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I Could Be the One to Set You Free by Jon Oliver R. Balili

“I feel like I’m trapped in somebody else’s master plan. Go to school, get a job, get a mortgage. All I’m really doing is dying.” -From the music video of … Continue reading

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The Publication War: The Carolinian vs. Today’s Carolinian

“Why do we have more than one university-wide student publication?” This question has bugged me even before the start of the academic year, about the time when we began preparations … Continue reading

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I vividly remember the time the city stopped for a minute. It was about you. It was about how you wanted to put our city in the spotlight. You succeeded, … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Day 1

The movie was great. To be honest, I am sucker for romantic movies and that movie sort-of falls into that category. It was close to midnight when my friends decided … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment


I am not sure why this number, #28, means a lot to me. Two of my previous relationships had that as our monthsary. Two years ago, I was supposed to … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Before Twenty

I don’t write much about you About our story But know that it does not mean I don’t think about you Or stop adoring you   I know we can … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

CYCLE # 77462377

One glance That’s all it took for me to say “Maybe I should give this a chance” If you think I’m a dreamer Then how damn right you are I could spend the rest of the day Thinking about how I’d cast a spell a spell on her How I would get the perfect answer And make this life of disaster actually worthwhile How I’d show the world that I finally got it right And then I realize Someone’s already living my dreams They’re just friends, she says I’ve heard that bullshit before And here we go again Picking up the shattered pieces of a broken dream Swearing to myself that I’ll never get ahead of myself again Somehow it feels like I’m stuck Stuck in a merry-go-round long abandoned by its operator Going over the ups and downs like a highspeed elevator But even after all of this I still don’t feel nauseous I may have fainted but I haven’t died yet Off to the next cycle then. “Or maybe I should stay on this cycle a little longer?” Written by your friendly fagit

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

To: Maryfaye Louise Agapay by Jon Oliver R. Balili

Once in a while, I pull out from my shelves the mementos of my high school life (yes, I still have those photos and goodbye notes). It shows that after … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Student Blues 2013: Memories of First Year

Ito na ata ang taon na pinakamabilis na lumipad sa akin. Ibig sabihin, ito ang taon na wala akong napala o wala man lang nagawang marangal para sa sambayanan at sa komunidad … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Filipinos should hate our Biology Teacher

We live in a biosphere that we share to other species of animals. To further ease our way of living, we humans innovated and invented things that now define the … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wake me up, dead man.

The hardest thing I always have to endure is waking up. The exciting adventures on my dreams, realizing before sleeping that I won’t get an 8 hours of sleep later … Continue reading

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Making Up My Mind

It’s common for kids to be asked what they want to be when they grow up. Throughout my younger years, my answers have varied from doctor to pilot to fireman … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

5 Worst Philippine Mayors

Filipino netizens are very disappointed on why millions of people voted for incompetent people. It seems that you only need a good choreographer and the bread to run a nationwide … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 58 Comments

Voting “wisely”…more fun in the Philippines!

“REMEMBER TO VOTE WISELY!” That’s the catchphrase we always hear during the elections. It’s a catchphrase with good moral intentions, but it seems the people who hear it seem to … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

10 Greatest Filipino Senators of all time

I am writing this the day before election day in the Philippines. A right rather than a mandatory, registered Filipino voters go to their respective voting precincts to choose the leaders … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

My JOB after college

Good day to all readers! It is around 10 PM here in this republic that I tenderly oppressed, skies are dark (obviously), not too many clouds, beautiful starry night. Now … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

How to make fun runs…”fun”

Marathons, or fun runs as people would usually call it, have recently become a trend in the bustling Cebu metropolis. Last year alone, fun runs were being conducted in the … Continue reading

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(This article is dedicated to a friend of mine who is experiencing this phenomenon) “Infatuation is the state of being completely carried away by unreasoned passion or love: ‘expresses the … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

When Life Gives You Lemons by Jon Oliver R. Balili

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the old adage that when life gives us lemons, we ought to make lemonade. Fewer, perhaps, know of another way of dealing with the … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Megumi Entirely (Chapter 1): Nice Guys Finish Last

