Category Archives: Global Filipino

OH CANADA MY CANADA

One early May morning while waiting for a public bus at Derry Road  chilled by a gentle breeze  of  8 degrees Celsius, the thought hit me like a Sigma Rho paddle. Why my second country  is “cool”  so cool  than  Philippines My Philippines, the country of my birth.  Men, macho men may not compare past with  present girl… Read More »

OH CANADA MY CANADA

One early May morning while waiting for a public bus at Derry Road  chilled by a gentle breeze  of  8 degrees Celsius, the thought hit me like a Sigma Rho paddle. Why my second country  is “cool”  so cool  than  Philippines My Philippines, the country of my birth.  Men, macho men may not compare past with  present girl… Read More »

Wala Lang!

        No apologies. The “Nothing!” below that you are about to see – and perhaps, read – is a product of just one of those bad hair days that creeps me when I dare to write.         Before “Wala lang!” burst out, the 16 paragraphs — that claim to be poetry without… Read More »

Akala Ko, Tapos Na

Dalawang magulang ang dumalo sa isang university commencement exercise. Kumpare 1: Sa wakas, nagmartsa din ang aking panganay. Magna! Kumpare 2: Inggit ako sa iyo, Pare. Kumpare 1: Magna-nine years na sana sa college kundi pumasang-awa! Teka, bakit tila malungkot ka? Kumpare 2: Summa kasi ang anak ko. Kumpare 1: Wow, ang galing. Ano ‘yan, luha ng tuwa?… Read More »

Wala Lang!

        No apologies. The “Nothing!” below that you are about to see – and perhaps, read – is a product of just one of those bad hair days that creeps me when I dare to write.         Before “Wala lang!” burst out, the 16 paragraphs — that claim to be poetry without… Read More »

Hugs, Holding Hands

Butch Galicia         It was a long trip. Anxiety gripped us along the way.         Earlier, we were told stuff about the place and its people. We tried hard to let the relatively new information sink in. Yet, we still harbored opinions of concern and feelings of unease.        … Read More »

Keep Christ in Christmas

Lolo: I’ll be the Santa Claus. Grandchild: I’ll be the Christmas Tree! Lolo: Huh? Grandchild: Presents, Lolo, presents! ***** Aysus! Gifted child ba ang tawag diyan? Kung present, at hindi nag-forced leave, ang mga ninong at ninang at si Santa Kulas, puwede. Inspired lang duon sa sinabi sa sine: Be the tree, and they will come. ***** Dark… Read More »

Either Hang On Or Move On

By Butch Galicia An FB friend posted: I dreamed of a very bright white light enveloping me. Then I saw a flight of golden stairs. I climbed it, but the steps just kept coming. Everything got brighter, as blinding as the summer sun. I kept climbing, wanting to be at the summit. Will someone please tell me what… Read More »

President Duterte and Canada’s ‘Karaoke Senator’

LONDON – If there’s something flawed in Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte – he who prefers to be called mayor, Digong, DU30, and not the deferential and respectful Mr. President – it is that he is raw and unburnished. Not a fault of his, of course, but the presidency he won by a margin of 6.6 million votes… Read More »

Of hunger, a fox, a dog

By Butch Galicia Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Don’t get me wrong. I do not intend to sound off a call for action or anything, for whatever purpose it may serve. Put simply, I am just practicing a typical typing drill to exercise my ten aging fingers.… Read More »