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Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Makata Issue No.3 is now available online featuring the poetry of our in-house and new poets Aurora Antonovic, Averil Bones, Jesus Jaime Borlagdan, Dr. Rolando A. Carbonell, Cherrie Anne E. Carlos, Melchor F. Cichon, Rodrigo V. Dela Peña, Christian Michael Entoma, C W Hawes, Rosendo M. Makabali, Pat Paulk, Tony Peña, Alexander Martin Remollino, Bill Mitsuru T. Shimizu and Rowan Velonta.

On the other hand, I just got back from a very toxic 1st Pangasinan Poetry Workshop (on the spot poetry writing) and our 2nd Poetry Reading. My book was launched despite the mass transport strike last March 1. We also proceeded with the lectures with less than 30 audience. Fr. Amalla (from Butuan) joined us on the second day (March 2) to help us initiate and orgazine SOLFED Dagupan chapter.

I read the following poems during the World Poetry Reading as my tribute to Pablo Neruda:

Say Pagew Mo Ag Ni Magenap

(Pangasinan a bersion na kumalabinduan anlong nen Pablo Neruda ed libro ton Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada.)

Say pagew mo ag ni magenap para’d pusok,

tan saray payak ko para’d kaoayangan mo.

No anto so nanaugip ed tapew

na kamareruam ontagey

nauyos ed sangik a mamataoen.

Sika so duman pakamuria ed kada agew.

Sinmabi kan singa linaew a sankaakop

da’ra’y rosas.

Minelag mo’y nanabeta’y taoen tan dalin

ed insaew mo.

Ag mangangga ya mantekiab a singa buraka.

Inkuan ko ya angansion ka ed dagem

singa saray saleng tan lusek.

Singa sikara atagey tan mangareereen ka,

tan maermen kan bengat la, a singa panlakbay.

Danopen mo’y ganagana ed sika

a singa daan ya dalan.

Atoooan ka’y alalig tan makakailiw iran bosis.

Abangonan ak tan no maminsan tinmekiab

tan pinmikal la’ra’y billit

ya inmugip ed kamareruam.

sonito 29

The poet is not a “little god”.

No, he is not a “little god”.
--Pablo Neruda

say umaanlong et alioan dyus

ono makapanyarin anito

ya pantelekteleken to’y mundo

ed mangaraldalin a salita

no ag ta sakey a gumagaoa

atomo’d molikyular ya mundo

tan sakey a bengat la ya bosis

dia ed dinidyus ya uniberso

say umaanlong et managlaga

dia’d banoa’y sinuso tin salita

nipanon ya oala’y kakabatan

ed mistirio ton nia’y sansinakub

bangbalet alioan sakey a dyus

andi alioa met ya dinidyus

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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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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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