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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Poem: To a Rebel Poet (with translation in Italian by Marika Famà & in Hindi by Vijaya Kandpal)

To a Rebel Poet

you penned a bitter life
the paper bled and burned with your blood
i drained the tears

in your empty eyes
you dreamt of better days
while fighting underground

i heard the muses cried
when you died a hundred deaths
when bullets rained your body

the last drop
of your blood stained the ground
with your last poem


(Original version in Pangasinan language)

Dala na Umaanlong

insulat mo so ampait a bilay
asugat tan apoolan so papil ed dalam
pinaekatan mo’y lua so matam

pirawat mo’y mareen iran agew
nen akila kan akibakal
ed kapalandeyan

mannangis ira’y musia
nen inateyan mo’y sanlasos a patey
inuran na bala so malangwer a laman

say samput ya terter na dalam
mansa ed dalin no iner nisulat
so samput mo met ya anlong


Per un Poeta Ribelle
(Traduzione di Marika Famà)

Hai scritto una vita amara sulla carta
E poi l’hai bruciata col tuo sangue

Ho asciugato le lacrime
dei tuoi occhi vuoti
mentre sognavi di giorni migliori
durante il combattimento sotterraneo

Ho sentito le Muse piangere
quando sei morto un centinaio di morti
quando i proiettili son piovuti sul tuo corpo

e l'ultima goccia
ha macchiato di sangue il suolo
con la tua ultima poesia


एक विद्रोही कवि के लिए

तुमने स्याही से लिखा एक कटु जीवन
कागज़ लहुलुहान हुआ, जला तुम्हारे रक्त से
और समस्त आंसु बह गए|

अपनी रिक्त आँखों से तुमने अच्छे दिनों की कामना की होगी
लड़ते हुए अदृश्य हो|

सुना मैंने प्रेरक देवियों का रुदन
जब मृत्यु तुम्हें ले गयी सौ-सौ बार
गोलियों ने भेदा तुम्हारा मूंह
और रक्त की अंतिम बूँद रंग गयी ज़मीं
तुम्हारी आखरी कविता के साथ|


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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


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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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