…it’s probably true. as with a sunset. it shouldn’t look the same. the last time i spied a memorable sunrise, though, was at a resort in baler. was there on a job, i woke up really early, around 3am or 4am (like this morn), for no reason. so i pulled on a sweater, went out, […]

Since I wrote this (below), President Duterte has said that the gov’t will investigate incidents of “salvage.” And the DILG chief has urged the PNP to investigate the vigilante killings, and have Internal Affairs look into the killings of suspects during police operations. It took months, and hundreds dead, and a lot of protesting–including a statement […]

SPOILER WARNING: THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT A SAINT WHOSE BIO IS ALL OVER THE NET (CATHOLICISM HAS SURVIVED THIS LONG BECAUSE IT TELLS AWESOME STORIES, REPETITIVELY.) BUT IF YOU’RE SERIOUSLY ANTI-SPOILER, STOP READING, COME BACK WHEN YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE. 1. two ateneans walk into a cinema to watch a movie about the jesuit knight. of course […]

some people find rituals comforting. the truly religious will have something more to say about this (e.g. prayer is not a mere means to self-soothe but a conversation with the almighty), but you could opt for the lesser effort: mindless tasks. anything familiar, repetitive, and rhythmic. soothing in its banal predictability. it’ll make you feel capable, […]

The Prologue to Victor Hugo’s Les Miz probably says it all: “So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of […]

The day I turned 35: I woke up, made breakfast (with help from my sister-in-law), swept the garden, watered the plants, washed some linens, set up my “home office” in the garden, and transcribed an interview I did the day before, slow-baking in the Holy Week heat. Text messages had started coming in while I was asleep, […]

i should say for the story. but i guess the truth is, i want to be transported. as a kid, i grew up on movies. my cousins and i would watch everything the family video rental would lend out. the rental wasn’t strictly kosher, but we didn’t know that. all we knew was that we […]