Of Rape and Other Demons: The Story of Anria Espiritu

Anria, my second cousin, it’s such an irony how I only got to know more about you now that you’ve passed away. We lived in the same barangay. Our houses were no more than three kilometers away from each other. You were just four years older. We could have made more childhood memories together. But we…

Ten Ideas I Never Learned in College

Many Filipinos spend their youth in school. With the new K-to-12 program, college students will be more than twenty years old upon graduation. By the time I become a senior citizen at age 60, I will happily recall the first two decades of my life as a student. In college, we have been bombarded with so much lessons,…

Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Man

Opening Act The curtains rise, the music plays, the backstage hushes stop and the house lights dim. You step onto the stage and the spotlight is on you. That moment, you’d feel infinite. It’s one of the idiosyncrasies of theatre. At any given point, you could be anyone or anything. You could be a king, a peasant,…

Nude Photography to Abstract Paintings

My second greatest fear, next to not fulfilling my greatest dreams, is not being able to create something artistic that hasn’t existed in the world before. It can be anything — maybe a culinary experiment, a new chair design, a sketch, or even mundane things like doodles or comic strips, as long as it has…

Conquering Pico de Loro

I never liked the whole idea of climbing mountains. But I ended up on top of the Pico de Loro monolith in Cavite. How and why I got there? It’s a long trek but let me walk you through my journey. Early this year, I found a new (and rather eccentric) hobby: mountaineering. I have climbed…