While others still seek employment even months after graduation, I was lucky enough to land a job a month before leaving the university. - Rome Nicolas
When I was 16, I left home and decided to live in a shelter for abused and abandoned children. I lived in that shelter for almost 3 years. In exchange for food and accommodation, I and my fellow volunteers would take turns cooking food for everyone, washing almost a hundred dishes a day, and doing the children's laundry among other tasks.
Botigues looms in the middle of nowhere. The middle of nowhere is how it’s often described. Perhaps this is why no one looks for it. No one cares to look for nowhere. And when they do, they talk about it as the quieter appendage to the more outgoing Bantayan.
It was already 3 in the morning and my friend Apollo and I were already feeling tired after a hazy night out. We decided to recover in a small hole-in-the-wall in Poblacion; with plans of drenching the night’s alcohol consumption with high-cholesterol chicken skin. Upon sitting down, I immediately noticed the man beside our table. […]