Surrender, Oblivion, Survival

15 November 2013

On Red Beach, America will soon rumble onto Leyte’s shores with its ships, returning, like MacArthur, to Tacloban’s rescue, on the heels of a planetary emergency for which it feels no guilt or will to fix.

History is our tsunami, and in our seaside shelters, we keep watching the tide return, waiting for our cleansing as bodies drown.

— Gina Apostol

10 Responses to Surrender, Oblivion, Survival

  1. November 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Today, the oldies in the neighborhood are ecstatic on the American Second Leyte Landing. They were even telling the young ones that the first time it was really in Dulag, Leyte and not in Palo.

  2. November 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    manuel buencamino

    Ang ganda naman nung paragraphs na yun, I wish I could write like her.

    • November 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      ang ganda talaga!

      • November 16, 2013 at 2:55 am


    • November 16, 2013 at 8:06 am
      andrew lim

      Oo nga. Very lyrical. Sometimes I see writing from Patricia Evangelista that is like that.

  3. November 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Typhoon Haiyan: Before and after

    Aerial images taken over the Philippines reveal the scale of devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in the once-vibrant coastal city of Tacloban.

    The typhoon, known locally as Yolanda, is believed to have killed 2,500 people.

    Hover or swipe over each satellite photo to view before and after imagery here:

  4. November 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

    My head is in shamble, can’t make head or tail of the mumble.

  5. November 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

    “American soft power and the new battle of Leyte” by Rob Crilly

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