1. New Category: journalist’s diary

    Today, I decided to create a new category for this blog, and it will be called the journalist’s diary. Since I started my job in late 2012, I’ve largely neglected this blog. I’ve been writing almost everyday, but those were articles for the newspaper, which is to totally different from the conversational writing that I do for this blog.

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  2. Fiction: Sex Shame, She Said

    Fiction: Sex Shame, She Said

    I don’t know why our Filipino teacher told us this when we were in high school. It definitely had no connection with Filipino. Maybe it was the fact that all of us in that classroom, and in that school, were girls, such that our teachers felt that they had to give our vaginas a talking to.

    When Ms. de los Reyes had a boyfriend, she said she never gave into temptation. “If we break up, I knew, I…

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  3. My Life Plans As of Right Now

    I read a book called Wealth within Your Reach: Pera Mo Palaguin Mo by Francisco J. Colayco. The book mentions a study on people who wrote down their financial plans and those who didn’t. The researchers checked in on these people after 20 years and discovered that the ones who had written plans generated more income.

    If this can work with financial plans, then maybe it will work for an entire…

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  4. Bike and Bleed

    My cousin Apple was two years younger than me, but she was the first one who learned how to ride the bike. She taunted me, riding the bike around me saying, “I know how to bike; you don’t. Belat!”

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  5. Hindi Siya Mahina Dahil May Pekpek Siya

    Kung ang isang tao na babae ay mahina, hindi siya mahina dahil babae siya. Puwedeng mahina siya kasi di siya nag-eexercise. Puwedeng mahina siya dahil maliit ang katawan niya.

    Puwedeng hindi siya nag-eexercise at maliit ang katawan niya dahil pinalaki siya sa isang lipunan na hindi binibigyan ng permiso ang babae na magkaroon ng malaking katawan tulad ng lalaki.

    Puwedeng ang lipunan ay palaging…

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  6. Spending Time With You (The Alyza Edit)

    Spending Time With You (The Alyza Edit)

    (Note: My friend Alyza taught me about line cuts, and she made some edits to this poem which I posted here before)

    Spending time with you subtracts, creates
    a hole, as though I had spent no time
    with you, or instead had a negative number of life-
    times spent

    with you. Spending time
    with you makes me feel like I’m moving
    backwards, as though the more time I spend
    with you, the emptier
    of you my…

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  7. This anti-rape naiEveryone can contribute in his or her own small way.l polish thing

    This anti-rape naiEveryone can contribute in his or her own small way.l polish thing

    When I first heard about the nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drug, I shared it on my Facebook with the status, “Cool invention, but it makes me sad that women have to live defensively.” Even though I recognize that the invention provides certain benefits, there are aspects of the situation that we must examine and be critical about. I am not completely against such…

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  8. I Told Love

    Get out of me stay
    Inked on the page be
    manageable I told
    Love.

    But there aren’t enough poems
    In me to exorcise
    You,
    And there aren’t enough poems
    In me to realize
    You.

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  9. Thought-Powered Magnet

    My mind holds a thought-powered

    Magnet that used to pull

    You to the right corridors of Ateneo–I’d think

    Of you and you’d materialize just to say

    Hello.

    You’d pass me by giving

    A second

    Of your smile, never knowing

    I willed you there, just so I can look

    On and stare.

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  10. Hey, sir! Hey, sir! Hey, sir!—said a female street harasser

    Hey, sir! Hey, sir! Hey, sir!–said a female street harasser

    Hey, sir! Good morning, mister! Hey, sexy boy! Good morning, mister! Anong masama, nag-gogood morning lang naman ako! Hey, pogi! Aba ang pogi naman natin! Hoy, gwapo! *Whistle* Musta na, manong gwapo? Hey, sexy boy!  Hey, sir!  Gumaganda talaga araw ko kapag nakakakita ng pogi! Hey, sir! Good morning, mister! Anong masama, nag-gogood morning lang naman ako! Hey, sexy boy! Hey, sir!  Hoy, gwapo!…

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