Creative Nonfiction by Jhoanna Lynn Cruz | November 10th, 2013
Two days before I was to leave for Palawan to join the first Adverbum Writers Retreat in Palawan, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Central Visayas at past 8 in the morning. Soon after, social network newsfeeds were filled with initial images of the destruction it wrought. Later, television news programs provided more details. It broke my heart to see the ancient Baclayon and Loboc churches destroyed, but even more distressing were the number of human casualties. The earthquake was also felt in Davao City, but to a lesser extent, and with no reported damage. Still, I couldn’t help but feel anxious to leave my two children for a week to do something entirely for myself.
It was a palpable anxiety that I had been feeling since I learned about the retreat. Last July, I received an invitation to the writers retreat from Almira Astudillo-Gilles of Chicago, who organized the retreat to provide established writers with “time and space for creative work.” On October 17 – 22, I was to join Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Ed Maranan, Ricky de Ungria, and Juaniyo Arcellana in a private and secluded villa in Sitio Bobosawen, one and a half hours by road from Puerto Princesa City. With no mobile signal whatsoever, a two-kilometer stretch of coastline, and a view of the mountains, it did sound like a perfect writer’s destination.
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Events by Edmond Julian dela Cerna | October 14th, 2013
The Davao Writers Guild is pleased to announce the fellows to the 2013 Davao Writers Workshop:
Frank Lloyd de la Cruz (Davao)
Stephanie Gonzaga (Valencia, Bukidnon)
Vivialine Q. Salve (Davao)
Siverlyn Maghinay-Camposano (Digos)
Richard Moral, Jr. (Koronadal)
Glaiza P. Jimenea (Davao)
Zakiyyah Sinarimbo (Davao)
Jeffren Pancho Miguel (Davao)
Jon Kristoffer Pizarro (Butuan)
Prescilla Dorado (Davao)
Jelly May Malatabon (Davao)
Bianca Beatrice C. Adle (Davao)
Abdul Jabbar A. Marohom (Davao)
Christine Joy Salazar (Davao)
Reah Izza T. Paglinawan (Davao)
The panelists this year are Dr. Macario D. Tiu, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Nino Soria de Veyra, John Bengan, and guest writer Dr. Jaime An Lim.
The 2013 Davao Writers Workshop is organized by the Davao Writers Guild in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture & the Arts and UP Mindanao, and will be held at Lispher Inn, Matina, Davao City, from October 28 to November 1, 2013.
The workshop sessions are open to those interested to listen in and meet the writers.
Fiction by Viv Salve | October 5th, 2013
Jasmine partook of limp spicy chicken flavored Yakisoba noodles and cold pan de sal. She sat on the smooth cement floor of the sala, looking blue against the television light. On the screen, Sam was trying to impress Mikaela with his new car. No one knew what made Transformers, with its bloated running time and cardboard characters, so appealing to her. It was eleven a.m. and she had just woken up. Feeling too lazy to go out, she decided to eat anything there was in the dusty cupboard and on the round dining table. She put her plate down–her meal barely finished; reached her notebook from last semester and scribbled on the back page. Her light brown eyes glimmered as she showed what she wrote to me.
- buy groceries
- go to Kate’s (and wait for something interesting to happen there)
- hang out with friends
- do something
- do something else
- don’t panic
- live long and prosper
- get annoyed at self if things in this list are not done
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Poetry by Jondy Arpilleda | September 28th, 2013
Duha ka balaan
Domingo karon, Simba na.
Sul-ota ang labing puting barong
ug itom nga sapatos ug pantalon. Luhod,
bahalag imong duha ka tuhod
mokurog. Antosa lang!
Lunes na bitaw ugma.
Inig sulod sa imong buhatan.
Naa’y lain nga magpenitensiya
og tilap sa imong tiilan.
Si Jondy M. Arpilleda usa ka magtutudlo sa Kapalong College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Davao Del Norte. Usa siya sa mga deligado sa Taboan Writers Festival nga gipahigayon niadtong bulan sa Pebrero didto Dumaguete City.
Poetry by Mark Arlo Segundo | September 28th, 2013
Kakapa-kapa sa dilim.
Kakantyawan ng kaklase,
ng kakamoteng kokote.
Kung quiz pulos kutob.
Kinukulang sa kain,
Si Kaka kapag klase.
Kaya kung siya’y kutyain,
Kakang kakalimot e.
o Kakang kakalimus din.
Ang kinsenas ni Ka Tunying,
Sa kuryente palang kukulangin.
Sa kuko’t katam nakaasa,
ang kontraktwal na ama.
Ang kinsenas ay katiting.
Si Kaka’y `nong kakainin?
Kukulog-kulog ang kalamnan.
Kinakalawang na kaalaman.
Kahabag-habag na Kaka
Di makain ang kamote’t kalabasa.
Born in Davao but raised in Gensan, Mark Arlo H. Segundo is a Medtech student from UIC.
Poetry by Abi Andoy | September 28th, 2013
I admire the willow that grows over there
Branches are pliant can sway everywhere
Leaves so narrow can fly like a sparrow
Cat skin bearing so dark and hollow.
Has yield itself osiers and woods
Down that edgy soil where it grows
Thankful is he to find great comfort
To climate that gives him all sorts.
