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Rofel G. Brion

Rofel G. Brion is professor of interdisciplinary studies, literature, creative writing and popular culture at the Ateneo de Manila University. He writes poetry and prose in English and Filipino, and coaches writers online (rbrion@ateneo.edu).

On the Twenty-Third Floor

a speckle of duston my window has just disappeared in a cloud

As Fog

As fog grazes these hillsawash with browning shrubs,shanties creep from the valleylined with rivers swelling withdry rocks and restless ants.

What Is Your Name?

How do you call yourselfwhen no one, not even you,listens? Where do you find the wordswhen everything escapes yourthoughts? What stories come to lifewhen images are...

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Angkas supports President Marcos’ openness to expand the Motorcycle Taxi industry; advocates for Filipino Transport Apps

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in the Bagong Pilipinas Townhall Meeting on Traffic held last Apr. 10,  underscored the significance of motorcycle taxis in the daily lives of Filipino citizens. Marcos emphasized the need for the government to identify feasible areas for expanding motorcycle taxi services. “We have 15 million...

The Science and Art of Being a Fan

“To be a fan is to be a member of a community. A family,” this description, shared by Shem, 32, might be the perfect encapsulation of what fan culture means. From its dictionary meaning, to be a part of this subset of a community—also called a fandom—means...

Pursuing education despite the odds

These SM scholar alumni are now steps closer to their dreams In the Philippines, a significant number of students often face uncertain paths to higher education, especially those from low-income communities. Often, the pressing need to support their families leads them to consider skipping college altogether and entering...

A POOLSIDE SUMMER INDULGENCE AT CITY OF DREAMS MANILA

With a Filipino Barbecue Buffet on Thursday Nights                             Thursday evenings until April 25 are barbecue nights to look forward to at City of Dreams Manila’s Wave poolside restaurant where popular Filipino street food and iconic contemporary fare take center stage from sundown until 9 pm. Live soothing performances on...

Unlocking the Gateway to Prosperity: Cost Wise Insurance and Melody Avecilla Lead Filipinos to the American Dream

A revolutionary chapter in entrepreneurial opportunity is being written by Melody Avecilla, the illustrious founder of Cost Wise Insurance. With the unveiling of an unparalleled franchising opportunity, Cost Wise Insurance stands at the forefront of insurance service innovation, beckoning Filipinos to the American Dream with the promise...

Teach for the Philippines Receives USD 250K Grant from Visa Foundation to Address Learning Loss in Public School Communities

Visa Foundation aims to work with Filipino communities to improve learning and life outcomes post-pandemic Teach for the Philippines announced a USD 250,000 grant from Visa Foundation to support its nationwide student and leadership development programs.  Visa Foundation will enable Teach for the Philippines (TFP) to help public school...

Mang Inasal’s ‘National Halo-Halo Blowout’ is happening this April 14 

Are you ready for the much-awaited nationwide celebration of Filipinos' love for Mang Inasal Halo-Halo? Mang Inasal is treating all customers at its almost 600 stores across the Philippines to a ₱20 discount for Extra Creamy Halo-Halo Small this April 14 through the National Halo-Halo Blowout. "We are giving all Halo-Halo...

Angkas empowers Lipa bikers with training session; deploys free rides during Barako Fest

Lipa City, Batangas—Angkas, the leading motorcycle ride-hailing platform, recently conducted a comprehensive training session for bikers in Lipa City, alongside a successful deployment and free rides initiative during the Barako Fest held from March 14 to 16. These efforts mark Angkas' commitment to professionalizing the motorcycle industry and...

STUDENT’S CORNER

When the Philippines Graphic Reader started in February 2022, it became the first and only nationally-circulated, monthly, literary magazine in the country devoted to Philippine literature in English. This year, on its third year, it transitions to being an education tool for promoting proficiency in English and...

ISSA, ONE AND ONLY

I am Issa—the one and only. My parents named me Juan, which in English sounds like “one.” In Tagalog, “one” is isa, just like my name. Well, sort of—it’s Issa, pronounced, Ee-sah.     In my language, we don’t say “she” or “he,” we say siya, which can mean...

Hotel101 Global signs definitive merger agreement with JVSPAC Acquisition Corporation to publicly list on the NASDAQ

Hotel101 to have an equity value of US$2.3 Billion (₱130 billion pesos) following completion of the transaction  Upon completion of the proposed business combination transaction, the combined entity is expected to be publicly listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “HBNB” The Singapore-headquartered subsidiary of Philippine-listed investment company...

Labor group launches Workers’ Rights Watch (WRW) on the eve of Araw ng Kagitingan

Amidst growing concerns over labor rights violations, the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) announced the initiation of the FFW Workers' Rights Watch (WRW) in Mindanao on the closing day of a pivotal conference attended by FFW union leaders from across the island of Mindanao. “This initiative comes at...