PANGASINANITUDE – aya so impaltaw kon salita ed Inglis bilang sakey a pamagalang ono pandaragup ed kultura tan inkatoo na Pangasinan a nayarin tayon ipatalus ya “celebration of Pangasinan culture and character”.
Masalindak ya atoor so Pangasinan Cultural Night tan intaguri met ya “Itandoro so Pangasinan: Glimpses of Pangasinan Life and Culture” ya agawa nen Hunio 19, alasais na labi dia’d ChickaRue Resto ed Conception Aguila Street, San Miguel, Manila.
Sayan impandaragup et impangiter na galang ed say ikikinon tayon Pangasinan folklorist ya si Perla Samson-Nelmida aman, inyanak ed abitlan agew; tan imbansag met la so kulminasion na Sesquicentennial nen Rizal.
Labi iman na kansion, sayaw, tan anlong. Naimatunan tan narngel ko’y inka-virtouso tonia’y Andrew Bryan Sapigao, sakey a manaltalon pianista tan apo nen madam Perla. Pinmaway met ya anganlong so ritaradan propisora tan umaanlong ya si Rosa Maria Magno, say akansulat na Urduja Beleaguered (1992) tan talora nin libro na anlong ed Inglis. Imparungatal da met ed siak so libro da na anlong a wala’y titulon Dia’d Akuala’y Akulaw (2010). Akasabi met si Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid, kolumnista ed Manila Bulletin, kaiba ra so agi ran bii ya agayla’y tatas da met ya manbasa tan mansalita na Pangasinan.
Maliket ak no onia ‘ran totoo tan kaluyagan so napituyawan tan karongok ed sakey a pandaragup tan say pakdaar et nipaakar ed awaran, kultura, tan kuritan. Pilalek kon onsabi so panaon ya wala ni’ra’y unarum ed saya’y melmelag tan ngalngali la nabalang a boleg na sumusulat tan umaanlong – saray balon anacbanua ya kuan ;-)
On, labi iman na kansion, sayaw, anlong tan pangitandoro na kultura tan inkatoo tin Pangasinan, agagik! Bangta kawalaan da’ra’y kalangweran laut la’d saray umaanlong?
(para ed si Dr. Perla Samson-Nelmida)
limgas kan inmapireng ed arap
da’ra’y matan napno’y panpilalek
tan dia’d panamegley na uyayi
pinatekiab mo ‘ra’y ilalam mi
dia’d akualan na kakawayanan
tinawag mo ‘ra’y lalakin ulsa
sikaran simbawa’y panangaro
a nidatek ed saray uliran
tan tongtong nen panaon ya aman
O musia ka na labin maanlong
labitewen ya tinmalintao
tan akiwaywaya ya agano
dia’d inleksab mo ed intablado
tinumbok ko’y anlong so samiong mo
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