Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
The Literary Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines is accepting contributions to its ANI 36 journal. The year’s volume focuses on the theme “Disaster and Survival”.
Works accepted are poems, short stories and essays in Filipino, English or any Philippine language with translation (or gist for prose) in Filipino or English.
The first decade of the 21st century brought record-breaking disasters such as typhoons, floods and landslides that tested the resiliency, resourcefulness and spiritual strength of the Filipinos and changed the history of the nation. This year’s best literary works reflective of the lessons learned from such events will be put together in ANI 36.
Submissions must be typewritten or computer-encoded in Arial 12 points, double-spaced on short bond paper (8.5” x 11”), accompanied by a sheet containing the author’s five-sentence biographical note, contact numbers and address, and tax identification number (TIN) for payment purposes.
Contributions must be submitted by email (email@example.com)as an MSWord attachment in rich text format (.rtf) addressed to The Editor, ANI 36, Literary Arts Division, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300. Deadline for submission is June 30.
(For verification, please contact Mr. Hermie Beltran, tel. no. 832-1125 local 1706, 1707.)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
President: Noynoy AQUINO
Vice President: Mar ROXAS
Senators: Nereus ACOSTA, Ana BARAQUEL, Silvestre BELLO III, Rufino BIAZON, Pia CAYETANO, Franklin DRILON, Rey LANGIT, Liza MAZA, Zosimo PAREDES, Miriam Defensor SANTIAGO, Adel TAMANO, Francisco TATAD
Noynoy Aquino is my choice for President not because he is the best among all the presidentiables. You might agree with me if I say that Gordon, Villanueva and Villar have exemplified outstanding managerial skills more than he has, and Gibo is better–looking and looks smarter than he.
But why Noynoy then? First, I believe in the ideals of the Liberal Party (LP) which he now leads. Second, my original choice for president was Mar Roxas so when he bowed out of the presidential race and became Ninoy's running mate, I naturally went for Ninoy. For I think it would do the country good if the top two political posts in the land be held by those who share the same political ideals. Second, the legacy of Noynoy's parents still powerfully tugs at the heartstrings of most Filipinos and this could be exploited to unite the country. Third, I think that among all presidentiables Noynoy has the greatest burden to prove he could help turn the ship of state around toward better shores because of his initial reluctance to run for president, his lack of charisma and unremarkable public service record.
Not much of a set of arguments, you might say but at least I am trying to make sense of my choice for these elective positions.
This doesn't mean, however, that I agree with the fallacy in Noynoy's political ad in which he seems to be saying that he represents the one, true, matuwid (straight) road to peace and prosperity and his rivals the baluktot (crooked) way. I believe that even though not all of the presidentiables are fit to lead the country, still they all have great things about them which they could still put to good use for the nation even after the electoral season.
I picked out the senatoriables above not because only they in the list should be given the chance to prove their worth in the Senate. Had there been more slots, I would have gladly added some more names in my list. Nevertheless, these 12 represent a wide variety of interest groups from moralists and legalists to feminists and environmentalists. I do have reservations regarding their positions on different issues (I am uncomfortable with Tatad's conservatism, for instance), but hey I don’t have to agree with all that they have to say or like the political parties they belong to to vote for them. What’s more important is that they can articulate voices from both the margins and the center (center of the center, left of center, or right of center).
But then again, not all the senatoriables are fit for the position. For some are more competent as movie stars than national legislators. That's why I will not go for Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid and Bong Revilla (the INC's recommendation notwithstanding). But if we unfortunately find them making monkeys out of themselves in the Senate weeks from now, mei banfa, ala tayong magagawa, but to say balabadde na tolay, alalakkay vo'amen!
Just the same, I am not under the illusion that were these politicos elected, our country's woes would be over in a jiffy. For the best thing they could do is to help set the country to the right direction which those who will later fill in their ranks will hopefully push through.
Nor am I entertaining the idea that most of these people could truly empathize with the plight of the rest of us the common tao who wonder how they could splurge barrelsful of money for their campaign ads and gas guzzlers while we continue to scrape the bottom of our tiny, and grimy barrels. Funny, all of them talk about eradicating poverty while they spend billions of pesos for this electoral exercise seemingly oblivious of the fact that such a hefty sum could have helped many kababayan to put up a sarisari store or a small kubo they could truly call their own.
But well, we can't do anything much about that, can we? As they say, anvils bear while hammers strike.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Baguio Filipino-Cantonese Association (BFCA) resumes its free classes for the third batch of basic Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) learners on 01 May 2010 from 1:30-3:30 pm at Hotel Supreme.
