A Classic: Philippine PEN Conference, Cebu 2010

Self would be hard put to identify each and every writer in this photo.  She’s in touch with some of them still  —  on Facebook, as well as  on e-mail.  Did she forget to mention that she had such a good time gabbing with old buddy Wendell Capili, and that Ferdie Lopez helped her out when she was lost and wandering around the Cebu terminal, looking for Gate 7 for her flight to Bacolod?

Self thinks she must have been dreaming:  Cebu, Montebello Villa, the judge who writes poetry about birds, the waiters handing out ensaimada with ube inside, hanging out with other writers, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Siquijor, Hinobo-an, Cubao X, the Balay Daku on Burgos Street, meeting with Francis and Zack in Greenbelt.  She was imagining all that, right?  And Gracie is not actually sick.  And son’s girlfriend Amanda did not just fall from a horse and receive a concussion, and self did not get the call from son, early this morning, in which he delivered the extremely terrible news that, for the first time ever, he will not be coming home for Christmas.

No, self never left;  she was here all the time in Redwood City.

Maligayang Pasko, everyone!

Stay tuned.

2 Comments

  1. Kathleen said,

    December 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Merry Christmas! I have loved reading about your trip. You’ve inspired me to finally go back. 🙂

  2. December 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Hi, Kathleen,

    I’m so happy I inspired you to go back.

    In fact, writing about this last trip has inspired me to go back — and soon. If only I’d known sooner that son would not be able to make it home for Christmas: maybe I could have stayed longer.

    But then there is Gracie.


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