Sunday, August 19, 2007

Childrenville

Many years after my father died, I returned to the Philippines of my childhood and met one of my father’s closest friends who told me a secret. “Your father,” he said, “was hard on you when you were growing up, and that was him, hard as stone. I never saw him cry. Only once. He came to me one night with a crumpled piece of note. It was something you had written. You ran away from home remember? He could not comprehend how you could have written something so wounding. He was visibly hurt, in tears. But I also remember how easily he shifted from that hurt, how his face suddenly lit up and he exclaimed, “But damn, what my son wrote was brilliant!” He was hurt but he was proud of you.”

This is part of Willi P's Palanca-slamming entry, Lost in Childrenville. It is about his Dad and is 23-pages long so if you want to read it, leave your email add at the end of the beep.

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23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hendrixsanchez@yahoo.com

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Nashman said...

nash"at"cantab.net

4:44 PM  
Anonymous bellaflor said...

please send pascual essay to:

bellaconvida@yahoo.com.ph

muchas gracias

8:49 PM  
Blogger lovelyn said...

May I have a taste of that "slammin' entry" please? (While its still free hehehe)

ysphen@yahoo.it

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hooray for willi!

hthf2007@gmail.com

11:42 AM  
Blogger jas said...

lurker!

jasmohammad@gmail.com

10:05 PM  
Blogger the spy in the sandwich said...

frankie! i want my copy too:

icasocot@gmail.com

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shy.mango@gmail.com

3:32 AM  
Blogger lovelyn said...

Thanks!

I'm not a spoiler but after reading 2 pages, I stopped. I went to join my son on the sofa, gave him a massage and lots and lots of hugs and kisses. Then he read me 2 books (The Adventures of Pinocchio and Stop! Stop").

Just imagine your 5 year old son being a grown up. What will he write about his Mama and Papa? It got me scared!

Did you say Pulitzer Prize? It suits "the league".

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

abduljanja @ yahoo.com

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

samcastillo2005@yahoo.com

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whiningspirit@yahoo.com

maraming salamat!

3:56 PM  
Blogger k.do said...

gandz_007@yahoo.com

big fan of your blog..=)

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for forwarding willi's essay. tatlo na lang...hall of fame na.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

siyak met salamat! thethief2010@hotmail.com

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Lyn said...

hi frank!
please send a copy to: lyn.vallejera@yahoo.com

thanks!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ercelcruz@gmail.com

thanks :)

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

micamaldita_at_gmail_dot_com

thanks :)

2:20 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

I read parts of it as posts in his blog last year. It would be nice to see the final winning product.

cdlaclos sa yahoo tuldok fr

Salamat.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pwede pa po ba? salamat innejg_dc@yahoo.com

11:33 AM  
Blogger Marionne said...

Better late than never!

Kuma mabalin pay.

yonruiz@gmail.com

4:15 PM  
Blogger Bill Bilig said...

Inayon dak man:
igorotblogger@gmail.com

thanks much :-)

9:19 AM  
Blogger ususera said...

hi! can i have a copy? please send it to

nalintikan_na@yahoo.com

salamat!

10:49 AM  

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