PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER

Personally, I believe dad’s life was a demonstration of how God wants each of us to live. A life of faith, sacrifice, integrity, wisdom, humility, hard work, discipline, benevolence and justice.

CHERISH THE MOMENTS

I have learned to accept the good, the bad and the ugly in life, and cherishing every moment seems to be the only way to be sure about tomorrow.

UNTAMED TIGRESS

From the word go, Aisha had not hidden her eccentricity from him. Their first meeting might have been uneventful, but he remembered as they were about to part ways she took an abrupt French leave on him before he finished talking, and he stood watching her strut off and wondered whether she had a hearing problem.

AISHA

Aisha was a mysterious bombshell. To him, her personality was a maze which nobody could find a way out. Her eyes were like fireflies in the night, the only clue to what she represented. Aisha spoke, smiled and laughed even with her eyes. She blinked to say yes and no. When she looked into his eyes and emitted a flirty giggle, the shimmering laser in Levi’s eyes dwindled.

TRIUMPH OVER DEATH

IT’S MORNING, two days after Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and buried. The soldier has been keeping guard as instructed. The Sanhedrin members have been wining and dining to celebrate the death of the blasphemer. Those who love him are still mourning. At sunrise, Mary Magdalene accompanies Mary the mother of James and Salome to…

DYING FOR LOVE

  The sun breaks over Jerusalem’s eastern ridge. Peter, still on his knees, continues drowning in the depth of his sorrow, and reality begins to dawn on Judas Iscariot—the traitor. He realizes the damaging consequences of his actions. Jesus is paraded by a riotous crowd towards Pilate’s palace to face inevitable judgment. Blood and drool…

BEFORE THE ROOSTER CROWS

  It’s the wee hours of Friday, April 3, A.D 33. The day dawns with a promise of beautiful weather, a brilliant day. Today the tide will turn. The murderous schemes of Jewish priests will prevail. Jesus of Nazareth will be snubbed out. His charismatic power and appeal to the masses will be dismantled. The…

THE FORGOTTEN

      OTI AND HIS FRIENDS disappeared for a few days. They surfaced in early March. It was the day the rain came. Heavy clouds that’d ganged up for days finally deflated in a torrent that hushed the city, bringing her to her knees. She writhed and sighed and bowed to the wrath of the…

BLISTERED SOULS

    It’s a blazing afternoon in late February. The city—and country at large—has been eviscerated by an unforgiving heat wave. Weathermen say global warming has finally caught up with us. We are paying the price of ignorance—and deforestation. Rivers have vanished. The heat will worsen. Times will only get harder. Reports from the west…

Mixed Fortunes

      IMAGINE THIS. It’s a dull weekday afternoon. You’re a sophisticated lady walking down a crowded street. Modest air consumes you. Graceful perfume entices nostrils. Stilettos clunk against the pavement. Your smartphone is at hand, earphones plugged in, one cable dangling, the other nozzle in the ear spurting out your favorite jams. You…

IN BETWEEN THE LINES

     Faced with a complicated relationship problem a few years ago, I considered the possibility of seeking advice. You know how it’s like when you’re stressed and all you want is someone to talk to, or somewhere to decant your worries? That’s how I felt. Most men, however, are like uncorked champagne. We prefer keeping…

DOWN IN THE DUMPS

      ‘NO TRESPASSING. TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT. SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN.’ That was the grim message on the graffiti sticker plastered across my neighbor’s door. After five successive knocks, the wooden barrier suddenly left its place. He emerged from the depths of a dark room, trim and grim-faced, with blank, sunken, expressionless…