Poetry Submission: ‘Turning Tables’

by Aidan Bernales Paper-cutsWhere thin skin used to beCrossing and uncrossing my legs,Waiting for you to get used to meBecause I carved our names on every building we’ve passed throughI’ve made poetry out of every memory I’ve ever had with youBecause the heart wants what it wantsAnd it only ever moves me forward when my feet…More

Poetry Submission: ‘Stranded’

Poem and art by Paul Raymond Jimenez * * * Man’s infinite imagination is as vast as the sea.  The world can go haywire And, still, if one can cope— find courage amidst a plethora of dangers, one may see: beauty, honesty, and hope. ☁️ If you enjoyed this, we encourage you to leave a comment…More

Poetry Submission: ‘Akmang Kagitingan’

by Paul Raymond Jimenez Kung mayroon mang natatanging tatak na Pilipino,ito’y ang ating angking tapang at talino. Ngunit minsa’y dapat din nating isipinNa huwag magpadala sa udyok ng damdamin. Sa mga nabasa’t narinig kong mga kwento—sa kasaysayan at hindi sa barbero,Ang poot at galit ay walang magandang naidudulot;ang marangal na layuni’y kadalasa’y nauudlot. Malaking bagay ang…More

Why Filipinos Should Read: Women Writers

by Bryan Meniado March is National Women’s Month here in the Philippines, also known as Women’s History Month in other countries. Coinciding with the annual International Women’s Day on March 8, this celebration is to commemorate the socio-cultural, economic, historical, and political contributions and achievements of women, as well as to put forward important discussions…More

Story Submission: ‘Idyllic Clouds’

Story and art by Paul Raymond Jimenez Death crept in the cramped space where we hid for days. The air reeked of sadness. I stared at the only access for relief, an aperture cracked open by shrapnel during the last barrage. A gentle pacific wind seeped in, its tail uncovering a majestic masterpiece—the sky’s wispy and…More

Why Filipinos Should Read: Philippine Arts and Literature

by Bryan Meniado Life continues to be difficult for everyone because of the pandemic. With the prolonged quarantine, we remain  physically and socially isolated from our loved ones and friends. We can no longer shake hands, hug, or beso with ease like we used to do. Our lives have shifted to this normal of physical…More

Storiesnap Time: ‘I Met You for a Reason’

Welcome back to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we’re featuring I Met You for a Reason, an illustrated poem by Layla S. Tanjutco, illustrated by Carla de Guzman. It’s about finding hope amid heartbreak, something that a lot of people can relate to—and not just love-wise…More