Tanghalang Pilipino presents Sandosenang Sapatos this July

TP celebrates National Children’s Book Day with a musical performance of Sandosenang Sapatos this coming July 2013!

In time for the commemoration of the 28th National Children’s Book day and Tanghalang Pilipino’s 27th theater season, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Philippine Board on Books for Young people present Sandosenang Sapatos of Palanca Awardee and renowned playwright Layeta P. Bucoy. This musical production will be brought to life by the arrangement and composition of Noel Cabangon and Jed Balsamo this coming July 2013.

The play is adapted from Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan’s book which he wrote after reading various children’s stories during his sponsored training course in writing non-fiction books for youth at Tokyo, Japan. These books centered themselves on motifs of Japanese’s affection, concern and respect for people with disabilities.

Sandosenang Sapatos tells a narrative of a Filipino middle class household composed of a father, who makes a living out of shoes, his wife and two children. The premise of its plot lies on the shoemaker’s dream to have a ballerina as a daughter someday and to make the best shoes for her. It continues as his family faces struggles after realizing that the younger child has incapacitated limbs. As the younger daughter gets older, she would experience maltreatment and unjust stereotypes that her society attaches to physically-challenged people. Certainly, this play attempts to reflect on what it means to support and care for one’s family members, especially those who need it most.

The cast of Sandosenang Sapatos consists of Jonathan Tadioan (the father/shoemaker), May Bayot (the wife), Trixie Esteban (Susie) and Tessa Prieto Valdez (Diwata), Racquel Tajonera (Diwata Understudy) and other artists from TP Actors Company namely Regina De Vera, Marco Viaña, Ralph Mateo, Nicolo Magno, Remus Villanueva, Jovanni Cadag, DorayDayao, Llorvie Nuevo, Jan Vincent T. Ibesate, Aldo Glenn Vencilao and Antonette Go.

The play is directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio with TJ Ramos as the production’s sound designer and Gerald Mercado as its choreographer.

Watch the play at Tanghalang Huseng Batute at Cultural Center of the Philippines for only PHP600 for Regular Adult, PHP300 for students and kids below 7 yrs. old. Discount to Senior Citizens, Government Employees, Military personnel and PWDs applies.

Play runs for 12 shows in two weeks. Catch this on July 13 (Sat), July 14 (Sun), July 18 (Thu), July 19 (Fri), July 20 (Sat) and July 21 (Sun) at 10 am or 3 pm.

For more information and updates, visit Tanghalang Pilipino’s official website:http://tanghalangpilipino.org.ph/main/ or like on Facebook (Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc.).

For inquiries on ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships, special performances, email Cherry Bong Z. Edralin, TP’s marketing manager, at cherry_edralin888@yahoo.com or contact these numbers 0917-750-0107 or 0918-959-3949.

Tim Tomlinson to hold a fiction workshop in Silliman

Tim Tomlinson, New York Writers Workshop co-founder, will give a small workshop on fiction for interested individuals in Silliman University and Dumaguete City. Only ten slots are open. This will be on Monday, July 1, at the College of Arts and Sciences Conference Room, 1st Floor, Ausejo Hall, Silliman University. The workshop will begin at 8 a.m.

For queries and reservation, please email silliman.cwc@gmail.com.

The workshop is free for Silliman University students, but a minimum fee for snacks and certificates will be charged.

Ang Oresteyas kicks off Tanghalang Ateneo’s 35th season

Ang Oresteyas, a condensed and highly contemporary version of Aeschylus’ trilogy, Oresteia, kicks off “Reimagining the Greeks,” Tanghalang Ateneo’s 35th Repertory Season. 

As in the original classic, the play explores the themes of revenge, murder and redemption with a focus on Orestes’ revenge of his father’s death in the hands of her aggrieved mother.  Told in thirteen scenes, in modern Filipino and movements drawn from contemporary dance, Ang Oresteyas lays out the circumstances that provoke Orestes’ matricide, asks the jurors (the audience included) for a verdict, and highlights the dilemma of personal conscience in making moral decisions.

