NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT

Salem Espares-Estrada, 55, hasn’t heard from his son Dexter in four months. Her only news of his whereabouts came in Monday morning: he was one of those who perished from the C-130 plane crash. Cpl. Dexter E. Estrada, 32, has been in the Philippine Army for nine years. The desire to support his parents and […]

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BURNED TO THE GROUND

At the height of Typhoon Rolly’s onslaught in Calabarzon, a fire was raging at a fishing community in Bacoor, Cavite. Good thing a forced evacuation prior to the typhoon was placed, saving the families from the inferno. Now the same people are asking the question: was the fire done deliberately while everyone was away? The […]

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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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EXCERPTS FROM THE FLOOD

Waiting in a line, I think of the people in my contact list. With too much to do in this programmed life, I have lost touch to so many. The long queue for the ATM is a break from it all. This was the day before the day before Christmas 2018. Everyone in high holiday […]

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PHOTO STORY: SAVING GRACE

Where are the souls of Millennium Park? Were it not for a men-at-work scene on the strand, the place would be a complete desolation. Screwballs can shit here anytime and not worry of a disruption. And they do. I have put up with the stench of the park today just to pass time; snap a […]

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REMEDIOS STREET

I can’t believe the news today, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away A young girl had to be pulled away from her father’s murdered body. Police van overruns protesters in US Embassy dispersal. Unclaimed cadavers rotting in Quezon City. Philippine-China dispute won’t be solved in our lifetime. In Remedios Street, hundreds […]

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OVER MARCOS’ DEAD BODY

Marcos is no hero. Otherwise we are just a nation of pocket monster chasers. Marcos is not just a corpse. If put six feet under the Libingan ng mga Bayani, that would be burying Edsa. The revolution that rippled across the globe. Germany. Poland. Chile. Estonia. Latvia. Lithuania. Romania. South Korea. Czechoslovakia. Imagine that. What […]

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