Tuesday, July 17, 2012

OPEN (NA OPEN) BOOK with Dr. Margarita Holmes and Jeremy Baer!

The event features their new books IMPORTED LOVE and LOVE TRIANGLES.

Have you ever found yourself (or someone you know) in a love triangle? Do you have an “imported” love? Are “mistresses” and “unfaithful spouses” topics that appeal to you? Do you have taboo love questions you have been wanting to ask Dr. Holmes? 

Come join us! 

Date: July 21, 2012
Venue: Chef’s Bistro, Scout Gandia near Tomas Morato, QC
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: P200
Hosted by Bebang Siy

This event is brought to you by:
Chef's Bistro
Botski Bakery


For early and sure-seat reservations, you may opt to pay via BPI bank deposit or LBC or Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

Please text or call

IME (09062457910) OR TEENA (09153913129) FOR MORE DETAILS.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/230144910438994/

Macario Pineda Centenary to be Commemorated at the Ateneo de Manila

This year, our nation celebrates the centenary of Macario Pineda (1912-1950), a writer significant to Philippine letters, one whose broad understanding of Filipino culture and masterful renditions of local color continue to present a way of seeing and being in this age of globalization. 

As its way of honoring Pineda, the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Humanities, with the assistance of its Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Kagawaran ng Filipino, is holding various events this August (also known as the Buwan ng Wika) in said university’s Katipunan Avenue campus.

The English translation of Pineda’s Ang Ginto sa Makiling (entitled Gold in Makiling, penned by Dr. Soledad S. Reyes and published by Anvil Publishing) will be launched on August 1, 430-600 pm, at the Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room, De la Costa Hall.

An exhibition on Pineda, entitled Sa Bawat Looy na Bulaklak, Ang Langit ni Ka Martin: Macario Pineda, will run from August 2 to August 30, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Pardo de Tavera Room of the Old Rizal Library Building. 

The installments of the lecture series entitled Si Macario Pineda, And Walang Maliw na Bituin: Isang Serye ng Panayam will be held on August 2, 7, 9, 14, 22 and 29. All the lectures will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Escaler Hall of the Science Education Complex (SEC). The sequence of the lecturers is as follows: National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera (“Ang Bayan sa Nayon sa Panitikan ni Macario Pineda”), Edgar Calabia Samar (“Ang Nobelistikong Pagsisiyasat sa mga Nobela ni Macario Pineda”), D. M. Reyes (“Ang Enkwentro ng mga Diwata at Mortal sa Ang Ginto sa Makiling at sa Kolektibong Kamalayan ng Timog Asya”), Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, S.J. (“Ang Tao at Lipunan sa mga Akda ni Macario Pineda”), Luna Sicat-Cleto (“Ang Sanaysay Bilang Tinig ng Rehabilitasyon: Isang Pagbasa ng Sabi ni Ingkong Terong ni Macario Pineda”) and Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz (“Ang Eskatolohiya ni Macario Pineda”).

For more information on the all of the events in honor of Macario Pineda, please contact Raquel Tizon of the Ateneo de Manila’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department through 426.6001 local 5340 or rtizon@ateneo.edu

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mark Angeles returns with his new book of poems THREESOME

Mark Angeles, author of self-published books Patikim and Emotero, comes back with another thought-provoking title: Threesome.

His new poetry book leads us deeper into the lives of commonplace lovers. But nothing is mundane. And no word is suppressed. In this book, someone thinks he is an umbrella, another thinks his heart is filled with birds. Lovers crash to their death, finds their partner sleeping like a dead dog or being swallowed by the bathroom sink.  

Threesome is a ménage à trois of the author’s poems in English, Filipino, and translations of his choice notorious love poems by Pablo Neruda, Constantine P. Cavafy, and Francesca Beard among others. This book also essays his thoughts on translation and our languages.

For inquiries on where to get a copy of Angeles’s books, send an email to akosimakoy@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


mula sa panulat ni Glen Sales

Binato sila ng mga bato.
Mula sa mga nagproprotesta.

Sa bawat minuto,papaprami nang paparami
Ang mga bato.

Ngunit mabilis nilang isinilid ang timpi.

Pag binato ka ng bato, batuhin mo ng tinapay.

Ngunit walang tinapay sa kanilang kalooban
Noong araw na iyon.

Sa halip, ang mainit-init na galit ang nangusap.

