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Friday, January 20, 2017

Giving Lives

By Celestine Trinidad Third-prize winner, 2016 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards Josefina found the kitten under one of the rose bushes one Sunday morning, cowering from the black Labrador that belonged to their next door neighbor, Mr. Yu. The dog growled and pawed furiously at the roses to get to the kitten,...

Silang

By Kate Osias Second-prize winner, 2016 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards A contingent of armed men escorts her back to her cell. She is tightly bound, reeking of gunpowder and death, her bloodied limbs protesting with each step. A part of her wants to be angry. She must be angry, after suffering...
By Joel Pablo Salud / Manila Critics Circle Rarely do we encounter a book that crosses the oceans of laws and helps us grasp all that we need to know about life under this ashen variety of the Tuscan sun.  Authors Gianna Reyes Montinola and Maria Victoria Rotor-Hilado had, of late,...

Coral Cove

By Angelo R. Lacuesta First-prize winner for Fiction, 2016 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards   CHRISTMAS in Megamall. I wanted to shout to the crowd to get a hold of itself. “You don’t need that. There are people dying.” What did I know? I was seventeen, it was the early 2000s, you texted...
AT the heart of every nation is memory. And there’s no better way to be reminded of it than through the eyes and words of National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil José. Manila at the tail end of the Second World War. So it came to pass when as a young...