January 25, 2007

Second Annual BOOK HARVEST: Year of the Pig

You are invited to a mass launch of books Bikol on Friday, 16 February 2007 , at the Museum of Legazpi (at the back of the city hall of the City of Legazpi , Plaza Penaranda, Old Albay).

To be sold are books about Bikol (by authors of any nationality) and/or by Bikol authors (on any subject, in any language), the likes of Marne Kilates, Elmer A. Ordonez, Zeus A. Salazar, Luis Cabalquinto, Francisco V. Penones, Jr.,  Merlinda Bobis, Abdon M. Balde, Jr., Kristian Cordero,  Malcolm W. Mintz, Ma. Lilia F. Realubit, Estelito B. Jacob, Raffi Banzuela, Norman G. Owen, Juan Rafael Belgica, Jr.,  Marianne Moll,  Paz Verdades Santos, Bienvenido N. Santos, Eduardo Olaguer, Luis C. Dery,  Merito B. Espinas, Paulino Lim, Socorro Federis Tate, Higino Ables, Jose Jason L. Chancoco, Edgar E. Escultura, Juan V. Pancho, G.B. Calleja, Azucena Grajo Uranza, Delfin Fresnosa,  Francisco Mallari,  Jason Lobel, William Tria, Carlos Ojeda Aureus, Jose Calleja Reyes, Elias M. Ataviado, Noe de los Santos, James J. O’Brien, Antonio B. Salazar, and many more.   A veritable one-stop shop.

Get to know the writers.   No speeches, no ceremonies, no special guests.   Instead, there will be roses, beer, baduya.   And poetry will be read.   Drop in between 10 am and 7 pm .

Ika-duwang AKLAT-ANI: Taon kan Urig

Inaagda kamo po sa sarong sarabay na pagbusol nin aklat Bikolnon sa Byernes, 16 Febrero 2007, sa Museo kan Legazpi (likod can balay lunsod kan Lunsod  Legazpi, Plasa Penaranda, Dating Albay.

Ipapabakal mga aklat manungod sa Kabikolan (nin mga kagsurat sainman gikan) buda/kaya sinurat nin Bikolnon (labot sa anoman, sa anoman dila), arog kara Socorro Federis Tate, Abdon M. Balde, Jr., Estelito B. Jacob, Bienvenido N. Santos, Francisco V. Penones, Jr., Marne Kilates, Luis Cabalquinto, Ma. Lilia F. Realubit, Zeus A. Salazar, Kristian Cordero, G.B. Calleja, Norman G. Owen, Luis C. Dery, Delfin Fresnosa, Jason Lobel,  Noe de los Santos, Malcolm W. Mintz, James J. O’Brien, Merlinda Bobis, Elias M. Ataviado, Paz Verdades Santos, Jose Calleja Reyes,  Merito B. Espinas, Francisco Mallari, Eduardo Olaguer, Azucena Grajo Uranza, Higino Ables, Jose Jason L. Chancoco, Edgar E. Escultura,  Carlos Ojeda Aureus, Elmer A. Ordonez,  Juan V. Pancho, Paulino Lim, Raffi Banzuela, dakolon pa.   Tunay na sarong-pundong bakalan.

Makipagmidbid sa mga manunurat.   Daing pahalangkawan nin ihi kan mga bantog.

Sa lugod, may mga burak, arak, baduya.   Kag babasahon mga rawitdawit.   Maghapit tabi, puon Sampulo sa aga ( 10 am ) sagkod Pito sa banggi ( 7 pm ).  

 LIRA Poetry Workshop, now accepting applicants

The Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) is
now accepting entries for its annual poetry workshop.
The worshop will be held every Saturdays and Sundays
of June and July at the College of Arts and Letters,
UP Diliman, Q.C. National Artist for Literature,
Virgilio S. Almario, would direct the said workshop.

All interested applicants are to pass five poems in
Filipino together with a short bio-data and a 1×1
picture. Kindly send entries to: LIRA Workshop
c/o Dir. Vim Nadera, UP Institute of Creative
Writing, 2/F Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman, 1101 Q.C.
They could also send it through email at
liraworkshop@ gmail.com before April 30, 2007.

LIRA is an organization of poets writing in
Filipino. It conducts annual poetry writing
workshops, spanning topics from traditional Filipino
poetry to post-modernism. From these workshops sprung
respected and award-winning poets like Vim Nadera,
Romulo Baquiran, Michael Coroza and siblings, Rebecca
and Roberto Anonuevo. LIRA celebrated
its 21st anniversary last December 2006. Beverly Siy
is its current president.


In the middle of depressing scenes of devastation in Albay, it seemed that literary preoccupations would be the last thing on their minds. After-all what can words do when you have a raging volcano in front of you? It was Cirilo F. Bautista who wrote about a poet making a useless pact with a volcano (Mt. Pinatubo). The persona, seeing nature as a formidable opponent was pleading to be spared from its wrath.

It was in Bragais Building in Tabaco, Albay where I facilitated an informal creative writing workshop (focusing on poetry). Present were Noel B. Dorente, Erik Lim, Giovhanii C. Buen, Ershad A. Samsuya, Julius Bariso, Mike Mendoza and Richard D. Madrilejos, all members of An Banwa, a culture and arts group based in the area. My lecture was meant to introduce the rudiments of poetic aesthethics, mainly on the dynamics of Bikol/Filipino poetic inertia. I also gave a brief background on Bikol literary history and tradition, and later on, went to discuss poetics and the writer’s life.

After the discussions, we proceeded to the critiquing session. Most of the works were in English and we saw that if we were to write in the language, we would need to master its grammar and be familiar with its tradition. Language is culture and we must write in context. We also reasserted that poetry is an art and we must address the demands of craft. A drinking session followed, as expected.

I also received an invitation from our friend in OragonRepublic.Com, Shiela Basbas about a seminar-workshop on writing for animation to be held January 20-21, 27-28 and February 25, 2007 at the Raul S. Roco Library in Naga City. There are limited slots available. For more information please call Fer Basbas at 4772136 or 8113961.