Surrender, Oblivion, Survival

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


  1. 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.