Twitter and Chatter

Not many

houses left

where trees grow to provide

For birds, butterflies and the rare dragonfly

Praying glitter that fireflies will shine

No matter how fleetingly, when the night is dark


Families wake me up

twitter and chatter

Right the wrap around windows in my room

The birds of the air, and the lilies of the

field, spin not, weave not, sew not

King Solomon’s railments could not compare with their



Humble  any architect


Should I let my imagination fly?


Or “just Google it”

How many kids of the present

Has seen a bird’s

nest with a baby in it?


MARCH 21, 2017


Learning History in Dapitan




One of the most romantic place I visited was Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte, aside from its historical significance.  That is where our National Hero, Jose Rizal was exiled before he was killed in Bagumbayan by the Spanish army.


It is a simple, provincial place but the place has a lot of character in it.  I was able to visit it as part of my work.  It would take you about two and a half hours if you rode the Fast Cat but if you rode the other RORO vessel, it would take you about four hours at the minimum.


I rode the Fast Cat ferry from Dumaguete to Dapitan port, I stayed in Dipolog City in one of the hotels there.


Talisay, Dapitan is the actual place where Rizal bought a property while in exile.  Inside that property is the original house, clinic, school and other structures preserved by the National Historical Commission.  Also, the Museo ni Rizal is situated in this property.  You will learn the many hats played by the National Hero while in Dapitan.  Practicing as an ophthalmologist, he met her de facto wife Josephine Bracken, an Irish woman.



The property of Rizal is at the beach front of Dapitan Bay.  It is described by Rizal as where the mountain meets the sky.  No wonder that Rizal fell in love with the place and wrote many poems and other writings in this part of the South.

At the Dapitan plaza, one can see the map designed by Rizal. Also in front of it is the Church of Dapitan wherein Rizal would usually attend mass.


We also visited the Embarcadero or the Landing Site, the area where Rizal landed upon his exile in Dapitan.  Such a romantic location and picturesque is an understatement.


I love Dapitan!



Imagine A Woman

In celebration of International Women’s Day


Imagine a Woman


Imagine a woman who looks at the mirror

naked, and looks straight to her eyes and says

to herself, She is beautiful. Imagine that woman

so in love with herself that nobody could dump

nor put her down. She loves her curves, her full breasts

like the mountains of Madyaas, her rounded belly

her chocnut brown skin. Her stretch marks, Ah! those are

carvings of her giving birth. Her curly hair following only

the whims of the wind. Imagine that woman. The reflection

at the mirror looking at you


Is your Emancipated Self.

Different Constellation



Somewhere there is one mother mourning for her only child

And no one would understand her

Her pillows soaked in tears in the night and the morning after

Her life crumbles like a molten fault


And there is a family who cannot understand her

Because they are also in grief.


And somewhere in time



There is a rainbow that greeted her

There is a love all around her in different colors and rays

That love can never be lost but

Is expressed in different forms


The earth in her slowly formed another

Tectonic formation new to her




It is of a  topsy turvy kind

Like dust devils turning her upside down

Now the formation takes its own fold

Like the stars in the night

Holding her not apart

But in a different constellation.



The Adventures at Pulang Bato Falls and Red Rock Hot Spring in Valencia, Negros Oriental





I asked some friends from Dumaguete what is the not so far tourism spot near the city but worth going to and they recommended to me Valencia, Negros Oriental for its falls and Hot Spring.


Valencia, is a municipality in Negros Oriental about 30 minutes away from Dumaguete City.  Going to the Red Rock Hot Spring, you will be awed at the Smoky Boulders along the way.  This is a source of geothermal power for Negros Oriental.  I can’t help but tell our rented motorcycle to stop and take our pictures there at the side of the road.






When we arrived at Red Rock Hot Spring, we were mesmerized at the beauty of nature. It is not so big spring but it is so refreshing.  It is known to have medicinal properties. The water is so soothing sans the high mineral content.  My eyes wallowed in tears after the bath because of its high mineral content and I have to wash it thoroughly. 






We have to rent a table as it is the only available.  We wonder at the rocks and mountains surrounding the spring.










After the dips, we went to the Twin Falls about one kilometer away from the Red Rock Hot Spring.




This Twin Falls is still unedited version.  Except for some tents and  some amenities, it is still in its original form.  One falls is called the Pulangbato because of its color and its high sulfur content.  The other one has no sulfur, very clear.  What a wonder on God’s creation.  I hope it will remain this way.  The people are still not so materialistic and quite accommodating.  I would really recommend this tourist destination for its relaxed, amazing falls.










Fire Tree

Since it is February, the month of Love, let me speak in the language of love.  What better way to do this is to write my English poem in my own native language Tagalog.  I will also attach the English version.  Here it is?

May Puno ng Apoy

May puno ng apoy

Na nagniningas sa puso ko

Ang ningas na ito ay maligalig at sakdal init

Ramdam ko pa ang mga dampi ng iyong halik

Na naninibugho sa iyong maamong pagsuyo

Ngunit ang aking isipan ay naguguluhan sa kung paano susuko sa tuluyan

Ipikit mo ang iyong mga mata at maaaninag mo ang walang hanggang ningas

Naramdaman mo ba ang tibok nito?

Para sa iyo lamang

Ang mga bituin sa aking mga mata

Ay dahil sa iyo.

At kung alam mo lang

Ang misteryo ng iyong presensiya ay tulay

Ng Ngayon at Magpakailanman.



Fire Tree in Me

There is a fire tree burning

Inside my heart for you

This flame is burning deeply

I still feel the sensation of your kiss

And longing for your gentle caress

But my mind still struggling in complete surrender

Close your eyes, you will see eternal flame

Do you feel the beatings of it

For you

The stars twinkling in my eyes

Because of you

If you only knew

The enigma of your presence bridges

Now and Forever.



Happy Hearts Month everyone!!