Isn’t it remarkable how strong absence can be? It’s completely amazing yet devastating and beyond words how a mere space and emptiness could strike emotions stronger and more pronounced than anything concrete. It’s perplexing how the lack of something could have a greater effect than the presence of another.

A call that won’t come; a greeting that wouldn’t be heard; a smile that wouldn’t be seen; a made bed untouched; a rectangular spot lighter in color than the rest of the wall, the shadow left behind by the photo that used to hang there. A vacant chair.

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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