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17 June 2012 @ 10:13 am
TITLE: The Not-to-be complex
FORM: Column
WORD COUNT: 636
AUTHOR'S NOTES: My first ever column as the Associate Editor. I wanted to write something that is more people-oriented as oppose to the usual individualistic stuff I write. And then I thought about my three years in HF and how it made me a better person and I wanted to write something about that.

There is nothing boring or oppressive about following a crowd as long as it’s the right crowd. One’s individuality is not automatically rejected once it joins the majority. In fact, accepting communities into our lives and working with a group can even strengthen the things that make each person exceptional. Collapse )
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08 June 2012 @ 09:49 am
TITLE: Gray-washed
FORM: Column
WORD COUNT:531
AUTHOR'S NOTES: My last column. HF originally has five broadsheets but out team was only able to publish four. This was even a rushed column because we only have a week before printing and circulation. Also, I was chosen to be the Associate Editor for the next Team 27 of S.Y 2012-2013. I'm quite excited about this. I will no longer handle the literary section as their editor but I will get to handle every section, however, and therein lies the challenge :)

There are always going to be circumstances in our lives when we are torn down, tested by fire, shattered to a million pieces and get crushed in utter despair. Most would give in and welcome the darkness. Some get an epiphany that saves them. Others wear the bruises and the scars proud and live another day, ready for another beating. Collapse )
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Feeling: accomplished
 
 
04 February 2012 @ 08:06 pm
TITLE: Of my fairytale
FORM: Column
WORD COUNT:966
AUTHOR'S NOTES: This column was a very personal account during a very eye-opening experience. It was also quite cathartic for me to publish this since I never talked about it with anyone until now.

His gaze touched mine without any sense of familiarity while I stared through a two-way mirror where a person I cherished in the reflection is shattered.Collapse )
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Feeling: excitedexcited
 
 
15 November 2011 @ 07:48 pm
TITLE: The Holy Parasite
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,759
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Marita Cortes
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25

Previously: It ends with a dog they call God, a canine deity with the power to bridge the dreams of two people as they sleep. But nothing ever ends, as private detective (and former psychic) Cristobal Lucero will find out—nothing ever ends once the right blood is spilled. The feast always goes on...

Pillar just kept talking and it’s hard to ignore his fanatical ramblings. “You must dine with us, Father. And once your descendants roam the earth, we will create a better, more righteous world.”Collapse )
 
 
Feeling: busy
 
 
 
 
07 September 2011 @ 07:33 pm
TITLE: Caretakers, the Undertaker
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,800
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Marita Cortes
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25

Previously: It all began with a little girl—long before Marra Trias sought detective (and former psychic) Cris Lucero to look for the missing dog God (who is indeed a canine deity running away from the self-proclaimed prophet Kevin Pillar and the heart-devouring Peacemakers), and long before anybody knew of animal divinations and lunar feasts.

The scent of salt water inside the cauldron engulfed the hut and reminded Len of the sea during summer. It was a place of absolute clarity where everything, no matter how bad, gets washed away.Collapse )
 
 
Feeling: ditzyditzy
 
 
08 August 2011 @ 05:13 pm
TITLE: Cracks on the wall
FORM: Column
WORD COUNT: 682
AUTHOR'S NOTES: My first column as the literary editor published in Heraldo Filipino Volume 26 Issue 1 The title is inspired by Steven Moffat's Doctor Who. References to time and my fear of mortality. I really enjoyed writing this piece and it's a good start for me as well. Now I look forward to my other columns :)

I am keenly aware that I’m a creature of contingence and—like Captain Hook bound to run away from the impending ticking clock inside the crocodile—time is a constant predator.Collapse )
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Feeling: geeky
 
 
28 May 2011 @ 05:07 pm
TITLE:This Fire and Desire
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,698
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Marita Cortes
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25

Previously: Len Castillano underestimated the enemy and ends up dead. Marra Trias fulfills her oath to the Peacemakers and sends Cris Lucero to sleep. It all seems like Kevin Pillar’s plan is near its completion but then the canine deity God takes the form of Cris’ dead daughter Sara J, and is going to reveal what started it all...

