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Monday, July 01, 2002

Makata Issue No.7 is now off the virtual press featuring the works of Rosendo Makabali, Shirley Cahayom, Luwi Infante, and Jason Chancoco.

In the News: Girls' School Reopens in Kabul

With songs, poetry and speeches by local dignitaries, a girls' school renovated in part by money donated by German schoolchildren was formally opened Saturday in the latest sign of sweeping change in the Afghan capital less than a year after Taliban rule collapsed.

Yet another poem in Pangasinan language.

bato ed posoy ponti

mabetbet nen saman

mangistorya si bai Marin

kada labi

lalo la no sikamin apo to

maingal ni tan ag maka-ogip

aminsan naistorya to

si laki Tiago aman

ya nanari ed Tolong

anggad man ed Binalatongan

kabosol na matatakew

tan kapara ton digalingan

nen kacsilan to ni

na sayan laki Tiago

anabat tan akipustaan

ed managlacoy agamang

say cuanto

bayaran to so cantidar

na samplatyadon agamang

no agto naupot ya canen

balet no naupot to

ag manbayar ni ultimon sintimo

tan sinimot to kono

diad pigaran minuto

a singa labat angan na deremen

timmaynan ya angagapoy oala

say managlaco atulala

say sicrito to cuanen bai

sakey a baton nanlapo

ed posoy ponti


kaiba so capinsan

sinorob a mantalikepkep

so kapontian

nan-anap na sengeg

ya oalay poso


oala ni ed canunutan

so istorya nen bai


ag niaraoi

say capinsan a bii

pimmetek ed nalmon poso



(singa mipaparaoat)

tan bengat lan immeyag na



amonitiy sengeg

angioasioas na bislac

alopac so bolong na ponti

abattog kalamor

so pigaran sibaoeng

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Le poèt de Pangasinan

Santiago B. Villafania, a bilingual Filipino poet who writes in English and in his native language of Pangasinan, is the author of poetry collections Bonsaic Verses (2012), Pinabli and Other Poems (2012), Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles (2007), and Balikas na Caboloan (Voices from Caboloan, 2005) published by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under its UBOD New Authors Series. He has been published in several countries and translated into several languages. Villafania is one of the 11 Outstanding Pangasinan conferred with the 2010 ASNA Award for the Arts and Culture (literature) during the first Agew na Pangasinan and also the 430th Foundation Day of the province on April 2010. He is a member of Philippine PEN writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Punch.



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“Santiago Villafania is a searcher with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and endurance. His quest has brought him to explore world poetry from points East and West. He is no stranger to sophisticated verse forms such the Sapphic strophe nor to the diverse permutations of the Japanese haiku. But he is not a formalist, he has daringly explored Asian and Western cultures in a very personal way and writes his mind with a daring, invigorating, aesthetically pleasing ease. In his poetry Villafania displays not only a breadth, but it feels very much like a breath of fresh air.” – Ute Margaret Saine, poet, critic, translator, past president of PEN Orange County and the former editor of the California Poetry Quarterly

“Villafania’s emergence as a poet is a fine moment to celebrate. Another voice from the regions augurs a richer body of writing that Filipinos can hold up as a mirror of our native culture.” – Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

The Beloved Idiom | A Reading of Villafania’s ‘Pinabli & other poems’ by Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo

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"The publication of Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles by Santiago B. Villafania should be a source of rejoicing for readers of regional literatures. This second book by Pangasinan's leading poet today is impressive in both form and substance. Villafania has created 300 sonnets and 50 villanelles in his own language that attempt to reflect the primacy of native culture and return the poet to the central stage of social life."A Boost to Pangasinan Literature from Breaking Signs by Cirilo F. Bautista (Philippine Panorama, 16 Dec. 2007, pp.25-26)

"Villafania is not only a visionary poet, he is a linguistic philosopher who codifies the origin of language and culture, dissects the myths and the common beliefs of the people against the urban legends, juxtaposes the literary tradition against the modern influences by dialectically infusing them in his poetic revelation of truth."Poetic Revelation in Language and Culture by Danny C. Sillada (Manila Bulletin, 12 May 2008, pp. F1-F2)

Photos: Book Launching at the Pearl Manila Hotel, 5 Feb. 2008

"Santiago Villafania's Balikas ed Caboloan certainly has reinvigorated the anlong tradition of Pangasinan that for a long period of time suffered silence from the hands of writers more attuned to English writing. Characteristically anacbanua, Villafania's poetry echoes his predecessors and presages a promising era for young writers in Pangasinan." – Dr. Marot Nelmida-Flores

Thesis: Bilay ed Caboloan - Reconfiguration of Space using a New Historicist Lens by Ayesah Tecson

from Pangasinan 'Anlong': Oral tradition into the 21st century published in Manila Times / Sunday Magazine, March 13 & 20, 2011.

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