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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Salaysay ed Litiratura na Pangasinan is currently featured in the Columns section of the Sunday Punch. A copy of the said essay is also posted on my other blog - Vox Pangasinense.

I rarely write Tagalog poetry but here is one I've written a few days ago. I wouldn't have the guts to post it here had I not received an encouraging critique/comments from my bard-brother, Jose Jason Chancoco :-p

huni sa Caboloan

yumao na silang lahat

ang mga matatandang makata

na may hawak sa karapatang-ari

ng mga kuwento at mga tulang

nagkahugis at nagkakulay ginto

sa isipan at gunita ng mga ninuno

isa-isa’t unti-unti silang bumitaw

na parang mga nalagas na dahon

at mga liriong inagos ng panahon

sa kasaysayan ng pagkalimot

kung ano ang iniwaklit sa alaala

ay naglalaho’t nawawala

alamat man o talambuhay

at banyuhay ng mga kaluluwang

itinala sa mga pahinang sumasalamin

sa unibersong nilamon ng ebolusyon

sa mga mandirigmang kinalakian ni Urduja

sa mga lahing Aryan ng Ibalong

sa mga dinidiyos at bathalang pinagmulan

ng mga magigiting na bayani’t uliran

na ngayon ay mga labi na lamang

ng guniguni’t mailap na karanasan

yumao na silang lahat

ang mga matatandang makata

na may kinalaman sa batas ng logos

at pangalan ng mga musa at aristos

paano isasalaysay ang mga kasaysayang

alikabok na’t nakalibing sa limot?

paano maiaahon sa hukay

ang Sagada ng mga kalansay

na makapagpapatotoo sa panahon

at pagtatagpo ng apoy at delubyo?

maliban lamang kung iluluwang muli

ng logos ang kanilang budhi

upang iwasto ang kanilang pagkakamali

bago maisakatuparan ang isang mithi

ang pagpanaw ng mga katutubong lipi

at pagsilang ng huwad na lahi

Notes: Caboloan (the other & archaic name of Pangasinan) and Kinalakian (women-warriors).

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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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“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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