#2 Salabuang // 2017

Though this is a personal blog I don’t feel like this is the most appropriate place to lay out the events that took place of what was an emotionally turbulent summer, maybe if you happen to hear me perform my poems in a show somewhere or successfully get me drunk (and firm through my narcissistic theories that just like Marilyn Monroe I am a tortured artist stuck inside a perfect bubble) then I could, but what I can say here is that without the five people I’m showcasing below, I would not be where I am right now, which is so much better than where I thought I was heading.

What I’ve learnt is that while familiarity can indeed breed contempt, if you work hard enough, if you truly believe and focus on the light, familiarity can breed a heightened sense of love, one that radiates, one that is familial, unrelenting and most of all, unconditional.

To Josh, Ate Precious, Pao, Andrew and Barry.

To my better angels.

Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush


Before and after I asked them to talk to each other for the camera.

There was so much going on in this shot, but the one thing that wasn’t blurry are the holding hands. Ganun daw talaga kapag may forever.

What a guy.

Chop Chop

Wala talagang kupas kapag diyosa! Hahaha learnt all that I know from this wonder woman right here. No, we’re not just talking photography.


Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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