Soak in a pint of water
gill of white rice.
Hour after, sift the froth
and set aside.
Into a clay pot,
then pestle into powder.
With the rice froth,
her long-chinned face she washed
from the tears she bathed in last night.
Then after, with the rice powder,
pressed white the black bruise around her eye.
Sift the concocted roselle bulbs
first steeped in lemon
Use to paint few strips
of wood pulp paper.
A damp of water on her lips
then press a tinted paper in between -
a streak of deep red it'd leave.
Sadly, that later again tonight,
A thick- knuckled wrist, she'd unwillingly kiss.
Mince to thin strips
ten yellow bulbs of safflower.
Boil in hot water
and add olive oil.
Sift with cheesecloth.
Squeeze and let the juice
fill a small ceramic saucer.
On her left shaky hand is the saucer.
The wax she traced with her right fingers,
then gently sweep 'em on her cheeks -
now popping out red and rich.
Her broken mottled skin's now underneath.
Violence against women in the Philippines is branded as “epidemic” and is an urgent situation. In 2008, the National Demographic and Health Survey reported one in five women has experienced physical violence. This number, however, could be higher since there are victims who opt to remain silent and not to file complaints – especially the rape victims.