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Compromise and Sacrifice: Thomasian dorm renters burdened by soaring inflation

Compromise and Sacrifice: Thomasian dorm renters burdened by soaring inflation

Issues
WHEN THE University announced the gradual return of in-person classes, architecture freshman Diane Sombilon said she felt relieved to finally go back to normal.  However, the latest inflation figure made Sombilon, who lives in Las Piñas, hesitate to rent a dorm and eventually return to campus. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has been reporting about rising inflation in the past few months. The country's inflation – the rate of the increase in the prices of goods and services over a given period – climbed to a 14-year high of 7.7% in October. It was higher than the previous year 6.9% posted in September and the 4% recorded in October last year.  In November, the PSA reported anew that the inflation rate spiked to 8% due to increased costs and services. “Although I ...
The Encore

The Encore

Literary
By CZERIZHA KAIZEL S. ADZUARA   Editor’s Note: This piece is one of the works in a four-part series in line with the Dapitan 2022 theme Hintayan. All works are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers.   Remedios Street sang the chorus of playing children in a humid afternoon. There was a rhythm of Langit Lupa. Children’s clothes were damped in sweat and their feet soiled by the ground. The little souls played heaven and earth. As twilight fell, their mothers came one by one. They nagged about the soiled clothes and held towels to wipe the sweat off from the children’s brows.  Amid the motherly objections was a child who was left behind. Andres watched the children with their mothers with an ache of yearning in his chest. There was a silent encore in th...
Wisps

Wisps

Literary
By FATIMA B. BADURIA   Editor’s Note: This piece is one of the works in a four-part series in line with the Dapitan 2022 theme Hintayan. All works are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers.   With a snap of my fingers and a flick of my hand, my fingertips emulate the glaring sun, as warm and ablaze.    If I wish, they would spring up in rows, bright yellow daffodils, red tulips pink peruvian lilies, and white daisies; they would shift directions at a glance, the wind and tilt of the raindrops, the sunbeams and tree branches, the clouds and their shade below as I recline on a water oak leaf, at ease in the morning breeze.   Then out of the blue came vicious,  thundering footfalls  trampling on my charms a...
Jayma: “Bagong recover”

Jayma: “Bagong recover”

Faces of Dapitan
“How did the pandemic affect your flower selling business?” Wala kaming kinita. Wala kaming hanap-buhay. Nagtinda lang kami noon ng mga lutong pagkain, at umuwi sa Occidental Mindoro.  “How does it feel to be back and selling flowers again?” Bagong recover. Bagong recover sa customer. Maayos-ayos naman [ngayon]. Pero sa ngayon, paisa-isa pa lang ang mga nagtatanong [at bumibili].                 - Jayma Campos Malabunga, flower seller Interview by PATRICK V. MIGUEL
Called by the Siren

Called by the Siren

Literary
By: PATRICK V. MIGUEL   Editor’s Note: This piece is one of the works in a six-part series in line with the Dapitan 2021 theme Captured. All works are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers. As Nena grew up from her father’s stories about mermaids, she was warned ever since to never trust them. “Sirens are deceitful,” he always said.  This time, however, Nena neglects her father’s warning as she tip-toes in the middle of the night to reach the shore.  Not far from their house, she spots the sharp fins of the mermaid rising from the shallow surface of the water.  The mermaid looks at her, tilting its head as Nena walks towards her.  Holding up the hem of her skirt, Nena dips her foot to the water, but as she takes one more step, she looks back into their house...
Strings

Strings

Literary
By ABIGAIL M. ADRIATICO Editor's Note: This piece is one of the works in a six-part series in line with the Dapitan 2021 theme Captured. All works are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers. While she was carried to the attic above the theater, Helena knew that the puppet master was not pleased.  He slammed the glass door of Helena’s case shut as he placed his gloved hands on its surface. As his youthful face seethed with rage, contempt filled his voice as he spoke to the puppet. “You call that a performance? That was pathetic!”  Helena tried not to flinch at every word as she bowed her head in shame. She knew her job was to give the best performance to all those who saw her. The thought that she disappointed not only the audience but also her puppet master, made her feel ...
Dapitan 2019 tackles themes of uprising

Dapitan 2019 tackles themes of uprising

News
All literatures are a form of critique, and as long as writers breathe, the fight will go on. This was the message of Dapitan 2019 guest editor Paul Castillo to fellow litterateurs during the book launch for “Dapitan: Insureksiyon” on Friday. The latest edition of Dapitan, the Flame’s official literary folio, is centered on themes of revolution and uprising. Literature senior Celine Marie Garcia won Best in Poetry with her piece titled “to the angel of eden” while literature senior Philip Jamilla won Best in Tula with “Pagbibinyag.” Lorraine Suarez, an English language studies freshman, won Best in Prose with “The Child of the ABC” and literature alumnus George Deoso won Best in Katha with “Ang Tatlong Buhay ng Labanderang si Gloria.” Communication arts senior Marie Ant...
Dapitan tackles tales of ‘skin’ as self-identity

Dapitan tackles tales of ‘skin’ as self-identity

News
By MARIA EDEN T. DINO THE QUALITY of one’s skin fades in time, but the identity that lies within remains the same. Litterateurs from the Faculty of Arts and Letters again shared a day of stories and poetry as the Flame launched this year’s edition of Dapitan, its official literary folio, with the theme, Balat (Skin). Literature junior Philip Jamilla won the Best in Poetry award with his piece titled Whispers in the Slaughterhouse while Communication Arts (CA) junior Marem De Jemel bagged Best in Tula for her work Wangis. Winning Best in Katha was Literature alumna and former Flame Letters editor Khaila Gurion with Sa Daigdig ng Pag-ibig. Literature major Aika Nakamura and CA student Keithlyn Delos Reyes bagged the Best Art and Best Photo awards, respectively. Dapitan ...
Opening

Opening

Literary
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 me inside. My movements, too, are limited. Extending my arm causes scratches on my wrist when it hits the cold, scraped wall of the wooden chamber. In this confined space, I am struggling. Although it often hurts, living under the cloak can sometimes be therapeutic. In the shadows, I create my own world. Inside, there is no judgment. There are no voices to point out the bruises my father has made. There are no eyes observing the flaunting of my hips. I hide in this space, in this darkness that is mine. My eyes begin t...
A Bedtime Story

A Bedtime Story

Literary, Liyab
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 with the presence of familiarity and a sense of longing. The child often observed how her mother’s eyes would twinkle in delight whenever her lips, in mid-utterance, would form her father’s name. She always brimmed with hope whenever she explained why he had to live oceans away, or how every December, she would try to convince her the boxes filled with new toys were never from Santa—but from him. Her stories were always softly told; she never mentioned anything negative whenever she woul...