November 25, 2006

Got my pictures during the Ani 32 launch in Conspiracy Bar last September from Hermie Beltran. It was sponsored by UP-ICW and CCP Literary Arts Division. Get your copies now at the CCP Shop!`



Yes, I’m a writer from Bicol. I am Hagbayon.


“Ang katana ay kidlat na gumuhit sa isip…”



November 24, 2006

Outside there was the sound of reggae music but inside, there was nationalistic poetry and songs.  And the good thing about it is that there will be a repeat performance on November 28 at 4pm in Ateneo de Naga University. They called the event ‘Tikwil’ and it was meant to call our attention.

Kaboronyogan is a group of cultural workers led by Jocelyn Bisuña. Members are from Camarines Sur and Albay, mostly young people. Some are from the College Editors Guild of the Philippines and The Pillars. I was also invited to render some of my poems. The best part was having to change from my black polo to my white camiso chino.

As expected, Ringer of OragonRepublic was also there.  I arrived with writer Rizaldy Manrique and we sighted Edgar Ramores. But Aldy had to take his leave early, same as me.  I left with Ringer before it was over. Have paperworks to do and a blog to write.


November 13, 2006

November brings sudden rains and cool winds. Just when sleep is restful and interesting, we awake to the end of halloween and semestral break. It’s time for work and study again. It was Gibran who said that the indolent is lonely, for while the world is alive and working, he is left to himself.

Work also means having to follow some rules and policies and also having to question them. But always keeping in mind that we do this for the betterment of all. Indeed, some policies are meant to be over-ridden or better yet, changed. And we must take courage to voice out our ideas. This way, we truly live.

Incidentally, my poem ‘Panonood’ appears in the November 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Panorama. This is a good thing because the poem encapsulated my philosophy with regard to pornography and scandal flicks. There’s also another literary output related to it, another poem, “Pagtatanghal”.

I will also start screening the entries for the 2006 OragonRepublic.Com folio. We plan to publish it next month, before the year ends. Let’s support Bikol literature and for those who would like to help us publish it (in cash or in kind) so that we can distribute copies for free, just visit our Web site.

MAKATA Nov. 06

November 2, 2006

Dalityapi Unpoemed
November 2006

Greetings Bard-Brothers & Sisters:

Check out the latest issue of the Makata at


Makata Issue No.11, November 2006 is now available online featuring the
works of our home-grown and international poets.

by Aurora Antonovic, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Debbie Karol G.
Butay, Ravelth B. Castro, Eoin Ó Donnuartaigh, Zig Carlo M. Dulay, Dennis
Espada, Mic Camba, Lolito Go, Jr., C W Hawes, Carlos Correos Huelma, Jen
Macapagal, Noel Malicdem, Maria Carmina R. Mangubat, Anthony Pabon,
Jobelle Pangilinan, Alexander Martin Remollino, Rey Tamayo Jr. and Ella

Send all submissions / contributions for Volume 7 December 2006 issue
to sonny @ eac [dot] edu [dot] ph and to Jason Chancoco at tarusan22 @
yahoo [dot] com (for Tagalog/Filipino & Bikol poetry). Also accepting
poems written in other Philippine languages: Cebuano, Iluko, Hiligaynon,
Waray,  Kapampangan, Pangasinan, etc.




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