On writing and waiting

I regularly get calls from people who want us to publish their book. They must have been scanning a directory or googling “Publishers in the Philippines,” and our name, OMF Lit, comes up. Most of the people I talk to are eager to see their work in print. The first line to me usually goes, … Continue reading

Bibingkas and Sampaguitas

I see them often. With stringed, already-wilted sampaguitas dangling from their hands, young vendors approach me and salestalk me into buying a lei to contribute to their day’s revenue. It is, after all, past 9 pm already and they should be home. Most of the time, I would ask them where their parents are. Not … Continue reading

Walking on stilts

Just recently I read about a popular televangelist who fell from grace. A picture of him holding hands with a woman who was famous in her own right was snapped. The problem is (you know where this is going), she wasn’t his wife. No big deal, you might say. But then we know how the … Continue reading


It was somewhere between Alaska and Manila, last March 31, when I first learned that the world is (supposedly) going to end tomorrow. “I was looking at you since we were waiting to board and I felt God told me to give this to you,” an old woman told me. She, a Filipina, a grandmother … Continue reading