Brennan Mercado



By on May 22, 2009
I asked myself: "What do I want to tell the world this year?" While there maybe too many sad stories at my disposal, there are also those that made me wonder, smile and laugh. I am humbled and overwhelmed by the thought that there is beauty in the familiar, purpose for the pain and wisdom in the superficial.
Cebu Essay

Our Gilutongan adventures

By on September 5, 2008
But the real Gilutongan is far from the picturesque island-hopping stopover we may know about. Consider the following: only 13 out of the 250 homes have toilets; the island does not have potable water supply, a sewage system or electricity; gambling is rampant because it is tolerated by the local officials.


By on January 3, 2008
Pocki-Pocki was one of the four ducklings that almost failed to see the light of day if not for Gaga’s timely intervention. Their duck parents apparently abandoned them since their other healthy duck-siblings are already up on their webbed feet.
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Harrington rod

By on August 1, 2007
My father was luckily spared from certain death despite not wearing his seatbelt. But aside from undergoing several major surgeries at the local hospital, he needed to be transported to Manila for a crucial procedure that had to be performed by the only spine surgeon in the country at that time. A Harrington Rod was attached to a portion of his spine because his T12-L1 vertebrae had a crack. Up to this day, it still is there.

10 things (continued)

By on July 16, 2007

Continued from here.

ten books i have yet to read
1. Elie Wiesel’s Night
2. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
3. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
4. Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who…