[The Story When] Three Roses From Heaven (A Love Story)

Was it divine intervention? A rom com? Regina Layug Rosero shares the story of how Lola met Lolo.

The rom-com version of this story would be that Chita met Ermy, and they fell in love and lived happily ever after. But Chita didn’t want to marry Ermy, however persistently he courted her.

I could only imagine how confused she was. Here was a pleasant young man, a handsome mestizo, her best friend’s brother no less, and he wanted to marry her. But she wanted to devote her life to the Lord. What was a young woman of the 1950s supposed to do?

Read the full story here. Published May 2015.

[Rappler] Sexy highlights from a night of ‘Deus Sex Machina’

Photo by Alan Garrick Bercero

Regina Layug Rosero shares the thrills of her first time at an evening of comedic erotica performance.

Everyone has sex.

You don’t want to think about it. But your parents had sex. In Disney movies, the princess falls in love with the prince, and in the DVD release of the sequel, they have a baby.

In “A Sexier History of Time,” Timothy Dimacali explored the sex life of renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking.

But he’s in a wheelchair, you protest. Ah yes, but he’s been married twice and has three kids. Of course he has sex. And his pillow talk may be littered with puns about large Hadron colliders and black holes.

Have more (deus) sex at Rappler.com. Published May 2015.

[The Story When] Snapshots from the Seventies

“This is Dad crossing Roxas Boulevard.” Image from The Story When.

Paul Catiang explores family history for The Story When.

I was around four or five when Mommy first told me about Dad. She said that they couldn’t marry because he was already betrothed to someone else from birth, as is the custom among upper-class Indians. The exchange and merging of property was supposedly a done deal—there might have been some resort island involved, as a dowry. In the years that followed, the mental images that came to mind involved a mix of Bedouin tents, elephants, peacocks, turbans, all manner of exotic clichés my young imagination cobbled together from the Arabian Nights and the World Book Encyclopedia’s volume on entries under the letter I.

Read the full story here. Published May 2015.