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[Poetry Friday] In the Heart of Malate

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Myra here.

I am glad to join this week’s Poetry Friday hosted by Buffy Silverman of Buffy’s Blog.



We are again very privileged to share our featured poet for Poet’s Sanctum, Nerisa Guevara’s original work with us today.

This time she speaks about one of my favourite places in Manila – Malate. Savor its intricacies, dear friends.

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If you wish to know more about Nerisa, click here to be taken to her blog.

About the Poet: Nerisa del Carmen Guevara finished her M.A. in English Studies Creative Writing at University of the Philippines (U.P.), Diliman. She has attended the Dumaguete, Iligan, U.P. Writing Workshops and has been a panelist for UST CCWS and UST CCWLS Creative Writing Workshops in her capacity as Junior Associate (UST CCWS 2003-2006) and Resident Fellow for Poetry (UST CCWLS 2010-2013). She has received A Palanca Award for Poetry in 1999 and a Silver Cup Award for Dance Solo in the 2004 April Spring Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters where she has been running the Poetry Workshop called The Baguio Soul Project: Journey into the Self Through Words these past eleven years.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

7 comments on “[Poetry Friday] In the Heart of Malate

  1. Buffy Silverman

    Terrific poem! I love the memories revealed in a place scrubbed of memories–thanks for sharing it.


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  3. Time to close doors and move on? I like the idea that it’s autobiographical, perhaps not, but I hear the ‘voice’ of hope really-moving out into a new world. Thanks Myra, & hope you get a bit of rest and enjoy the holidays with your family!


  4. Such a deep and thoughtful poem, Myra. Thank you for sharing Guevara’s poems with us. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas.


  5. Giving back the key to a dream — bittersweet or relieved? Thanks for sharing Guevara’s work with us, Myra. Merry Christmas!


  6. maryleehahn

    Thank you for sharing!


  7. Magical, hopeful, inspiring… I especially loved the section about the light, full of possibility, bouncing off the walls and pouncing like a stray white cat. Thanks Myra!


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