Origins, our sequel presents two more familiar utterances. Gago We all have probably gone through the nasty habit of christening our childhood…

The First Bottle School in Asia

The little town of Rizal, Laguna often meets criticism by its neighboring towns. A fifth class municipality, it does not boast of huge economic gains or tax revenues. No big malls, cinema, or loud bars. To some, it is known as the dirt-poor municipality of Laguna. But the mayor does not mind. After all, Rizal…

Tiempo Muerto: Why Are Sugar Farmers Protesting?

Negros Occidental is the sugar bowl of the Philippines but why are sugar farm workers in the streets protesting? We are in what they call the “Tiempo Muerto” or the dead season, and sugar farm workers have no other means of livelihood meanwhile. They don’t own the lands they toil and because it’s the dead season,…

How Ugly the Jennies May Well Be

Note: This is a work of fiction, based on true historical facts. The year 1918 came when Fort Stotsenburg was renamed Clark Air Field and hosted, aside from the US Cavalry in the Pacific, the new US 13th Air Force and with it came hordes of aircrafts for military aviation and thousands of motorized vehicle…

Hereditarily Broken: Surviving Dysfunctional Families

When I was six years old, I used to lay awake at night and hope. I closed my eyes, adamant in keeping the tears from falling, and said the following words like they were a magic spell: “I wish I had a family that loved me.” Disappointment never failed to wash over me come morning….

Pokémon Go: Philippine Edition Vol. 1

Starting August 6, 2016, you can now download Pokémon Go in the Philippines from the Play Store or App Store! I know you want to start as soon as possible. Here are places where you may probably find these cute critters. We’ll focus first on the the first 152 Pokémon so that we won’t disorient the millennials…

Nanlaban

Ang dali. Ang daling sabihin: “Eh kung ‘di naman kasi sila tamad, kung nagpursige ba sila sa pag-aaral. Kung ‘di sila nag-anak ng apat, anim, siyam. Kung ‘di na lang sila umalis sa probinsya para maghanap ng trabaho sa Maynila. Kung tumanggi sila. Kung ‘di sila adik. Kung ‘di sila tulak.” Ang daling sabihin kasi…

Their Last Moments on Earth

After dusk, when darkness sprawls over the metro — thieves, murderers and drug personalities find their most opportune time to do business. And where these hooligans leave a bloody mess, that’s where my duty as a graveyard reporter begins. The dirty job takes some getting used to. But I’ve never thought that my graveyard shift will…