MULAT is a tribute to the recent celebration of Independence Day. Moreover, it is a call to continue fighting for our right to good governance as our right to free speech is curtailed by the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law and the shutdown of a media giant. Itis a reminder to keep our eyes open even as we are kept from looking at the real numbers of the COVID19 crisis.

Joining in this episode are Alfonso Manalastas, Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Rene Boy Abiva, Dr. Reagan Maiquez, and Dr. Ralph Lorenz Fonte:

Alfonso Manalastas is an op-ed contributing writer, a poet, and a spoken word artist who was accepted as a poetry fellow for two national writers’ workshops. His poems have appeared in LIKHAAN, Cha: an Asian Literary Journal, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and Cordite Poetry Review, among others.

Si Liberty Notarte-Balanquit ay isang guro sa Departamento ng Humanidades, UPLB. Naging Fellow siya ng Palihang Rogelio Sicat noong 2012. Nagwagi siya ng Ikalawang Gantimpala (Tula) sa Kauna-unahang Gawad Rogelio Sicat noong 2016. Ilan sa kanyang mga tula ay nilathala na ng Gantala Press at Katitikan: Journal of the Philippine South. Ngayong darating na Agosto, nakatakdang ilunsad (online) ang kanyang panganay na librong Pira-pirasong Pilas: Mga Tula sa ilalim ng programa ng SWF-UP Diliman.

Banaue Miclat-Janssen is a tenured fulltime faculty at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts and the current Artistic Director of Dulaang UP. She studied BA Theatre Arts in UP Diliman, and the terminal Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree at Brooklyn College of the city University of New York. She has been a professional theater actress and singer since 1992. Banaue is an Aliw Awards Foundation Hall of Fame awardee. She also won Best Performer in the 2008 Metropolitan Opera Getty Awards for Supernumeraries.

Si R.B.Abiva ay awtor ng limang aklat ng mga tula, maikling kuwento, at dagli. Siya ay nagsusulat sa wikang Ilokano at Filipino, musikero, pintor, at iskultor. Writing Fellow siya ng 58th UPNWW (Tula), 11th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (Maikling Kuwento), 6th Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop (Tula), at 9th Pasnaan- Jeremias A. Calixto Ilokano Writers Workshop (Daniw). Ang kanyang mga malikhaing akda ay nalathala na rin sa iba’t ibang magasin, pahayagan, at antolohiya. Ang SANIATA PRIZE 2019 (Ikalawang Gantimpala) ang pinakahuli niyang nasungkit na pagkilala. Sa ngayon ay kumukuha siya ng M.A- Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Noong nakaraang taon ay kanyang itinatag ang Samahang Lazaro Francisco.

Reagan Romero Maiquez is a writer, producer, researcher, and teacher with a background in Creative Writing, Anthropology, Psychology, Philippine Theatre and Performance Studies. He has taught writing, literary studies and produced theatrical works and interdisciplinary research at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños and published a book of poetry, Ilang Sandali Makalipas ang Huling Araw ng Mundo (A Few Moments After the Apocalypse) with the University of the Philippines Press. He has worked in community theatre with African, Karen, and Filipino migrants and refugees in Melbourne and is working on community and creative development projects.

Manunulat at manggagamot si Ralph Fonte. Nagtapos siya bilang Doktor ng Medisina sa UP Manila. Kasapi siya ng LIRA, isang pangkat ng mga makatang tumutula sa Filipino. Lumitaw na ang kanyang mga tula, sanaysay, at salin sa iba’t ibang lathalain sa Pilipinas at sa ibayong dagat tulad ng Young STAR, Philippines Graphic, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, at iba pa. Nagwagi na rin ng ilang parangal tulad ng Gawad Maningning Miclat sa Tula at Gawad Carlos Palanca sa Tula ang kanyang mga sulatin. Mahilig siyang kumain ng ramen.