Bring Him Home

I started this blog with an elegy for Whitney Houston. These past two months I had a short entry about Dolphy, and an essay about the shootings in Aurora, CO. Now, here I am, mourning the loss of Jesse Robredo, our well-loved Secretary for the Department of the Interior and Local Government here in the Philippines. Like many Filipinos of

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On Aurora

I have friends in Colorado right now. They have friends of friends who know, or were parents of, the kids who watched The Dark Knight Rises last night. Seeing this, reading this… it’s not as distant to me as I want to think. No words. I don’t want to see this turn into a debate about art promoting “family values” instead

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In Memoriam: Rodolfo Vera Quizon, 1928-2012

We would like to pause for a moment to honor this great man: Rest in peace, Sir Dolphy, and thank you for making us all laugh when it mattered the most. There is nothing else that I can say about the passing of Dolphy that anyone has said first and best, so I will cede the floor to Professional Heckler and

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Today’s Dispatch: Bruised, but Not Scarred

This post was brought to you by Coldplay’s tribute to the Beastie Boys.  (Admit it: You’ve been waiting for a long time to hear Chris Martin sing the words “porno mag” in that voice.) A lot of things happened since I went on radio silence these last few weeks. May is my birthday month, for starters, so I did a

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An Obituary

I used to be a big fan of Whitney Houston back in the day – and “by back in the day” I actually mean songs like “All at Once,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and “So Emotional.” These were songs that brought back happy times when I was 11 and did a lot of dancing in my room, before the

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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