Islander in the City | Pablo A. Tariman:

WHEN YOU GET FLU AND MISTAKE IT FOR COVID-19

I get sick only once a year and it disappears in less than a week or two. On the week I watched three performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at…

Islander in the City by Pablo A. Tariman:

A HANDMAID’S TALE

The Supreme Court has affirmed the life term meted out on Anna Liza and Reynold Marzan, who had physically abused Bonita Baran, a housemaid from Baras, Catanduanes. In a 15-page…

Islander in the City:

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ: LESSONS FROM ISOLATION

I’ve met John Lloyd Cruz countless times in presscons where I get to ask him assorted questions. Star builder and publicist Ethel Ramos would always introduce me thus: “The next…

Islander in the City:

ANATOMY OF A LOCKDOWN

I see myself in deep thought Clearing the kitchen sink After sharing modest meal With my grandson Now getting used To on-line classes.   In those dreary months You learn…

Islander in the City:

TWELVE MONTHS OF A CRUEL YEAR

Another year of lockdown is over Twelve months of unspeakable surprises And weary weeks of isolation.   Close to twelve months Of wearing assorted masks And frenzied washing of hands…

Islander in the City:

ODE TO DUSK

By Pablo A. Tariman   Catch me another dusk As the day is done And the high bright sun Has settled where it should In the bowels of the sea.…

Islander in the City:

MY GRAND REUNION WITH MY SOUL THROUGH POETRY

(Excerpts from a lecture delivered by the author on the subject — Responding to the Pandemic Through Poetry – sponsored by the University of the Philippines Baguio City, Feb. 22,…

Islander in the City:

WAR AND PEACE AND VIOLINIST ERNESTO VALLEJO

This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Manila, also known as the Holocaust of 1945. On that year, members of Manila’s prominent families became victims of war-time…

Islander in the City:

POST-VALENTINE MEMOIRS

At 72 and even at my younger age, I was never fond of Valentine’s Day. But there is something fluttering in my heart when i see this picture of Mayor…

Islander In The City:

ONCE UPON A VIRUS

“HIV, Ebola, and Zika are ugly, nasty viruses. David Goodsell makes them look beautiful, even alluring.” A science news   It took a virus To isolate people From each other.…