Of course

Poetry by | September 24, 2017

Of course,
I already got used to traveling—
watching greens slowly turn to gray,
unconsciously staring at road lines
as they shift from white to orange,
from orange to white,
from straight to broken,
to noticing the cracks and bumps
of the asphalt and cement road.

Of course,
I have become familiar with the hillside
decorating the view on the left window
with trees, roots, rocks, and tall grasses.
I have become familiar with the sea side
waving at the right side,
glistening waters saying goodbye
as the sun welcomes slumber
to my side of the world.

Of course,
I got used to these changes.

But today,
the changes felt new.

And just when the I got used to traveling
these very same roads,
I got lost.

Teniza Lianne Anduiza studies BSE English at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. In her undergraduate Creative Writing class, she has been mentored by her instructor, poet Ton Daposala. Her poem ‘Little Changes’ has previously appeared at the Issue 3: ‘Disasters’ of Bukambibig Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines.



Poetry by | September 24, 2017

The caffeine in your head
will make you drop dead.
Timelines in the eyes of the
mind mapped by lies and despise.

Graveyard’s shift for your honey
make way for the tiny memory
in your casket
it’s a hole dug for you.

Muses of the foolish that once roamed
they lived and once owned
every shape and shadow
waving goodbyes and hellos.

Music plays on while they snore
louder than the machine
making time stop and start
at the life of the pitiful
monsters flooding melodies,
conquering dreams,
crying throughout
the phantom of disguise.

The bared and concealed lie
across each other
finding peace among
the wars of the genuine
soldiers fly around the clouds
rivers flow by you
(don’t presume)
when you don’t need it.


Tessa is a Junior clerk at Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. She graduated BS Biology from Univverisity of the Philippines Mindanao.



Poetry by | September 17, 2017

Remember when we’re cloaked in darkness and wanderlust
In our own filth, we begged at the pedestal of grandiose stars
In their hollow castles all sparkling over our heads
Trying to steal a piece of light for winning our inner wars
We were the nomads in sync with stale winds of rare moons
Following the trails of the archer, Sirius, Virgo
And in the silence, our shut lips are calling on high
That our lost feet may be lifted where galaxies grow

Monique graduated from UP Mindanao. She is currently studying medicine.

limestone cliffs

Poetry by | September 17, 2017

primordial primordial
that’s the word you used
for the limestone cliffs behemoth
over the tranquil waters of this lagoon

divine divine
that’s the word i would use
for you standing before these cliffs towering
over me: a god & I the offering

truth is truth is
i have no care for these rocks
nor for every trace of blue
that surrounds us except for you &

your eyes your eyes
the sea must feel ashamed of itself
& ask was your eyes always this blue
or was the sea’s blue never blue

tomorrow tomorrow
when you leave this blue heaven
godless: the offering remains waiting
his bones become limestone cliffs

creaking creaking
perhaps you were right
these limestone cliffs really are
primordial primordial


Christian S. Baldomero is a BS Accountancy student of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. He has attended the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop and is affiliated with Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC). He loves cinnamon rolls and Siargao.


Poetry by | August 27, 2017


I stand above the grave
of my heart’s affections
for you.
Here lie
of promises
both broken and unbroken;
     at the height of orgasm,
     unspoken as I stared
     at the back of your head.
You will never lay
another finger on me.


I watched
as you stabbed
your suitcase
with unfolded garments.
then your faded denim pants,
old pairs
of your father’s socks,
a tie.

In the mirror
of our shared bathroom,
I saw myself transform
into a stone angel;
silent grief trapped
within this moment.
     God, I hated you.
     God, I loved you.


My mother always told me
Don’t become someone else’s fool.

I was her reflection
her mortality
with her husband’s last name.
Don’t be a fool.
Her long fingers
like the hands
of an old clock, braiding
my hair,
sections married
in thirds.

There were only supposed to be three of us, she said.
Your brother and sister
were happy accidents.

