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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

First-ever Asna Award in Pangasinan set

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, March 14 – The first-ever Asna Award in Pangasinan will be conferred on outstanding Pangasinenses on April 5 this year in connection with the maiden celebration of the 430th Foundation Day of the province.

The Asna Award is distinct from other awards or programs because of its being selective, its prestige and integrity and it accords the highest expression of award recognition to outstanding Pangasinenses.

Asna, an old form of the Pangasinan word “Asin”, usually describes the good quality of a man’s character or his demeanor.

It is from the word "asin" that Pangasinan derived its name. "Pangasinan" was the name given to the province shortly after it was founded by early Spaniards on April 5, 1580.

The Asna Award seeks to give due recognition to outstanding Pangasinenses whose selfless dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in outstanding contributions to the welfare of the people in Pangasinan and to the country at large.

It is also geared to inspire others, especially the youth, so they could emulate the achievements and leadership skills of the awardees.

The awards committee is composed of highly credible and knowledgeable individuals from the six congressional districts of the province chaired by Arabela V. Arcinue, president of the Pangasinan Heritage Society Inc.

The members shall search for nominations, submit these to the committee, conduct the preliminary screening of nominees and subsequently administer the final judging.

To enable the committee to judge fully and assess equitably the degree of success and extent of an achievement’s repercussions, all nominations should be well documented, as the committee places considerable weight on the testimony submitted by each nominator.

Public officials who are currently elected or running for public office this coming May elections are disqualified to be nominated to the Asna Award.

All entries should be mailed or personally delivered on or before March 22, 2010 to Marion Puzon, secretary, Pangasinan Heritage Society Inc., or Malu Elduayan, Tourism Operations division’s chief of Pangasinan. (PNA)

Source: http://bayanihan.org/2010/03/14/first-ever-asna-award-in-pangasinan-set/

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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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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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