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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Writing Pangasinan literature urged

By Alex Romeo R. Fernandez

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, August 1 (PIA) -- Professional writers in this province urged blooming literary writers in a workshop Saturday to use the local language as their medium.

Poet Santiago Villafania said the Pangasinan language lacks a large body of literature compared to other local languages.

Critics in writers’ workshop in Manila and the Cordilleras are always asking why there are very few pieces of literature written in the language, he added.

Author and lawyer Ferdinand Quinto noted that Pangasinan literature is already in long hiatus.

Villafania and Quinto, along with Editor-in-Chief Sergio Bumadilla, served as the panelists during the first Pangasinan Writers’ Workshop held at the Capitol Resort Hotel here.

Attending the workshop were at least 20 individuals who participated in the First Pangasinan Literary Contest Kurit Panlunggaring last April.

Non-winning entries in the literary contest were critiqued in the workshop, where the local language was used exclusively.

After the forum, the attendees organized a group, which they voted to name Kapi-Tuyaw. It is derived from kapitolyo and tuyaw, which means capitol and meeting, respectively.

Ma. Luisa Elduayan, head of the provincial tourism offie, organizer of the event, promised to name after the group a shed along the Lingayen Gulf adjacent to the Capitol.

Pangasinan’s ASNA Award Winner for Literature Santiago Villafania is a poet in the Pangasinan language. Pinabli (Beloved) is his latest collection of poems. Bumadilla, meanwhile, is the editor-in-chief of Balon Silew, a quarterly magazine in the local language. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=7&archives=2&article=1931343707238

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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.

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“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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