Ang Paruparo sa Mukha ni Mama

Linggo ng umaga. Isang ama ang gumising at nagluto ng almusal. Nagprito siya ng hotdog at itlog na paborito ng kanyang anak na babae. Kinuha niya ang bahaw na kanin sa pridyidir at isinangag ito sa kawali. Nang matapos siya ay pumunta siya sa kwarto ng anak upang ito’y gisingin.
“Gising na, anak,” sabi ng ama sa kanyang anak.
“Good morning, papa,” naaalimpungatan pa ang bata.
“Good morning din, anak. Oh, bumangon ka na; nagluto ako ng paborito mo. Bilisan mong bumangon dahil pupuntahan natin si mama ngayon”
“Talaga po ba?” ngumiti ang bata. “Yehey!”
Dali-daling bumangon ang batang babae at pumunta sa hapagkainan upang kumain na ng almusal. Masaya siya dahil makikita na niya ulit ang kanyang ina. Matagal na kasi niya itong hindi nakikita.

Matapos nilang kumain ay pinaliguan na ng ama ang kanyang anak. Binihisan niya ito ng magandang damit at tinirintasan ang buhok. Siya rin ay nagbihis ng disenteng polo at pinabanguhan ang sarili. Nang sila’y matapos sa pag-aayos sa sarili ay sumakay na sila sa kanilang kotse at nagtungo sa kanilang pupuntahan.

Tumigil muna sila para mamili sa isang tindahan ng bulaklak. Pinagmasdan ng bata ang magagandang mga bulaklak na naka-display sa harap ng tindahan. Mayroong mga rosas, daisy, at marami pang iba, Pero ang namukod tangi sa kanyang mga mata ay ang paborito niyang daffodil na kakasibol pa lamang.
“Papa, gusto ko ‘yun oh!” itinuro niya ang daffodil.
Hawak ng kanyang ama ang isang palumpon ng carnation na napili niyang bilhin.
“Ale, isa na rin pong maliit na buoquet doon sa bulaklak na tinuturo ng anak ko,” ang sabi niya sa tindera.
Kinuha ng tindera ang isang namumukadkad na palumpon ng daffodil at ibinigay ito sa bata. Tuwang tuwa ang batang babae nang matanggap niya ang palumpon ng daffodils. Inamoy niya ito at nagpasalamat sa kanyang ama na nagbabayad sa tindera.
“Thank you po, papa! Matutuwa rin si mama sa ibibigay niyo sa kanya,” ang sabi niya.
“Para kanino ba ‘yang mga bulaklak na ‘yan?” tanong ng kanyang ama.
“Para po kay mama,” sagot ng bata. “Sasabihin ko sa kanya na paborito ko ‘tong bulaklak na ito.”
“Sigurado akong matutuwa siya kapag nakita niya iyan,” napangiti ang kanyang ama.

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BLOG NEWS (May 10, 2018)

Hello, everyone! Clover here. In behalf of the Kahapon Pa Ako Gising (KPAG) team, we’re sorry if you haven’t been seeing some posts lately. We’ve been quite busy these past several weeks and can’t manage our time well. But that doesn’t mean we’re putting you down! We have plans for the next few months and hopefully, it works out as imagined.


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Destiny

I have not waited for him and thought to overthink. I did not hope with much effort and wish to the genie, because I always knew- it hasn’t been strong; the feeling. To find someone– you would never imagine.

– argn

Echoes

The atmosphere between them was not as calm as the weather from outside. Both were feeling tense, though they didn’t know why. It must have been the coffee — or maybe something else. But there they sat quietly; eyes distracted by the clouds drifting faster as the seconds go by. A deep breath to break the silence. Then, their eyes meet.
“You know what, I’ve been thinking,” the man said while lightly shaking his cup of coffee as if stirring its brewed content.
“About what?” the woman said.
“What if ‘us’ happened?” he looked at her. “Would we still be together?”
She looked down. Then back at his eyes. The same pair of eyes she longed to see again for a very long time.
“You know, that question has also bothered me for eight years already,” she said with a faint smile on her face.
“Really?” his face had a mixed emotion of hope and disbelief.
She looked at him and gave a slight nod.
“For all those years,” he said. “I always wanted to talk to you.”
“Why didn’t you?” she asked.
“I was afraid.”
“Afraid of what?”
“That you might not keep your word.”
He looked away and held his cup with both hands.
“That you might still reject me even if we settled to be just friends,” he continued.

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