The course includes pronunciation/phonetics, numbers, meeting people, general information, and simple sentence construction. This time, Putonghua laoshi (teachers) Atty. Cristeta Leung and Mrs. Erlinda Lam Loma-ang will be assisted by some of the survivors of the first two batches.
The new assistant teachers are mostly Igorots some of whom took part in this year's Chinese New Year celebration and are gearing up for a special presentation during the Moon Festival this September. They have, in the past few months, been honing their linguistic skills during Saturday afternoon sessions in the same venue. Their advanced course in conversational Chinese cover more than 20 lessons on directions, time, mailing, travel, shopping, food and drink, medical care, among others.
For enrollment and inquiries, text or call Atty. Leung at 09175902809 or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The charity concert for kidney patient Sheriff Thomas Dannang yielded about PhP 40,000.00which was promptly turned over by YoungKaPA Vice President Bernadette Balway to Frolaine Dannang, daughter of the beneficiary.
The concert, appropriately titled Y–Jaton Ji Umili (roughly, “a community offering”), was held on March 06, 2010 at the new site of Le Fondue along Legarda Road. Starting at 7pm and lasting until the wee hours of the next day, it saw the outpouring of support by over 300 individuals and groups composed of students, folk, rock and country singers, SWAT police officers, local officials, among others.
We the YoungKaPA officers and board of directors wish to thank the following for ensuring the success of the fund–raising activity:
[Note: VIP tickets were sold at PhP 1,000.00 each]
1. Councilor Rocky Thomas Balisong (PhP 5,000.00 for printing of tickets, posters & tarps)
2. Le Fondue Legarda under Ms. Grace Mangune (venue, sound system)
3. BENECO Board of Directors (PhP 12,000.00)
3.1 Dir. Ferdy Bay–asen (PhP 3k)
3.2 Dir. Rocky Aliping (PhP 3k)
3.3 Dir. Benny Bomogao (PhP 1k)
3.4 Dir. Peter Busaing (PhP 1k)
3.5 Dir. Antero Buswilan, Jr. (PhP 1k)
3.6 Dir. Ed Dogui–is (PhP 1k)
3.7 Dir. Gaspar Leung (PhP 1k)
3.8 Dir. Joey Marrero (PhP 1k)
4.Engr. Gilbert Mangliwan (VIP TN 001)
5. Atty. Jose Molintas (VIP TN 002)
6. Dr. Joseph Delson (VIP TN 003)
7. Dr. Cheryl Taclawan (VIP TN 005)
8. Atty. George Dumawing, Jr. (VIP TN (007)
9. Engr. Junebert Gunaden (VIP TN 008)
10. Mr. Philip Guanzo (VIP TN 009)
11. Major Florante Camuyot (VIP TN 010)
12. Atty. Faustino Olowan (VIP TN 015)
13. Mayor Camilo Lammawin (VIP TN 020)
14. Congressman Mauricio Domogan (VIP TN 021,022)
16. Councilor Nicasio Aliping, Jr. (VIP TN 023)
17. Mr. Dwight Bello (VIP TN 024)
18. Atty. Macario Duguiang (VIP TN 026)
19. Vice Mayor Rainier Sarol (VIP TN 027)
20. Professor Ikin Salvador (VIP TN 028)
21. Mrs. Sonia Dao–as (VIP TN 029)
22. Atty. Arthur Herman (VIP TN 035)
23. Engr. Marty Manayos (VIP TN o36)
24. Atty. Richard Kilaan (VIP TN 0)
25. Board Member Eddie Amuasen (20 GA tickets, 1k)
♥ Rocky Aliping
♥ Blue Graz
♥ Bong Dailo
♥ Lin-awa Center for Culture and the Arts headed by Mrs. Lucia Ruiz
♥ Seldom Seen
♥ SPO1 Francis Pawe
♥PO 3 Lester Abag
♥PO 3 Juliet Basacoy
♥PO 3 Marissa Dirige
♥PO 3 Alvaro Perez
♥PO 1 Terencia Sofronio
♥ And to all others who bought tickets, prepared the venue, offered their cars for “public service,” did the leg work, etc. SALASALAMAT!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
UP Baguio invites the public to a free lecture on "Teaching Creative Non–Fiction" and "Teaching the Novel" by two pillars of contemporary Philippine Literature, Cristina Pantoja–Hidalgo and Jun Cruz Reyes, respectively. The lecture–forum will be held on 09 April 2010 at the TV room of the College of Arts and Communication, (CAC) UP Baguio. Interested? Heto ang aming contact details: 074 444 8393 (telefax), email@example.com.
