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Thursday, June 17, 2004

I was in this place called Conspiracy along Visayas Ave., Q.C. two nights ago with a bard-brother. I learned that they hold poetry readings there every Tuesday around 9:00pm to 12:00am or so. I'm almost done with my first bottle of beer when Mikael Co and his girlfriend entered the room followed by his group (I believe they are part of the Ateneo literati). Vim Nadera and Mike Coroza arrived a few minutes later.

Well, it was a poetry reading alright but it's not the usual kind of reading that I am familiar with, attended and/or organized. There was supposed to be an open mic but after the featured, guests and regular poets read their pieces, they left knowing there are still readers waiting for their turn. I guess it was not meant to be an open mic but just a showoff and pomposity of the known poets who organized the event.

So, bard-brothers, if you do not belong to any of the literary groups that frequents Conspiracy, I suggest you find another venue where you are most welcome to read your works, unless, you really want to be disappointed :)

It seems that the readings organized in the said venue is exclusive for particular groups. Perhaps if you know somebody from LIRA, UP and/or Ateneo literary group then maybe you'll have a chance in their so-called open mic before they vacate the place to leave the unknown ones to do their own reading.

Here's another sonnet added to Malagilion: Soniton Pangasinan still related to the said poetry reading at Conspiracy.

sonito 154

atonton ko'y palian na anlong

ed tataoagen dan Conspiracy

diman nandurumog ira'y baga

sibong tan saray kuan ya agila

anggan maples so kioas na oras

nanliket ira'y oadman ya musia

napnek ira'y kolor na ilalam

tan balikas iran mapilalek

bangbalet tampol la 'ran tinmekiab

ira'y pilatek da 'ran agila

ta ag da labay so onabeba

ya milimog ed ag da kapara

nen anganlong so sakey a sibong

narasan ya baga 'ra'y dinmengel

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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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