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Goodbye, Lola

Over the weekend, I “buried” my grandmother, my lola. She died on February 28 this year, in her home in the Philippines. My family cremated her shortly afterward and put her ashes in our family’s grave. They held her funeral…

Mark of the Ancestors

I first learned about Whang-od Oggay years ago, from an old documentary that introduced her as the last Kalinga tattoo artist. Before then, I never knew that tattooing had a prominent role in various Philippine cultures. At the time, my…

He Who Announces the Way

I had a revelation at ten o’clock yesterday morning that did not leave me alone for twelve hours. A religious one, as they tend to be these days, and goes something like this: I have been completely wrong about my…

Today, I Resigned

Three years ago, I helped a group of people — a couple of which I still keep in touch with — create a server on Discord that we named Skíðblaðnir, after the magical longship owned by the Norse god Freyr.…