José Rizal

The sea, the sea is everything! Its sovereign mass
brings to me atoms of a myriad faraway lands;
its bright smile animates me in the limpid mornings;
and when at the end of day my faith has proven futile,
my heart echoes the sound of its sorrow on the sands. 

So pass the days of my life in my obscure retreat; 
cast out of the world where once I dwelt: such is my rare 
good fortune; and Providence be praised for my condition: 
a disregarded pebble that craves nothing but moss 
to hide from all the treasure that in myself I bear. 

I live with the remembrance of those that I have loved 
and hear their names still spoken, who haunt my memory; 
some already are dead, others have long forgotten— 
but what does it matter? I live remembering the past 
and no one can ever take the past away from me. 
         -from "My Retreat" by Jose Rizal, Trans. by Nick Joaquin 

Click on names below to see the writers' desks. Names are listed alphabetically.

Ivy Alvarez

Sheila Bare

Maria Bolaños

Cecilia Brainard

Carlos Bulosan

Nick Carbo

Aileen Cassinetto

Elizabeth Esguerra Castillo

Melinda Luisa de Jesús

Noelle Q de Jesus

Lisa Factora-Borchers

Luis H. Francia

Eric Gamalinda

Ayo Gutierrez

Luisa A. Igloria

Paolo Javier

F. Sionil Jose

Reine Arcache Melvin

Veronica Montes

Lina Espina Moore

Rene Navarro

Wilfrido D. Nolledo

Jose Padua

Beverly Parayno

Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo

Cristina Querrer

Barbara Jane Reyes

Jose Rizal

Tony Robles

Leny M. Strobel

Eileen R. Tabios

Glynda Velasco

Jean Vengua

José Garcia Villa

Justine Villanueva