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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

entry arrow2:55 AM | If you were to vote by prospective First Son...

Posted this hours ago in Facebook -- and it became a runaway train. What can I say. It's a meme. And the Internet is wild. This was just a stupid thing that occurred to me and that I cobbled together in Photoshop while eating Dear Darla in Yellowcab. No attribution necessary. Go share!

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

entry arrow9:32 PM | Dear Distance

I meant to do this earlier, but the events of February just got better hold of me and prevented me from doing everything I needed to do -- especially for friends. This one's for Luis, a very good friend and fellow writer, who needs our help. BUY HIS LATEST BOOK! Click the link! Anvil Publishing just released his first collection of stories since forever -- and with 20 of them in one volume, it's more than a treat, it's a feast from one of the best and most influential [young] writers I know. How influential? I hadn't really started publishing yet when UP Press came out with his magnificent first collection, Happy Endings (2000). The book -- including its now iconic cover -- floored me, and I think it became a template for publishing for many writers of his generation, which included me. His interlinked First Graphics stories mesmerised, and they seemed to hint at a bigger work to come. A novel perhaps? (Luis later on kept promising it would come.) In 2002, I decided to try publishing my first book via an anthology project, and I emailed Luis for the first time to solicit a short story, and also to give me leads to fill out an anthology of the best young fictionists of that time. He responded with such enthusiasm. And that's how I met Sarge Lacuesta, Romina Gonzales, Katrina Tuvera, Paul de Guzman, Andrea Pasion, Indira Endaya, Carolyn S. Hau, Baryon Tensor Posadas, Yvette Tan, Tara FT Sering, Adam David, Sabina Murray, J. Neil C. Garcia, among many others. Like most good people, he connects people. Get well soon, Luis!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

entry arrow7:09 PM | A Grim Reminder

I still remember this from childhood in the 1980s. We were made to eat pospas and nutribun in school, and I still remember that phrase "The Hungry Children of Negros" being banded around as a campaign to feed children in both the Oriental and Occidental sides.

From John Silva [whose photo this is]: "I was in Negros last week. Thirty years ago I was there just a day after the Marcos overthrow. I was with Oxfam, a relief and development agency and I was to review the malnutrition situation in Negros. Months prior, there were many accounts of the tens of thousands of starving children and our Oxfam reps there urged us to do a feeding program with UNICEF. I drove past the provincial hospital where I first saw hundreds of malnourished children on mats on the floors tended by their mothers, and later, we were in the country through cane fields and small towns remembering the skeletal children being weighed and assessed by our medical team. There were over 100,000 children in various degree of malnutrition and we started a feeding program for 90,000 of them, hoping to save the worse cases.

"I took this picture of a nine year old girl south of Bacolod who was weighed but the medical team sensed she was not going to make it. She died several days later.

"There is much recalling and writing about the Marcos Regime for this 30th anniversary of People Power and because Bong Bong Marcos is running for political office. I heard then as I hear now that Roberto Benedicto was the Marcos crony who dictated the price of sugar and bled the province dry. And starved its people. I post this picture because aside from all the other nefarious deeds, the Marcos regime was responsible for the slow murder of the children and people of Negros.

"Today I see progress in Negros. And I see many healthy children. As our society progresses and moves on to increased levels of obesity and historical amnesia, this picture should be the grim reminder."

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