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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

I should have posted earlier but my new found friend, Jason Chancoco, dropped by the office. We chatted for hours about poetry and poetry-related things while browsing the internet. Jason is going to have a section on my site for his articles. Watch out for the first issue of Chancoco's Nest. Hmmm... sounds cool, huh? What says you, Jason?!

On the other hand, here's another poem in Pangasinan language.

pitoran anlong


si Pedro ya sangkategteg

toon agaylay biskeg

agpit toy duaran lasong

anggad man ed baley na Tolong


si laki Pilias aman

taga diman ed Binalatongan

sikara kono et oalay kakabatan

no manpastol na dueg

diad toktok na kakaoayanan


si capitan tiago na Mangatarem

ag tablay antokaman a tarem

agka manpapasirayew

ta no sikay naponiti

duplak kan singa sengeg na ponti


diad ciudad na San Carlos

karaklan na totoo dumaralos

et no inkasibeg so pantutungtungan

agmo ilalastog diman

no alioa kan amputi layag

ta agka manbayag


oalay istorya nensaman

diad baley na Mangaldan

si tomas a kaoatan

nilooban toy daan ya simbaan

nen takeoen toy coronan balitoc

inusilan na singano butayong a kamontoc

sa pobrin kaoatan

binaliw toy ilog na angalacan

nansumpal man lamang diad kulungan


paunla ed Mapandan

oalay dalan ya nansangaan

diman naimatunan nen bai Marin

parada daray dikay dalin

imanum iray ayep akateoek

unalaguey iray bago tan buek

no narengal lay rakatag na tambol

mandepa kan tampol

pian agka samaren

say ulon agda kalaoiten

say kamaleruam agda aoiten


naistorya nen bai Pinang

nen marikit ni ed Bayambang

kinaraw na tikbalang

nen asabian nen ama ra

imay lasin tikbalang

inusilan day barang

angindat si laki balet

immalaguey tan impanengneng

sangkarangan ay piclat ed ebet

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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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