New Tales for Old

New Tales for Old By Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo She wraps the cloth around Her eyes to see. The finer the weave The more powerful is she. – Marjorie M. Evasco, “Mandarawak” I. Introduction Nick Joaquin’s first book, Prose and Poems was published in 1952 and Gilda Cordero-Fernando’s Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker was published in 1962. Both collections contain stories […]


INANG BAYAN OUR MUSE Early Filipino Poets In English, 1905 to 19241

INANG BAYAN OUR MUSE Early Filipino Poets In English, 1905 to 1924 by Gémino H. Abad Our literary history in English begins with patriotic verse because, as with Rizal and Balagtas, Inang Bayan or Motherland was our first Muse. Quite apart from individual talent, an already rich literary tradition in Spanish and various indigenous languages, and […]


Fabulists and Chroniclers

  Fabulists and Chroniclers By Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo Introduction Novels have been a source of great pleasure to me for most of my life. This deep, abiding devotion eventually led to my attempting to write novels myself. And having written them, served to reinforce my fascination with the novel; in effect, gave it another dimension. […]


Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Fiction of Angel Magahum

Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Fiction of Angel Magahum by Rosario Cruz-Lucero Angel Magahum is best known among literary scholars as a major sarsuwela writer from 1907 to 1931 and the author of the first Hiligaynon novel, Benjamin, 1907. However, he also represents the generation of writers during the American colonial period who were trying their […]


Novelists in Progress: Writing Long Filipino Fiction in English

Novelists in Progress: Writing Long Filipino Fiction in English By Dr. Jose Dalisay Jr. UPAAA Professorial Chair Lecture 31 July 2008 Let me begin by announcing a slight change in the title of this brief talk. I know that there’s nothing more annoying than getting on a boat and being told you’re going somewhere other […]


Covenant Writing

Covenant Writing by Consolacion R. Alaras In 1994 – as chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines, I was given a grant by the Philippine-USA Faculty Development to study Writing Centers in the United States. It was during this year that my research on Covenant Writing emerged, influenced […]


Contemporary literary criticism in the Philippines: preliminary notes*

Contemporary literary criticism in the Philippines: preliminary notes* by J. Neil C. Garcia What I will read to you this afternoon comes out of my experience editing The Likhaan Book of Philippine Criticism, a project of the Likhaan: UP Creative Writing Center. As such, my remarks are going to gravitate around the fact that for this book, […]


Comics Crash A Survey of Filipino Comics and its Quest for Cultural Legitimacy

Comics Crash A Survey of Filipino Comics and its Quest for Cultural Legitimacy by Emil M. Flores The Illegitimate Medium “It’s great to be a comics fan!” This line has been echoed in numerous conversations whether verbal or online about the major Hollywood “comic book movies” that have proven to be very successful. Sony’s Spider-Man has been […]


Another Look at Teaching Poetry

Another Look at Teaching Poetry by Cirilo F. Bautista With summer around, can teachers’ conferences be far behind? For the teachers of literature, these will be for the purpose of assessing and evaluating their effectiveness in the pedagogy of fiction and poetry. With poetry specifically, there are certain questions that will have to be re-answered in […]