If Emotions Were My Friends

The six basic human emotions are: happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, disgust, fear. Now, if these emotions were my friends, they would be personified as thus— … Happiness would be a guy—effervescent, charming, Golden Boy. Now this boy, I love having around (as does everyone else). But Happiness is not the type who likes to stay […]

A Visit to the Orphanage

We went to an orphanage last weekend. In that shelter, there were teenagers, school-aged children, pre-schoolers, toddlers, infants. There were babies as young as 3 weeks old. … There was a mix of personalities and temperaments in that place. Some kids smiled a lot and were bubbly and energetic, while others were shy and awfully […]

Warrior, Ruler, Caregiver, Creator, Sage: The PH Presidentiables as Archetypes

… The upcoming May 2016 Philippine Presidential Election has been causing quite the ruckus: back-and-forth mudslinging among the presidential candidates, minute-by-minute election-related stories from the mass media, and most entertaining of all, word wars among the presidentiables’ supporters in social media. Add to that a plethora of reports, interviews and articles about each candidate’s credentials […]

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood Told in Medical Terms

Hello, one and all! As many of you know, I’m a registered nurse and so I’m quite familiar with medical jargon. Sharing with you all this piece I did for fun a few years back, translating the Brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood to medical terms (as best as I can). The […]

The War for the Arts

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola … What is an artist? As a kid, my view of the artist was somewhat stereotypical—dressed in devil-may-care-styled street clothes, hair long and unkempt, holed up in […]

Once Upon a Tragedy: A PhotoStory of When Haiyan Struck the Philippines

Once upon a time, somewhere between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea… …there lay a unique archipelago named the Philippines. • • • It boasted of pristine white-sand beaches with clear blue waters… …abundant natural resources found nowhere else in the world… …and picturesque sunsets of the kind that’ll take your breath away.  • • • But despite […]