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Lull a bye! By Jing Villamil   MORE than thirty Filipino seafarers remain missing in chilly waters off southwestern Japan after their Panamanian cargo ship capsized amidst the onslaught of Typhoon Maysak the first week of September. Truthfully, there is no getting over the faces of anxiety, anger, grief. The kind they go through: the […]

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So grand! By Jing Villamil   THEY were the new-born, the toddler, the pre-school, grader and high school student, the binatilyo and dalagita, the binata and dalaga, the proud groom and the blushing bride, the mother nursing, caring for and teaching her child, the father off to the daily grind. They were not born old. […]

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Gone for a walk! By Jing Villamil   THIS story was a whisper, told loudly above engine roars. Once upon a summertime, once upon my island. It was told by cousins, doubling as backseat drivers, while I was battling the narrow unpaved road hugging the island’s many bends, the mountain on one side, and a […]

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A COVID tale too By Jing Villamil   HE is a seafarer. The sea is on his sunburnt skin, and in layers underneath. Even his clothes smell of salt and sand trapped in the stitches, pockets, folds. But wherever part of the world his ship anchored, his heart and his thoughts are of the small […]

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 A COVID Tale By Jing Villamil   THE first time ever that their lives touched base, was at the hospital parking lot which, at the time, was chokingly full. One had to ease sideways through narrow space between cars. Two bodies easing sideways through same narrow space was a feat unlikely; but the two doctors […]

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Look up, look back! By Jing Villamil   HE looked up from his stay-home work. He rubbed his eyes. He gazed out far to the greens. And his sight flipped back to the past. For, where does one go when the present is pandemic, the future pandemonium? In these times of uncertainties, there is one […]

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So Tree-Less a monosyllabic prose poem ( 1 word/1 beat) By Jing Villamil   YOU were the tree from which we sprang! Your roots clutched, held and fixed us on firm ground; strange, for you rose from sand! You reached out high and wide your leaves to seek the sun. Then you searched round for […]

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Lolo’s Ghosts! By Jing Villamil   THIS, too, waited three generations to be told. It is not about her Lolo’s ghost, obviously. Though he was, and is, much revered by his “salinlahi” for his superlative achievements despite all odds thrown his way from childhood to young adult, in their eyes, Lolo is definitely singular, not […]

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From here to there! (Part 6) Epilogue By Jing Villamil   AS soon as she stepped out of the car, and as soon as she looked around for Chuck, she felt something was terribly amiss. It was like waking up from a deep sleep and walking through an abandoned house that exact moment it ceased […]

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From here to there! (Part 5) By Jing Villamil   CHUCK would go on making beautiful music with his band. God really does work in so many strange, wondrous ways. He gifted Chuck with the perceptive ability and facility to create music as he saw, or heard or felt it in his mind’s eye. God’s […]

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