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The excavation
by JOSE DALISAY - December 5, 2022 - 12:00am
Prisoner Q felt his shovel bite into the soil with what sounded like a sigh of satisfaction. It had rained, and the earth was dark and soft and yielded without complaint
A crying boy
by JOSE DALISAY - November 28, 2022 - 12:00am
We all cheered two weeks ago when nine-year-old Bince Rafael Operiano a boy from Oas, Albay came home with medals from the 6th Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, where he finished on top...
Prisoner Y
by JOSE DALISAY - November 21, 2022 - 12:00am
(Note: Our story this week is rather serious and might not go well with breakfast; best read with a sobering cup of coffee.)
The next UP president
by JOSE DALISAY - November 14, 2022 - 12:00am
Visiting the Indonesian capital Jakarta last September, President Marcos said he was obsessing over the Philippines’ continuing importation of galunggong or round scad – a situation that he said he found...
An oppa for Pinoy culture
by JOSE DALISAY - November 7, 2022 - 12:00am
The Hon. Victor M. Dooley was in a quandary once again. He had struggled with his maiden speech, but thanks to the timely assistance of his rumored girlfriend and sometime girl Friday Yvonne Macahiya, he had delivered...
Something good
by JOSE DALISAY - October 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Minister Quaqua was having a bad day – a very bad day, probably the worst since he was appointed to his post by President Ongong after they had finished two bottles of Balvenie Portwood, with boiled peanuts...
The changing of the colors
by JOSE DALISAY - October 24, 2022 - 12:00am
Pitong stared out the window of his Chicago apartment to the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and watched the usual Sunday crowd of families with small children in colorful tracksuits and seniors plodding nowhere at half...
Good-better-best
by JOSE DALISAY - October 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Dolands couldn’t believe his good fortune; he had received his third SMS message that day offering him a bonus for playing pusoy online.
Monkey poo
by JOSE DALISAY - October 10, 2022 - 12:00am
The water was still dripping from a leak in the ceiling of the office, caught in a pink plastic pail behind his swivel chair, when Gov. Tingting got the call from the Office of the President on the satellite ph...
Fiction counter-fiction
by JOSE DALISAY - October 3, 2022 - 12:00am
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem.”
The secret
by JOSE DALISAY - September 26, 2022 - 12:00am
"Lolo, Lolo, was martial law really bad? We took it up in class today!”
No garage, no car
by JOSE DALISAY - September 19, 2022 - 12:00am
Jhun-Jhun could barely contain himself as he stepped into the house dangling a pair of shiny keys before him. His mother looked at him; his father saw the keys.
The extraordinary Vice Mayor Koo
by JOSE DALISAY - September 12, 2022 - 12:00am
“Papa, Papa! What does ‘consanguinity’ mean?”
A rhetorical question
by JOSE DALISAY - September 5, 2022 - 12:00am
Teacher Lenlen’s chest swelled with pride when she opened the door to her 8th grade classroom in Gen. Pupu Noknok Elementary School in the town of Bugbugan, province of Kalamias, in the People’s Democratic...
Subversive sisters having fun
by JOSE DALISAY - August 29, 2022 - 12:00am
"Why is it,” asked Sister Edwige as she threw a couple of green chips into the pot to call Sister Augustinha’s raise, “that every time we nuns have a little bit of fun, someone out there screams...
The book convention
by JOSE DALISAY - August 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Books of the Democratic Republic of Kawefo was about to begin, and after a rowdy rendition of the National Hymn that was sung in two keys when...
Trouble in Cowlandia
by JOSE DALISAY - August 15, 2022 - 12:00am
(Some of you may have noticed that since last week, and with my editor’s indulgence, I changed the title of this column from “Hindsight,” which I took the liberty of inheriting from Manong Frankie...
Maiden speech
by JOSE DALISAY - August 8, 2022 - 12:00am
The freshman senator was worried. The Hon. Victor M. Dooley was due to deliver his maiden speech on the Senate floor in a week, and he still hadn’t come up with a brilliant idea to wow the media with, to assure...
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