Such beauty exonerates pain
False convictions to deceiving lies
Subtle cries to pretentious smiles
Obvious lies to innocent pleading.
The willow itself speak out its meaning…
Abi is a third year Accounting Technology student at the Ateneo de Davao University.
Poetry by Yan Yan | September 28th, 2013
Araw ay sumisisikat
aking mata ay ididilat.
Pagkain ang problema
ng taong salat.
Wala akong trabaho
Isang tasang kape
ay matutulog ulit.
Hanggang sa akin
Aking konsensya na
sa komersyal ko lang nakikita.
Yan Yan is an apiring writer from Mindanao.
Editor's Note by Rene Estremera | September 15th, 2013
UP Mindanao Professor John B. Bengan (Dept. of Humanities) was awarded 1st Prize in the English Short Story Category of the 63rd Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Prof. Bengan won for his short story, “Armor”, which was first published in Likhaan 6: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, edited by Gemino H. Abad. “Armor” is set in Mintal, Davao City, and tells the story of Ronnie, a small time drug pusher and beautician/choreographer who joins a gay beauty pageant, and a stranger who arrives at the pageant night to alter the course of Ronnie’s fate. Prof. Bengan teaches literature and creative writing and is the third Palanca-winner in the present faculty roster of the Dept. of Humanities, after Prof. Ricardo M. de Ungria and Prof. Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz-Daliling. He earned his BA English degree in UP Mindanao and his Master of Fine Arts degree in The New School (New York).
Also, former UP Mindanao Chancellor Professor Ricardo M. de Ungria (Department of Humanities) was appointed UP Artist for the second time. Prof. de Ungria was awarded his second appointment as UP Artist I at the UP Arts Productivity System Awarding Ceremony in August 7 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman. He is one of eight appointees in the field of Literary Works and one of only two of the 28 appointed UP Artists who come from the regional universities of UP. Prof. de Ungria was a recipient of a National Book Award in 2012 as editor of “Tala Mundi: The Collected Poems of Tita Agcaoili Lacambra Ayala”. He is an advocate of creative writing in the regions, an organizer of literary events and associations, and a prolific writer of poetry.
Poetry by JM Cortes Acut | September 15th, 2013
Minsan, sabi ng talaarawan ng ating kamalayan sa nakaraan,
Tayo’y bumuklod, bumukod sa sigaw ng bayanihan sa daanang
Siyang tinitingala nating larawan ng kalayaan,
Binuhay ang karamay nating alaala ng kaalaman, kasaganahan, kaginhawaang
’di mapanlinlang, ’di dinadanakan
ng dugo ng ilang mulat na taongbayan.
Ngunit, sa paggulong muli ng buhay,
Pagkatapos pinadilaw ang kulay ng tagumpay,
Tunay na kay daling pinabayaan
ang pagbabantay na pumatay sa bangungot ng baluktot na paghahari-harian
sa bayan na ang pinagkukunan ng kapangyarihan
ay ang bawat isa nitong mamamayan.
Kay daling nakalimutan, ang dating ipinaglaban
Kaya, nadaganan na naman
Ang batang gutom ang panggising,
parehong pangangasim ng sikmura
ang ipinanghehele sa pagtulog sa gabi,
Ang magsasakang panalangin ang isinasabay
sa walang katiyakang pamumunga ng bawat punla,
Ang kayod-kabayong mama na maghapon man
ang pangangapa sa pagbabanat ng buto’y
lansangan pa rin ang uuwian,
Ang inang gaano man kalawak ang karunungan
sa mga pamamaraan sa pagtataguyod ng pamamahay,
walang pa ring maihain sa sahig na s’yang mesa
tatlong beses sa ’sang araw.
Kaya, nakakapagtataka maililibing na naman ba
ang kamalayan sa kasuklam-suklam na kasalukuyan?
binasa sa Baboy: Ato Kini! sa Turtle’s Nest, Cebu
JM Cortes Acut from Cagayan de Oro has been a fellow for fiction at the 1st Xavier University Writer’s Workshop and at the 8th IYAS Creative Writing Workshop.
Poetry by Jimmy Balane | September 15th, 2013
Sa kasamtangang ako galantaw sa kalangitan,
Aduna ko’y nakita nga bituon nga nagdilaab
Ang siga niini nagahatag ug suga’g kahayag
Sa ngingit ug ngi-ob nga payag.
Ako nagalingkod sa ilalom sa kahoy sa mangga
Gibuswak ang akong gibati nga nag inusara
Naghinulsol, nangutana sa akong kaugalingon
makab’ot ko pa kaha ang mga nagsidlak-sidlak nga bituon?
Pila na kadekada ang nilabay
Apan ako nagpabilin nga usa ka alalay
Usa ka sulugoon diri sa bukid ni tatay
Ako nalang hikalimtan ang akong mga damgo nga gianay.
Kalisud mahimuyo kung ikaw wa’y alamag,
Sa kalibutan, wa ka’y mahatag
Unta usa nalang ko kalanggam arun ako makalupad
Makalugsong sa layong dapit, manimpad.
Bisan paman sa kalisud sa kinabuhi
Bisan paman ug akong dalan hiwi
Ako nagatuo, nga makab-ot ko ang bituon
Nga maghatag ug kahayag sa akong kaugma-on.
Jimmy G. Balane studies literature at the University of Southeastern Philippines.