Wonderfully weird 美 HR guy. Musician. Writer. https://tinyurl.com/y9hnfsw4

“And what makes you think you have been saved? You cannot even see me, can you? Do you even know what I am?”

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[IMAGE: UNSPLASH/JASON BLACKEYE]

The sun chariot passed over the island of Sarpedon. Helios, the sun, marched onwards home to give way to the moon, his sister Selene. In front of the cave on the island, surrounded by jagged rocks that belied the lack of thriving life, stood a monster, watching dusk quietly take over dawn.


Drinking coffee became a ritual then for us, a part of every date, and I didn’t have the heart to break it.

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(PHOTO | SNAPBYTHREE MY)

If there was a word to describe what I felt at that moment, it perhaps haven’t been invented yet.


If godparents are seen as second parents, then how we choose them reflects our own values of parenting.

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(PHOTO | SIMON BERGER)

It is a tradition ingrained in the Filipino as far as our colonial history. More than the birth of the Christian god, Christmas is seen as “a day for the children.” The younger ones would still have their beliefs in Santa Claus, while their parents would roam around alongside them, collecting gifts and money from their ninong and ninang.


In truth, chess is still a man’s sport.

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(PHOTO | NETFLIX)

Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit is officially the most popular miniseries of 2020. The chess-themed drama, based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name, discussed the tragedies and triumph of female chess prodigy Elizabeth “Beth” Harmon, from surviving being orphaned and a drug addiction, to becoming a world champion. The show, created for the video streaming platform by Scott Frank and Allan Scott, is credited for making chess more accessible to the public and reigniting the interest in the sport altogether.


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(PHOTO | GRANT WHITTY)

Nothing lasts forever
winding roads hath their bend
and thus I look forward
to the end


Fiction inspired by Tungkod PH’s “Christmas in our Arts” project

There was something comforting about her cane touching the earth; it was her attachment to the real world, the thread that connects her to reality even if she has lost one of her senses.

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(PHOTO | MACROVECTOR)

A flurry of dancing colored lights reflected on Cecilia’s eyes, but she didn’t need to blink them away. It was early Christmas morning, and as always, her and her grandmother’s tradition is to spend it in the final night mass. The cold December air chilled her, but Lola gave her a comforting pat, warming her ever so slightly. Cecilia always marveled at her grandmother’s strength. …


In the modern world where smart-shaming is weaponized to keep criticism in check, it is even more imperative that we keep a clear head and realize what struggles matter most.

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(PHOTO | FREEPIK)

Woke. It is a word that started as a call to justice in oppressed communities, but is now rampant in digital spaces as an identifier of people practicing “cancel culture.” This verb-turned-adjective’s once noble power has now become corrupted, trickling down to the recesses of meme culture to describe the caricatured versions of “social justice warriors,” “liberals,” or the equally perverse “snowflakes.”


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(LARAWAN | SK)

Umaandap-andap ang ilaw sa lobby ng hotel kung saan naghihintay si Elena at ang kanyang ina. “Gaano katagal po kayo magcheck-in Ma’am?” Usisa ng kahera. “Dalawang oras lang,” sagot ni Ester. Ngumiti ito sa anak at hinawi ang buhok na mabusisi niyang inayos kaninang umaga.


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(PHOTO | RAPHAEL SCHALLER)

Your words,
they’re clandestine
But I hear their meaning
clear as a bell.

Jay-ar Paloma is an HR executive by day and a frustrated artist by night. He has extensive background in campus journalism as an editor-in-chief in elementary and high school as well as a contributor in his college days in UP Diliman. Currently the Podcast Head at Vox Populi PH, he likes to read and write fiction and opinion pieces relating to LGBTQ, social media, and culture. When not engrossed in a book, he is probably playing a tune on his guitar or keyboard. …


Ang mas malalim na pagtalakay sa reyalidad ng kapitalismo, relihiyon, at moralidad ang mas nagbigay-kabuluhan kaysa sa kababalaghan ng akda.

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“Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan” ay ang ikawalong aklat ni Bob Ong, na siya ring una niyang pagsulat sa horror genre. (LARAWAN | VOX POPULI PH)

Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan ay ang ikawalong aklat na nailimbag ni Bob Ong, sagisag-panulat ng isang Pilipinong manunulat na hanggang ngayon ay lihim pa din ang tunay na pagkatao. Malawak ang mga paksa at genre na tinatalakay ni Ong sa kaniyang mga akda, mula social commentaries hanggang romance, ngunit ito ang unang pagkakataon na nagsulat siya ng horror.

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