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Weekly Gratefulness List (September 21 to 27, 2014)

| September 30, 2014

–My novel “In My Mother’s House” is now available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison library! I don’t know who requested it, but whoever you are, I’m sending you happy and grateful thoughts. If you’re in the US and you want to know if my book is available at a library near you, visit this link. [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (June 10 to 16, 2012)

| July 12, 2012

–Sunday lunch with A, and the soon-to-be wed N and W –DLSU book launch for my novel “In My Mother’s House”–along with over a hundred other titles–at the CSB Hotel. Shout out thanks to Bevz, Lot, Kimi, Andre, and Daniel!! Bevz took some pictures with her hi-tech camera. See them on Facebook. Here’s one: –Dinner [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (July 31 to August 6, 2011)

| August 12, 2011

–total rest day Sunday –Harlequin Theater Guild’s staging of “Kawil” And as if that wasn’t enough, the Kawil group won the following awards: Individual awards: Most Promising Actress (for Linda) and Best Stage Manager Group awards: Best Prod Book, Best Booth, Best Poster, and Best Group –super tipid week. I spent less than RMB350 for [...]

“Keep warm, restless, and dream on”

| January 20, 2011

I could not have been given a much better advice as this salutation from Mang Ben Santos to Ms. Marj, my literary mother, more than a decade ago. For months, I had been whining about my restlessness when I should have recognized it for what it really is: a refusal to be content and complacent [...]

My Grad Certificates

| August 25, 2010

One of the first things I looked for when I got to Valenzuela was the mail. I knew my diploma and transcript arrived weeks ago but this was the first time I got to see them.

Weekly Gratefulness List (June 20 to 26, 2010)

| June 25, 2010

–Instead of a DLSU Press,the university now has the Academic Publications Office (APO) which partners with publishers for (what else?) the school’s publishing needs. The way I understand it, APO acts like an agent of sorts in that it becomes the middleman between the writer and the publisher. Last Saturday, I sent a soft copy [...]

100 Years of La Sallian Presence in the Philippines…

| June 24, 2010

…100 years of excellence!! The university and college recognition rites coincided with the day when a time capsule was buried in simple ceremonies at DLSU, as part of the celebrations for the DLSU centennial. I took some pictures for posterity.

Almost Graduation

| June 19, 2010

I did not go to the actual graduation ceremonies (which is starting right about now…). Instead, I attended the recognition rites given by both the college and the university on June 16, 2010. Here are my pictures of the events:

You know you should’ve graduated long ago when…

| June 17, 2010

…you don’t know any of the other graduates. …you’re on first name basis with many of the profs. …you’re on kumustahan basis with many of the secretaries, from different offices. …you share fond memories of yesteryears with the gardener.

Homage to F. Sionil Jose (North Conservatory, DLSU; December 1, 2009)

| December 2, 2009

The National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose is turning 85 and the DLSU Literature Department decided to throw a surprise bash. I was lucky enough to be invited. It was a great night for prose and poetry with old friends and mentors. One of these days, I will have to deliver on my promise [...]