“It Would Be Unfair to the Kids”

It was late afternoon on a summer day about seven years ago and I was fake-sleeping inside my mom’s hospital room because it was my turn to guard her. She was admitted because of a mild stroke and she was talking to her attending physician about what happened to her. “Will I still be able…

Of Weaning and Losing

*This is an ode to every mother left by their prodigal daughters.  They say I am the next in line, heiress to the throne, the princess to her Queendom. The pampered daughter. The spoiled kid. Ask and I shall receive. Ask, I did. I said, ‘Freedom, that’s what I need.’ She introduced me to people…

The Transgender Couple

Our pseudo-conservative society will judge them and the mysoginists will bash them. But for Pau and Aiju, both 25, they simply made a decision to choose, and that is to choose love––no matter how cliché it may sound. These lovers met only days after Valentine’s Day in 2015. The last two years was not smooth sailing…

Farewell

I hope this message finds you well. The world calls you millennials — and with your diverse skills, the possibilities are endless. Yet understandably, it is also a time of uncertainty since you are about to leave the comfort zone of the classroom. If you may have entertained doubts, everything is still alright. We live in a time when…

Mga Kwentong Laman

Sabi ng puso ko, mahal ko siya. Sabi ng utak ko, ‘wag! Hindi tama. Sabi ng bituka ko, naguguluhan ka na. Gutom lang ‘yan. Sabi ng kidney ko, hindi siya nararapat sa’yo. Dapat piliin mo lang ang mga nakakabuti para sa iyo. Sabi naman ng puwet ko, hindi ka talaga magugustuhan nun! Tignan mo nga…

Kayumanggi and Proud: Life as a Filipino Gay Immigrant in Denmark

Alvin Tuling, 37, has always been reserved and shy. He admits he is not openly gay as some of his friends are. He wears typical men clothes and tries to “act like a heterosexual man.” “I do not like drawing attention to myself,” he says. Alvin comes from the Philippines, a country populated mostly by Catholics….

Christmas In London, Finally

The story starts at a high end hotel on Drury Lane in London one summer day in June of 1997. Regina ‘Regie’ Laborce, then 31 years old, was scrambling to get in contact with someone she knows in the United Kingdom. If they don’t answer their phones, she has nowhere else to go. The fancy hotel was…

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…

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….

Para kay Ama: Makuha Ka Po sa Isang Salita

Haligi ng tahanan kung ituring, ilaw din tahanan para sa ibang pamilya, marami ang tawag natin sa kanya: Ama, Tatay, Papa, Pa, Paps, Daddy, Dad at marami pang ibang sa inyo lang may kahulugan. ‘Di man nagdugtong ang pusod natin sa kanila, siguradong sila rin ang dahilan kaya naririto tayo ngayon. Kaya naman sa hirap…

Tungkol sa Pag-ibig

Kapag pumara na ang pag-ibig, sundan mo, gaano man kahirap o katarik ang kanyang daan. At kung balutin ka niya ng kanyang pakpak, isuko mo ang iyong sarili, nagkukubli man ang mga espada sa kanyang pakpak at maaari kang sugatan. At kung mangaral siya maniwala ka, Mabasag man niya ang iyong mga pangarap gaya ng…

Ireland and My First Love

Through pictures of Castle Donovan and the box buildings of Dublin, I fell in love with Ireland. Sometimes the skies would send torrents of ice; sometimes the sun would beam rainbows across the green lands filled with clover leaves. Through his grey cold eyes, I fell in love with Rupert. Sometimes he would not speak…