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Monday, June 28, 2004

sonito 160

onia manaya so pakalikna'y

umaanlong ya naeerasan

singa ka no sakey ya inatey

ya inakmon la na kareenan

ag ondadapo'y sali ed dalin

tan ag makatekiab so ilalam

no maminsan singa ka no tonger

yaanor ed ilog na kaoalan

no maminsan singa ka no siran

onlalangoy ed buraka'y lurem

no maminsan singa ka no Buddha

ya anggapo so panuuleyan

no ag ta say palun sansinakub

na tinmalintao 'ran kataga

Press Release

The first Cybermeeting to unite Pangasinan in Cyberspace was held on Saturday, 7:00AM (PST), June 26, 2004. Buoyed by the idea of Mr. Florentino Acosta of San Nicolas / Juneau, Alaska and realizing the need to unite all Pangasinenses living abroad, Mr. Fernand Marinas, the WebMaster of Pangasinan Online created a page dedicated for the purpose. With ten members joining the ChatRoom and chaired by Mr. Ed Benito of Tayug / San Diego, the group agreed to name the association tentatively as United International Federation of Pangasinan. Membership is open to all individuals of Pangasinan roots or origin. Pangasinan and/or town organizations may also join this newly formed group. Mission statement, projects and objectives will be discussed in future meetings. Elected interim officials are as follows:

President - Mr. Ped Ramos

Vice-President - Ms. Deedee Connors

Secretary - Mr. Fernando “DahMan” Marinas

Asst. Secretary - Mr. Verlito Suitos

Treasurer - Mr. Ed Benito

Auditors - Mr. Florentino "KuyaArdy" Acosta & Roger "Gorio" Leprozo

PRO - Mr Narlo T. Serquina

Positions will be created to include representatives of each town of Pangasinan, advisers, etc. pending the creation of Constitution and By-laws. Anyone interested to join, please sign-up as members. As we are just in the initial stage, your participation and support is much needed.

Congratulations to the Elected Interim Officals!

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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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