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Call for entries on for 2nd Kagis writeshop

Writers group Bathalad-Sugbo, in partnership with the Libulan Queer Collective, a writers bloc of queer poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights from the southern Philippines, is now accepting applications for the 2nd Kagis Creative Writers’ Workshop to be held from April 21 to 22 at Handuraw Pizza, White Gold Annex Building, ...

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Help in Marawi rehabilitation instead, group says

An environmental watchdog urged the public to help in the rehabilitation of Marawi City by not buying firecrackers this yuletide holidays. “We appeal to our fellow Filipinos to think twice before buying firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices or staging costly firework displays at a time when tens of thousands of residents ...

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Rain

Flash fiction by Raymond A. Ybanez I was heading home from work when, on the road, I chanced upon the strong downpour of rain. I pulled my old motorcycle over on the side of the overpass to wear my raincoat. As the flow of car traffic slowed down on the ...

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Post Marawi: A tale of two widows

ILIGAN City — Military operations in Marawi City have ended, but the anguish has not ebbed for widows Mary Jane Apao and Minhati Madrais who come from both sides of the war. It was a nightmare for Mary Jane Apao everytime she hears “Marawi.” She lost her husband, Sgt. Philip ...

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The heart that beats for Marawi

Like others who are working hard for their families and themselves, Aikel Sarip woke up feeling exhausted and heavy from yesterday’s work. He gazed at the ceiling trying to find a reason to go on, and there he saw a photo of people he cared about—their faces painted with smiles ...

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Parking the cart

Creative nonfiction by Charmaine Carrillo It was a hot day, a few hours before noon and I woke up to a booming voice. Mga silingan! Naa nay tubig! It was my brother who lived a few meters away calling out to the neighbors that there was water. Peeking from the ...

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The Wires

Flash Fiction by Abigail C James Wires. Tubes. They interchanged before his eyes each time he blinked. He could not even tell them apart anymore as his eyelids grew heavy. Wait. He was pretty sure they were wires – but they kept him alive like dextrose tubes as he scoured ...

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When coffins await a love story to end

ILIGAN City — They say it’s not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much love you build until the end. Here in Iligan City, coffins have been carved out for Flora and Luciano Tapic by their son, even while the couple don’t think death would ...

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Vitamin C

By Christian S Baldomero The bus engine shudder through the window as I lean my head against the glass. I usually listen to some jazz music in my bus rides traversing Cagayan de Oro to Iligan City, but this ride was different. My earphones are on but no song is ...

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