What’s Your Talent: Rice & Rain by Romalyn Ante

Ever since declaring myself a writer, a poet, a literary artist, I’ve been on a search for Filipino art that’s being showcased in a foreign setting, preferably in English setting. The West End was once the home of Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones and Rachelle Ann Go for Miss Saigon’s 2014 production. When it comesContinue reading “What’s Your Talent: Rice & Rain by Romalyn Ante”

What’s Your Talent: Poetic Impact

There is always something beautiful in a group of artists collaborating to create something that not only showcases their talent but also works to support one another in growth in a fun and memorable way. Spearheaded by Theresa Lake, Furquan Soomro and fellow @BYPoets Celestina Rowaiye, Poetic Impact is a YouTube channel aiming to createContinue reading “What’s Your Talent: Poetic Impact”

On The Barbican Young Poets 2017

“What was one thing you’ve taken away from being a part of the Barbican Young Poets this year?” To answer that question would be for me to catch you up on the past six to seven months of my life, starting from that sunny Sunday afternoon sandwiched between four other friends in a car parkedContinue reading “On The Barbican Young Poets 2017”

Bamboo in Concert

After rushing from Moorgate station to Hammersmith station, after literally flying from the station, after trying to survive the busy streets all the way to the Apollo theatre all while manoeuvring through an open bag, tangled earphones, the sounds of my boots clacking on the cement as I frantically fish for my ticket, the soundContinue reading “Bamboo in Concert”

What’s Your Talent: Bukambibig by Alton Melvar Madrid Dapanas

The present has never been a better time to be a Filipino writer, what with many talented and dedicated names working and writing hard to make sure they produce work that not only best express themselves but also represent the Filipino name in a very good light. There’s Reme Grefalda from LA-based zine Our OwnContinue reading “What’s Your Talent: Bukambibig by Alton Melvar Madrid Dapanas”

What’s Your Talent: Miss Saigon with @EvaNoblezada

I’m glad that in the future I get to say that I watched the West End revival of Miss Saigon three times after spending the first year of its existence in 2014 wanting and finding people to watch it with. Prior to Miss Saigon and listening to the 2012 Broadway recording of Once, I’m prettyContinue reading “What’s Your Talent: Miss Saigon with @EvaNoblezada”

“Alone No More”

In celebration of the hashtag #SentiSaturday, here’s an old poem from 2011 Troy! I used to be scared to look behind my shoulder To look at the eyes of the memories that constantly haunted me Each getting stronger as they grow older Fuelling my demands to be free. Some people are meant to be partContinue reading ““Alone No More””

“Kasama”

Sa gitna ng bagyong malakas, sa halip ng matinding ulan, may ngiting lalabas maliwanag, malinaw at nagsasabing hindi ka nagiisa, kaibigan. Tayo na’t tumayo, pagpagin ang alikabok, muling magsimula ng bago at akyatin ang bundok, kung san may daanan na tuwa at payapa, iyo’y matutuklasan basta’t ako ay iyong kasama.

“A Different Playground” by Karylle (2015)

2015 is proving to be a fruitful year for my favourite Filipino musicians. June Marieezy surprised her fans with a Valentine’s Day EP Throw Away Love Songs, Bamboo Mañalac returned to his rock roots with Bless This Mess. B.P. Valenzuela came out with The Neon Hour and Sam Concepcion released 1Sang Daan. Also came areContinue reading ““A Different Playground” by Karylle (2015)”

“Lady in the Yellow Dress”

One, two, three, four, before I lost interest, lady in the yellow dress caught my drowsy eyes. She spoke eloquently (at least that’s how it looked from afar), she had a neat side braid and an ability to turn my head a full 360. Five, six, seven, eight, until I slowly turned to stone, ladyContinue reading ““Lady in the Yellow Dress””