New Thesis Acknowledgements


To myself, finally, you have grown and come to understand the language of images and words, freed the scarred woman in you, and become a woman warrior. Congrats, Poet!

To my parents, Mam, Pap & Mommy (who has been taking care of me for 20 years) thanks for the trust & love. I am still your most loving and pretty daughter who always cries when she gives you a card during special occasions.

To my siblings Gigi, Ejay and Tim Monching, thanks for pestering me when I’m doing my school work, most especially my Thesis. To Sissy, you are such a wonder woman, I look up to your strength as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, and most especially as a single mom. Thanks for influencing me Sissy, you’re such a character!

To Mr. Pratik Rimal, for being one of my personal editors. You’re one of the best male friends I have ever met. I love everything about you. I am always privileged every time you include me in your poetry and essay. We may be far from each other but the language we both speak would never break us apart. I’ll make sure we’ll climb Mount Everest together, with hands interlaced. 

To Mr. Omar-Richardson Sutherland, I have not read all the latest books that you sent me. You will always be my one and only virtual Kuya who always encourages me to continue writing. I hope my poetry will reach you there in Texas and whisper to your ears that someone here in the Philippines always remembers you. Your kindness means a lot to me.

To Mr. Timothy Lantz, always remember that some Filipinas are hard-to-get. May you have a good and fruitful life with your new-found wife. Promise, I won’t throw away the European coins that you gave me.

To Burgos Family, for the help that you’ve been sharing to our family, most especially to Lolo Ben who supported me partly with my college education. The summer I had at UP Diliman was totally great and the laptop that you gave me really helped me in my writing life and my survival in the course.

To Oguis Family for adopting me during weekends. Thanks for becoming my second family. We are not related in blood but still you consider me as one of your children. If not because of you, I won’t be able to write the first paragraph for my preface. I owe you a lot, Tito and Tita.

To the Bilibid Girls Rea Gene “Santong Kabayo” Remegio ,April Mae “Bagong Salta” Domingo, Andre Karen “Warden” Dela Cerna, Joice Maricar “Boy Cobra” Buyco, and Hanna Louise “Attorney” Raquedan, thanks for the friendship and the night-outs, secrets, and the unforgettable GenSan-slash-hometown adventures. Hail to all Generals!

To Arvi Karisse Regalado . You will always be my best board mate and that’s non- negotiable. Thanks for your willingness and your patience when I ask you to write and edit my works. Thanks for dancing my poem, Rumba, you really were spectacular.

To Ate Beauxy Auxtero for patiently editing my third story in Children’s Literature.

P.S Tama jud ka te, musubmit na jud ko ug papers ON TIME.


To Maureen Devorah Ronquillo for the English translations. Thanks for  allotting your precious time in translating my precious talks. It was a job well done!


To my batch mates Airo, Agnes, Allen, Arv, Clyde, Jef, Josh, Joy, Kaeos, Kiara, Klang, Krisza, Loloi, Lyda, Marius, Mel, Mershi, Mike, Milovy, Nikki, Rij, Rr, Sel, our Lawiswis moments, Baktas moments, and our Theatre productions will always be remembered. I’m sure that if not now, we could still give justice to those whose works we never have read. With humble hearts, we bow to our literary giants.

To Prof. Antonino de Veyra, Prof. Araceli Dans Lee, Prof. Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero, Ms. Jean Claire Dy, Mr. John Bengan, Prof. Ricardo de Ungria and Prof. Timothy Montes, thanks for inspiring me to write. I will take note of the helpful criticisms that you gave me. I’ve learned a lot in the course. Indeed, BA English made me a better person!           

To my adviser, Prof. Jhoanna Lynn “Goddess” Cruz for being so patient in editing my thesis. You’ve been a great adviser even before when we first met you in our Playwriting class. Thanks for your professionalism and dedication in teaching, and most especially in writing. You have become my inspiration in my musings. I won’t forget what you once told me, “stand by the integrity of your work.” I will surely miss you, dear Penelope.                   P.S Agyaman nac amin launay Ma’am!

To my best buddies-slash- wild women -slash-in-denial feminists, Lyda, Josh, Joy, and Krisza. For the secrets, rants, and personal impediments we cried about over bottles of wine and bags of chips. Thanks for the afternoon-siopao-sessions, for the laughter and sarcasms and for being there when I needed company. Cheers, women!

To all the men who were once a part of my life, thank you.

To my one and only best friend Georgianna Kae Oguis, who never gets tired of reading my poems and my self-indulgent writings. I will always be your no. 1 critic. Thank you for the happiness and pain that we experienced together. I am now the kind of woman you wanted me to be. I will continue to write until my pen will stop bleeding. May we continue to be best friends, write more poetry, and live together, forever.

To my Apollo and my Aphrodite thanks for possessing me during those nights when I called out your names in the enveloping absence. Thank you for heeding my cries and letting my pen bleed until the break of dawn. The two of you never failed me. Promise, I’ll meet you in Mt. Olympus and perform Bacchanalia.

And To Lord God for giving me this skill in writing. I hope I didn’t fail you, I am freer now and have become a fearless and stronger woman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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