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Diagnostic rituals


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THESE lovely “beaded” curtains made out
of discarded plasticwrappers of
comestibles were crafted by the mother of
my katulong, Aiko. They hang in Lanelle
Abueva Fernando’s Crescent Moon Café in
Antipolo and are available by order.

I felt I didn’t deserve to wait two hours in still another doctor’s clinic, only to be told in the next second to go get another test.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Lost words


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Alila is a servant, later evolving into the more democratic katulong, ate, or the classier “maid.” Once I visited a gay friend whose also gay katulong opened the door, in a uniform and ruffled apron, who introduced herself proudly as “the maid.”

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Lost words


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ART BY GCF 2011

Aba! I thought, was always just an interjection. But then in the Diccionario Tagalo-Hispano of Serafin Serrano Laktaw (1914) “Aba!” also means “Oye!” Listen! But used in a holier context, as the salutation of the Angel: “Hail Mary!” Ave Maria! Aba Ginoong Maria!

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Lost words


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Today, practically all the kids I encounter in the malls are English-speaking. It seemed so ‘low class’ if one’s kids spoke in Tagalog (!)

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Death threats


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“EL BOBO de la Yuca”
ART BY GCF 2014

Some people immediately panic on hearing rumors or predictions of forthcoming calamities. Fearing for their safety and that of their loved ones, they quickly spread the dire warning to friends, their fear communicating through the cell phone.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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