Hard landing

Raymund Fernandez 11/06/2018

My brother said, “Sakita atong landinga uy!” (Painful landing) The plane slammed into the tarmac with a screech of rubber peeling away into the asphalt. The landing gear strained to take the initial slam of gravity and…

465, people as meaning

Raymund Fernandez 10/23/2018

People are signifiers of meaning. This is how we deal with people. We cannot really know people exactly well though we sometimes think we do. This includes people who are closest to us. This is how we…

Liberty

Raymund Fernandez 10/16/2018

A lady is talking at herself, ranting at the world. The world is passing all about her through the exit doors of Port Authority where the buses end their journey. Here they meet the train and subway…

State terror

Raymund Fernandez 10/09/2018

I had seen that look of terror on a woman’s face before; but it was only in movies – make believe – cheap Hollywood. It was never this real. I returned home from hard work that afternoon.…

Power unfunny

Raymund Fernandez 10/02/2018

What do Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Rodrigo Duterte have in common? They are powerful men. They are all funny. Or try to be. Though the joke is more often than not on us. And where Duterte…

Bakukang

Raymund Fernandez 09/25/2018

Bakukang is the black horned beetle native here where we have forests of coconut trees. They are not pests. They have at best a neutral effect on the environment such that we wonder why they are there…

Your world

Raymund Fernandez 09/18/2018

I was more or less your age in 1972 when Marcos declared martial law. Government was placed under the control of the military. The military was, of course, beholden to Marcos who was commander-in-chief. Thus, all mechanisms…

Some kind of Paradise

Raymund Fernandez 09/11/2018

I was waiting in line for my driver’s license feeling as one must feel given the circumstance of strangers caught somewhat unwillingly in a crowded place; all quite unsure of how long the wait, how slow or…

Pesteng yawa!

Raymund Fernandez 09/04/2018

My late father said it from time to time, “Pesteng yawa!” He snapped those words always as an interjection, an emotion-driven outburst to communicate anger, precursor to a scolding. And I remember myself hating it. Still, the…

Paradise

Raymund Fernandez 08/28/2018

I grew up as a child in Paradise. Though this Paradise seemed a poor one; Still, it seemed to me as if we were the richest people there. And this fact planted in me the seeds of…

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