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Saturday, November 16, 2002

A poem dedicated to my father who painstakingly recalled and taught me one of the old Pangasinan songs known as Petek.

para ed si papa

naimanuk so liket na mata yo

nen anunutan koy simmempet

antis na pigaran bulan

liknak balet so irap yo

no nayari labat akoen ko la

naandi lay kasil na laman yo

pabes lay maksil ya bosis yo

agko la anta no kapigan

imay samput ya impan-istoryaan tayo

tinepet ko no oalay anta yo 'ran anlong

odino karaanan iran cansion

kuanyo alingoanan yo la 'ra

natareren tan angansion kayo balet

na cansion na sakey ya umpetek

masurin tuay kaoayan

ta no melag ni et isanglaw

no baleg la et isaklang

kalaben daray kumakaraw

linma ak dia kalabian

tinoor koy sipanan

amiddua ak lan simmegam

pitaoey moy undungaw

nen siak so apasnukan

ginuyor koy takayan

dinalolos koy dukulan

tinongtong koy kabaliksan

say kuan mo ya immebat

"ag ka dia bengat-bengat

no nasabian to ka nen amak

agko antay gaoaen to'd siak"

ibagam ed kinen amam

ta sikamin duay manbakal

ag kami met mansugatan

ta sikamin duay sankatulangan

say pakaantak mabetbet nensaman

kansionan yo ak ni anggad agko

pakaugip na labi

natan abagon so dalak ya nandengel

anggad ingkasumpal na cansion yo

man alas-dos lad palbangon

nen dimmeen tayo

salamat ed saray ebat yo'd

saray tepet tan upapet ko

agko la anta no kapigan

so samput ya impan-istoryaan tayo

aya la siguro so sangkarukeyan

nabuas umpikal ak lamet

sikayon natilak o taynan ko

man-alagar na isabiy

pansirunget na bilay

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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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