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Thursday, October 23, 2003

I visited the National Library again and this time I was able to find some rare Pangasinan writings in the Rare Collections.



There's the Impambilay na Arin Esteban tan Reyna Hipolita, Arte de la lengua Pangasinan o Caboloan by Fr. Mariano Pellicer and Bellas Artes (58pp) which I believe most of the Pangasinenses do not even know these works existed.



There's also the classic Bilay tan Kalkalar nen Rizal by Pablo Mejia but I was not allowed to print a copy of the said book as it is their policy not to reproduce a rare collection.



Well, policy or not, the National Library is depriving the us, Pangasineses, our literary heritage.



In the News: Poet-diplomat to launch book of Cebuano poems



When Consul Vicente Vivencio Bandillo returns to Cebu, it will also mark his second homecoming to the local literary scene.



On Oct. 25, the Cebuano writers’ association Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang (Bathalad) will launch Bandillo’s maiden collection of Cebuano poems titled Sanglitanan sa Kalipay ug Kasakit at the Cebu City Museum along Osmeña blvd. at 2 p.m.



Comprising traditional and experimental versification, the Cebuano collection comes in the heels of Bandillo’s first book of English poems (Earth Alive, Moon Eternal published by Italy-based Libroitaliano World for its Contemporary International Poets program) launched in Cebu last year.



Bandillo, a former president of Bathalad, has won poetry awards and grants and his works have been anthologized not only in the country but also in Kuala Lumpur, Paris, and London.



A charter member of the Cebu chapter of P.E.N. (Poets, Essayist, and Novelists) International, he used tao be a college instructor, translator, and freelance writer before passing the foreign service officers examinations and joining the Department of Foreign Affairs.



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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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A collection of ghazals in Pangasinan language. Order now at Amazon.com


A collection of haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, and other poems in English and Pangasinan language. Order now at Amazon.com


“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


LCCN.: 2010338612

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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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