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ANI 36: Disaster and Survival
ANI, the annual literary journal of the Literary Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, releases its 36th edition with the theme "Disaster and Survival". The journal features poems, short stories and essays in English, Filipino and other Philippine languages.
Calamities and disasters that recently plagued the country recently tested the Filipino's faith, resilient character and "bayanihan" spirit. In this issue ANI 36 focuses on this positivism, as a way of keeping up, and in celebration and promotion of these values.
Contributors to this year's issue are: Angelo B. Ancheta, Rebecca T. Añonuevo, Mark Joseph Z. Arisgado, Edgar Bacong, Miguel Balboa D’Mendoza, Abdon M. Balde, Jr., Gil S. Beltran, Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., Catherine Candano, Ainn Frances dela Cruz, Jun dela Rosa, China Pearl Patria M. de Vera, Raul Esquillo Asis, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, Joscephine Gomez, Nestor Librano Lucena, Elyrah Loyola Salanga, Scott Mágkachi Sabóy, Perry C. Mangilaya, Shur C. Mangilaya, Francisco Arias Monteseña, Wilhelmina S. Orozco, Will P. Ortiz, Melba Padilla Maggay, Jasmine Nikki C. Paredes, Chuckberry J. Pascual, Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, Ian Rosales Casocot, E. San Juan, Jr., Priscilla Supnet Macansantos, Ariel S. Tabag, Christian Tablazon, Vincent Lester G. Tan, Ludwig Jan Tauro Batuigas, John Iremil E. Teodoro, Enrico C. Torralba, Santiago Villafania, Ernesto V. Carandang II, and Bernadette Villanueva Neri.
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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.