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.


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.


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 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.


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…


  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…


  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…


      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…


    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…