Along EDSA— My journey’s interrupted By every sudden brake. Stopping On every street, every traffic light. My life (here atop the Santolan flyover) is going down Into the waiting mouth of Cubao. I’m so hungry. But inside this bus, like rag on a clothes line Along EDSA where the plants and trees have died, It’s hot. And humid. My insides are on fire. Sweat pours…Read More
Whether you find yourself inside a mall somewhere in Monumento, malapit sa bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio, or sa dulo ng EDSA Extension, at the end of the day, you’ll need to go home. But after going to a mall to buy something o tumambay lang, did you have that feeling that you wasted a few hours of your life? And that those hours should have been spent doing something better?
At some point in your journey, mapapaisip ka if you’re in the right road, or kung tama ba yung destination na pinili mo. Being in the crossroads could catch up with you in different stages of life. Minsan tinatawag itong “quarterlife crisis” para sa mga young adults in their twenties.Read More
Bakit nga ba ang lakas ng hatak ng konsepto ng ‘success’ sa atin? In the first place, ano nga ba ang success? Is it about getting the three usual suspects: Money, Fame, & Power? Or is there something more?
What if we redefined our understanding of success?Read More
It’s interesting to see how Social Media and web browsing trends change over the years. The turnover is just too fast!
Pew Research Center recently release their Social Media and Workplace Report and they’ve put out several interesting data in relation to the way that most Americans use Social Media.
Please take note that these data is mainly applicable to the United States. We, in the developing world, can also learn from it, but we’ll need to take into account our own context.Read More
If you didn’t already know, the United Nations General Secretary has an Envoy on Youth. That office has come up with #YouthStats, which is a cool resource for youth leaders and youth workers around the world.Read More
In the 21st century, people are dispersed and the ease of moving from one country to another is facilitating global migration. Different peoples are working, and living as exiles and migrants in different countries.
Here’s a reflection on being away from home and being with Jesus, the “Emmanuel: God with us.”Read More
Here’s an Ilokano poem about escaping to Mars. I wanted to experiment on the themes of space exploration, of Noah’s ark, and the denuding of Philippine forests, with some of my favorite metal bands in the background.Read More
“If mortality is our first and last problem, the need to say farewell is continuous. Death is the mother of beauty; poetry is a valediction forbidding mourning.”
– David Lehman, from the Foreword, Best American Poetry 2015Mortality and Poetry
“A poem is not a straightforward article; is meaning is not self-evident; it can be ambiguous, and if it is, it is dangerous, the more so at a time when the “sensitivities” of special interest groups play a decisive part in limiting free speech on campus and everywhere else.”
– David Lehman, from the Foreword of Best American Poetry 2015.
A poem is dangerous…