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Letters

Instalado: Into Incontrollable Indigence

poster from Instalado Facebook page

By ZYMON ARVINDALE R. DYKEE STEMMING FROM a dream of a fast-paced progression, the Chinese took the initiative to revamp the process of learning. From this initiative bore the “installation,” the process of stocking knowledge directly inside people’s brains. Despite gaining popularity and having been adopted by countries all over the …

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Si Edgar, Si Allan, at si Art: Tales of Horror on Stage

Photo by MARIANNE LORRAINE M. SAMILING

FEAR IS an ancient instinct that has been untouched by the nuances of modern civilization. In humans, perhaps one purpose of fear is to promote survival because without it, people would be walking into oncoming traffic, mindlessly triggering guns at pedestrians, and hanging out with patients who have tuberculosis. Fear …

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Dalaw

Art by DOLORES JANE C. PICA

KUMUPAS NA ang lapida sa paglipas ng taon. Tuwing binibisita niya ang puntod ng kaniyang ama, inaalala niya kung paano siya nilisan nito. Kasabay ng paglapag ng bagong pitas na bulaklak, pilit ding itinataboy ng umiihip na hangin ang naglalagablab na apoy ng kandila. Sa sandaling ito nahuhukay muli sa dibdib …

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Opening

Art by MAXINE V. MORENO

IT IS suffocating. Living behind closed doors, that is. I am enclosed in a rectangular chamber; the four walls, along with the dark, squeeze every part of me. I drown myself with the sound of air drawing in and out, since it is senseless to speak for no one can hear …

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A Bedtime Story

Art by ALISHA JANA R. MORALES

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of the works in a five-part series in line with the Dapitan 2017 theme “Paglisan” or Departure. All works that are part of the series are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers. HER MOTHER talked about him like how one would tell a bedtime story—hopeful, gentle, and …

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Ang Binata sa Labas ng Hayupan

Art by ZAPHYR CYBIL V. IRAL

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of the works in a five-part series in line with the Dapitan 2017 theme “Paglisan” or Departure. All works that are part of the series are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers. UNA MO siyang nakita noong nasa ikatlong taon ka pa lamang ng elementarya sa inyong …

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Seklusyon: The Wavering Nature of Man

Poster grabbed from Metro Manila Film Festival Facebook page

FILIPINOS ARE acquainted to evil and the supernatural from parables written in the Bible. It contains certain ethical standards that withstood the test of time, serving as a source of the nation’s belief systems. However, violence from an evil beyond the material plane is sometimes enough to shift the conviction …

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Kabisera: The Filipino Society through a Mother’s Eyes

Poster grabbed from Kabisera Facebook page

IN THE Philippine cultural context, familialism is given utmost importance for it is the foundation of homes. At its core is the father, who thereby assumes the center seat of the dining table with his wife serving meals and the children sitting on either side. In Kabisera, the de Dios …

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Die Beautiful: As Colorful as Cosmetics

Poster grabbed from Die Beautiful Facebook page

WITH EVERY swish of the powder brush across Trisha’s face, and with every dab of lipstick on her lips, Barbs recalls all the significant moments her dear friend has lived through. Trisha Echevarria’s (Paolo Ballesteros) final wish to her best friend Barbs (Christian Bables) was that when she dies, she has …

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Saving Sally: Seeing Rarity in the Familiar

Poster grabbed from Saving Sally Facebook page

MANY FILMS labeled as “romantic” commonly include at least one of the characters directly saying the words “I love you” as it makes use of intimate physical contact between the couple to justify the concept of love in the story. Saving Sally, however, introduces a new take on the idea of …

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