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Kape, Sisig, Yosi At Ikaw

Kape  We started over coffee, sabi ng isang kanta. At doon nga tayo nagsimula – sa kape. Niyaya mo akong magkape isang hapon. Over cappuccino, nagkuwentuhan tayo. Kung anu-ano lang. Mababaw. Malalim. May kwenta. Wala. Hindi pa ubos ang kape ko pero sabi ko, kailangan ko na umalis. Alam mo bang gumawa lang ako ng excuse para madala ko iyong cup ng tall cappuccino kung …

Ang Huling Araw

Minsan mo na akong tinanong kung pinagsisisihan kong nakilala kita. Sinabi ko hindi. Ngayon na nga siguro ang araw na kinatatakutan ko. Dahil kapag tinanong mo ulit sa akin yan, alam kong oo na ang isasagot ko. Sa lahat kasi ng nangyari sa buhay ko, ikaw lang ang gusto kong burahin. Wala ng iba. Kung tatanungin ako ng Diyos kung gaano kita minahal, ang isasagot …

Pseudo Relationships – Parang Kayo Pero Hindi

She is a 28-year-old virgin. He’s a 35-year-old bachelor. Both mountaineers, they became close during their climbs. After a few dates in posh restaurants, he brings her to his condo where they would make out. They have been doing this for months. She wants to believe that “sila na” but then she’s not really sure about it. “We don’t talk about it but it doesn’t …

Katibakan? Kalokohan: Kabaliwan

“May mob. Sama ka na.” Hindi ko matanggihan ang kaibigan ko. Hindi ko rin alam kung bakit niya ako iniimbitahan sa isang “mob”. Ano ba yon? Parang ngayon ko lang narinig yon. Hindi ko makuha kung bakit niya hinihikayat kaming mga kapwa-estudyante. Ipaglalaban daw namin ang karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Napangiti na lamang ako. Hindi ko lubos maisip kung ano ang magagawa naming mga hamak na …

Silent Mode

3 am. After almost two days of me not texting you back, I lie awake. Thinking of us. Thinking of you. Thinking of what we’re going to do. Thinking of how and why we ended up in this situation. My mind went blank. Numb even. We’ve been sleeping together for months now. We didn’t care much for a lot of things. Like how it didn’t …

A Shot Of Espresso

Come on phone, ring! As if the phone heard me. Never has its ring sounded like an eighty-piece orchestra to my ears, until now. Of course I have to keep up with my reputation of being late. Did you wait for my call? My heart flew in the air as if it were a professional trapeze artist. Hell yeah. I stared at the phone for …

A Love Letter For The One Who Got Away

Hi! How are you? You know what? I thought of you today. I don’t know how, in the midst of my most hectic days, thoughts of you manage to squeeze their way into my mind. I don’t know how you do it, considering that I haven’t heard from you for four years now. Come to think of it, I didn’t even realize until now that …

Third Eye

Sigurado raw na mararamdaman mo kapag may multong malapit sa iyo. Tatayo ang balahibo sa batok mo… Biglang lalamig ang paligid… Iikot ang tiyan mo… Para kang biglang may kasama. May mararamdaman ka sa paligid mo kahit alam mong ikaw lang mag-isa. Bata pa lang ako, matatakutin na ako. Takot ako sa dilim, humihina ako kapag mag-isa. Hindi ko rin kayang manood ng mga nakakatakot …

Poisoned Apples, Glass Slippers And A Bitter Taste In My Mouth

Damsels in distress. The eternal protagonists in fairy tales. The evil queen. The old hag. The witch. Evil. Because they make the pretty princesses miserable. Or did they? Flashback to your fairy tales. Who were these women before they met the witches? Pretty women. Desired by all. Loved by all. Meeting with princes and knights left and right. Day and night. And yet so righteously …

Welcome To Team Ryan

“Ayusin mo nga calls mo! Ampapangit ng calls mo!” First day ko sa Team Ryan after two months of training and two weeks of transition from trainee to customer service specialist, at sinalo ko ang pagsalubong na ito na parang complimentary drink sa Club Panoli. Yun nga lang, may lason ang complimentary drink. Alas-sais y media pa lamang ng lecheng maulang umagang ito, tumatangap na …

Kalungkutan

Unti-unti, nararamdaman kong ako ay napapailalim sa bitag ng kalungkutan. Araw-araw, ako ay gumigising nang may pag-asang ang umaga ay magdadala ng kaligtasan para sa akin. Babangon ako mula sa pagkakahiga, at pipilitin ko ang aking sarili na harapin ang bagong umaga. Gagawin ko ang mga normal kong mga responsibilidad na sa totoo lang ay sawang-sawa na kong harapin. Haharap ako sa mga taong tinatawag …

The Past And A Prayer

I saw her, lightly holding a cigarette on one hand and a bottle of beer on another. The soft red light was kissing half of her face, leaving the half dark and unseen, and she looked beautiful. She looked happy with wisps of smoke circling in front of her eyes. She flicked her cigarette on an ashtray, stood up, and left. I was still remembering her …

Dear Franchesca

Back in high school we used to spend our afternoons checking out the freshmen cuties. Though both of us were feasting our eyes on those boys, you were the only one branded as flirt. I told them that we are teenagers and it is our right to have eye candies. Because I loved you like a sister, I defended you. You were always the rebel, …

Pips

Naaalala ko noon. Simula pa lamang ng klase at puro kamalasan na ang inabot ko. Yung tipong matapilok ka ba naman ng apat na beses sa loob ng dalawang oras. Nagkapigtas-pigtas na ang sandalyas ko. Pagdating ko sa unibersidad, kumukulo na ang dugo ko. Sabay tumabi ka sa akin at tinulungan mo akong mag-isip ng paraan para maayos ko ito. Hindi ko nga lang magagamit …

Sugar Packets

She watched the rain through the glass panel. Some hurled themselves against the pane then splashed off as tiny pieces, some came down as rivulets that formed little roads and branches. She watched the world go by below her as she sat sipping a cold, chocolate drink amidst Billie Holiday’s mournful coos. She stared as people huddled into the nearest shelters. A few went inside …