Author Archives: Matthew Jacob Ramos

About Matthew Jacob Ramos

Matthew Jacob F. Ramos holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in both Creative Writing and Information Design from the Ateneo de Manila University (2014). He has also won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Fiction and has been shortlisted for the Nick Joaquin Literary Award. His works can be found in Philippine Genre Stories, Tampu: Writing and Influence in Cebuano Literature, The Philippines Graphic, Cha: Writing the Philippines, and Philippine Speculative Fiction 18. He has also attended a number of national writing workshops including the 31st Cornelio Faigao National Writers Workshop and the 56th Silliman University National Writer?s Workshop.

Echoes of Pasig

Pasig River?s decline was said to be infamous. This was something else.

Eunice had promised that the ferry would undercut traffic by hours. Orife believed her, unfamiliar as he was to the congested spaces of the metropolis. He found, however, that her alternative was less reassuring. The ferry docks appeared abandoned. They sat next to a shantytown where trains zipped noisily nearby and giant billboards overlooked the landscape. In the middle of this squalor was the river?a tortured feature that seemed to bisect the city like an open wound. Small wooden outriggers and motorized catamarans cut through these thoroughfares, their wakes liberating debris and clouding up the river?s surface.

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