Through a Glass, Darkly, 1949

Through a Glass, Darkly, 1949 by Francisco Arcellana ALEJANDRO G. ABADILLA is a poet-critic in Tagalog who is unique in that he is perhaps one of the few vernacular writers who is at all in touch with writing in English, local and overseas. This position gives him an enviable distinction: he is able to, by […]


The Ghost Manifests Or Safeguard and Foucault’s Social Subconscious

The Ghost Manifests  Or Safeguard and Foucault’s Social Subconscious by Carl Javier The ghost, it manifests! On the four-cornered tube! The glass teat! The idiot box! TV! What ghost? Some old notion that the TV is filled with ghosts in the way that a camera takes your soul? No. Not really, but something like that. […]


Sugod, Mga Sugo! Speculative Fiction In Filipino Popular Television

Sugod, Mga Sugo! Speculative Fiction In Filipino Popular Television by Emil M. Flores Speculative fiction or SF is a blanket term used by writers and scholars for the genres popularly known as “science fiction” and “fantasy.” I will use this term because it is a broader term, thus avoiding the intricate definitions of both popular […]


Reintroducing Balagtas and His Work

Reintroducing Balagtas and His Work by Romeo G. Dizon AN ATTEMPT TO SITUATE BALAGTAS IN THE proper historical perspective and to determine his rightful place in the era beyond his own is indeed an enormous task.  But this is precisely what the present book tries to accomplish. It may not be possible, neither will it be […]


Random Thoughts of a Mindanaoan Artist

Random Thoughts of a Mindanaoan Artist by Marili F. Ilagan Yupanaw yang kanak lumon nga usog ngadi sangaon. Laong niya way kausbawan ngadi sa taas. Laong niya tukay sang baba yang kausbawan. Laong ko daw mali siya. Laong ko daw di paras ngadi sa taas yang baba… Iibanan ko yang kanak ama pati ina ngadi […]


THE POEM IS THE REAL: A POETICS*

THE POEM IS THE REAL: A POETICS* Gémino H. Abad The real is the poem. To write the poem is to get real. The real is what we call “our world.” But our world is only our experience of it. If so, the world is only, for each one, that little time-space where we “ex-ist” […]


Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics*

Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics* by J. Neil C. Garcia This paper is an abridged version of a chapter from my forthcoming book,Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics, which itself comes out of my recently completed dissertation in Creative Writing [1] at the UP Diliman. The book is comprised of essays and critiques on poetry—the former being personal reflections on themes, […]


Philippine Literary Workshops and Contests

Philippine Literary Workshops and Contests by Cirilo F. Bautista As a communal text, any literary discourse is a contrived utterance that addresses several levels of reality, but to communicate through this text, writer and reader must put into operation certain sociological processes that will make it intelligible. “I write, therefore, I am,” might as well […]


Philippine Gay Culture: Conclusion*

Philippine Gay Culture: Conclusion* by J. Neil C. Garcia In my Introduction to this study, I enumerated the three most important questions a Philippine-based gay theory should address: cultural incongruity, gender oppression, and the class struggle. After undertaking this inquiry into the writings and history of Philippine gay culture in the last thirty years, I can […]


Our Revolutionary Tradition

Our Revolutionary Tradition by Adrian E. Cristobal (Inaugural of Plaridel Lecture, August 27, 2005) The talk about revolution in our interesting times makes us pause for some serious thought, mainly because it comes from privileged sectors like the military, acclaimed authors, and respected academicians and not from social malcontents. Last July, the Young Officers Union, […]