“Macho had suddenly packed up one day and flown off to Manila; not really caring to see the city again or anyone there; not really moved when he saw it, flat and spiky, it sbared ribgs and twisted limbs a graph of pain in the air”—The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin
Isn't it funny, how from year to year you don't see much of a change in yourself, physical or emotional, then suddenly you look back and you are a different person. It's like watching the hour hand on a clock, you don't really see it move, but it's changing all the time.
Yet the story of Orpheus, it occurs to me, is not just about the desire of the living to resuscitate the dead but about the ways in which the dead drag us along into their shadowy realm because we cannot let them go. So we follow them into the Underworld, descending, descending, until one day we turn and make our way back.
For the very first time, atheists and agnostics in the Philippines will be “coming out.” The event, organized by the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS), is being held from 3 p.m. of March 19 to 9 p.m. of March 20 at the Rizal Park in Manila.