Palanca-award winner B.J. Crisostomo fashioned the text, while Ricky Abad and Myra Beltran, who also choreographed the play, serve as co-directors.  Completing the artistic staff are Teresa Barrozo for music and sound design, Charles Yee and Chelsea Ong for production design, both supervised by Gino Gonzales; Jonjon Villareal for lighting design, and Reamur David for graphic design. Together, these artists collaborate with actors in constructing a third space on which ancient Greek texts may resonate on today’s stage.

Heading the cast are Nicolo Magno and Paul Jake Paule who alternate as Orestes, Frances Makil-Ignacio and Lesley Leveriza who take turns in the pivotal role of Klytemnestra, Orestes’ mother, while Brian Sy and Shiek Abraham swap appearances as Orestes’ father, Agammemnon.  Delphine Buenacamino and Miela Sayo play Elektra, Joanna Santos and Opaline Lerio portray Kassandra, Joseph dela Cruz and Ian Lomongo essay the role of Agistos, while Arvin Trinidad  Plyades.

A chorus of energetic actors performs multiple parts – the dreaded Mandaragit and the more supportive Madreng Itim as well as the parts of narrators, townspeople, and palace personnel. Playing these demanding parts are: Angelique Basa, Raflesia Bravo, Guilbert Codog, JP Dayao, Rico Duran del Rosario, Joe-Nel Garcia, David Magbanua, Merdin Mojica, Leonides Pena, Randy Solis, Katherina Salta, and Glyssa Soriano.

Ang Oresteyas will run at the Rizal Mini-Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, from July 11 – 27, at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. shows on the Saturdays of July 13, 20 and 27. For inquiries and reservations, contact Angelique Basa at 0917-630-9097.

Catch the first reimagining of Greek classics this season.  Come and watch Ang Oresteyas.

Contact Details:

For inquiries and reservations, contact Angelique Basa at (63 917) 630-9097.

Ateneo University 
Ateneo de Manila University

Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


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Four young poets from Iowa Writers’ Workshop to hold poetry reading

The National Book Development Board will hold a poetry reading titled “Write We Did Not Burn All Their Villages: Four poets read their work and those of the great dead” this Sunday June 30, 2013 from 330 to 540pm in the Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery at 10-A Alabama Street, Quezon City. The reading will feature the work of former graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop from the US and Philippines, namely: Taryn Schwilling, Isaac Sullivan, Francisco “Kokoy” Guevara and Marc Escalona Gaba. The event is open to the public.

signed and limited edition of a chapbook will be for sale, containing original art by Isaac Sullivan and poems written by all four poets. Also for sale will be a new chapbook by Marc Gaba in the form of an artwork, a limited edition blueprint, called Untitled.

All four poets and artists received their MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States and the model for contemporary writing programs.

TARYN SCHWILLING is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow in Cambodia. In the fall, she will be moving to Iraq to begin a lectureship at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Colorado Review, La Petite Zine, Fence, DIAGRAM, West Branch, and Petri Press. She will be featured as an Editor’s Choice by Dan Beachy-Quick in a new journal published by Tupelo Press. She was a finalist for the Slope Editions book prize in 2012.

MARC ESCALONA GABA’s previous publications include Have (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Atomic Neutral (single edition combine, 2011). His work in visual art has appeared in the National Gallery, Silverlens’ 20Square Gallery, MoSpace, and Altro Mondo Contemporanea, among others. A reading of his second play Minsan May Pumara, Minsan Ma’y Pumara (trans. “Though One Asked to Stop, ‘Though One Asked to Stop”) will take place in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in July 2013.

FRANCISCO “KOKOY” GUEVARA is currently teaching at De La Salle University–Manila. In addition, he is currently working with DLSU Publishing House on a series of book-length conversations with poets and thinkers associated with the American avant garde in poetry. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Cordite Poetry Review, Jacket 2, Bookwatch, and The Offending Adam.

ISAAC SULLIVAN pursued a second masteral degree in Fine Arts at the Universityof Iowa. Often he works in multimedia installation art that involves textual sampling. He has exhibited in Iowa and Michigan, and his work in poetry has appeared in Thermos, High Chair, Onesies, and Matter. He has been teaching art in Kuwait, and is moving to Abu Dhabi in the fall.

