He has grown attached to her and swore to protect her. As the guardian of Apartment 213, it meant protecting her even from threats she couldn't see.
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Lola Donna is more than ninety years old and her three great-grandchildren are fond of her bedtime stories and cookies. One night during quarantine, she tells them a story she had kept inside her for the longest time.
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"Black Snakes Are Innocent, the Gold Are Venomous" is a short story that focuses on the cosmopolitan nature of the world (and lack thereof) as bridged by literature. A quiet George Floyd story, "Black Snakes" examines the racial biases and prejudices that remain to be too familiar for Ricardo, the story's protagonist, as he soldiers on as a Filipino and as a person in a world filled with people whose words and actions are harsh toward people like him.
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Vera wants to earn extra income by selling recyclable materials to the local junk shop. However, witnessing an encounter among a garbage collector and two street children will change her perspective on helping others.
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What really is pasalubong? Is it the goods the balikbayan boxes are packed with? Or is it the gift that your love ones have come home after a long time away?
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"Mom...," I called to her, looking at her unmoving body. “Mom, come on, don’t do this to me. Help!” I screamed at the top of my lungs, hoping someone could hear. "Somebody help us... my mom... please help!" I ran out of the room and screamed for help down the…
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We express love in our unique ways. During these uncertain times, we feel the urge to show how we care. One can go grand and pull out all the stops. Or they can be in a simple ways, after all, it's just eggs.
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Everything looked like a nightmare amid reality. The pandemic disease—COVID-19, the unseen enemy who could attack ruthlessly on anyone, was frightening. Death was waving like a friendly evil that would hit anyone in no time. It was frustrating because no matter how hard I tried to be brave, the fear…
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Love comes unexpectedly. Is persistence enough?
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