Singing my Heart Out

I once joined an amateur singing contest when I was younger. Much younger. It was the summer of 1994 and I was a college freshman in UPLB. Walking along campus one day, two of my friends and myself, came upon a stray poster announcing an amateur singing contest to be held the coming weekend. “Sali…

It’s Okay to Fail

Learning to fail is counter-intuitive to everything we’ve been taught since we were school kids. In fact, most educational systems are designed around the concept: do things right and you get ahead. Those who do otherwise are considered problematic to say the least. We, as children, learn over time that failure was something to be…

The Stare

I was on my way back to my place at around 10:30 PM in a jeepney (this was way back in 2007). As I got off my stop, two fellow passengers alighted from the same jeep and impulsively tried to cross the street. A fast going Toyota Corolla had to slam the breaks on full…

What the Future has in Store

It was 2005 and I was in Eastwood where a Psychic Festival was currently being held. Out of curiosity (and partly because of prodding…okay, it was mostly because of prodding) I decided to have my fortune told by one of the psychics participating in the festival. I approached the young lady in charge of registration,…

The Year that was 2016

Every year I try to write a sort of round up article, a year-end report if you will. While 2016 was not a good year (for me at least), it was definitely an improvement over 2015. So what has happened this year? I Got a New Job I’ve recently accepted an offer as the Studio…

The Year that was 2015

2015 hasn’t been very kind to me (and to my friends for that matter). In fact, I would go as far to say that it was one of my worst years ever. But, just like any other year, 2015 also had its share of good times. Without further ado, I present to you, dear friends…

The Last Walk

Johnny came over last night. He said that there was a bunch of people he needed to see and talk to. “Samahan mo ako,” he said. So I did. We went to see all our friends: his co-workers in the NGO sector, our Komikero pals, and old college buddies. We spent the time just chatting…

Remembering Johnny Danganan

Today I mourn the loss of one of my best friends, Johnny Danganan. This may come as a surprise to many of you because Johnny was the very picture of health and there were no indication whatsoever that there was something wrong. We purposely kept the circle of people who knew about Johnny’s state small…

The Big Bang

“Er, what do I do next?” I was lying in my bed totally naked totally at the mercy of my hormones and various other emotions swirling inside me. A half-naked woman was sitting up on top of me giving me a look, which could’ve meant that she thought I was trying to be cute or…

The Birds and the Bees

I remember one incident when I was in my second year of college. I had just lost my cherry and I thought it was a momentous enough occasion to warrant being written for posterity in my handy-dandy journal. Those were the days before blogging and I kept a journal because I had writer-ly aspirations. They…

The Need for Speed

“Bro, dapat bumili ka na ng auto.” My brother and I were hanging out at a nearby coffee shop when he suddenly brought the topic up from out of the blue. “But I don’t know how to drive” I said. “Okay lang yan. Mabilis lang naman matuto. I’ll teach you.” he insisted. My brother is…

Just who the Hell are we!?

Back in college, I was known by my surname, Diego. Turns out there was another Jonas in my college so to avoid confusion, I started using my surname as my first name. Besides, I thought being called Diego was kind of cool. It started getting weird after a while because my girlfriends called me Diego…