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Friday, July 19, 2013

Tumatagaumen (The Storyteller) with translation in Arabic by Nizar Sartawi

(The Storyteller)

they disappeared one after the other
like epiphytic plants that once cupped
the breasts of our virgin forests

the muses left their sun-flowered brae
when they heard no more the stories
and the brown songs of Caboloan

the rice fields turned from green into gray
without laughter without poetry
not even a day of remembrance

they went away into silence
leaving their random biographies behind
unsigned in the province of our minds

now they are still forgotten
until we learn how to remember
and reclaim what is ours to reclaim

their place in the history of the living

للشاعر الفليبيني سانتياغو فيلافانيا
ترجمة نزار سرطاوي

اختفت واحدة إثر أخرى
مثل النباتات الهوائية التي كانت يوماً تمسك
بأثداء غاباتنا العذراء

إلاهات الشعر رحلت عن سفوحها المكسوة بأزهار تَبّاع الشمس
حين لم تعد تسمع القصصَ
والأغاني البُنيّة في كابولون

حقول الرز تحول لونها من الأخضر إلى الرمادي
بلا ضحك بلا قصائد
ولا حتى يومٍ واحد من الذكرى

خلدت جميعاً إلى الصمت
مُخلّفةً وراءها سِـيَرها العشوائية
بلا توقيع في أقاليم عقولنا

لم تزل حتى اللحطة في طي النسيان
إلى أن نتعلم كيف نتذكر
ونطالب بما من حقنا أن نطالب به

مكانَها في تاريخ الأحياء  


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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.



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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