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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Alimpatok: Ilokano Erotic Poetry Launching

Alimpatok, anthology of Ilokano erotic poetry, will be formally launched in a double-launching on August 3, 2012, Friday. The first launch of the book will be held at a poetry reading session at the Library of the University of the Philippines Baguio, 2-4 PM, as part of the Buwan ng Wika celebration of the University. Another launch will also happen on the same day, in a poetry jamming, at 6-8 PM, at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City.
The book, edited by Ariel S. Tabag, Roy V. Aragon and Mighty C. Rasing, is the first Ilokano erotic book, features erotic poems by 33 Ilokano poets in the Philippines and abroad.

The 140-page book which measures 6x9 inches will be sold at a discounted price on the double-launch.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Criminal Within

In the right situation, we are all capable of the most terrible crimes. To imagine a world where this was not so, where every crisis did not result in new atrocities, where every newspaper is not full of war and violence... Well, this is to imagine a world where human beings cease to be human.
- from "Invasion" (2007)

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CSC/CSS Lectures: IPRA, Air Pollution in Baguio

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fun with Pun

Another charming forwarded message from Anthony Herron:

Got this from Dr. Albert. Very clever!!!

The pun , or paronomasia , is a form of word play which exploits the ambiguity of a statement, allowing it to be understood in multiple ways for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic , homographic , metonymic , or metaphorical language. A pun must be deliberate: an unintentional substitution of similar words is called a malapropism . Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death.

A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.

What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead give away.)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.

She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia - the LAN down under.

Every calendar's days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted - Taint yours and taint mine.

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.

Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.

Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture is a jab well done.

h/t JP

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

CSC Lectures: "Making Artifacts Speak: The Study of Cordillera Material Culture (1980-2010)

Prof. Delfin L. Tolentino, Jr. will present his research titled "Making Artifacts Speak: The Study of Cordillera Material Culture (1980-2010)" on 26 July 2012, 2.30 PM, at the College of Social Sciences (CSS) AVR, UP Baguio.

Professor Tolentino is the editor of The Cordillera Review, UP Baguio's peer-reviewed journal, and was director of the Cordillera Studies Center (CSC) from 2006-2012.  

As his colleague as well as his student in graduate school, I have known him to be more Igorot than many Igorots for his vast knowledge of Igorot culture and his genuine concern for the Cordilleras.

MLL Penal Colony 203: Musings of a Branded Man

This semester I have become a branded man. Our Computerized Registration System (CRS) says so. I am now consigned to a special penal colony called MLL 203: Teaching Communication Arts. Fortunately for me, I am in good company.

One is a recidivist whose harrowing experiences in two MLL penal colonies have recently caused his adrenalin bursting, sending his academic juices to the heavenly heights, and gaining inspiration to write a rumored 800-page memoir which is now under review by the high chief of penology, the great DLT himself who is on furlough in the Amazon hacking his way to the Temple of Tomes.  With such a distinguished career in gaol (no, friends in Alab, that doesn't sound like "sheol," but "jail"), and being a hulking balbas sarado, he could be easily mistaken as the prison mayor, but no.  He had suggested that I take the position by virtue of seniority, which, of course, gave me unceasing fear and trembling being a newbie in the penal business.

Then, as if, on cue, some jailbird swinging from grapevine-bar to grapevine-bar whispered to me that the selda mayor is actually a she-who-knows-me who certainly cannot be named except for her initials, K.W. -- as in, well, "Kristina Wood." But for now she has to manage the bullpen via remote control as she has been granted parole for some junket abroad.

We share the can with five other inmates. Two of them are members of the Literati whose collective pledge is to not withhold secrets. One of them, by the way was midway into proclaiming "Estamos de luna de miel!" when she was nabbed by some literatinazis who decided that a semester-long torment in our hole was more than enough to set her straight. Two others are also first-time jailbirds who were initially uneasy ala Glaspell's canary but now seem to be getting the hang (or knot?) of it (or of the idea that they're gonna get hanged at the end of or as part of their ordeal).

A media practitioner also happens to be part of the gang. Being with a giant TV network, he is sure to keep tabs on any human and non-human interest story swirling in the cell and around its immediate vicinity. It would make it doubly hard, however, to hatch an escape plan ala Shawshank Redemption because this otherwise amiable broadcaster would have broken the details to Imbestigador before we could even begin chipping away bits of concrete.

The warden?  Well, he is fresh from his intermittent tour of duty in Diliman where he earned his fourth star, PhD in Philippine Studies. And being known as a church guy, he might just do a good job in this attempt at reforming us sinner-scholars and save us yet from the hands of the angry gods and goddesses.  But pastor or no pastor, who knows what he will do should he find us beyond redemption. For hell hath no fury like a warden scorned. (sms)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Dr. Casanova Lectures @ UP Baguio

Dr. Maria del Rocio Ortuca Casanova, a visiting professor to the University of the Philippines, will be featured in the College of Arts and Communication's "Talastasan Series" this July and August at the Bulwagang Juan Luna.  

Her two lectures are "Spanish and Latin American Modernism and 1898" (18 July, 2.30-4.30 PM), and "Latin American Fiction: Post-Boom, McOndo, Crack Literature" (22 August, 2.30-4.30 PM).


18 July ("Spanish and Latin Ameircan Modernism and 1898")

Welcome Remarks:     Dean Anna Christie V. Torres, PhD
Introduction:                Prof. Ma. Rosario Y. Florendo (Emcee)
Lecture:                        Dr. Maria del Rocio Ortuña Casanova
Reaction:                       Dr. Ma. Elinora P. Imson (Reactor)
Open Forum:               Dr. Jimmy B. Fong (Moderator)

22 August ("Latin American Fiction: Post-Boom, McOndo, Crack Literature")

Introduction:                Prof. Ruth M. Tindaan (Emcee)
Lecture:                        Dr. Maria del Rocio Ortuña Casanova
Reaction:                       Dr. Anna Christie V. Torres (Reactor)
Open Forum:                Mr. Scott M. Saboy (Moderator)
Closing Remarks:         Dean Anna Christie V. Torres, PhD 

"Bamboo Gods & Bionic Boys" Screening & Forum @ UP Baguio