"Self-loathing, like guilt and regret, deserves to be suppressed or sealed away," he said. "Why?" "In order for it to stop incapacitating us. In order for us to stay sane." Words by Josue Mapagdalita Painting by Winston Chmielinski (via Pinterest)  



“Tagu-taguan, maliwanag ang buwan. Wala sa likod, wala sa harap. Pagkabilang kong tatlo, nakatago na kayo. “Isa. “Dalawa …” Mailap ang umaga sa paggising sa akin. Lumipad ang mga ibon na para bang may nais silang iwasang masamang panahon. Mabilis ang pag-ihip ng hangin; halos tumiklop at bumaluktot ang bintana naming yari sa plywood. Delikado … Continue reading Taguan

A Cab Driver’s Story

In a world where evil lurks at the every corner, how could we trust someone who is, in entirety, a stranger to us? Shall we completely lose our faith to our fellowmen? What do you think is something which drives humans to help one another? Read the following selection to find out. Had I been … Continue reading A Cab Driver’s Story

‘Till We Meet Again

Greetings, Stranger You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next? A day in the year 2030 was full of hectic schedules for my international graduate studies, and once in … Continue reading ‘Till We Meet Again

Trust Me

Locked and Sealed Can you keep a secret? Have you ever — intentionally or not — spilled the beans (when you should’ve stayed quiet)? One day, when I and my friend were walking down a lengthy pavement leading to their house, we talked about several stuff, which include romantic relationships. A question and an answer … Continue reading Trust Me

For Peace in Gaza

I had written this declamation piece a month ago and sent this to my writing mentors for proofreading. This is maybe outdated because of the on-going truce between Israel and Hamas for long-term ceasefire. Regardless, I am praying continuously for the complete resolution of this conflict and for the total peace in humanity.

The Landscape of Hope

Are people born wicked? Does love really exist in man? What if hope itself loosens its wings?