Sunday, March 25, 2018

Holy Week Circus

PEOPLE RAISE their eyebrows after reading the last paragraph of this old story, and poet Parmjit Kaur thought it was flippant, but I don't really mind. I wrote this piece in the eighties, inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Shirley Jackson. It won First Prize in the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards of 1999, and was shortlisted in the Fish Publishing Literary Awards in Durrus, Ireland the same year. It appeared in The Likhaan Book of Poetry and Fiction 1999, and in the anthology Hoard of Thunder: Philippine Short Stories in English 1990-2008, edited by the great Gemino H. Abad and published by the University of the Philippines Press. Reposting this recently polished and illustrated version for Holy Week. Credits go to Jose Costa Leite, Alexis Snell, Victoria Weller, Emil Nolde, Kathe Kollwitz, and Mazatl for the woodcuts.

Y PARA MIS AMIGOS HISPANOS como mis jefes, el portorriqueño Carlos Vargas y el salvadoreño Saul López, para que puedan conocer un pedazo de vida en Filipinas aparte de Manny Pacquiao. No soy un hablante nativo de español, así que usé la ayuda de Google Translate para traducir gran parte de esta historia, pero no es un traductor literario, así que tuve que editar muchas frases y palabras. Pero no es suficiente. Por favor, ayúdame a editar señalando errores gramaticales y deja tus comentarios. Léela aquí.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


BECAUSE BRAINIACS also need to chill out. Stuyvesant's annual musical production SING! is on tonight, Friday and Saturday. 100% written, produced, directed and performed by students, the event is always as spectacular as a Broadway show, for $20. Sara's group will be doing a belly dance routine which she also directed, and we are going despite the winter storm. UPDATE: Due to the winter storm, tonight's performance has been postponed for tomorrow, same time, same tickets.

Sunday, March 4, 2018