National Conference on Language and Literature to be held this September

The Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines Diliman, the College English Teachers’ Association, and the Council of Department Chairpersons of English, in partnership with Primetrade Asia, Inc., is inviting you to attend the National Conference on Language and Literature slated on September 10 – 12, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

With the theme “Language and Literature at the Crossroads: Research Routes, Learning Landscapes, Teaching Terrains,” the conference highlights Memorial Lectures in honor of three distinguished language and literature educators: Nieves Epistola, Maria Clara Ravina and Milagros Tanlayco. A panel of scholars will do a round-table discussion on K-12 and a panel of guest entertainment celebrities will talk about their engagements with literature. 

The conference will be held in conjunction with the 34th Manila International Book Fair, the country’s premier book event, slated on September 11 to 15, 2013 at Exhibition Halls 1-4 (G/F of SMX convention Center). It will also coincide with other equally exciting events: Edu.Shop, Educare: A Young Child Conference, and the Best of Anime 2013.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Thomas Anh Ngoc Hoang

Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, features a lecture by Dr. Thomas Anh Ngoc Hoang of the Institute of Communication and Education Sciences of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  The event—part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series— is entitled “ Digital Vietnam-nesses as Contemporary Collective Vietnamese Identities?” and will be on July 3, 2013, 4:30 to 6:00 PM  at SEC B 201 in Ateneo de Manila University.

Hoang’s abstract reads: “Vietnamese ‘national identity’  has been an omnipresent topic in media discourses and scientific productions of Vietnam and overseas Vietnamese communities since some decades.  This lecture intends to examine these Vietnamese identity phenomena from a specific stance: through the investigation of constructions of social imaginaries of what ‘Vietnam’ and ‘being Vietnamese’ mean today, and through exchanges in digital media between national Vietnamese and overseas Vietnamese. From a communicational standpoint that articulates three dimensions of a social reality, that is, technical, social and symbolic, these digital Vietnamnesses prove to be plural, heterogeneous, ‘ideological’  as well as ‘utopian,’  in Paul Ricœur’s sense. While being under the logic of power of the Vietnamese nation-state, these identities are furthermore confronted with transnational flows caused by globalization. Taking into account some key contemporary issues such as mobility, identity and digital media, this study is an attempt to analyze emergent complex realities in terms of new possibilities in the digital age.”

After his BA in French Literature in Vietnam, Hoang obtained an MA in French Language, as well as another MA and PhD in Communications from Sorbonne University in France in 2010. He acquired a rich professional
experience as translator, French language teacher, webmaster, Lecturer in Communications, and Director of General Education in Vietnam. After serving as the Director of a formation programme for a Catholic NGO in
Manila from 2011 to 2013, he will be moving to Angers, France, where he will take up his new role as Lecturer in the Institute of Communication and Education Sciences of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest.  Apart from taking contemporary Vietnamese society as a case study, his research interests include a critical examination of broader societal transformations linked to the digital media and digital culture: collective identity, social imaginaries, contemporary mobility, political and cultural implications of digital media, knowledge and its circulation in digital age, among others.

Nationwide Literature Education Series visits Legazpi

The literary and youth volunteer group Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), in partnership with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will begin its 2013 series of free seminar-workshops at Bicol University, Legazpi City, Albay on June 28, 2013.

The 23rd edition of the “Sining ng Tugma at Sukat” (STS; Art of Rhyme and Meter) will also be held in partnership with the local hosts, namely the Provincial Government of Albay and Bicol University.

Started in 2008, the STS is a nationwide education outreach program that has toured 22 towns and has served 1,272 people, mostly public school teachers and students. It aims to help advance literature, language, patriotism, and the beneficiaries’ communication skills through the teaching of native literary works and forms.

For 2013, the STS program is part of the larger project titled “Sulong: Dangal ng Filipino,” which includes day-long seminar-workshops on the “Sagisag Kultura” (cultural icons of the Philippines) and the National Orthography. Several of the tentative venues for STS 2013 are Roxas, Capiz; Iligan, Lanao del Norte; Koronadal, South Cotabato; Tuguegarao, Cagayan; Tacloban, Leyte; Naga, Camarines Sur; Cebu City; and several satellite events in Metro Manila.