...trapped in a small space with the mirage of his dead daughter; a bleeding carcass on the ground and he couldn’t even screamCollapse )
 
 
Feeling: amusedamused
 
 
20 March 2011 @ 04:48 pm
TITLE:The Righteous and the Meek
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,634
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Marita Cortes
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25

Previously: The detective Cris Lucero abducts Marra Trias and takes her to a small hut outside Barangay Palola in Lucban. Although uncertain of Kevin Pillar’s villainy, Lucero has decided on a confrontation while using Marra as bait. Meanwhile, the dog God is still in hiding but the canine deity may not be as safe as the shaman Len Castillano would like to believe.

"Indifference has always been your most effective shield from the truth. But it won’t work this time."Collapse )
 
 
Feeling: anxiousanxious
 
 
19 February 2011 @ 04:44 pm
TITLE: Little Boy Blue
FORM: Free verse
WORD COUNT: 99
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Published in Heraldo Filipino Volume 25 Issue 3. My first-ever poem and I'm quite embarrass about it. The topic was about my brother though (and an ode to Neil Gaiman's The Sandman) so I guess it still felt very personal to me even if it's not my style of writing. What is under the cut is actually the version I prefer and not the one published. I hope it's fine.


I long for our consciousness to touch..Collapse )
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06 January 2011 @ 02:08 am
TITLE: Girl at the End of the Serenade
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,667
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Marita Cortes
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25

Previously: The missing dog God, worshipped by the Peacemakers Congregation, has run away and is now under the protection of Len Castillano, a self-described shaman. By the cult leader Kevin Pillar’s orders, Marra Trias eludes the detective Cris Lucero about the truth—until his search for the dog inevitably leads him back to the dark wounds from his own past.


“Her blood is on our hands, Cristobal.” Len wiped his tears quickly. “And the Peacemakers know..."Collapse )
 
 
Feeling: accomplished
 
 
06 October 2010 @ 02:03 am
TITLE: Vendetta, sweet vendetta
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,593
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Gina Versoza
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25


God disappeared like a fading scent in the wind, and it would’ve been easier if there was at least something that lingered that would’ve saved her from incurring the collective wrath of the Peacemakers.Collapse )
 
 
Feeling: ecstaticecstatic
 
 
05 August 2010 @ 01:57 am
TITLE: Non-Believer's State of Grace
FORM: Continuous Story
WORD COUNT: 1,596
THEMES: religious fanaticsm
CHARACTERS: Cris Lucero, Marra Trias, God, Kevin Pillar, Len Castillano, Gina Versoza
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Each chapter is published individually in every broadsheet release for Heraldo Filipino Volume 25


Cris Lucero didn’t expect to wake up the next morning to investigate the whereabouts of a missing dog. A dog that can draw. A dog that drew his face before it disappeared. Lucero felt clinically insane.Collapse )
 
 
Feeling: gigglygiggly
 
 
12 May 2011 @ 01:49 am
TITLE: A Reckoning
FORM: Sample column
WORD COUNT: 795
AUTHOR'S NOTES: My first try for a column published in Heraldo Filipino Volume 25 Issue 5. Since no one became the literary editor for Team 25, it was decided that all the literary staff will have a chance to be the editor of a particular issue. I was the last one and this is my take on the 2012 Doomsday prophecy. I'm quite happy about this piece.


