CHAPTER 3 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

Technorati ProfileYou may want to read Chapter 2 first. “ Mr. Benedict Lomiwan is hereby voted as president of the class,” the instructor announced. It was barely his third week in the University, but everyone in class already knew who he was. It would be impossible not to! He always got the highest scores in … Read moreCHAPTER 3 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 2 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

( If you still have not read chapter 1, do read it here.) As soon as they arrived in Lubuagan, Guinnaban was baptized to Christianity by Fr. Belucci and named Benedict – after St. Benedict. To Guinnaban, the name symbolized hope and courage – and he liked the sound of it! The abrupt change of … Read moreCHAPTER 2 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 1 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

By: Jena IsleThe mournful chant reverberated through the small four walls of the hut…” Aieeeee”. Guinnaban – 9 at that time – was cowering in the eerie shadows. He was staring at the wrinkled woman wailing for the gaunt, pale corpse laid on the long table. The head of the corpse was at a grotesque … Read moreCHAPTER 1 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

BOOK 2 – CHAPTER 14: UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

Dusk was approaching and the evening lights were starting to appear like distant stars being uncovered slowly by hovering clouds. There was a slight drizzle – enough to dampen Benny’s clothes. He was wearing a light blue polo shirt and a tie which complemented well with his dark blue slacks. He was on his way … Read moreBOOK 2 – CHAPTER 14: UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 13 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

Photo by tinali778 You may want to read CHAPTER 12, first. As the night progressed, Benny was increasingly growing anxious. “You’ve got to get some sleep,” Julia reminded him. But he could not! He got up every hour to scout the camp’s perimeter and talk to the men on guard. He stood vigil with them … Read moreCHAPTER 13 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 12 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

You may want to read CHAPTER 11 first. The mountains stood like mute witnesses to the drama that was about to unfold on its once pristine grounds. The mephitic stench of bloodbath that had occurred recurrently was now a necessity that they endure- a purge that has to happen to purify their mundane existence. The … Read moreCHAPTER 12 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 11 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

You may want to read CHAPTER 10 first. “Anyone who does not want to surrender, may leave now,” Benny said as he scanned the unsmiling and anxious faces around him. ” Those who have decided to come with me, I assure you that I’ll do whatever that needs to be done to ensure your safety. … Read moreCHAPTER 11 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 10 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

You may want to read CHAPTER 9 first. Lt. Antonio was standing before a court martial. There were only 13 people in the room. The 11 were high ranking officials, while the two were guards. This was an event that the government wanted to conceal from the media. ” After careful deliberations, this General Court-Martial … Read moreCHAPTER 10 – UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 9- UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

You may want to read CHAPTER 8 first by smokejmt Rested and invigorated, he reluctantly stood up and cast a last glance at the dissolving kaleidoscope of colors. This was where he had always come when he wanted sometime to himself. The rebel hideout was just a mile away. His escape had been relatively easy … Read moreCHAPTER 9- UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

CHAPTER 8 UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)

Photos by: Starry Vincent The patient in room 27, who was admitted for gastritis, was singing and a sizable crowd was gathering at her door. They were totally mesmerized by her golden voice. She was Nova Cardona, a budding and talented TV star. “Hurry up,” Lt. Antonio whispered to Benny. Benny was in the military … Read moreCHAPTER 8 UMMA AYAM SINSANA (WHERE ARE YOU NOW?)