PLAZA MIRANDA

We stand here together in the patio. For the most part, the stage setting for affairs of the church and the state; of indignation and proclamations. Also of con men and lawmen. Peddlers and beggars. Tarot readers and believers. Looking over, the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarene. We stand together amid social isolation, loneliness, and […]

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NAT QUINTOS UHING: IN MEMORIAM

Natalie Quintos Uhing was an artist. 24-carat artisan in body, mind and spirit. The lady behind the “SmallestForest,” a now defunct blogsite of avant garde arts and crafts. Married to Kris Larson, the man who sailed the world on an engineless junkyard boat. So they were sort of a “John and Yoko” pair. Living in […]

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LOCKDOWN BREW

It’s not illegal to drink alcohol in Manila. The liquor ban prohibits the sale and distribution of alcoholic drinks — not their consumption. So, if Juan has a stockpile of wines and beers prior to the liquor ban, it’s for Juan to keep and enjoy. If not, he would have to find spirits where spirits […]

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THE RISE OF BEGGARS

A man walked up to me one day asking for alms. Not the common beggar, he is part of a construction crew apparently holed up at the Rizal Memorial Stadium facelift project, mothballed by the lockdown. They were left to fend for themselves, with no other recourse but to beg people. When the city shut […]

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