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Thursday, November 29, 2007

19 Filipino artists showcase “Works of Heart” at the ECCA Center

Paintings and photographs are said to be an expression of an artist’s soul but they can also be instruments in extending the life of a friend.

Nineteen artists, who were once part of the largest Filipino-owned advertising agency in the 1980’s, donated some of their best works to do just that.

some of the featured artists in the works of heart Edwin Wilwayco, Cris Cruz, Romulo Olazo, Rico Lasco, Bert Duldulao, Hermisanto are among the renowned artists who gave to “Works of Heart”, a fund-raising exhibit on December 6, 2007, 6 pm at the ECCA Center in Valle Verde, Pasig.

Their works together with works from guest artists from the Tuesday Group will be raffled off among the ticket holders while proceeds of the event will go to a worthy cause.

Among the works that will form part of the exhibit are two sketches by Wilwayco: “Two Sisters”, a 1974 pen-and-ink piece and “Nude” a pencil on paper done artwork done in 1977.

“Kasuy,” a 12” x 16” still life, an almost translucent appearance is from Olazo.

Lascano donated three artworks for the cause, all belonging to his “Water Dance” series.

Hermisanto contributed 10 of his finest works, ranging from paper work studies to nudes and pastel pieces.

Famous comic artist Leo “Viva” Zapata, whose art whose art showcases the everyday life, gave “Ang Magtitinapay” and “Ang Mangmamangga”.

A 15.7” x 19” piece “Sticks and Stones” comes from Duldulao.

The lone photographer in the fund-raiser is Genie Arambulo who donated two works on nature.

Other artists in the exhibit include Butch Payawal, Rudy Beltran. Cobie Cruz, Virgie Diano, Dennis Filart, Bert Estolas, Cesar Onglengco, Butchie Peña, Mas Sumulong, Boy Tanangco and Boy Valino.

Interested individuals who would like to own a “work of heart” can call Ms. Lyn Vergeire at 8126469.

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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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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


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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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