Spark I: The Summer I Summoned Luck (and some behind the scenes photos) 

Back of the house.

Something Mina & I have been cooking up. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

A little background
As Mina explained in the intro note, my family is from Bacolod — Cadiz City on the northern part of Negros Occidental, to be exact. As a kid I spent my summers in our ancestral house there, and as it’s a super old place with lots of history — built in the 1930s, it was used as a garrison by the Japanese during the war. No one will tell me what went on there during the Occupation (maybe no one knows), but suffice to say that the townsfolk tried to burn the house down and my great-grandfather had to talk to them to let him move back to his own house after the war.

Buy Well Played any way you like it 

Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza

Buy Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza Patrice Reyes is starting her junior year at the University and she’s convinced it’s going to be the best semester ever. For starters, it looks like this is the year her team will win the regional football (soccer, for you Yanks) championships. Her subjects are looking good, and there’s […]

Love and football 

As a writer, it’s inevitable to get asked the question on your book: is this based on me? Or, quite more often, this is YOU right? That’s particularly troublesome when you and your heroine / protagonist share a hobby. For me and Patrice, the protagonist of Well Played, that hobby just happens to be football. […]

SHORT FICTION: Mediocrity 

Published in September 2004 in the Philippines Free Press. Click each picture to enlarge and read.

Fools Like Us 

Dealing with mother-and-daughter relationships, fidelity and family, “Fools Like Us” appeared in two May 2004 issues of the Philippine Graphic and was one of the last stories chosen by the late Nick Joaquin for publication. Download and read Fools Like Us here. Or read the scans (click to enlarge):Part 1 – May 10, 2004 Part 2 […]


Part hangover cautionary tale, part observation on tabloid journalism, “Eavesdropping” was published in January 2004 by the Manila Times and appeared in the summer edition of the MAG: Muse Apprentice Guild (August 2004). Download and read Eavesdropping here.


“Tuklaw” is set in a parallel universe where women, not men, were first created by God. The protagonist leads a millenarian movement in the mountains of Bohol in defiance of oppressive society and reflects on his life. Written for my college thesis and published in 2002 in the Philippines Free Press. Download and read Tuklaw here.


click to enlarge “Neighbors” originally appeared in Growing Up Filipino II: Stories for Young Adults, published by PALH Books in 2009. The book is available from:, Philippine Expressions, Arkipelago,, The Book House, Follet Library Resources, Midwest Library and as a Kindle Edition at Download and read “Neighbors” here. Book description: Gr 9 […]

The Hagette 

The Hagette Plot description:Self-confessed “Hagette” Cynthia de la Rama seems like the perfect girl: she’s tall, thin, pretty, charming, and fashionable. So why hasn’t she found the right man? Her gay friends think it’s a defective gaydar to blame. Most of her exes were in the closet. She’s right about ready to give it all […]

Shoes Off 

Shoes Off! Plot description:It’s been a year since Dina and her ex-best-/boyfriend Bobby broke up. Overworked and burned by one-too-many bad dates, she jumps at the chance to be the bridesmaid at her friend Shane’s wedding in Boracay. It’s 10 days of sun, sea and fun—or is it? Shane is quickly morphing into the Bridezilla to […]


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