si yolanda

By Marianne Hazzale J. Bullos
Poetry

 anak din si yolanda ng ating ina pero hindi
   na kapatid ang turing niya sa atin nais
 niyang ipaghiganti ang ina sa kababuyan
      ng mga abusadong nanggahasa at
          nagpabaya kaya sumigaw siya
             ng katarungan at isang
                   umaga nakaratay
              ang mga puno sa
                lupa lumutang-
                   lutang sa lawang
                       puno ng putik
                            at lagkit ng
                               dugo ng
                             mga

      bangkay na nabaon sa hukay

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July 2018 (Issue 23)

Introduction by Tarie Sabido

FICTION
War Makes Me Sad by Mary Ann Ordinario
Anito Files by Boon Kristoffer Lauw

ESSAY
The Confrontation by Andrea D. Lim

POETRY
Ang Buaya sa Marsh by Marianne Hazzale J. Bullos
Nabasa by Alvin Pomperada

Editors and Contributors

Ang Buaya sa Marsh

By Marianne Hazzale J. Bullos
Poetry

Ang buaya sa marsh
Ay! Ay! Pagkadako-dako!

Ang buaya sa marsh
Naghulat sa kangitngit,
Naghulat og biktimahon.

Ang buaya sa marsh
Astang siroka!
Gipanilok og kaon
Biskan iyang mga igsoon.

Ang buaya sa marsh
Nihabhab pa gyod og bulawan
Pangtunaw sa gipangkaon.

Ang buaya sa marsh
Gihugasan ang pula sa panit
Og tubig nga limpiyo.

Ang buaya sa marsh
Buotan pod ra ba usahay.
Sa niaging Mayo,
Nilamano siya kang Tatay!

Editors and Contributors

GUEST EDITOR

Tarie Sabido is the chair of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and a reviewer of books for children and young adults. She has been a judge for the PBBY Salanga Writer’s Prize, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, National Children’s Book Awards, and Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. She is from General Santos City.

REGULAR EDITOR

Jude Ortega is a short story writer from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat Province. He has been a fellow in two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, he received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards. He is the author of the short story collection Seekers of Spirits published in 2018 by the University of the Philippines Press.

CONTRIBUTORS

Marianne Hazzale J. Bullos is from General Santos City and a scholar of Philippine Science High School-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. She is a student during weekdays, a master crammer on weekends, and an eagle for lifetime.

Boon Kristoffer Lauw is a chemical engineer turned entrepreneur from General Santos City and is currently based in Quezon City. During his practice of profession at a beer-manufacturing plant last 2013, he began to pass graveyard shifts with random musings that eventually took form in writing—and, inevitably, stories.

Andrea D. Lim is from General Santos City, and she is currently working as an editor for a publishing company in Cebu City while taking her master’s degree in literature at the University of San Carlos. She was a fellow for poetry in the 24th Iligan National Writers Workshop (2017). She is also the former editor-in-chief of the Weekly Sillimanian, the official student publication of Silliman University, Dumaguete City.

Mary Ann Ordinario is a multi-awarded author of books for children from Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. She owns ABC Educational Development Center, the oldest publishing house of children’s books outside of Metro Manila.

Alvin Pomperada of General Santos City is a management accounting graduate of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. He is a member of Pangandungan, the association of writers in General Santos City.