This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.
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Ateneo de Naga University Press, 2018
Don't Tell Anyone:
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Pride Press / Anvil Publishing, 2017
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Tao Foundation and Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee, 2013
Inday Goes About Her Day
Locsin Books, 2012
Beautiful Accidents: Stories
University of the Philippines Press, 2011
Heartbreak & Magic: Stories of Fantasy and Horror
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National Commission for Culture
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FutureShock Prose: An Anthology of Young Writers and New Literatures
Sands and Coral, 2003
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IAN ROSALES CASOCOT
Friday, February 25, 2005
11:14 PM |
Stumbling on Casocots
So, okay, my surname's not exactly common. I used to be ashamed of it. Casocot.
The whole thing sounds made up. Father used to tell us they coined this strange family name because the Murillos -- our supposed old family name -- were being hunted down by the Japanese kempetai
during World War II. As to what offense or guerilla honor, I have no idea. Father was fond of tall tales.Casocot.
It sounds dirty sometimes, and when foreigners do try to pronounce it, they say "Casket" instead. Like "death" itself. Even the great poet Eileen Tabios once called me Ian Rosales Scott. Because, well, there's just no spelling it correctly, especially the first time around.
Kasukut. Casukot. Kasokot. I can go on, and on.
Just now, I tried Googling the whole damn surname, to see if I could get anything beyond returns with my name in them.
I did get some.
But who the heck is Danilo Casocot Brucal? Rodel Castor Casocot? Jesebelle Casocot? Maria Ruena Casocot? Sirelo Casocot? Florencio T. Casocot? Nestor Malalis Casocot? Are they relations?
Worst of all, who is Flordeles Casocot
And why does she have an online dating profile for a site usually reserved for mail-order brides desperately looking for white, dirty, old men? And why does she look like an overly Block & Whitened tsimay
? And does the same blood course through our veins? Oh. My. God.
I feel particularly nasty today, if you've noticed. Hehehehe.
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