Sunday July 22, 2018
CAGAYAN DE ORO
CAGAYAN DE ORO
Mayette Q. Tabada
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THE sea was so familiar a presence in my childhood, we expressed our intent to go to the beach with the same verb referring to the daily baths we children endured with a dyed-to-the-bone stoicism. Yet, even before the grown-ups announced ...
From 98 days ago
BORACAY, BC (before the closure). In September of 2014, I may have been the most dressed person ever to stride on the powdery fine sandbar of the country’s most famous and now, most contested tourist spot. In my pants, T-shirt, sneakers, socks, ...
From 105 days ago
Tabada: Heads, the headless
TO go back to Paete entailed taking up the gauntlet of Black Friday traffic. In the previous Sunday’s homily, the priest chided us, singling out the parents for no longer preserving the tradition of bringing families to church on Black ...
From 112 days ago
Tabada: Imagineering men
HAVING survived the longest week of our lives as graduate students, the four of us sat down for the first time that day to catch up with breathing and ostensibly enter nirvana by way of pasta. We ended up talking about ...
From 119 days ago
Tabada: The wilding
TINY yellow flowers carpeting the road. Glossy purple and green balls of caimito that drip sweet juice down one’s chin and leave one’s gums and lips caked afterwards in an odd telltale stiffness. No one needs to tell me summer is ...
From 126 days ago
I OWN four pairs of eyeglasses. Two for reading, two for viewing. Two pairs are quite old, bought in and brought from Cebu. The two recent pairs of glasses, as well as the newer lenses of the older pairs, were bought ...
From 133 days ago
Tabada: Lies, alternates, etc.
“THIS is a work of fiction.” Found on the flyleaf of novels, this line may change the way I will tell stories to my future grandchildren. With their fathers, I opened tales spun out of make-believe with, “Once upon a time…” My ...
From 140 days ago
FLUX one expects in journeys. Moving from place to place, we seek what is pleasurable and shun the distressing. In human terms, life is fleeting when we are happy; agony slows it to a crawl. What would be the standpoint of ...
From 147 days ago
I THOUGHT I knew sleepy towns until I reached Calapan City in Mindoro Oriental. Usually there’s not much to separate “sleepy” from “sleeping” as the degree of inactivity is hardly discernible. After leaving the Batangas Port, our group docked at Calapan City. ...
From 154 days ago
Tabada: New ‘bakwits’
“RUN for your life” spun off to a different direction this week. A double whammy last Thursday—another MRT breakdown and the sidelining of Quezon City jeepneys by an LTO crackdown—left many commuters stranded again at rush hours. Joining the march of ...
From 161 days ago