in your Heart, Only A Kiss, When Sparks Fly, All That Glitters, and Someday
With You. She has also written several short stories. Among them are “Plain
Vanilla,” “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica:
Love Notes from a Festival, “Things I’ll Never Say,” part of the Summit Books
anthology Coming of Age, and “Before the Sun Rises,” part of the Ateneo
University Press anthology Friend Zones.
magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.
She is also a wife and mom who lives in the Philippines with her husband and
two little girls. Her books are available digitally on Amazon and Buqo.ph.
have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo.
maybe but still, ew.)
same building but whatever.)
is as cute as my friends say.
worn-out backpack across the wooden floor of this dark, stuffy studio that
faintly smelled like sweaty feet trapped inside sneakers. I was supposed to be
in our regular ballet studio with its warm, vanilla fragrance wafting from
Teacher Justine’s scented candles. Sadly, it had a leaky roof and we couldn’t exactly do our twirls and pliés surrounded by buckets of water waiting to
collect excess rain. And monsoon weather in Metro Manila meant lots and lots of