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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Pangasinan version of my Tagalog poem Huni sa Caboloan. I've added this poem to the 2nd edition of Pinabli tan arum ni'ran Anlong.

Uni ed Caboloan

sinamaew la’ran amin

ira’y matatakken ya umaanlong

sikaran akanemben na kopian kanepegan

da’ra’y tongtong tan anlong

ya binmabalitok ed kanonotan

tan ilalam da’ra’y sinaunan atateng

sansansakey tan kalkalna ‘ran inmikban

a singa aponsil ya bolobolong

tan lirion inagos na panaon

ed aoaran na pakalingoan

no anto so inekal ed kanonotan

et nabalang tan naandi

uliran man ono bilay-aoaran

tan kumbilay da’ra’y kamareruan inkorit

ed saray egpang a mansasalming

ed uniberson inakmon la’y ibolusion

ed saray kinalakian nen Urduja

ed saray boleg-Aryan na Ibalong

ed saray dinidyus tan makauley a sinulmingan

na masisibeg iran bayani tan ikikinon

ya dinmadabuk la’ra ed ilalam

tan maatap ya asagmakan

sinamaew la’ran amin

ira’y matatakken ya umaanlong

sikaran makaamta na ley na logos

tan ngaran da’ra’y musia tan aristos

panon idalatdat ira’y aoaran

ya dabuk la tan imponpon ed lingoan?

panon yaon ed lobuk

so Sagada da’ra’y kalansay

a mangipatua ed panaon

na impanabet na apoy tan dilubio?

puira labat no yola lamet

na logos so kamarerua ra

ta pian napetek ira’y lingo ra

sakbay a natoor so sakey a pilalek -

say ipatey da’ra’y nanlapuan ya boleg

tan inkianak na palun onsandi

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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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