The Batanes Survival Guide: 13 Places You Must Visit

Just a decade ago, Batanes is just a small, unpopular island at the northernmost tip of the Philippines. Some would remember Batanes from the elementary textbooks as a place frequently hit by typhoons. Some would associate it with Ivatans, the indigenous tribe from the north who built the vernacular stonehouses. Either way, just a few…

The Siege of Zamboanga’s Youngsters by Makoi Popioco

A little boy cowered behind an overturned wooden chair, avoiding gunfire. The other boy breathed heavily, he dashed his small feet forward and with his frail hands, he fired. The boy hiding behind the chair got shot, fell down, and played dead. I raised my hand, pointed my index finger, pulled the invisible trigger in my thumb,…

Quietly Out of Place

They say we should write about what we know. To avoid mistakes? Perhaps. But it is more likely that they ask this of us because it will lend credence to our stories. And so, that is why, today I will write about something that I know dearly as an introvert: solitude. Ironic Until I came…

The Life of TV Network Talents

Pursuing one’s passion while being paid is a blessing. Journalism is a craft I love and I am fortunate to work for one of the largest TV networks in the Philippines. In fact, I have spent all my working years here. But in an instant, the very life I have learned to love may become…

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,…

Tambay Chronicles by Isay Reyes

Basta tambay, kadalasan, tamad na agad — walang ginagawa, walang magandang patutunguhan. Pero sa mga tulad kong naghahatid ng serbisyong totoo sa balita, isa ang pagtambay sa kailangan naming pag-aralan at paghandaan. Minsan ngarag kami at kailangang mabilisang makapagbato ng balita. Minsan naman, may ilang oras na kailangan naming maghintay at tumambay! Yung tipong nabasa mo na…

Reporter Notes: Prequel

For young people who wish to become news reporters, there are no shortcuts, formulas and guarantees. Luck may be a factor. But so are persistence, patience and passion. We all have unique individual trails. The footsteps of others should only serve as a guide but you have to make your own way. I’m not an expert. But…