It would seem that we are only able to see death as a collective and not as an individual experience.Collapse )

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Feeling: amusedamused
 
 
 
 
03 March 2010 @ 01:31 am
TITLE: Narcissus Goes to Bedlam
FORM: Short Story, written in first-person POV and then third-person
WORD COUNT: 3, 345
THEMES: psychosis (both literal and metaphorical)
CHARACTERS: Keannu Denzel, Antonette Anderson, Dr. Jenkins
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Published in the literary folio Palad (volume 12)


Being young always feels like being deadCollapse )
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Feeling: coldcold
 
 
07 January 2010 @ 01:25 am
TITLE: Children of a Darker Desire
FORM: Short Story, written in second-person POV
WORD COUNT: 3,083
THEMES: Incest, angst, black comedy
CHARACTERS: Patrick, Luisa, Allen, Yoshiko
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Published in the literary folio Palad (volume 12)


Her eyes were more alive than you remember. There was something else there, though, a tinge of something dark..Collapse )
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Feeling: busy
 
 
02 December 2009 @ 01:10 am
TITLE: Life is already filled with pain so why not at least control the dosage?
FORM: Lathalain Opinion
WORD COUNT: 1, 683
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Published in La Salleño Vol. 17. When I first joined the school paper, everyone was interested in my masochistic lifestyle. Their curiosity amused me greatly so when one of the editors suggested that I write about it, I didn't even hesitate. I wanted to share this portion of my life that I find very cathartic. I like pushing myself to the limits as a person, and inflicting physical pain is just one of the ways I show that. But I also don't want any misunderstandings either so this piece aims to justifiy my behavior, I guess.


People often mistake a masochist’s enjoyment for pain as something instant, that we already get giddy by the first cut or something. Acquiring a high threshold for pain, as well as sensitivity, is a gradual process. A masochist learns to internalize the pain as something immaculate and beyond the physical, therefore earning the capacity to endure it.Collapse )

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Feeling: dorky
 
 
TITLE: Give me a mask and I will tell the truth
FORM: Witbread Opinion
WORD COUNT: 1, 279
AUTHOR'S NOTES: An essay published in Heraldo Filipino Volume 24 Issue 5. I was chosen to write for the opinion page's supplement material Witbread. At that time, I had the concept about inner demons but I wasn't so sure about the direction that my piece was going. I needed help and I sought it from my mentor, the Associate Editor Paul Salonga. He truly helped a lot and I managed to transform this into a piece I am most proud of. This was a resonant essay about my inclinations toward being a social chameleon and how damaging pretensions could be for a person's relationships with the self and others.


...the only way I could have an authentic experience is if I am genuine enough to accept that my life doesn’t always need the excitement of my imaginationCollapse )

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Feeling: artistic
 
 
06 January 2010 @ 09:14 pm
TITLE: Lose and Endure
FORM: Personal essay
WORD COUNT: 1, 264
AUTHOR'S NOTES: An essay published in Heraldo Filipino Volume 24 Issue 4. Originally, I wanted to write a very inflammatory criticism against Stephenie Meyer's Twilight but my editor believed it was tacky and truly does my writing abilities a disservice. And so I opted with something close to my home which has something to do with my feelings as an aspiring writer. I was nineteen when I wrote this and I had such strong convictions about this passion of mine even as a child and I was very pleased that I get to share this because I know I am not the only dreamer out there.

My writing is the creative counterpart of hide-and-seek. As a writer, I often adapt a chameleon’s skin, revealing myself in the work, and yet still remain concealed.Collapse )
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Feeling: bouncybouncy
 
 
 
08 August 2009 @ 08:56 pm
TITLE: Clear Rivers
FORM: Flash fic, written in third-person POV
WORD COUNT: 1, 030
THEMES: angst, family
CHARACTERS: Michaelo and Nat
AUTHOR'S NOTES: My first ever published story in Heraldo Filipino Volume 24 Issue 3. I was only an apprentice then for the literary section and this story was inspired by my relationship with my brother Francis who was diagnosed with autism. He had recently moved back with us after being sent to boarding school years back. He wasn't a part of my life in high school and it does feel like I had a huge void inside me because of his absence. This flash fiction is a reflection of that.

His love for his brother had a thickness that shortens his breath. While the afternoon's weight dragged Michaelo on his heels, he wondered if that sort of love should suffocate him.Collapse )

 
 
Feeling: chipperchipper