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The ordinary Jun By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo SO many people have described Jun Velasco in so many ways. Dante, his younger brother, described him as “… a tender-hearted brother and friend, a lyric poet, a journalist with a literary bent, a homespun philosopher, a singer Sinatra style, a combo organizer with Elvis as model… He […]

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Crossroads and crossovers By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo THE road-widening project at the Manila North Road (a.k.a. MacArthur Highway) has focused its arguments on the projected traffic it was supposed to absorb but did not. This is because the Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union Expressway (TPLEX), naturally redirected all major buses to its path, leaving the MNR […]

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Revisiting MacArthur Highway By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo FOR three weeks now, I made the distance from my urban dwelling to our ancestral house in Palacpalac. The quinine tree has grown taller and wider at the base, and local tales about it grew more fantastic, with a “bantay” (elemental) protecting its existence. All the trees in […]

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Sharper than the blade By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo IN times of oppressive regimes, the poet, more than any other artist, is exposed to the most hideous of possibilities: imprisonment and death. Those in power, although not fully aware of the meaning and relevance of the poem, are fearful of the written word, particularly verses that […]

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Crossing the thin line By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo WE always straddle between and among choices, filling gaps in our existence. In between, we are transported to dimensions of reality that live inside us, taking us to a journey replete with symbolisms, deeper realities that we have chosen, consciously or unconsciously, to bury and forget, to […]

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“It’s complicated” By VirginiaJasmin Pasalo “IT’S complicated” is a common status, a status in limbo, when you’re “with” someone, but you’re not with him or her in full commitment. It is a period of resolving, a state of purifying, but also, a state of being. A complication I cannot forget is that of a friend who […]

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Men-in-waiting at Dunkin’  By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo EAGER to enjoy the newly-baked bread I bought from BreadTalk, I proceeded to Dunkin Donuts for quick coffee and gather stories. All the tables were taken, a young man entrenched himself in the corner, reading his books. On two tables joined together were about six elderly men. Two […]

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