three monostichs by Ronald Tumbaga


Drunken blue jeepney driver lynched by angry male passengers.




Amuck Jimmy drops his heavy load of tools- cardiac arrest!




By thick lip service and greedy politician, arose a dic(k)tator and

four decades of an illegal blue jeepney terminal in our barangay; Trapo!


barangay- village, ward

Trapo!- insult, waste rag

Jeepneys- minibuses, minivans, common mode of transport in the Philippines


Ronald Tumbaga is a poet and a short story writer in Filipino, the Philippines’ national language. He received an award in the 1st Basho-an International English Haiku Competition on January 20, 2019. His prose ANG MGA TANONG NA WALANG SAGOT (QUESTIONS WITH NO ANSWERS) was included in the 40th Ani (Harvest): Katutubo (Native), the official literary journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on October 26, 2018. His first climate change poetry and fiction first appeared in the charitable Dawn Poets Society’s literary journal Gawad Alagad Panitikan, Volumes I & 2 published in the Philippines in 2017 and 2018 respectively and book launched every fith of September. He started writing short stories and children’s stories in 2014 and was initially published in Liwayway Magasin, Philippines’ longest-running family magazine. His charitable work is broadcasted intermittently in the award-winning Radyo Balintataw program on Dzrh am radio, the latest of which, his self-published booklet ANAK NG BAYAN (SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF MOTHERLAND) on February 4-5, 2019. The said booklet first came out as a winner in the 2017 Kantawento (short story based in a popular song) writing contest by facebook indie millennial group Le Sorelle Publishing. The latest poetry book anthology he was included is in Poetika 2 Literary Anthology 2019, that was launched on the 9th of February.

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