Maraming bala ang nagpalawa ng dugo.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program announces it's 10 fellows accepted

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is pleased to announce the ten fellows accepted to the Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program which will take place on June 26 to July 8, 2012:
1.      Maria Kim Magno (University of Sto. Tomas)
2.      Aliona Silva (University of the Philippines- Diliman)
3.      Maria Christina A. Pangan (University of the Philippines-Diliman)
4.      Kristen Senajon (Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan)
5.      Francisco Gian Cabuena (University of Sto. Tomas)
6.      Renan Laru-an (University College London)
7.      Maria Stephanie Andaya (University of the Philippines-Diliman)
8.      Jose Socrates delos Reyes (Ateneo de Manila University)
9.      Ferozza Delia Simbulan (University of the Philippines- Manila)
10.  Patricia Ruth Cailao (University of the Philippines- Diliman)

The Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program is a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage.  This is part of the Festival’s desire to train young aspiring playwrights. The Fellowship program consists of lectures, script critiquing, writing sessions and interactions with known playwrights, directors and selected actors. The fellows will also be given an access pass to all the Virgin Labfest 8 plays and selected rehearsals as part of their mentorship. The Fellowship Program will conclude in a staged reading of the fellows’ works on July 8, 2012 at the CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernandez at 6 PM. This culminating activity is open to the public, free of charge.
Other students and guests are also welcome to attend selected sessions of the Fellowship Program for a fee of P50 per session. 
The Virgin Labfest is a highly distinguished annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried and untested works of playwrights, directors and actors. In the past seven years, it has gained its reputation by producing provocative and outstanding ‘virgin’ plays mostly which have been recognized by the Palanca Awards for Literature.
For the schedule of sessions open to students and guests, and for further inquiries, kindly email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 8321125 local 1605.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Istasyon ng Desti-nasyon

Narito tayo ngayon:
Kinakabig ng daloy at ugong
ng mga pabalik-pasulong
sa pagitan ng bawat istasyon.

Sari-sari, samu't sari
ang ating kasabay,
na minsa'y sumusulong pabalik;
minsa'y bumabalik pasulong.

At sa kaduluduluhang istasyon,
sa dulo ng lahat ng pagbalik-pagsulong,
doon magtatagpo

ang lahat ng pagtatagpo.

 2012, Hunyo 8

Saturday, June 2, 2012

CCP Holds VirginLabFest 8 Writing Fellowship Program

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is mounting a two-weeklong Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program for 10 aspiring writers from June 26-July 8, 2012.  Consisting of script writing workshop, lectures, discussions and script critiquing, this program is part of the Festival’s desire to train young aspiring playwrights.

To be qualified for the Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program, applicants must be:

1.       an enrolled college student;
2.       23 years old or below;
3.       able to submit the following:

a.       Fully accomplished Application Form (downloadable from the CCP website)
b.       1 (one) to 3(three) sample literary works, either drama or fiction, full or excerpts which should have the following requirements.
·         Written either in Filipino, English, Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a.
·         Not have been published or produced by a professional theater company.
·         Not have won in any national writing competition.  
·         In .pdf format (12 points, double-spaced, 8” x 11” paper)
·         Total number of pages must not exceed 10.
·         The real name / identity of the applicant must not be written on any part of the sample works.

All submissions should be sent via email to ccp.artist.training@gmail.com

Deadline for submission of all requirements: June 8, 2012.

All submissions will undergo a pre-screening process. Accepted applicants must be present for the full duration of the two-weeklong fellowship and the culminating showcase.
            The 10 applicants accepted to the Virgin Labfest 8 Writing Fellowship Program will be given an all-access pass to this year’s festival plays and selected rehearsals as part of their mentorship. The fellows will also have the opportunity to join the Talkback and Interaction with known playwrights, directors and selected actors. A minimal registration fee of P300 will be required of all accepted applicants.
            The Fellowship Program will conclude in a staged reading of the fellow’s works on July 8, 2012 at the
CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernandez at 6 PM.
Observers are also welcome to attend selected lectures and discussions, for a fee of P50 per session.   
The Virgin Labfest is a highly distinguished annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried and untested works of playwrights, directors and actors. In the past seven years, it has gained its reputation by producing provocative and outstanding ‘virgin’ plays mostly which have been recognized by the Palanca Awards for Literature.
Announcement of accepted applicants: June 15, 2012
For other inquiries on the Virgin Labfest 8 Fellowship Program, go to the www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 832 1125 loc 1605.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

From Journalism to Novel Writing: FWGP's OpenBook with Clarissa Militante



This is the May edition of the Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines’ OPENBOOK series.

