Rica Bolipata-Santos
Rica Bolipata-Santos
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Beginnings and endings
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - June 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Sometimes, I can sense when things are about to end: big things, like coming to peace at the end of a conflict; or bigger things like coming to hard-earned peace at the end of a difficult decision; or the largest...
Someone I love called to let me know he is dying
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - May 13, 2018 - 12:00am
And I died a little bit too.
The Shape of My Want
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - April 15, 2018 - 12:00am
My strongest memories begin when we were poor, a few years after my father had declared bankruptcy.
Graduation thoughts
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - April 1, 2018 - 12:00am
When I graduated grade school, in 1983, my hair was fully braided.
Lessons from my early days as a new mom
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - November 23, 2015 - 9:00am
Who knows why I play in my head what I play in my head.
‘Life, Love and Lust’ reboot
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - July 25, 2015 - 10:00am
On suffering & all its other frightening companions
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - March 29, 2015 - 12:00am
Lately (perhaps because it is Lent?) I’ve been thinking about suffering. It is an old word, finding its origin in Latin, meaning, “to bear.” It’s safe to say we’ve been bearing long...
A dream of her own
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am
I think often of Jane Austen, especially when I make my to-do list in the mornings. Right there, Jane comes to me, in the middle of No. 2 (“Do the groceries”) and No. 6 (“Begin the column.&rdq...
Believing in books
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - March 1, 2015 - 12:00am
It’s almost summer now. You can feel it in the sudden rush of heat in the afternoons.
Boom clap, the sound of my heart
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - February 8, 2015 - 12:00am
I write this while waiting for bad news. Or good news. Or any news.
A valedictory address
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - May 11, 2014 - 12:00am
Last April 26, I received the last degree of my lifetime — a PhD in English Studies from the University of the Philippines!
Lately I’ve been thinking of Paul Walker
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - December 8, 2013 - 12:00am
Lately, I’ve been thinking of Paul Walker and his untimely death. I am not a Walker fan and I did wonder if my real grief was proof that I, indeed, have incurable, impossible colonial mentality. After all,...
Questions I’d like to ask my country
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - September 15, 2013 - 12:00am
Why are you so beautiful? I see the fiery orange of the sky and know that it is not so simple from where I watch.
Half the sky
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - September 1, 2013 - 12:00am
Let’s begin with the most important, dry facts: the Ateneo de Manila University will be celebrating 40 years of co-education this coming Saturday, Sept. 7.
Growing old
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - July 28, 2013 - 12:00am
Lately, I’ve been thinking about growing old. Perhaps because July is my birthday month and as soon as the first of the month appears, I turn restless, even critical of what I’ve become.
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - June 9, 2013 - 12:00am
I’ve always been old-fashioned.
Motherhood statements
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - May 5, 2013 - 12:00am
Before I knew I wanted to be a writer, someone else did. Her name is Cyan Abad-Jugo.
A student vandal goes back to her school as graduation speaker
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - March 31, 2013 - 12:00am
I was honored to have been chosen as this year’s commencement speaker for Miriam High School Batch 2013.
A teacher’s thoughts on graduation
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - March 17, 2013 - 12:00am
This is the time of year when students either come to me to ask for advice on what to do next; or a pile of recommendation letters arrive at my desk to be filled up for various things: law school, graduate school,...
How do I love my son?
by Rica Bolipata-Santos - February 3, 2013 - 12:00am
(In honor of National Autism Week Awareness, which was celebrated from Jan 20 to 27. Teodoro was diagnosed with autism at 3.)
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