I remembered you
and how you loved tempting fate:
     a hand
     at the small of my back in a library,
     cigarette after cigarette,
     the absence of a rubber.
You always called them


The eulogy for us
came in the form
of a love letter.
     There are times
     I want to live inside of you.
     My favorite moments
     are when you and I
     are “we;”
     snakes in heat.
     You pull me in endlessly.

It started the cancer
that crept
and sunk
into the bones of what we had.
You loved me most
when I was
     the easiest to cut into.


It’s been months
since I turned you
into one of my ghosts.

You haunt me,
          as incessant calls
          and messages.

Rest in pieces, my love.

Nina Matalam Alvarez is a writer and illustrator. A graduate of the Creative Writing program of the University of the Philippines in Mindanao, she currently lives in Dumaguete with her family and her cat, Basil, and is a proud millennial.

Sa Higayong Ako Angoangohon

Poetry by | August 13, 2017

Kon pananglit abton kog angoango
ayaw paila sa imong tinuod nga ngalan,
ayawg gakos ug labawng ayawg hilak.
Tugoti ko nga matag adlaw bunyagan
ko ikaw og lainlaing mga ngalan.
Ayawg halok. Timan-i nga utok
ug dili ang kasingkasing ang may
panumdoman. Ayaw na paghago
og pakli og bulak kay tingalig dili
nako dawaton, ug tungod giputol
lisod na isumpayg balik sa punoan.
Hulata nga angoangohon sab ka
aron patas tang wa makaila sa usag-usa.
Matag adlaw mag-ilhanay pag-usab.
Ug hinaot nga sa usa ka higayon
magkuyog tang duha sa baybayon
magdula-dula og balas, magtuon-tuon
sa pagtabon-tabon sa lawas.

Paul Randy Gumanao hails from Kidapawan City and teaches Chemistry at Philippine Science High School-SoCCSKSARGEN Campus. He was a fellow for poetry at the 2009 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2010 Iyas National Creative Writing Workshop.


Poetry by | July 30, 2017

Nadaanan ko ang dati nating
Tinatambayang kainan.
Napatigil ako.
Hinanap ko ng tingin kung saan
Tayo madalas pumuwesto;
Sa gilid ng pintuang
Dinadaluyan ng ating pinagsaluhan,
Nariyan pa rin.

Sa lugar na ito kita unang Nakitang ngumiti.
Mga ngiting para sa akin lang
At inangkin ko ito na para bang
Ang lahat ng mga bagay sa mundo
Ay umiikot lamang
Sa maliit nating binuong espasyo.
Palagian nating kasama sa pagdiriwang
Ang dalawang mainit na tasa ng kape
Isang platito ng pancake at
At mga daliri nating magkakapit.

Nasa harap kita
Kaharap mo rin ako.
Marami tayong natuklasan
Habang nakaupo
At ninamnam ang katihimikan
Ng bawat isa.
Para bang ang pag-iral ng oras ay kay bilis

Pero tiyak alam nating pareho
Na sa pagitan nitong
Mabilis na takbo
Ay siya namang kaybagal
Nating pagtanggap
Na maghihiwalay rin tayo
Matapos ang lahat-lahat.
Umaasang babalik muli
Dito sa ating dineklarang puwesto:
Ang ikaw at ako.
Ubos na ang pancake
Malamig na ang tasa ng kape
At ako nandito pa rin
Nakakulong sa espaysong
Binuo natin

Na ngayo’y pilit kong
Malimutan sa tuwing ako’y mapapadaan.

Raymond Ybanez was a fellow for fiction at the 1st CDO Writing Clinic and the 10th Palihang Rogelio Sicat. He is also a candidate member of the Kataga – Online, Samahan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas. He’s currently a member of NAGMAC ( Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro).


Poetry by | July 23, 2017

You and I piled words like how
we did with floral cut-outs
on a sanded surface.
One word after another,

iterations of
– or bits of both.

What was it that glued
them together – our words?

When I look back,
I see exquisite words-art,
stunning in its

Jearvy R. Lanohan teaches literature and writing at the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus. She was a fellow to the 2011 Davao Writers Workshop.