Annie: From Survivor to Humanitarian

“Ano iton aton bubuhatun?” (What will we do?) That was the first thing that Annie Dadulla, 35, remembered asking her family and some neighbors who took refuge in her house in Sitio Alimasag, Barangay 88 minutes after Yolanda made landfall in Tacloban City last November 8, 2013. No one had an … [Read more...]

Tatang Constancio: The Survivor

About 4 months ago, I submitted an article to Oxfam Blogs about  Tatang Constancio, a 79-year old farmer who was one of the recipients of the Cash for Asset Recovery project in Dulag, Leyte. In the course of the Haiyan tragedy, Tatang Constancio helplessly watched the super typhoon devastate the … [Read more...]

Amer: Juander Where You Are

How does one react to a friend’s death? How does one get used to the idea of using ‘was’ instead of ‘is’ when you talk about the person who you thought will outlive you? What do you do with the thousand memories you shared with this person, most especially the ones created at a time in your lives … [Read more...]

Danny: The Rock Of The Family

My father, Doc Danny, will be turning 62 next week and as my way of celebrating his birthday, I decided to publish an excerpt (from the book that I am trying to finish) of my fondest memory of him. Dr. Danilo Mercado Ramonal Below is the excerpt from “A Terrible Idea” It was while I was eyeing … [Read more...]

Yeah, I Have ‘Novel’ Friends

Through the years, we will be blessed with friends. Some will come into your life like a shooting star. Perfect and beautiful, but only for a short time. Like all other temporary things in your life, they too will disappear one day. Whether it was their fault or your fault, it doesn’t really matter … [Read more...]