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Monday, October 08, 2012

DLSU Creative Writing Center Announces KRITIKA 2013 Workshop

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University-Manila is inviting young critics to apply for fellowship to KRITIKA 2013: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism. In collaboration with the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod (USLS), this workshop will be held on April 21-27, 2013. Eminent critic and professor Rolando Tolentino is workshop director.

The workshop will focus on critical writing in the following arts: architecture, literature, theatre, film, dance, music, and the visual arts. It is envisioned to give young writers who want to commit themselves to art criticism a forum where they could discuss their work and concerns with established art critics in the country.

Ten applicants will be chosen for the fellowships, which will include transportation stipend and free board and lodging at Balay Kalinungan, USLS-Bacolod.

Manuscript should be an unpublished critical essay. It should be on work by Filipino artist/s. Preferred manuscripts are those that study the work of our National Artists. A study may choose to examine more than one art form. Manuscripts in a regional language (e.g. Cebuano, Hiligaynon) are welcome and must be accompanied by an abstract in English or Filipino, or a translated version in English or Filipino.

Interested applicants should submit their application to: Shirley O. Lua, Director, Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila. The application should include a cover letter (with complete contact information), an unpublished critical paper, at least one sample published critical work, and a curriculum vitae with photo. For email submission, please send to: bnscwc@yahoo.com.

Deadline for application is January 10, 2013.  Applicants selected for the fellowships will be notified by mail in February. For inquiries, please contact the Center at (632) 5244611 local 233, or email bnscwc@yahoo.com, bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph

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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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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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