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LUVIM Islands Bar (Excerpt from the composite novel-in-progress “Arkipelagorya” by Januar Yap (with English translation by Jiji Borlasa)

“She effectively undid the past, not just in relation to her own history but also in relation to the traditions of dance that preceded her. The challenge is to continue … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Usa ka adlaw sa dihang miabot ang labing bililhong antipara sa tibuok kalibutan, pila ra may istorya

(Usa ka tipik sa nobelang “Banda-banda sa Villa Laberinto” ni Januar Yap)              “Gikan pa ako sa bukid/Milusad nganhi sa lungsod/Tuyo ko lamang maniid/Sa batasan … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment


 Sugilanon ni Januar Yap Pag-post nako sa YouTube link sa “They’re writing songs of love, but not for me,” sa version ni Ella Fitzgerald, siya ang first nga mi-like. Wa … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Short story: The Surge

“When the storm had passed I still had the feeling I was not alone in the house.” —Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores It is tricky among the … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book of lists | Sun.Star Cebu | May 16, 2014

Turns out that there’s a multitude of lists emerging from unlikely places. That the infamous Napolist is actually just the tip of the iceberg, and what lurks beneath is the … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Triumvirate | Sun.Star Cebu | April 4, 2014

Threesomes abound. The world tilts without them. For instance, observe how your life caves in at the incompleteness of having a hefty puto without the steaming sikwate and a morsel … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The plane and the prince | Sun.Star Cebu | March 28, 2014

In the first years of teaching, which was like almost a decade ago, when students discover that I write for a paper, there was usually that amused look and I’d … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment