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#readPhilippines: Love in the Cornhusks by Aida L. Rivera-Ford

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Love in the Cornhusks written by Aida L. Rivera-Ford is, for me, one of those many short stories that is open to one’s own interpretation as long as it is placed within the context of the period the story operates in. Many events happen in the life of Tinang, our protagonist, which could be a nickname of some sort. She is formerly a maid, now married to a man with property, and a mother to a sensitive baby and a little one on the way. Many metaphors may be at play in the story, depending on how you interpret it. For example, a cornhusk is the natural wrapping of a grown corn. When unwrapped, it reveals a scrumptious-looking edible grain. It could refer to Tinang who, without the trappings of first love, is a strong mother with a life entirely different, if not difficult, from her life as a maid. It could also refer to when an unsolicited love letter addressed to Tinang fell among the cornhusks, a pile of waste, in the woman’s attempt to save her baby from a little green snake, which, i…

#readPhilippines: The Distance to Andromeda by Gregorio C. Brillantes

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The Distance to Andromeda, a short story written by one of Philippine’s illustrious writers Gregorio C. Brillantes, is a straightforward reminder that there is a world bigger than ourselves. It questions the scale of our existence in relation to the vastness of the dimensions of worlds beyond the Earth’s spheres, beyond what we know and/or see. It prompts the question, “How far are we to the Andromeda?,” referring to the spiral galaxy nearest to the Milky Way, which is approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth, or to the constellation of Andromeda, one of the 88 modern constellations. The short story is portrayed by a boy named Ben and set in Tarlac, a landlocked province in Central Luzon region of the Philippines, where the story’s writer is a native of. With his friend Pepe, Ben watches a movie about a spaceship flying through scenes that sound like the Apocalypse. To Ben, the fictional tableau was too fantastic to believe or for it to actually exist. Yet the movie made him fe…