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Introduction

Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Editor I am afraid of heights. I don’t enjoy mountain climbing. I will be the last to say yes to a free ticket to climb to the observation deck of the Berlin Tower. I don’t like flying either. I dread the turbulence on long haul flights. But when a friend invited me… Continue reading Introduction

Issue Editor and Authors

Issue Editor M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac is a writer and reading advocate from southern Mindanao. Contributors Alvin Pomperada is a writer and spoken word artist from General Santos City. He was proclaimed champion at the 2018 Gensan Summer Youth Fest and second runner-up at the 2017 Hugot sa Kalilangan. He earned his management accounting degree at… Continue reading Issue Editor and Authors

Minanikang Makina at iba pang Tula

Tilde Acuña Mabuhay Sawa ka na bang mamasyalSa sandosenang planeta?Nais bang magbalik-lakbaySa nakaraang dakila?Handog nami’y alaala!Sasalubong nang “Mabuhay!”Pagtuklas sa nakalipas,Sa turista’y naghihintay!Sa Bayang Filipinorte,Kumakaway ang watawat,Sagana ang yamang-lupa,Umaapaw yamang-dagat,Kalakal ang yamang-tao,Yamang-isip, yamang-puso,Para sa ikabubutiNg mundo at uniberso!Malugod na tinatanggap,Ang bisitang pandaigdig,Maingat na ihahatid,Panauhing galaktiko!Pagbati nami’y “Mabuhay!”Tuloy sa Filipinorte!Salamat sa pagtangkilik,Paalam, hanggang sa muli!Mga dating MaharlikangNgayo’y… Continue reading Minanikang Makina at iba pang Tula

Dziękuję, Polska

China Pearl Patria M. De Vera Hulyo-Agosto 2017 Noong 2013, sabi ni Nanay, mag-aalaga na raw kami ng bibe para mataboy ang magnanakaw. Maingay ang bibe lalo na kapag naghahanap ng pagkain. Naalala ko ang nag-iisang bibe sa Orlica Lake habang bumubuhos ang snow. Bago matapos ang araw, naalala ko naman ang sabi ni Didion,… Continue reading Dziękuję, Polska

Muthala

Marlon Hacla Mga kuwartong naghihintay ng pag-alis ng kawatan. Ano ang takdang aralin? Pagsasalansan ng mga maling tunog? Utos? Isang patay na puno? O sabay-sabay na paglinaw ng mga nais ng berdugo. Ang mga ibon para sa panaghoy na ibinigay mo. Parada ng mga binting tahi-tahi papunta sa gubat ng paanyaya. Minadaling paraiso. Kalahating butil… Continue reading Muthala

The Proxy Error and other Poems

Lakan Daza Umali Monsoon Season I have learned the measureof moody weather. The barrageof raindrops on stout houses,washing rust, dust, grimeinto the flooded street below.The tincture of her, headymusk primed to vanishwith the swiftest liquidmotion, a thought tippedon a crest, before fallinginto the neighborhood swell.Outside the storm shakesflowers from the vine, sendsjasmine-water crashing againstthe dirty… Continue reading The Proxy Error and other Poems

Otoh Swims Back

Sigrid Gayangos Otoh woke up to the sound of hovering helicopters and gunshots. He was alone in their lepa; his nine other siblings and parents were nowhere in sight. Otoh looked around him: other families had rushed from their own lepas and onto the shore, black smoke rose in the city, men in camouflage uniforms… Continue reading Otoh Swims Back

Galugad

Alvin Pomperada Sa Wagwagan Sampayan ang mga braso’t balikatng mga nag-uunahang parokyano ng mga segunda-mano mula sa hinalukayna tambak. Di maplantsa ang kunotsa noo ng bata, pagodsa kakaantay sa inang namimiling dekolor na bedsheet. Takaw-tinginang malakas na pagdabog ng binatasa ate—nais sana’y tatak ng kolonyalismoang bilhin. Di maitatangging imprentang pagiging praktikal pa rin ang yayakapinng… Continue reading Galugad

Marciano

Boon Lauw Sipi ito ng isang kabanata ng binubuong nobelang pinamagatang “Malaya.” Tungkol ang nobela sa paglago ng kamalayan ng tatlong kabataan sa alternatibong panahong hindi natapos ang diktadura dahil nakipagkasundo ang diktador sa hari ng Espanya at naging kolonya ulit ang Pilipinas. May nakapagsabi sa aking hindi nalalayo ang digmaan sa musika ng isang… Continue reading Marciano

Pasig

Saquina Karla C. Guiam It is past midnight, and the club music is still crawling inside your veins, but you sit down, because your legs can’t keep up with the echoes of more! more! more! and sweat is all over your skin, anointing you for a sacrifice or an ascension–you can’t quite tell. You decide… Continue reading Pasig

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