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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Upcoming PEN events in Bicol

For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College
10 October 2011 (Monday)
Science and Technology Annex Auditorium, Naga College Foundation, Naga City

The fifth of the series, a lecture-workshop on teaching Bicol literature and Philippine fiction, will be conducted by Jaime An Lim (Metrobank Outstanding Teacher) and Paz Verdades Santos (2011 Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez for Outstanding Educator from UMPIL).

Pre-registration is ongoing. Please submit the name/s of participant/s and school to PEN via email (philippinepen@yahoo.com) or text +639175287491.

This project is supported by the City Government of Naga, the PEN International in UK, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Meet the PEN Authors and Bicol Writers
9 October 2011 (Sunday)
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Raul S. Roco Library (Naga City Public Library), Naga City Hall

This event features National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Carlos Arejola, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Frank Peñones and Jose Barrameda. The writers will read from their work and talk about their craft.

Also featured is the performance of the Naga College Foundation Center for Arts, Culture, and Bicol Studies. The group will perform Arejola’s short story for children, “Si Miriam asin an Saiyang Samhod, Bunot, Pantrapo, asin Panhaklot nin Ati.”

“Sagurong: 100 na Kontemporanyong Rawitdawit sa Manlain-lain na Tataramon Bikol” (Vibal Publishing for De La Salle University 2011), edited by Paz Verdades Santos and Kristian Sendon Cordero, will be re-launched at the forum.

This project is co-sponsored by the City Government of Naga, the PEN International in UK, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

PEN Rizal Forum in Legazpi
12 October 2011 (Wednesday)
7:30 am-5:00 pm
Audio Visual Hall, Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi City, Albay

This forum features Ambeth Ocampo and Jun Cruz Reyes. This event is in cooperation with the Divinian Association of Language Enthusiasts (DALE) and the English and Social Science Department of Divine Word College of Legazpi.

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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.



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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