DISCLAIMER: The contents of this article only reflect the views of the authors. The writing does not reflect the views of the AFS Philippines, Japan, and MEXT.

(PHOTO | VOX POPULI PH)

Faiza and Micah met in the oddest but most meaningful of times. They met after Micah submitted her articles to Revolt Magazine PH. She shared her exchange student journey on the magazine and her struggles to get aboard even before that.

Faiza is a young Indonesian journalist, and she read Micah’s articles after the coordinators from AFS Japan shared Micah’s writing. …


(LARAWAN | CANVA)

Hindi man ako kagalingan
sa pagtula’t paggawa ng prosa;
ang nananalantay na pag-ibig sa diwa
ay higit na matibay sa unos na ating binabangga.

Dahil sa mga kasangga
na kasama ng nagtatagumpay na masa,
sa pandemyang pilit pinupuksa
ang taglay na kabayanihan ng bansa.

Tayo:
ang magsisilbing angkla ng ating henerasyon
ang siyang huhubog sa mga susunod
at papawi sa luhang ibinuhos

Sa nawalang mga kapwa,
sa mga bagong bayaning tumataya,
sa ating oportunidad na nasira —
hindi pa ito ang huling pagbira!

Kung si Inang Bayan ay makapagsasalita
ang himig ba niya’y ating pakikinggan? …


Micah Corin Salonoy and Faiza Layalia Az-Zahra

DISCLAIMER: The contents of this article only reflect the views of the authors. The writing does not reflect the views of the AFS Philippines, Japan, and MEXT.

(PHOTO | MICAH CORIN A. SALONOY, left; FAIZA LAYALIA AZ-ZAHRA, right)

Faiza and Micah met in the oddest but most meaningful of times. They met after Micah submitted her articles to Revolt Magazine PH. She shared her exchange student journey on the magazine and her struggles to get aboard even before that.

Faiza is a young Indonesian journalist, and she read Micah’s articles after the coordinators from AFS Japan shared Micah’s writing. …


DISCLAIMER: The contents of this article only reflect the views of the author. The writing does not reflect the views of the AFS Philippines, Japan, and MEXT.

Read the second part here.

We’re currently quarantined for 14 days in a hotel in Narita as part of the government’s rules for foreigners entering Japan. Of course, the quarantine has not hindered us from delightfully experiencing Japanese culture and local sights at all. I started posting my student exchange journey on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. So far, it has engaged a lot of people. As of this writing, I’m happy to…


DISCLAIMER: The contents of this article only reflect the views of the author. The writing does not reflect the views of the AFS Philippines, Japan, and MEXT.

Read the first part here.

The Senpais (先輩) and the Kouhais (後輩)

Entering an exchange program in Japan made everyone realize that they are not alone in facing problems. The old guards were also there and were willing to help us face every challenge. They are the definition of been there, done that, and their compassion to help their juniors continue to prevail, especially now in the period of the pandemic.

Any person who plans to enter an exchange program…


DISCLAIMER: The contents of this article only reflect the views of the author. The writing does not reflect the views of the AFS Philippines, Japan, and MEXT.

Participating in an exchange program is not for the fainthearted. The same goes for writing. I don’t know why I tried both. I welcomed 2020 with plenty of hopes and aspirations. In return, I got adversity and losses. The pandemic story is just the tip of my journey of trying to catch my dreams. I was returned to square one by conditions that were completely out of my control.

We were not the…


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Malapit nang lamunin ng dilim ang liwanag na tinitintahan ng kahel at pula ang kalangitan sa huli nitong sandali. At dahil Undas na naman, karamihan ng kapitbahay ko’y nagsisimula nang sindihan ang mga kandilang ititirik sa tabi ng kanilang tahanan.

Napansin naman ng isang tsismosa kong kapitbahay na abala rin ako magsindi ng mga sarili kong kandila sa tapat. Umaligid muna ang babaeng nakarolyo ang buhok bago ako tapatin at tanungin sa malayuan.

“Napakarami naman ng kandilang ititirik mo, Ineng! Buong angkan mo ‘ata aalayan mo, e!” bigkas nito habang nakapatong sa kaniyang baywang ang mga kamay.

“Sinu-sino ba kasi…


This was written in response to a Facebook post by Mr. Jonathan P. Nacua, a principal in the Division of City Schools — Manila. Mr. Nacua has a background in handling school newspapers and campus journalism contests. In his post, he claimed that “PRESS FREEDOM is not a HUMAN RIGHT.” I was about to drop it, but my disappointment with the message and the person who expressed it got the best of me. If someone can claim that that “press freedom is not a human right,” then I, as a practitioner of campus journalism, can use the same to counter…


As the ill-gotten production of some Wattpad-published works continues, some of its authors managed to create several titles without considering the moral and psychological effect on its young, vulnerable readers. (PHOTO | JOY MARINO)

Most Filipino readers forgot the essence and purpose of Filipino literature. They, in fact, forgot how literature shapes the nation’s history. The manifestation of textual analysis on how the presence of sexual deviance and perversion on Wattpad stories affects the youth continues. Togonon (2020) raised the questionable romanticization and even normalization of tropes as pedophilia, sexual grooming, incest, and toxic relationships.

History of Philippine Literature: A Quick Preview

As mentioned earlier, the Filipino youth hardly recognize the vast history of literary production from the early years. Dating back to the Pre-Colonial Era, our literature was used as entertainment and moral compass of elders for children as it…


Stock photo from pexels.com’s Ricardo Esquivel
Stock photo from pexels.com’s Ricardo Esquivel

In response to the on-going debate regarding the major presence of sexual deviance and perversions surrounding well-known Wattpad stories with a wide readership base, it seems that most Filipino readers forgot the very essence and purpose of Filipino literature in our history. With the questionable romanticization and even normalization of themes such as pedophilia, sexual grooming, incest, and toxic relationships (Togonon,2020), it is quite disappointing how Filipino literature got to this point.

The Not-So-Short History of Philippine Literature

Dating back to the Pre-Colonial Era, our literature had been used as entertainment and moral compass of elders for children as it…

Micah Corin Salonoy

Campus Journalist since 2013. Writer since 2012. Analytic Reader since 2006. Currently a 12th Grade HUMSS Student. #DefendPressFreedom

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