❝ NAILS ❞ 

Nails are just like women, for me.

With All those tints and colors painted on them, trying to look pretty.

Wanting to be noticed In this hawk eyed-like society

Sometimes forgetting or Losing the real essence of beauty

Sometimes forgotten that what is needed to be seen is that natural pearl color to be considered lovely.

 ❝SONNET 138❞ 

When my love swears that she is made of truth,

I do believe her, though I know she lies,

That she might think me some untutored youth, 

Unlearnèd in the world’s false subtleties. 

Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, 

Although she knows my days are past the best, 

Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue: 

On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed. 

But wherefore says she not she is unjust? 

And wherefore say not I that I am old? 

Oh, love’s best habit is in seeming trust, 

And age in love loves not to have years told. 

    Therefore I lie with her and she with me, 

    And in our faults by lies we flattered be.


Endowed yourself with knowledge and let yourself grow 

Do prioritize the values that mold you as a better fellow 

Utilize it to change yourself, then the world 

Carry your wisdom throughout your life 

Allow yourself to explore the unseen 

To discover the truth within everything 

In a person’s journey towards success 

One most be wise in facing obstacles 

Nevertheless, don’t forget the things that made you radiant.

By: Lea Salazar, Theresa Soriano, Jelamy Noble, Bobby Lopez, Edwin Pasaoa Jr., Godwin Layno

❝ Spice Words – Syntax ❞

1. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa
I cannot change the world in my own, but I can toss a stone into the waters to make lots of ripples.
2. “If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” –Mary Engelbreit
Change it, if you like it not; but if you can’t, change the way you think about it.
3. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
Be courageous to have the shore behind you for you to see that whole vast ocean.
4. “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” – W. Edwards Deming
Surviving is not mandated therefore you need not to change.

❝ If I were an inanimate ❞ 

As Natalie Goldberg once said; ” Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” And if I would be an inanimate, or a lifeless thing, I’d rather be a pen or anything that is used to write. As a teenager and a student, there are happenings in my life that made great impact on me. Whether it be painful, happy, or even events where I just wanted to shout my lungs out, but I just couldn’t. Just like the famous line nowadays, #struggleisreal; I know how hard it is to keep everything to yourself. So if I were to be a pen, I would like other people to use me in expressing what they really feel. I want them to loosen up and to lighten up their burdens. I want people to remember that whenever they can’t voice out; write. 

❝Masterpiece in between cracks❞

She was the wind beneath wings

Bamboo that swayed gracefully with the wind

She was a captivating and delicate flower 

She was a masterpiece ever since God made her.

She had a contented smile to light up the world

Comforted and took away other’s pain through her kind words

Because she’s a mother; sister; daughter; and a wife

She was the confident woman who everybody needs in their life.

But as days went by

Laughter stopped and she started to cry

The world made her hide in a shell like a turtle

After all she did, they did nothing but to belittle her

Belittled, battered, forgotten; everything was sorrowful for her.

Every single day feels like being struck with the sharpest dagger.

She became the answer to the unsatisfied pleasure of the flesh

Now she’s like a torn rag from being that most glamorous dress.

As a mother she’s blinded by tears; Son, dry those eyes and help her see
As a sister she became unsightly; Brother, help her restore her true beauty
As a wife she had been dying inside; Husband relive that soul and help her end her misery

As a daughter she was crippled upon losing innocence; Father, give her strength and help her stand proud.

As a woman she became mute; Hombre, give her voice to say it all out loud.

❝The love that was once ours❞


​I long for the love we had from the start

Although ‘twas the kind of love that tore me apart.

I fixed you yet I broke my bones

After the war of love I fought on my own. 


I’m thirsty for your love and sincerity.

I’m craving to hear the words, I miss, I need, and  I love you, coming from thee.

But there I was on bent knees.

As I watched you slowly take your steps away from me. 


But why do I still long for the love we had from the start?

Why do I still wish that you’d come to mend my broken heart? 

Why do my eyes still search only for you in this sea full of people? 

Up to this day, why are my feelings for you haven’t changed a little? 


My yearning heart and broken soul

I was whipped, tripped, ripped, and now I crawl

But I know that one day, the love we had will be longed no more

Like how the waves coming from the sea eventually leave the shore.

❝ Adventure of Love ❞ 


CREDITS TO: Antoinette Mandap, Kim Bernardo, Alain Zarate, Karmella Espinoza, Denisse Gonzales, Marvin De Guzman

Photo Credits to:

A long lost love
Trying to be found

By yearning hearts and broken souls

I wonder what your eyes behold.
Knowing that there’s an empty space in my heart,

Waiting to live this wonderful life with you for a lifetime

Still stuck in the dark,waiting for someone to light me up

But where can I find this someone? When I through hell and still found no one.