Founded in 1985, LIRA is a nationally recognized, volunteer-run, education NGO; the oldest organization of poets in Filipino; and one of the country’s premier literary groups. In pursuance of its mission of advancing literature, language, and patriotism, the organization holds a yearly five-month-long poetry clinic held for the most part in UP Diliman. The STS is an effort to bring part of this clinic outside of Metro Manila.

In 2011, LIRA was declared as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in Malacañang Palace by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, making LIRA the first literary group in the TAYO Awards’ nine-year history. In 2012, LIRA was named by the National Outstanding Volunteer Awards as the National Capital Region’s outstanding volunteer organization.

Heading the STS Legazpi team as its lecturer is the award-winning poet Dr. Michael M. Coroza of the Ateneo de Manila University. The program is directed by Phillip Kimpo Jr., LIRA president, with the help of Beverly W. Siy, immediate former president and creator of the STS. Kimpo and the KWF’s Kriscell Largo Labor are the local coordinators for STS Legazpi. Parties interested in helping or participating in the program can contact the STS team at pykimpo@gmail.com.

PEN to hold workshop on teaching literature in Cagayan de Oro

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on August 12 (Monday), from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the University Conference Hall, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

Award-winning writers and professors of literature Ricardo de Ungria and Timothy Montes will be the resource speakers/facilitators. As a component of PEN International’s Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops organized by the Philippine Center across the country. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, and Bohol. This workshop is co-hosted by Capitol University, and supported by PEN International in London and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). There is no registration fee for the workshop.

For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491. Or visit the PEN website http://www.philippinepen.ph for updates.

Mt. Cloud Bookshop to host Cordillera Tales book launch and story-telling session for kids

On June 30, 2013 at 2 PM, Mt. Cloud Bookshop will host the launching of the new children’s book,The Golden Arrow of Mt. Makilkilang and Other Cordillera Folktales. The event is open to the public and will include story-telling and a performance for children by the Aanak di Kabiligan Community Theater Group.

Published by the Cordillera Green Network (CGN), the book is a collection of folktales from Kalinga, Benguet, Apayao and Mt. Province. These stories were collected during various Youth Eco-Summits around the Cordillera, in which local children turn stories told by their grandparents into theater productions, through a series of community workshops facilitated by the CGN. The tales in the book impart lessons like taking care of the environment and protecting its resources. These lessons are learned through the tales of the brave and clever Gawan and how he fought a monster snake to save Gammilayan; the curious Kankanaeys who discovered the edible fern Paco; the powerful yet generous Ari Moran who led his people to plant rattan; and the strong Bugan who journeyed the river from Sabangan to Kalinga inside the belly of a snake.

The participating artists include Joy Cobcobo, Fara Manuel, Leonard Aguinaldo and Haruka Furusaka, all doing woodblocks or rubbercut printing. Furusaka illustrated “Eaten” which was written by Rocky Cajigan upon the research of Sacha Garah Weygan, Hector Kawig, Rey Aurelio and Cajigan. “Legend of Arimoyan” was illustrated by Aguinaldo and written by Joyce Longid and Milo Florentino. “Paco Paco” was illustrated by Fara Manuel with research by Wanda Lyn Padia, Merlyn Conchita de Guzman, Alistair Jason Bolislis and Eric Baguingen. Joey Cobcobo did the woodcut illustrations for the cover story with research by Kurt Fernandez, Lenard Banatiw and Franzene Mendoza.

CGN is a non-stock non-profit organization committed to establishing a wholesome Cordillera environment by working closely with local communities. Mt Cloud Bookshop is a local, independent bookstore that aims to bring the written word to life in Baguio City through various literary activities such as author’s talks, poetry slams and readings, story-telling sessions for kids, and small workshops. The bookshop is found at Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, tel: 424-4437, and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

UP Writers Club to launch The Literary Apprentice

UP Writers Club will be launching the latest edition of its folio, The Literary Apprentice, at the Haraya Freshie Night, June 21, 5:30 p.m. See you at the UP Diliman Faculty Center!

The UP Writers Club has been the University’s finest literary organization since its inception in 1927. The Club has not just continually produced Philippine literary giants but society movers as well.