AS I WAS SAYING…

November 22, 2008

BURIED with work somewhere else. This is my alibi for not updating my blog.

It is no joke being a college instructor. At times, I would like to attribute my sudden slight increase in blood pressure (aside from no-no foods and beer) to my attempt to play teacher in front of hormonal and emo-crazed youngsters. Everyday, I feel like a rondalla player in a rock concert.

Also my work as PR practitioner is about to go full swing for SM-Naga will soon operate in the region. This will bring not only employment for me and other compatriots but a promise of world-class shopping experience. As a writer, I am excited because of National Bookstore. As a guitarist, I await the opening of Yamaha, Perfect Pitch, J and B and/or Laser. As a film lover, I sure will invade SM Cinema.

Soon enough Shoe Mart will become part of Bikol culture.

I expect that there will be a St. Pauls Publication outlet in SM-Naga. St. Pauls is popular among Bikol writers because of Homelife Magazine. Writers (mostly regional) delight at the prospect of being printed in its poetry page as edited by Leoncio Deriada. In fact its October 2008 issue features one of my poems entitled “Magnanakaw.” Also in the same section are the works of Honesto Pesimo, Jr., Carlos A. Arejola and Estelito Jacob. So please grab your copy!

NCCA has started contacting the chosen delegates to the 1st Philippine Literary Arts Festival slated on February 11-12, 2009 at UP-Diliman. Its original concept is that of 40/40—forty writers below forty years of age. 10 writers each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, plus 10 from the National Capital Region. However, NCR produced a list of more than 10 young writers. So it is no longer 40/40 (50/40 perhaps?). From Bicol I know the delegates to be Jaime Jesus Borlagdan, Kristian Cordero and this writer. Recent National Book Award winner Vic Nierva is listed as a delegate for NCR. During the festival, I expect that there will be conferences, performances, lectures and book exhibits. Truly, it’s something to look forward to.

Similarly, I will surely attend the launch of Ani 34 on December 17, 7PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Ramp. I have four titles in the anthology and the CCP Literary Arts Division is considering my podcast on “Uniberso” for a dance performance. This is a welcome development and I am open to the idea of collaborating with the dancers.

Needless to say, I congratulate all of the writers included in Ani 34. CCP’s Literary Yearbook is still the longest running literary anthology in the country featuring a myriad of writers across the archipelago. Indeed, the anthology of anthologies.

GUITARMAN

June 1, 2007

 

Yes, Kirk Hammet is a Fil-Am and Manuel Legarda is out of Wolfgang (But hey, I heard they are back!). Can’t get no satisfaction (Rolling Stones style), so I updated my Uniberso podcast, adding up some drum tracks (Thanks to LeafDrum). Using my ever-reliable Lumanog Pampanga-made electric guitar (I favor it than the Washburn and Yamaha that we have at our expense in Iriga City).

So please check my updated metal poetry podcast at http://www.gcast.com/u/hagbayon/ or check my blogroll, it’s there.

Yes, I did the drum tracks using the drum machine software (it was a bit of a fight). And I retained the guitar tracks including the solos. I modified the voice tracks using chorus (Thanks to the geniuses who made the freeware that I’m using).

Please visit my poetry podcast. It’s for free!

NEW PODCAST

May 10, 2007

UNIBERSO

Sa unang pagpintig ng pulso sa puson,
Pulang araw ang buhay sa uniberso ng laman.

Iikutan ang atom ng lakas ng electron
At didilat ang nucleus ng musmos na dugo.

Sisipa ng sigla ang mitochondrion
At kuyom na kamao ang bagsik ng lyzosome.

Sasabay sa indak at himig ng Dibdib
Ang mumunting sayaw ng mga chromosome.

Anupa’t kung may Hiblang humaba o kumapal,
O kaya naman ay may Hiblang lumabis;

Tutulis ang mga ngipin at hahaba ang kuko.
Lalapad ang braso at balahibo ay damo.

Sa dikta ng Hibla ay susunod ang hanay
Ng osteocyte, fibrocyte at adiposa.

Lalapatan ng laman ang binhi ng paghinga
Sa diperensasyon ng utak, baga at atay.

Saka unang iluluwal sa liwanag ang baguntao
At iiyak sa unang paghaplos ng simoy.

Saka unang huhugot ng hangin ang bronchus
Na wala pang kilalang buntunghininga.

Madulas ang pagyakap ng pericardium sa sentro
Ng mekanikal na pandama ng kaluluwa.

Ihehele ng duyan ang pagsibol ng puso
At duduyan ang dugo sa fossa ovalis

Na foramen ovale sa dibdib ng fetus.
Titingala ang erythrocyte sa anulus ovalis

Na naglahong pintig ng septum primum ng embryo.
Na kapwa nagmula sa septum secondum.

Anupa’t sa kalawakan ng lupa at dagat,
Ang sayaw ng paghinga ay sa tambol lamang ng cardium.

Sa libong spermatozoang sumisid sa ovum,
Perlas tayong umahon na walang kawangis.

Ang pulang araw sa simula ng uniberso ng laman
Ay pipintig ng liwanag sa angking sandali.

At ang kalawakan ng huklubang uniberso ng mga tala
Ay may binhi ng salaysay ng ating kaluluwa.

-Jose Jason L. Chancoco

(Photo by Kaye Buena)

http://www.gcast.com/u/hagbayon/