Feelings

You are not alone By Jing Villamil   LOCKED-down, locked-in, locked-out. Whatever prettified euphemism you may choose to name the situation we are all in, there is no other word to better describe being “house detained”. My family had personally gone through this, soon after Marcos demolished the opposition by putting almost all of them […]

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To a parent here and gone! By Jing Villamil   I WROTE this for my parents. My father never got to read it; he was a desaparecido during the turmoil of the last year of the Marcos era, 30March1984. My mother placed it, stretched inside a rounded frame, at the center shelf of her bed […]

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Water on rocks! By Jing Villamil   AND when this monstrosity of a spiked ball had crowned itself and had pushed its bastard birth to a world caught unaware, unbelieving, unprepared . . . she closed her eyes. And promptly disappeared. Though, she did not just upped and puffed away. She did not cease to […]

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War to end all wars! By Jing Villamil   THE original storyteller was Grandma herself. And before the storytelling was a ritual her awed listeners would watch raptly entranced. Gone elderly, she still wore her former grace and beauty. She must be truly graceful and beautiful before her prime: tall, slender frame, fair skin, red-brown […]

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Once upon an island! By Jing Villamil   IN these grim days of quaking bursting flooding crusting earth, of abusive corrupting power, of hunger and thirst and neglect and never-mind-them, of viruses and men gone deadly haywire . . . she had not forgotten the many a lifetime she had spent on this, their island. […]

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Phantoms of the House!     By Jing Villamil   WE are not frightened. We are very frightened! This is a clear case of deja vu: here yesterday, here today, here again tomorrow. It is not just a dreadful dream; it is a nightmare most horrible! The immortals stand triumphant once again. For the past […]

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