Napoles dennis cunanan Mighty Pen
“When you say ‘face of home’,” the Mighty Pen writers clarify, “we mean which face immediately appears in your mind when we say the word ‘home’. It can be anyone from any ‘home’ place, like your parents in your actual home.”
“Actually,” Dennis admits, “This is interesting, but when you first said ‘face of home’, I immediately thought of my cat, Bunso.”
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Napoles Dennis Cunanan
“Home,” says writer, traveler, and education professional Napoles Dennis Cunanan,
“Home is any place and any person that touches me once and inside tells me, again and
again, to return.”
The staff of Mighty Pen magazine, now highly involved with Napoles Dennis Cunanan’s
Scrapbook for Home project, were able to jumpstart a series of talks over coffee as regards
Dennis’s own vision for his contributions to his multimedia and multi-genre print project,
which will feature poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, multimedia artwork, and
photography from selected Filipino writers from here and abroad.
Official calls for contributions and invitations have already been distributed by Dennis and
Mighty Pen, and as the contribution process begins, Dennis and the staff have already
drafted potential formats and tapped book designers for the project.
In the meantime, a second interview has Dennis filling in
another blank, this time for the statement “_____________ for
Napoles Dennis Cunanan is the face of home.”
“When you say ‘face of home’,” the Mighty Pen writers
clarify, “we mean which face immediately appears in your
mind when we say the word ‘home’. It can be anyone from
any ‘home’ place, like your parents in your actual home.”
“Actually,” Dennis admits, “This is interesting, but when you
first said ‘face of home’, I immediately thought of my cat,
We asked Dennis, why the name Bunso, and what great
value does the kitty cat have in the writer’s heart when he
thinks of home?
“We named the cat Bunso because she is the baby of the
family,” he says.
“Bunso was one of the kittens in the litter of our original stray adoptee, Bessy, who passed
away soon after.
We found a way for the other kittens to be adopted and sent to good homes, but what we
noticed about Bunso, the smallest of all the kittens, was that she really seemed to want to
stay with us. Every morning when we would visit them in the garage to feed them, Bunso
would chase after our feet and meow to us, because she wanted to be cuddled and played
Every day after school, a young Dennis would come home to a meowing and hungry Bunso,
whom he says had all the grace of a pretty girl with her glossy and healthy calico fur, but
also the temperament of a little puppy, rare among cats (who have a reputation for being
aloof and unfriendly). Dennis would spend time feeding Bunso dry cat food and playing
with her before concentrating on his homework, and even then, Bunso had the tendency to
climb up into his lap and fall asleep while he was studying.
What of Bunso now? The Mighty Pen notes that cats are commonly associated with writers,
perhaps most notably for TS Eliot, who based the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats on
his furry friends. Is Napoles Dennis Cunanan also something of a proverbial cat lady?
“Bunso is still at home,” says Dennis, “and really getting on in her years, shaggy and almost
blind. But I am still her favorite, and I come home to her as she comes home to me.”
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