Southern Authors No. 2 — Johanna Michelle Lim on Distance, Sense-making, and Travel Writing

Featured Authors by Alton Melvar Dapanas |

Johanna Michelle Lim is an essayist and travel writer based in Cebu City. After university, she became involved in advocacies like poverty alleviation and education, during which she started her long excursions around the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She has been a fellow at the 54th Silliman University National Writers’ Workshop and has a forthcoming work at Mindanao Odysseys: A Collection of Travel Essays on Mindanao. She will launch her first collection of travel essays this February 2018 called What Distance Tells Us.

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Noli Me Tangere

Poetry by Mariel Alonzo |

                                     John 20:17

in a rural mass, a deaf woman
sitting on a pew answers the catechism
with babbles.

vowels expand rounding with air, but does not
sever from her throat. no matter how deep
the wind fists, her drums won’t sound.

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Ang Pagsulat sa Panahon sa Pasismo ug Pagpatay: Pagsupak sa Libulan Queer Collective sa Martial Law

Critical Essay by The Editors |

Sa panahon nga ang alternative ‘facts’ nagamit nga hinagiban (mihatag sab kinig gahom sa way utas nga pagtuo sa usa ka naghariharing naratibo), daw ang pagsulat sa papel nahimong mahinungdanon, kon ang kining mga sinulat nagpasabot nga mohatag og dalan alang sa eksaminasyon sa kaugalingon, aron mabutyag ang tinahian sa minao-mao nga atong gihabi libot kanato, libot sa kalibotang pagtan-aw, ug sa kamatuoran. Apan kita mangutana, unsa tuod kadaghan ang kayabag nga maantos sa usa ka tawo? Unsaon pagsulat sa usa ka tawo taliwala sa nawong sa paralisis? Kay ang gahom sa paggama og mitong pasista di mohunong, bisan ang mga magsusulat di kahimo og pahunong niini, bisan pag mosugod pa kitas labing takdo ug labing gamay nga detalye. Ug bisan pa tingali mosukot pa tag daghang sinulat. Di sab gyod ta makadahom ug makasulti, bisan sa atong kasalmotan o pag-apil-apil sa kalibotan, og “Husto na kini.” Di gyod. Nungka.

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Southern Authors No. 1 — Christian S Baldomero, Adeva Jane Esparrago, and Melrein John Viado on Writing Young

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This 16 December 2017, writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) will launch three titles—Christian S Baldomero’s “When The World Offers You Loneliness”, Adeva Jane Esparrago’s “Do Not Fall In Love With A Poet: Collected Spoken Word Poems (2013-2017)”, and Melrein John Viado’s “Mula Sa Ikatlong Palapag: Mga Piling Tula”—under its publication arm Bulawan Books.

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Filipino Gothic

Fiction by Daphne Anne Martinez |

1.
You wake up ten minutes before your alarm rings. You have been waking up ten minutes before your alarm rings for the past two weeks. You check your phone; you’ve left it charging overnight. The battery is at 87% – an improvement from yesterday’s 86%. It was 85% before that.

You idly wonder what will happen when you wake up to a 100% battery charge.

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