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Monday, April 05, 2004

122nd sonnet added to Malagilion: Soniton Pangasinan. I have started recording my sonnets included in Malagilion a couple of days ago. Will try to convert them to mp3 format and put the entire collection on a CD :)

sonito 122

saray lalakin Pangasinansi

nanlapu ed boleg na arari

masisibeg tan matartaraki

magalang tan maaro ed bii

dia’d si palaripar a Palaris

so ginapoa’y amputi’y layag

tan dia’d ulupan nen Andres Malong

linmesa ‘ra’y ambalanga’y pagew

ampuputi’y layag so taoag da

ed saray lalakin masisibeg

tan ambabalanga’y pagew balet

ed saray mapuso tan maseseg

bangta anggapo la so mipara

ed Pangasinansin romantiko

New LIRA members announced, 2004 poetry workshop slated

THE LINANGAN sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), a group of poets writing in Filipino, announces its newest batch of members, all graduates of its annual workshop in poetry: Michael P. de Guzman, April Jade B. Imson, Daisyree C. Miranda, Anna Trisha Monica D. Osorio, Ricardo A. Palaypay, Beverly W. Siy, Jennelyn M. Tabora and Joseph Rosmon M. Tuazon.

LIRA holds annual workshops in poetry, which has produced ome of the country's leading poets in Filipino such as Vim Nadera, Romulo Baquiran, Mike Coroza, and Roberto and Rebecca Anonuevo.

LIRA invites young writers to join this year's workshop that will run from May up to December 2004. Workshop director is National Artist Virgilio S. Almario.

Applicants must submit at least five poems in Filipino (typed double spaced on regular size bond paper), a brief bionote (including contact number, address, and email) and 1x1 ID picture to:

Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo

c/o Dean Virgilio S. Almario, College of Arts and Letters (CAL),

2/F Bulwagang Rizal UP Diliman,

Quezon City 1101

Deadline of application is on April 30, 2004. Call Ayer Arguelles at Tel. No. 6876-164 loc. 120 or e-mail mesandel@yahoo.com for inquiries.

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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.



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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