a Father’s Day post

It was Father's Day last Sunday and I got to spend the day with my brother, who is a father, and my own dad, who is in town. We hung out and talked and Datu made a great dinner, as usual, for us. It was wonderful. It was pleasant and it was great to be…Read more a Father’s Day post


My name means ‘Dad’ (Manila Bulletin / Panorama)

An article I wrote came out in today's issue of Manila Bulletin / Panorama for the Father's Day issue. I can't write about my dad anymore and I begged off of it because I've been writing about my father since 2004. But they asked me and I owe the Bulletin so much so I was…Read more My name means ‘Dad’ (Manila Bulletin / Panorama)

“I like where your head is on right now”

Since I got back from Manila, I've been joyful. I've been light-hearted and caring and sensitive. I've been helpful here at home and I've been able to manage to pierce through what people are saying and get straight into what they mean, which means I know exactly how to respond. That's what I feel anyway.…Read more “I like where your head is on right now”

Coconuts Manila: Working with my dad, Peque Gallaga, who once called my poems “cat farts”

I was asked by a really good friend, someone who I credit to bringing my whole writing career to a new level, to write an article about working with my Dad. I have been asked -- a lot of times -- to write about my Dad in many different magazines and publications, and I have…Read more Coconuts Manila: Working with my dad, Peque Gallaga, who once called my poems “cat farts”

the trouble with gaining weight

I've been watching The Wire with my Dad recently. He had wanted me to see it for the past few years now and I kept holding it off. Watching a television show about the drug trade in Baltimore didn't exactly appeal to me. He told me it was the best television series he has ever…Read more the trouble with gaining weight