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Salagubang Helicopters By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo WE finally met for the first time after the lockdown at Matzzip Korean Restaurant beside what used to be Mr. Park’s Bread And Cake, which closed like most of the small cafes at Timog Avenue. Not only are most restaurants closed at Timog, but also along Mother Ignacia Avenue. […]

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Travel light By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   MY first travel outside the country was with Cynthia Cabie, a friend of mine from Laoag City, who thought that we could buy things in Hongkong and sell them in the Philippines. I did not share that goal, I was curious about the place, about its culture and […]

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The ribbon on her hair By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THE Shih Tzu, with a pink ribbon on her head wriggled out of Manero’s hands and fell on the pavement. He was about to bring her home. Concerned that the dog had gotten away, a mechanic joined the chase. “Tulungan ko kayo, Sir, hulihin natin […]

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Senior Citizenship By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   ACCORDING to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the projected population of senior citizens (60 years old and above) for 2020 (Medium Assumption), is 9.5M. Of this total, 5.2M (55%) are female and (4.3M (45%) are male. With the onset of COVID-19, seniors, assumed to be most vulnerable to the […]

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Scars By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   HERE she is again by the river, running her fingers through the water, digging her foot on the stones below. She can see clearly her face, worn out by the sun, the wind, the earth, and waves of experience. There were lines on her forehead, made fine by the […]

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You By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   THERE are times when you like someone very much but you do nothing. Because you know that when you start, it is the start of something that may have serious impact on others. Also, it might have the most serious impact on you. It can start with some songs, […]

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Incovida By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I came up with a new term, incovida. It is a combination of three words: incommunicado (not allowed to communicate), COVID (virus) and vida (life.) It depicts a life of isolation hanging by the thread of a virus. I found out later that in Spanish, incovida means unkind. In […]

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Holy Water By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   GOOD evening, Dark Night! Not a drizzle, but an outpouring of rain. The rhythmic dripping enthralls, this solemn silence that feels like holy water. Not the bottled water poured over infants as they were baptized that required so many rituals to make holy. Not the water in the […]

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Jurisdiction By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I heard a thud, and then a woman screaming. A man crawls unsteadily holding his back with one hand. The dead coconut tree just fell and hit him on his back. More people gathered to help him. The driver of a parked tricycle offered to give him a ride […]

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The man with flowers in his hands By Virginia Jasmin Pasalo   I am not sure what street he starts from, but at approximately seven o’clock in the morning, I see him from my window. Sometimes he has a small plastic bag with a cutter. He would stop at the bougainvillea outside Aling Yoly’s alternate […]

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