Kung Lilimutin Mo Ako (If You Forget Me / Pablo Neruda)

Nais kong maunawaan mo ang isang bagay. Alam mo kung paano ito: kung lilingon ako sa kristal na buwan, sa natutuyot na pulang tangkay dala ng mabagal na taglagas sa ‘king durungawan kung susubukin kong malapit sa apoy na tangan ang ‘di malikom na abo o ‘di kaya’y ang nangungulubot na troso, lahat ng ito’y inihahatid ako…

Indochina: Four Tales of Heartbreak

Love has a quota. That’s according to Ricky Lee in his masterpiece “Para kay B.” Only one in every five people who fall in love will have a happy ending. The others might love someone who will not love them back. Or love without learning. Or love hopelessly. And some might not love at all….

Before You Promise Forever

When it comes to love, I don’t believe in promises of forever. I’m not bitter. I just turned 23, and at my age, I still drift to Neverland from time to time like a child. I just accept the reality of time. At some point, we will all fade away. Humans have yet to devise a way…

Love in the Time of Martial Law

Editor’s Note: Just in case you think it’s unimportant — Moving On from Martial Law? Fe and Roger had been co-teachers in a university for quite some time, occasionally exchanging nods and “hellos” inside the campus. But it was only when Roger won his first Palanca award on his poem “Mga Duguang Plakard” (Bloodied Placards) that Fe took…

Wild Card by Allan Gregory Lazaro

She is wearing a frown on her face as she sips her iced green tea. You take a glance at her as she intently eyes the cards on her hand and the rest of the cards laid out on the table. You draw a second yellow property card from the deck. On your other hand,…

Beks Factor: Loving a Man who Loves Men

Editor’s Note: Beks or Beki is a Filipino colloquial term that refers to gay men. This is a story of a girl who loved a boy who loves boys. We geared up for the high notes as we wait for the next song in the small videoke room. From the clear pane that divides our room…

How I Outgrew the Night Life

Where do broken hearts go? They say this is the perfect place — because you can barely hear your own heartbeat. There I was in a bar, hoping I could heal myself. I was all set. I put on heavy makeup to look a bit more mature and wore the tightest dress I’ve ever tried…

Tagaytay through Innocent Eyes

The children of Virlanie Foundation used to roam the streets. Fortunately, it wasn’t too late to return their childhood to them. One morning, I joined a team that took these youthful souls to Tagaytay. Our first stop was Paradizoo. The children interacted with different animals and it was such a beautiful sight. Some were eager to feed…

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…

LGBT Pride: A Constant Struggle

It’s a choice. And yes, it’s a tough one. Deviating from what society deems as normal will always be a difficult call. That is why independent artists struggle, why the alternative media works twice as hard to create buzz, and why up until this modern age and time (while post-modern ideas abound), the LGBT community…