Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

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Monday, September 28, 2009


about a week after returning from iloilo, around june 27, 2008, i met with cora and ruby at sm megamall. with a bruised left arm, i had to wear long sleeves but this still did not stop them from getting intrigued. so with back turned from people inside the usually packed mann hann restaurant, i showed them the bruise. between the two, it was cora who cringed and said, 'if i were you, i would have died.', to which ruby gave a ready affirmative, 'yes cora, you will'.

now in the wake of typhoon ondoy, just learned from ruby through SMS that cora was among one of those affected in cainta. of their 2-storey house, the ground floor was submerged. cora and her sister, beth, have been stranded there on the second floor since saturday. ruby wasn't so sure how cora is now. their communication cut off since sunday when cora's cel's battery gave up. it's been two days and i hope cora and beth has been 'saved' and no longer that isolated. i hope she's in an evacuation center somewhere, reunited with trisha her niece who, on the way home from school, was able to take refuge in a classmate's home. she's quite finicky and sensitive, cora, but i hope she'll do well than mope. i hope she'd prove ruby wrong by staying alive.

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