The activity is part of the CAC's annual "Summer Arts Extension Program." This year's workshops are scheduled on April 5 to 10 and include the following:
♦ For KIDDIES (7 to 11 years old)
♥ AM: Basic Drawing & Illustration, Crafts Workshop
♥ PM: Water–Based Painting, Basic Tie–Dye Painting
♦ For TEENS & ADULTS (12 up)
♥ AM: Basic Drawing & Illustration, Basic Sculpture
♥ PM: Basic Print–Making, Basic Oil Painting
♦ FILMS & SPEECH TRAINING
♥ AM: Scriptwriting for Film
♥ PM: Voice & Diction
WORKSHOP FEES: PhP 1,500.00 (on–site registration); 20% discount for UP Students, faculty, staff & Dependents; 20% discount for early registration (b4 start of scheduled workshop)...
UMALI KAYO!!! :)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I am recommending this project primarily because my good friend, Prof. Annalyn "Ikin" Salvador (UP Baguio), is involved in it. Ikin, an adopted daughter of the Butbut folks, has spent over 10 years doing anthropological/ethnographic research in Kalinga.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Young yKalinga Professionals Organization, Inc. has organized a benefit concert aptly titled Y–JATON JI UMILI (An Offering of the Community) for Sheriff Thomas Dannang of Baguio City, on 06 March 2010, 5 PM, at Le Fondue along Legarda Road. Mr. Dannang has been undergoing dialysis thrice a week for some months now.
The charity project features the following cultural performance groups, bands, and singers:
♥ Lin–awa Performing Arts ♥ PE'TUNE ♥ A.N.I.T.O.S. Band
♥ SALIDUMMAY ♥ GRUPONG BINHI
♥ UGGAYAM ELDERS ♥ BLUE GRAZ Band
♥ SELDOM SEEN Band (Dick Oakes, Art Tumpao, Ernie Cacam, Jutay Jessie, Dennis Tabbang, March Fianza)
♥ Rocky Aliping
♥ Jun Utleg
♥ Arnel Banasan
♥ Johanes & Karen Amuasen
♥ Amper Barcellano
General admission tickets sell at PhP 50.00 each, while VIP tickets sell at PhP 1,000.00 each. For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call Berna Balway @ 09081017851.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Junley Lazaga of the College of Arts and Communication, UP Baguio has organized two poetry readings in celebration of the Bagui0 City Flower Festival and the National Arts Month, scheduled as follows:
♥ PART 1 (25 February 2010, 3-5 PM)
♦Venue: College of Social Sciences AVR, UP Baguio
♦Readers: Janice Bagawi, Elizabeth Calinawagan, Sacha Weygan, Merci Dulawan, Jennifer Cariño, Vicente Raras, Junley Lazaga, Roger "Rishab" Tibon, Scott Saboy, Frank Cimatu, Peter LA. Julian Francis Macansantos, Priscilla Macansantos
♥ PART 2 (26 February 2010, 2-4 PM)
♦Venue: Strawberry Hall, College of Home Economics and Technology, Benguet State University
♦Readers: Christian Ezekiel Fajardo, Janice Bagawi, Sacha Garah Weygan, Cristian Carlo Suller, Junley Lazaga, Napoleon Paris, Richard Kinnud, Scott Magkachi Saboy, Priscilla S. Macansantos, Babeth Lolarga, Rishab Tibon, Francis Macansantos, Elizabeth Calinawagan, Cecilia Fe Abalos, Lynette Carpio
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This disfigured Igorot statue half-buried in the heart of the Baguio Centennial Park partly depicts some aspects of the issue on "Igorotness" or Igorot ethnicity:
1. Igorotness cannot be divorced from the the issue of land.
2. The soil that sustains and animates the Igorot is the same soil that immobilizes him; the land that gives him life is the same land that gives him death.
3. The Igorot's "trunk" may well be his "roots."
4. Just as the defaced statue will need frequent restoration or reconstruction, Igorotness will continue to be (re)defined and negotiated.
5. The statue may end up being destroyed for good and in its place a new monument may arise -- just as the Igorotness which many now imagine may be re-imagined and given new "form" in the years to come.
6. Just as this statue is constructed with wood, steel bars and cement, so is Igorot identity clothed and shaped by the foreign and the native, the artificial and the natural.
7. The Igorot body will likely continue to be a significant -- if not central -- factor to the Igorot's imagined nature. His (half-) nakedness will likely continue to make him the exotic object of the voyeur-tourist.
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