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Memories to share down generations

Oh Kirk, how right you are that one can only look back so much, that there is a present to live and, most of all, a future to look forward to; that there is every day to embrace and the future to welcome and a chance to create new and meaningful experiences (“Memories,” Opinion, 1/23/14).

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Another kind of love letter

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I wrote this letter to a nephew in response to a message he left on Facebook for me. After writing and reading it, I noticed that its message of love is applicable to almost everyone. So I decided to submit it for publication. I know that many sons don’t give love to their mothers, are often short with their mothers, forgetting how their mothers loved and cherished them from birth to adulthood.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Writer’s life

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As an aspiring writer, I’ve always been touched by the word “writing.” For me, it is not as simple as having pen and paper on hand.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Being okay

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I’ve seen the movie “(500) Days of Summer” a couple of times more than an average person has. Strange, but it still hits home every single time, clearly because I can relate to Tom Hansen in more ways than one. Other than being a hopeless romantic and a self-destructive psycho, he was also a “could be a great (insert an occupation here) if he wanted to” twentysomething who got stuck in the same limbo.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Instructions in Singaporean pragmatism

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I had a chance to join 14 other Asean journalists in a wide-ranging interview with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week. ANC’s Coco Alcuaz, formerly of Bloomberg, has already written of Lee’s pragmatic approach to the territorial disputes between China and some Asean member-states.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Good Samaritan parable as news story

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Some readers have asked about the “writing experiment” I attempted last month at the Loyola School of Theology, when I sought to discuss the church-media dynamic by, among other things, rewriting a famous Gospel parable. Perhaps the best way to explain what I was up to is to show, not tell. If you will allow me then, here is an extended excerpt:

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The cost of words

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I suppose signing up for the creative writing elective was the closest I had ever gotten to doing anything meaningful with my life. I won’t say it was particularly profound, because scribbling plot twists in the late hours of the night tends not to lead to a greater sense of self-awareness. But I will say it was thought-provoking because exposing your mind to concepts greater than your understanding does.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The write path

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The task of assembling words to orchestrate an idea and momentarily hold a reader captive to one’s thoughts is quite daunting, isn’t it? For a few minutes, you have to get under your readers’ skin, dismantle their most skeptical walls, and let them surrender to your authored dictatorship. In a number of ways, you govern their heads, their hearts even; you assault them with curious superlatives, cities they’ve never seen, strange occurrences they’ve never encountered, and thoughts they have never cradled.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Awesome morning song and writing

This is to express my appreciation of Noralyn Mustafa’s article “Morning song and other sounds” (Opinion, 8/5/13). I am also one kind of Nora, my full name is Honorata, hence Nora is the root word.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Like a machine

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It’s like being in a factory, with machines delivering an endless supply of words, to be distributed to many people.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Still dreaming

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The idea came like a wild dream when I was a child. The kid I was, I didn’t give it much thought. And the next thing I knew, I had become too busy entertaining myself with the adventures I came up with, of things that never really happened. I was too young back then. Too innocent to realize how absurd it was for a little girl to rise to fame by writing.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The pleasure of reading and the joys of writing

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It is beyond dispute that bookshops and libraries are the very reflection of a learned society. It also follows that the reading habits, and not merely the pattern or pastime, of its people show the degree of its academic culture and the depth of its intellectual civilization.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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