Tuesday, December 25, 2012

“Blood Aesthetics” in Diverse Voices Quarterly

If there’s such a thing as holiday gift, then I will consider the publication of a poem – dedicated to Given Grace Cebanico, a rape-slay victim in Los Baños, Laguna – in Diverse Voices Quarterly as one. I thank the editors for including me in this issue of DVQ. You can read the poem online here: http://www.diversevoicesquarterly.com/current-issue/ or you can download the whole issue (in PDF form) here: http://www.diversevoicesquarterly.com/Vol4Issue16.pdf/

Photo credit: diversevoicesquarterly.com

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Hobbit, At Last

We watched The Hobbit movie the first day it opened in the country. And although the Lord of the Rings series is entirely different from the Harry Potter series, the anticipation for the film versions are all the same for me. The Hobbit is no exception as I consider it an essential part of the whole LOTR storyline. 

I am not much of a movie reviewer but I believe the film version is loyal to the book form. As I have said to an orgmate, I found the Riddles in the Dark part, well, dark and disturbing, the very same descriptions I have for the book counterparts. One only has to internalize the way Gollum hisses his words. But then, this is on a personal level. I cannot speak for other people.

Without prior knowledge that it has divided into three parts, I knew already that they could not possibly crunch the book into one movie. So definitely the world cannot afford to end its existence as we are yet to see the ending of The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Earth: 0 A.D.D. (After Doomsday)

Well, it turned out that all that fuss about the Mayan predictions about the end of the world is incorrect. Or inaccurate, depending on your viewpoint. It looks hip to succumb every now and then to some doomsday gossip but for those who to a certain believed it I know it made you think about the possible last activities you could do. Binulabog kumbaga ang sana’y matahi-tahimik mong buhay. 
Now that we have a ‘fresh new’ world (and mind) to start with, let us enjoy this little planet of ours for as long as it lasts. This may be too appropriate to say (or preach) given my age but I have experienced how good it is not to worry too much about things especially about tomorrow. It’s not throwing cautions or responsibilities to the wind. I simply see it as enjoying the present.

Monday, December 3, 2012

To Write Again

The cold winds of December bring with them a gentle reminder of what I have missed doing in the past months. And perhaps it is time that I turn back again to what has fueled me before:


Blogs (or blogging, to be more precise) form the foundations of my self-inflicted, life-long venture/career/passion. Teaching and personal researches may have been requiring much of my time now (imagine the required preparations – literally and psychologically – that goes with them) but I have seen and passively accepted enough excuses to last me lifetime. And as I only have less than a month to wrap up this year, I believe it would do me good to put attention to recollections and analysis, a reckoning of sort for this year.

Will write again.