*Militante’s first novel, Different Countries (Anvil Publishing), was long listed in the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize.

Entrance: P150

Reservation/Inquiries: 0917-9378617 (Ime); 09088945174 (Jofti)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FILCOLS Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day 2012 with NBDB and IPOPHL

The FilipinasCopyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS) celebrated the World Book and Copyright Day 2012 recently at the Planas Garden, Quezon City Memorial Circle. Dubbed as “Summer Slam,” the program was organized to promote copyright laws and protest widespread piracy.  People from all walks of life took part in the school fair-themed celebration. 

FILCOLS partnered with the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Intellectual Property Officeof the Philippines (IPOPHL) to turn the important event into a venue to disseminate information on the respect for copyright and to help stop rampant piracy in the country. 

The chair of NDBD, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz and IPOPHL director general Atty. Ricardo Blancaflor urged the event participants to uphold copyright advocacy.  The program included the awarding of this year’s winners of the NDBD Trust Fund: Ma. Florina Y. Orillos-Juan for “Ang Kabihasnan at Lipunang Pilipino sa Harap ng Pananalanta ng Balang 1569-1949” and Ma. Mercedes G. Planta for “Traditional Medicine in Colonial Philippines 16th to the 19th Centuries.” Antonio R. Enriquez’s “The Siege of Fort Pillar” also won for the Novel category.

The formal ceremonies were followed by informative entertainment, which started with a modern version of Balagtasan by The Batutes (Siege Malvar and GP Abrajano). Malvar is the author of Visprint Publishing’s young adult novels “Crash” and “Roles.” Other excellent performances followed from bands Quartermoon and Carlos Castaño; the Quezon City Public Library puppeteers; as well as a storytelling session from Kuya Rich and a spoken word performance by Miko Pepito.

FILCOLS also featured Talentadong Pinoy champion ventriloquist WANLU, who did a great puppet show about the value of authors in the modern world and the importance of supporting local products by buying only original copies.

Among the co-organizers present were Alvin Buenaventura, FILCOLS Executive Director; Napoleon Almonte, FILCOLS Executive Officer for Licensing, and author of “Rizal is My President;” and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, author of Anvil Publishing’s “The Proxy Eros,” both of whom gamely participated in the fun and games with Malvar. Books written by FILCOLS members were given as prizes to the winners. 

FILCOLS Executive Officer for Membership and Documentation Beverly “Bebang” Siy emceed the program. She ended the FILCOLS’ segment by thanking the organizers, co-organizers, FILCOLS’ funders NORCODE and KOPINOR, and the team that made the participation of FILCOLS in Summer Slam a success: the Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines (FWGP), headed by organization founder Ime Morales; Zaldy Arbozo, Maritez and Marisa Laudinez, and Anthony Marabe of Siyudad ng Antipolo Arts Guild (SINAG); Paul Arpee Zapata; BlackPen Publishing; Pandora’s Books Online Shop; Balangay Productions; Jojo Perez; and, Wanlu.

Summer Slam or the World Book and Copyright Day 2012 Celebration was organized by the NBDB and the IPOPHL in partnership with FILCOLS, Filipino Society of Composers, Authors andPublishers (FILSCAP), Komikon, Metroserye, QCPL, Vibal Foundation, and Visprint Publishing.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ang Oyayi ni Inang

Ang Oyayi ni Inang
adaptasyon ni Tilde Acuña ng tula ni Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bumabangon ako sa bukang-liwayway, lumuluhod at umiihip
Hanggang umandap-andap at magbaga ang binhi ng apoy;
At kailangan kong mag-isis at mag-luto at mag-walis
Hanggang magsimulang kumurap at sumulyap ang mga bituin;
At humihimbing at nananaginip ang mga musmos sa banig
Habang suot nila ang lampin at tila magkakaternong damit,
At matapos nilang palipasin ang buong araw
At bumuntong-hininga tuwing humahangin:
Habang nagbabanat ako ng buto dahil ako’y may edad na,
At nanlalata at nanlalamig ang binhi ng apoy.

The Song Of The Old Mother
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
mula sa [http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/johann_wolfgang_von_goethe/poems/10230]

I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow
Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow;
And then I must scrub and bake and sweep
Till stars are beginning to blink and peep;
And the young lie long and dream in their bed
Of the matching of ribbons for bosom and head,
And their day goes over in idleness,
And they sigh if the wind but lift a tress:
While I must work because I am old,
And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.

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