Monday, January 12, 2009

WRI FI (WRITER'S FIESTA) -September 08, 2008

There's no Hall of Famer beatified at the Basilica de Peninsula Manila but there we are a lot of firsts last September 1 – the feast day of San Carlos Palanca!

Devotees like Mikael de Lara Co, who bagged the top prize in Poetry in English, garnered another gold, now, in the Filipino Division for his Ang Iba’t Ibang Ngalan ng Hangin while Norman Wilwayco (who already had proven himself when his novel won in 2002) has again humiliated his detractors when his nobela Gerilya got the pot. For the Sanaysay category, Jing Panganiban-Mendoza won first (edging her kuya Mike Coroza whose essay was partly about his idol Tia Dely Magpayo who died that day.) Same thing when second-placer April Imson overtook her kuya Allan Derain in the Maikling Kuwentong Pambata race.
No first prize in the said category though, just like in Tula and Kabataan Essay.
No second prize in Short Story for Children too.
Writers' Bloc parishioners were saddened by the fact that there's no award at all given in the Dulang Ganap Ang Haba. Good thing, Virgin Labfest playwrights dominated the Dulang May Isang Yugto: Floy Quintos, 1st prize; Debbie Tan, 2nd prize; Allan Lopez, 3rd prize and the Dulang Pampelikula: Emmanuel de la Cruz/Michiko Yamamoto, 1st and Dennis Marasigan, 2nd prize, with his wife Irma's kaapelyido, Alfred Aloysium Adlawan, 3rd prize.

Generous are the judges in the Cebuano Kuwento (Macario Tiu, 1st prize; Bisaya's Associate Editor Edgar Godin, 2nd prize; Lilia Tio, 3rd prize) Hiligaynon Kuwento (2001 Hall of Famer Leoncio Deriada, 1st prize; Alice Tan Gonzales, 2nd prize; Marcel Milliam, 3rd ) and Iluko Kuwento (Bannawag's Danilo Antalan, 1st prize; Ariel Tabag, 2nd prize; Aurelio Agcaoili, 3rd prize).
There's a reunion of sorts for University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop alumni: Maikling Kuwento third-placer Rommel Rodriguez; Maikling Kuwentong Pambata third-placer Eugene Evasco; Tula third-placer Niles Breis; Short Story first-placer Ian Casocot and second-placer Tara Sering. The Essay was ruled by UP Likhaan deputy director Butch Guerrero with second-placer Ina Santiago and third-placer Jhonna Cruz while Poetry was recaptured by first-placer Butch Macansantos with second-placer Mookie Katigbak and third-placer Marie La Viña.
Full-length Play first-placer Peter Nery and Novel grand prize winner Chuck Syjuco are both UP Workshoppers!
April 30, 2009 will again be the busiest day for the San Carlos Palanca cultists who may also enter their works online through its website at www.palancaawards. or send through e-mail at palancaawards@, except novel and screenplay.
For everyone, High Priestess – Madam Sylvia Palanca-Quirino – had this gospel: “For next year, in the 59th season, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new literary genre composed of two new categories— that of Poetry for Children and Tula Para sa mga Bata.”
Starting September 12, UP Likhaan in cooperation with the Anvil Publishing Inc., Prime Trade Asia, Book Development Association of the Philippines, Chaikofi Corporation, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will have Pistang Panitik .
The first Writers’ Festival in the country -- it was designed as a literary Woodstock for the 27th Manila International Book Fair at World Trade Center on 3 September 2006. Slashers from the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), De La Salle University’s Bienvenido Santos Creative Writing Center and Harlequin, and University of Santo Tomas’ Creative Writing Center and Research and the Thomasian Writers Guild performed. Anvil’s Ms. Karina Bolasco, vice president of the Book Development Association of the Philippines, was instrumental in this collaboration -- highlighing Ony Carcamo, Alitaptap Storytellers Group, and Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera who (being the newly proclaimed National Artist for Literature then) capped the night by reading his works!

Last year, Dr. Lumbera was not alone. Together with other living National Artists for Literature, he was given tribute, reminiscent of Pagpupugay sa mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining at the 28th Manila International Book Fair. We had August 30 as Araw ni Bienvenido Lumbera, with Roland Tolentino, Rod Nuncio, and Rose Torres- Yu discussing significance and relevance of his works. Susan Magno sang some of the songs he wrote, with Dong Abay doing a surprise number! August 31 was the Araw ni Francisco Sionil Jose with Neil Garcia and Vic Torres and Under Siege. September 1 was the Araw ni Virgilio Almario with Rogelio Mangahas, Roberto Añonuevo, and Mike Coroza, Raul Funilas and Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA). September 2 was the Araw ni Alejandro Roces with Isagani Cruz and Lito Zulueta, and Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines. September 3 was the Araw ni Edith Tiempo with Gemino Abad, Ralph Galan, and Carcamo.

This year, Pistang Panitik will be held at the Mall of Asia with the following sessions: Writers' Cafe (September 12, 2:00-3:30pm, Meeting Room 6) with Charlson Ong, Wendell Capili, Benilda Santos, Dinah Roma, and Jaime An Lim; Writers are not loners (September 12, 4:00-5:30pm, Meeting Room 6) with LIRA, UP Writers Club , The Varsitarian, Heights, and Malate writers; Pistang Panitik (September 12, 7:00pm, Stage Area 1) with Ony Carcamo , Khavn de la Cruz, Charms Tianzon, and Cynthia Alexander; Ganito Kami Ngayon (Sunday, September 14, 10:00am-12:00nn , Meeting Room 5) with Butch Dalisay, Roland Tolentino , Joey Baquiran, Neil Garcia, Nick Pichay, and Armando Lao; PopLit (Monday, September 15, 10:00am-2:00pm, Stage Area 1) with Romancing Venus , Teatrong Mulat , Angelo Suarez, Manolo Silayan , Adam David, Jim Libiran and TRIBU rappers; and Blog! (Tuesday, September 16, 10:30am-12:30pm, Stage Area 1) with Dean Alfar, Marne Kilates, Bobby Añonuevo, Sonny Villafania, and Vlad Gonzales.
Read Or Die's Kristin Mandigma created a website

Meanwhile, the UST Publishing house will launch Abdon M. Balde Jr.'s Awit ni Kadunung on September 15, 3:00 p.m. at the Reading Room 5 of SMX, Mall of Asia Complex.
Today at 2pm, during the annual Singkaban Fiesta: Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan Rio Alma will be honored by his homeprovince: as Dakilang Bulakenyo via a hero's welcome, an honoris causa, a memorabilia exhibit, and a bioplay entitled Rio Alma (River and Soul) written by Sonny Cristobal and directed by Armand Sta. Ana at the Gat Blas Ople Building, in Malolos and as a Tanging Dangal ng Lipi Awardee he will join the elite group of former winners -- like Pres. Corazon Coquangco Aquino, Sen. Blas F. Ople, and Sec. Carlos P. Romulo -- at the 8 Waves Resort and Hotel on 14 September (6pm).

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
Heated gold becomes ornament, beated copper becomes wire, depleted stone becomes a statue -- so the more pain you get in life, the more you become valuable.

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