The Philippine Center of International PEN
(Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists)
Meet the Philippine PEN Authors
December 3, 2010 (Friday)
2/F The Northwing, SM City North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Witness the authors read their works. Experience the joy of the written—and the spoken—word. Meet the Philippine PEN Authors features National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, poet Marjorie Evasco, novelist Jun Cruz Reyes, poet Herminio Beltran, Jr., and fiction writer Charlson Ong.
Admission is free. We welcome all lovers of literature.
Appreciation to our sponsors: Powerbooks-Cebu, Anvil Publishing, International PEN, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
National Artist for Literature. Bienvenido Lumbera is well-known for his seminal works in criticism, which include Tagalog Poetry 1570-1898: Tradition and Influences in Its Development; Abot-Tanaw: Sulyap at Suri sa Nagbabagong Kultura at Lipunan; and Writing the Nation/Pag-akda ng Bansa. His poetry collections include Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa and Balaybay: Mga Tulang Lunot at Manibalang. He has produced a number of significant librettos which have been produced on stage, such as Tales of the Manuvu; Rama Hari; Nasa Puso ang Amerika; Noli Me Tangere: The Musical; Hibik at Himagsik Nina Victoria Laktaw; and Banaag at Sikat. Lumbera is a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines. He is the current Chairman of Philippine PEN.
Marjorie Evasco writes in two languages: Cebuano-Visayan and English. She received the Manila Critics Circle’s National Book Awards for all her five books: Dreamweavers (poetry); Ochre Tones: Poems in English and Cebuano; Six Women Poets: Inter/Views; A Life Shaped by Music (creative nonfiction); and Ani: The Life and Art of Hermogena Borja Lungay. She has participated in various literary festivals including the XVIII International Festival of Poetry in Medellin, Colombia, and the VI International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua. She is the recipient of the 2010 SEA Write Award. She is Professor of literature and creative writing at De La Salle University in Manila.
Jun Cruz Reyes
Writer, painter, sculptor, film documentarist. Jun Cruz Reyes is best known for his fearless novels, such as Utos ng Hari (King’s Decree) and Tutubi, Tutubi ‘Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe (Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Caught by a Bad Guy). He received the Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas given by the Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) in 2002. If one writes to “to irritate power,” Reyes is said to be one writer who consistently writes to upset the State and society. He is an Assistant Professor of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of the Philippines.
Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Herminio Beltran, Jr. is the author of Lemlunay and Bayambang, collections of poetry in Filipino, Iloko and English. He is the editor-in-chief of ANI, the literary journal published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). He is currently the Head of the CCP Literary Arts Division. In 2002, he received the Gawad Alab ng Haraya given by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for outstanding articles on culture and the arts.
Fictionist, scriptwriter, singer extraordinaire. Charlson Ong’s first novel Embarrassment of Riches won a Centennial Literary Prize given by the Philippine Government. His short stories are included in the collections Men of the East and Other Stories; Woman of Am-Kaw and Other Stories; and Conversion and Other Fictions. Banyaga: Song of War is his second novel. He teaches literature and creative writing with the University of the Philippines’ Department of English and Comparative Literature.
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 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 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 Literaturefrom 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)
"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
Translations of Erolalia in German, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, and Hindi language. And here is the 1st version of the poem published in The Sunday Times (Manila Times, 11.23.2003).
Six of my poems translated into Arabic by Prof. Abdul-Settar Abdul-Latif (English Dept., College of Education, University of Basrah, Iraq) and have been published in TEXT - the Cultural Monthly Journal, Issue No.13