SAMPAGUITAS

When I write my name in my assignments, I write: Sophia Bautista. In most American legal documents, it’s written that way, too. On my passport, though, when I visit the Philippines, my name comes like this: BAUTISTA (last name), SOPHIA (first name). Which is more fitting because as the eldest daughter of immigrants, I inherited…

Face

A secret is sometimes a prima-donna.  It revels in its understated performance: it doesn’t find power in volume. Rather, it finds its power in the silence.  ex.) In middle school, where you would lean into your friend’s ear and tell them who you had a crush on with a quietness that was almost sacred. It…