DAGUPAN CITY - Intalunggaring nen Pangasinan Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. iray naitdan na parangal ya ASNA and Balitok Award, ya angiter na kaaruman ya kontribusyon ompian masnakabatan so kultura na luyag na Pangasinan tan nandaulod halos amin ya larangan.
Diad State of the Province Address (SOPA) to, unaan ya benetla nen datin Presidente Fidel V. Ramos, tan sikara di Santiago Villafania parad Arts and Culture, Wesly Rosario ed Aquaculture tan Dr. Francisco Doque III parad abiglaman tan medisina, Pol. Supt. Eric Noble para ed Community Service, Rodolfo Tantay ed pakasilan, tan dwaran arum ni.
Say onsukblay ya Batch ya parangalan na ASNA et no ontumbok ya April 5, 2011 diad selebrasyon lamet na Pangasinan Foundation Day.
Dia et imbaga to lamet ya dinenman ya syudad o baley ya anggapoy kutltura to et anggapo emt so kamarerwa to.
Kalegenan tonya, imbaga nen Gov. Espino ya intalaga to bilang Chairman na Pangasinan Historilcal and Cultural Commission si Dr. Gonzalo T. Doque, Presidente na Lyceum Northwestern University.
Maniilalo ya balet ya itulak na sayan komisyon ed edukasyon na aray ogugaw tan aray estudyante so kasaysayan na Pangasinan tan nasarag ton kumponien so Casa Rial, say ipapasen ya National Historial Land Mark tan natan et say kabat ya Provicial Capitol.
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