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Letters

Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig: An Ode to Sinners

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES THE SEAL of Confession is what binds the priest from the sins that a penitent confesses. No matter how grave or life-altering a sin is, the priests are obliged to not disclose the information that they hear inside the confessional. Yet unintentionally, the Seal serves …

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Bagahe: On Boarding with Bothersome Burdens

By ZYMON ARVINDALE R. DYKEE INSIDE THE comfort room of a plane in flight, a middle-aged woman quietly bears on the toilet her second child. Heavily panting while her gaze shifts between the sink and the toilet, she decides to regard the bloody infant as unwanted baggage. Zig Dulay’s award-winning …

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Kita Kita: Love seen through a fresh pair of eyes

By MINKA KLAUDIA S. TIANGCO MAN HAS forgotten a simple truth: that one needs to see beyond material objects, and instead should seek intangible aspects of one’s life that are truly essential. Yet, for a dear little prince, taming a fox and gazing at a garden of common roses is what …

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Sinandomeng: Reaping a Bountiful Harvest

By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES FARMING REQUIRES an immense amount of strength, patience, and dedication. Most are familiar with the job’s intensity, yet they are unaccustomed to the idea that farming is also a way of life. It is more than an act of reaping what one has sown; it …

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Instalado: Into Incontrollable Indigence

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

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

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

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

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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