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Friday, July 04, 2008

Two English-usage books by award-winning author off the press

A new book by National Book Award-winning author Jose A. Carillo, The 10 Most Annoying English Grammar Errors, went off the press recently. It was released simultaneously with the second updated edition of Mr. Carillo’s award-winning and bestselling first book, English Plain and Simple: No-Nonsense Ways to Learn Today’s Global Language.

The 10 Most Annoying English Grammar Errors
Softcover, 122 pages, pocketbook format, PhP120.00

This new book is a delightful, insightful guide to how English really works. If consists of the author’s incisive, no-holds-barred critiques of the most annoying grammar and usage errors that crop up in today’s newspapers and magazines as well as in the broadcast media and on the web. As the author suggests, no self-respecting writer, editor, or publisher ought to publish until he or she has studied and taken to heart the English-usage prescriptions and caveats of this book.

English Plain and Simple: No-Nonsense Ways to Learn
Today’s Global Language (Second Updated Edition)
Softcover, 498 pages, 160 mm x 245 mm format, PhP490.00; hardbound edition available by order

This bestselling book, which won the National Book Award in linguistics from the Manila Critics’ Circle in 2005, is unique in that it may be read simply for pleasure or as part of a rigorous self-review. It seeks to help nonnative English speakers improve their written English without having to go back to the classroom. Each of its chapters is a delightful, entertaining essay built around an important lesson or insight into the language. Readers will have a truly enjoyable learning experience reading this book, for they can go straight to any chapter that strikes their fancy and need not worry about missing any prerequisite instruction.

Both books may be browsed at www.manilatimes.net/josecarillobooks and are now available from selected outlets of the following bookstores in the Philippines : National Book Store, Powerbooks, Bestsellers, Goodwill Bookstore, Fully Booked, and Expressions. Group or bulk orders may be placed with the publishers by e-mail to books@manilatimes.net.

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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.



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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