“Ingats. Haha! :)”   Parang weirdo lang ba? Makapaglagay lang ng isang text message ng babae eh ‘no? Pero makinig muna kayo, hindi yan yung point ng message na yan. … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Three Chapters of Door 10

Weekly Writing Challenge: Through the Door “The door to your house/flat/apartment/abode has come unstuck in time. The next time you walk through it, you find yourself in the same place, but … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Valuing a woman’s secret

Daily Prompt: What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out? It was during my fourth year high school Part I days. Half of our class … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 7 Comments

Choosing a First Job by Jon Oliver R. Balili

One evening, Algeb, a fellow college graduate from the Financial Management program, posted about her job hunting woes on Facebook. She wrote: “Please help me choose: SMALL COMPANY with job … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daily Prompt: 56 Quotes from Steve Jobs/Apple, Inc.

Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List (click here) Subject: Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daily Prompt: Going back to Nauru

Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.’ My blog post that I want to fix: I wish … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rain or Shine

For many of us, winter is blooming into spring, or fall hardening into winter. Which season do you most look forward to? For us Filipinos living in a tropical country, … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dormant blogger waiting to erupt

I know that I haven’t blogged as frequently as normal lately as well. Taken From: http://carlarenee45.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/beyond-my-friends/ Destiny really takes me to words I can describe myself as a blogger. My … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daily Prompt: South of Somewhere

Good day to all graduates! It’s a pleasure to be back to the school where I learned how to value simplicity. Leaving this school and finishing high school is still … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Dream by Ayrton Braga

It’s been raining all day. I’m walking as fast as I can — walking, not running, and there’s no shelter for me in sight. I look up to the grey … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Megumi Entirely: Prologue

Destiny. Isang salitang ang ibig sabihin ay sadyang may nakatalaga ng pangyayari sa iyo. Poknat ka raw ‘pag kinotra mo pa ito. Sinabi kasi nila na ‘pag kinontra mo raw ang … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

The day they set my friend on fire by Ayrton Braga

It was just me and my buddy, Fred. Chilling like we usually did in his comfy shed. It was a regular Tuesday and we were hanging out. Unfortunately, the town … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daily Prompt: A suitable place

“Now it begins, let it begin Cleanup Time Hey, cleanup time Cleanup time Well, well, well” A messy place makes me both anxious and cranky. I need a clean and … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Philippine Politics Norm

2013 na kaya panahon na naman ng mid-term elections sa Pilipinas. Yes, hindi lang colleges and universities ang may mga mid-terms nay an at pareho lang silang may examination sa … Continue reading

January 22, 2013 · Leave a comment


I’ll just mesmerize the beauty of the night sky. Be with the stars and its constellation, feel the cold of the night, and glance the moon’s never-ending guide for the … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Letting go of your dreams by James Herrera

Is being in love great, amazing or just unexplainable? Feels like you’re floating in air whenever you see the person you loved, right? But how about loving someone who doesn’t … Continue reading

December 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

College Blues I: Liberated Priest

I don’t usually write stuff about my interest and my life. But being an inspiration to a large number of students gave me the guts to start sharing my not-so-unique … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Braver, Stronger, Faster

How can you achieve greatness if you always compare yourself to others? You’re different. Why do you want to be like them when you can be simply be as yourself? … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Life in a day: Prostitution Mini-debate

Hello Reader! Here is yet another “A Day in a Life” article, made for you! In this article I want to talk about an issue that indirectly affects us teenagers. … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 2 Comments


After leaving UST Growling Tigers PIDO JARENCIO TO COACH LOS ANGELES LAKERS The University of Santo Tomas’ former head coach, Pido Jarencio, who led Growling Tigers to two finals appearance … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why does SM still maintains the former MAKRO in Mandaue when people can go to SM City Cebu Supermarket Section?

Makro was a famous global membership-only warehouse shopping chain. During its peak, it had 15 warehouses across the Philippines. Makro was a haven for hard-to-find foreign products and provided its … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Debugging: Love Bug

Change is inevitable, change is the only constant word, and change is blah blah blah. The word change sure does have many meanings but concludes to one – the dreaded … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

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