Friday, August 5, 2016

Three-Cornered Sun

“Three-cornered sun…” Josephine mused as she looked at Aguinaldo’s sketch.
“Yes. The national flag has a three-cornered sun! There is a star on each corner of the triangle,” Marcela said.
“What do the three stars represent?” Delfina asked.
“The three stars represent Luzon, Panay Island for the Visayas, and then Mindanao, the three principal islands of the Philippines,” Marcela replied.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

The 3rd Of The Magi

“I dreamed that an angel appeared to me. He gave me a gift. When I opened the wrapped gift, it was myrrh. Then the angel disappeared. I was so scared. Then, I woke up,” Balthazzar said. Melchor and Gaspar were scared at what Balthazzar revealed to them. They both knew that myrrh was used for embalming the dead.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

A Blind Man In Rhinocolura

“Please be merciful to me! Please help me!” a blind man who was standing in front of the Al Arish exclaimed in the Egyptian tongue to passengers who had just arrived at the seaport of Rhinocolura. The passengers just came from Raphia, and had just crossed the River of Egypt.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

By The Sword Of Rome

“Do you see this sword? This was given to me by Caesar when I was appointed by the Roman Senate as the King of Judah,” Herod told the soldier.
There was a terrifying silence in the Royal Court. Everyone was listening to every word spoken by Herod.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Where The Buffaloes Roam

"Everything on Earth is temporal… Everything has an end."

Author Norbert Mercado reminisces about his childhood in his hometown, Lanat, in the province of San Manuel, Tarlac. He recalls moments and friends that he will never forget and the lessons that he has learned growing up.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Union

“Love is an emotion, too. But it is more than an emotion, a fleeting feeling which a man experiences when he meets a woman of beauty. That’s how I felt for you the first time I met you. It’s a strange feeling. The full admiration is there. And I still feel that way. Even now… I’m excited to see you everyday. I feel strangely sad if I don’t see you even for a day. But love is more than what I feel for you. It is a decision I have made from the first day I started loving you,” Dr. Ratanopol explained.
Thinzar looked straight into his eyes.

“Will the day come when you will also decide to stop loving me?” Thinzar asked him.

Dr. Ratanopol was speechless for a moment.

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Other Books In The Sangkhlaburi Series
The Bridge 
The Divide

The Divide

"Revenge will destroy both the subject and the perpetrator. Absolutely nothing good can come out of it,” Dr. Chatchai Ratanopol said when he talked to a group of Thai teens in Sangkhlaburi which had fought a series of rumbles against a group of teenagers from the Mon village.

The leader of the Thai group was Atichai Ayanud. He was the younger brother of Dr. Ratanopol’s high school friend Galaxy Ayanud.

The Thais would not help in the rebuilding project until the fighting stopped, and the Thais and Mon groups were at peace with each other.

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