Maningning Miclat was a poet in three languages, a prize-winning artist, published essayist and a translator/interpreter. She was a teacher who could, despite the voguish American saying “those who can’t, teach.” She passed on at age 28 in 2000.
China-born Miclat did more than cross cultures. She spanned artistic forms as well in her 28 years of life. Her 44 foot x six foot mural titled “Soliloquy” (1994) was exhibited twice at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and once at the GSIS Museum. The mural is now with a private collector. Beside it, she wrote an inscription, quoted in part below:
I want space –
a two dimensional space
To form forms…
with the glacial acrylic paints.
Forms that bring back
the balance and rhythm
of xieyi painting
where yin is left in the whiteness
of rice paper, and yang is limned
by the shades of gray and black ink…
Beside this poem
is a prayer
frozen in the acrylic paints.
Beside this poem
is a mural
– a desire for space.
To honor this trilingual poet and painter, the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation formed in 2001 has been organizing activities aimed at encouraging creativity and recognizing, awarding and nurturing outstanding and talented young poets and artists 28 years old and below, the same age when Maningning passed on.
Poetry and painting competitions are held alternately, with the former awarded on odd-numbered years and the latter on even-numbered years.
The poetry competition consists of 3 divisions – Filipino, English and Chinese. An entry must consist of at least eight but not more than 12 poems for English and Filipino divisions, and at least five but not more than eight poems for the Chinese division.
Authors may join all the divisions but can submit only one entry for every division. All entries should be original in every language and may not be a translation of another entry.
Entries must be addressed to the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI), 2nd Floor Mile Long Building, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (Tel No. 816-7490 to 91) not later than 6:00 p.m. of April 15.
Grand winners in three divisions of the poetry competition will be awarded P28,000 cash prize each, together with a Julie Lluch sculpture trophy. The grand winners and the 2nd- and 3rd-prize awardees will each receive special hardbound editions of the books Voice from the Underworld: A Book of Verses by Maningning C. Miclat, Beauty for Ashes: Remembering Maningning, edited by Mario I. Miclat and Romulo Baquiran, Beyond the Great Wall: A Family Journal by Mario, Alma, Maningning and Banaue Miclat, and Secrets of the Eighteen Mansions by Mario I. Miclat.
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