we don’t fall

dreaming the way your lips touched my lips in a kiss,
praying for all our dreams as they built what we wish

Spoken Word: Aloha

Here are the pieces I performed during Aloha, a benefit event hosted by some CAMPers last May. I think that was May. Before that, I hadn’t performed a piece in public since… early 2015? I think. (Thank you to N for inviting me to perform). I tried to edit them but then I realized I didn’t…

a narrative on addiction, inspired by last night

Possible Titles: i. i’m pretty sure i’m trying to say something with this piece, but even i can’t tell. the author is dead. hurrah. ii. i can justify anything if i try hard enough iii. smoking may not be the best euphemism in this case iv. wink, wink; and v. this isn’t a poem, it…

footnote

My fixation is part of a new era; the one before that, a transition. There is a list of words I’ve defined by you. I would look them up in the dictionary, and write their meanings down, and in my thoughts I would imagine your face beside each and every one. Words were senseless unless…

Five Reasons Why I Won’t “Fall in Love”. Again.

Writing and performing a personal narrative for Speech 11 was a cathartic and frankly exhausting experience. But watching everyone else was very fun and insightful! Definitely adds new perspectives to life. I posted everything here because I want to. It isn’t that coherent (I’d probably need 15 minutes of speech time to set everything straight),…

Three things i learned from life

1. The prince smiles at the pauper and he says, welcome home. He removes her rags and seats her on a throne, gives her jewels, buys her gowns and drowns her in the kind of whispers i shouldn’t repeat. These are the kinds of bedtime stories my mother flushed down my throat: poor girl meets…

#TEDxUPM Ideas worth sharing.

“TEDxUPM is a half-day event in UP Manila that aims to bring together bright minds to foster learning, inspiration and wonder and provoke conversations that matter.” A photo posted by Jari Monteagudo (@jarimonty) on Feb 6, 2015 at 10:41pm PST . Missed TEDxUPM? Watch Rappler’s coverage. (Start around 36:30) A reaction and appreciation post.

Art Recs: Spoken Word

There are a few things in life that leave me honestly breathless: the suspense of a novel, the progression of a musical piece, the unabashed movements of a singular person. And there’s spoken word poetry, which leaves me breathless not once or twice, but all throughout a performance. There’s something so raw and so personal about spoken…

Poetry (Spoken Word): Rebirth of a Dream

Rebirth of a Dream When I was younger, there was this one time When I dreamed of being a rockstar, a rebel, a rocker, a hedonist a ‘whatever-ist’ But that dream I buried deep, deep down All the way to the depths of my heart Because no one says go, not a word, not even…