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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Workshop and Forum with Aklanon Writers

Workshop and Forum with Aklanon Writers
“Theme: Kindling the Writer within the Young Aklanon”
Sept. 19-20, 2014, Aklan Catholic College (ACC) Cafeteria, Kalibo, Aklan


Day One: Forum with Aklanon Writers
Sept. 19, 2014; 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

8:00 – Registration
8:15 –  Opening Program
·         Doxology, National Anthem, Aklan Hymn, ACC Hymn
·         Opening Remarks – Floradel B. Almero, President of ACC Literati Club
·         Message – Rev. Fr. Jose Gualberto I. Villasis, PhD., Rector-President of ACC
         – Hon. Florencio T. Miraflores, Governor of Aklan
9:00 – “My Advice to Those Who Want to Write”
By Nynn Arwena G. Tamayo, Executive Director of AGMRMF Cultural Action Group
9:40 – Open Forum
10:00 – “The De la Cruz Writers: Leopoldo, Beato, Roman, Vellyzarius and Others”
            By Sumra de la Cruz Rojo, Editor-in-Chief of The Aklan Reporter
10:40 – Open Forum
11:00 – “Creative Nonfiction: Strategies and Challenges”
By June B. Mijares, ACC Vice-President for Academic Affairs
11:40 – Open Forum

1:00 –  “Binaeaybay sa Inakeanon: Kon Mauno Ako Magsueat”
            By Ronel Advincula, ACC Instructor
1:40 – Open Forum
2:00 –  “Poetry and Social Justice: For Whom Do You Write?”
            By George T. Calaor, Pioneering Aklanon Poet
2:40 – Open Forum
3:00 – The Art of Performance Poetry”
            By Jemson Quiñones, ACC Instructor
4:00 – Open Forum
Day Two: Forum with Aklanon Writers and Poetry Workshop
Sept. 20, 2014; 8:00 to 5:00 P.M.

8:00 – “Mga Bagong Isyu sa Wika at Panitikang Filipino”
            By Dr. John E. Barrios, Commissioner of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
9:00 – Open Forum
9:30 – Poetry Workshop
            By Melchor F. Cichon, Awardee of the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas,
            Aklanon Master Poet, and Recipient of the Outstanding Aklanon Award for Literature
1:00 –  Poetry Workshop (continuation)
4:30 – Closing Program
·         Message from a Participant
·         Awarding of Certificates to Participants and Facilitators
·         Awarding of Plaque of Merit to the Workshop Master
·         Closing Remarks – Byron Paul C. Beadoy, Adviser of ACC Literati Club

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This Rainy Morning

Yes, the Heaven

Dusk Breeze

dusk breeze--
the heaven is here
even beyond our smiles
***Melchor F. Cichon
Sept 7, 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop and Forum with Aklanon Writers
Sept. 19-20, 2014
Aklan Catholic College (ACC) Cafeteria
Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes St., Kalibo, Aklan

Resource Persons:

Melchor F. Cichon                  ~ Aklanon Master Poet
   Awardee, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas
John E. Barrios                        ~ Pioneering Aklanon Poet, Fictionist and Playwright
                                                   Commissioner, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
Nynn Arwena G. Tamayo       ~ Leading Aklanon Woman Poet
                                                   Executive Director, AGMRMF Cultural Action Group

Invited Aklanon Writers:

George T. Calaor                     June B. Mijares                       Rommel J. Constantino          

Registration Fee: P150 for ACCians, P200 for outsiders (inclusive of 3 snacks and a certificate)

For inquiries, contact: 09466900015, Floradel B. Almero, President of the ACC Literati.


Sept. 19, 2014; 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Forum with Aklanon Writers

Short Talk and Open Forum:
8:00 A.M. –     Registration
8:30 A.M. –     Opening Program
9:00 A.M. – “My Advice to Those Who Want to Write”
By Nynn Arwena G. Tamayo
10:00 A.M. –   Open Forum
10:30 A.M. – “Poetry and Social Justice: For Whom Do You Write?”
By George T. Calaor
11:30 A.M. – Open Forum
12:00 P.M. –   Break
2:00 P.M. –     “Creative Nonfiction: Strategies and Challenges”
By June B. Mijares
3:00 P.M. –     Open Forum/Snacks
3:30 P.M. –     “Literature and Theater: The Teatro Akeanon Experience”
By Rommel J. Constantino

Sept. 20, 2014; 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Continuation of Forum with Aklanon Writers
Poetry Workshop
8:00 A.M. –     Opening Program
9:00 A.M. –     “Mga Bagong Isyu sa Wika at Panitikang Filipino”
By Dr. John E. Barrios
Commissioner, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
10:00 A.M. –   Open Forum / Snacks
10:30 A.M. –   Poetry Workshop
By Melchor F. Cichon
Awardee, Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas
12:00 P.M. –   Break
1:00 P.M. –     Poetry Workshop (continuation)
4:30 P.M. –     Closing Program and Awarding of Certificates

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

With Sirius

Full Moon

full moon--
the young couple
build their bamboo castle
September 2, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ani 38

KALATAS: Philippine Literature, Culture, & Ideas

The official publication of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the largest organization of Filipino writers in the country founded in 1974.

CCP launches 38th literary journal on 45th year

ani38Seventy-one writers who authored a total of 147 literary works are featured in the 38th issue of the official literary journal of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Ani 38 themed “The Human Body/Ang Katawan” covering the period of 2013 to 2014 will be launched on October 15, 2014 at the CCP Promenade at five in the afternoon. The CCP Intertextual Division, formerly the Literary Arts Division, produced Ani 38 in time for the 45th anniversary of the Center, which will officially start in September.
Intertextual Division head and Ani editor-in-chief Herminio S. Beltran, Jr. explained that the “concrete” theme of Ani 38 resulted from the common comment of writers who composed the Ani 37 issue. They found the latter’s theme of “Cleansing and Renewal” as abstract.
“Undoubtedly concrete as it is, it may not be all that new however as a topic in creative writing,” said Beltran. He added, “We therefore kept it open to related sub-topics, such as the stages of the human body from birth to death; the situations and conditions that affect it, namely, illnesses and wellness; bodily functions, and activities the body is capable of – all of which deal with human experiences that make for a wealth of materials for the creation of narratives and metaphors.”
The 71 authors who submitted works in Filipino, Hiligaynon, Ilokano, Ilokano-Baguio, Akeanon, Bikol, Pangasinan, English, and Spanish in Ani 38: The Human Body/Ang Katawan are as follows: E. San Juan, Jr., James M. Fajarito, Melchor F. Cichon, Nonilon V. Queano, Mark Joseph Z. Arisgado, Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., Frank G. Rivera, Santiago B. Villafania, Hope Sabanpan-Yu, Jim Pascual Agustin, Joel Vega, Francisco Monteseña, Luis Batchoy, Jojo G. Silvestre, Ric S. Bastasa, Alma Anonas-Carpio, Johann Vladimir Jose Espiritu, Denver Ejem Torres, G. Mae Aquino, Kristoffer B. Berse, Wilhelmina S. Orozco, John Enrico C. Torralba, Catherine Candano, Glen Sales, Tilde Acuña, Shur C. Mangilaya, Anie M. Calleja, Victor N. Sugbo, Gil S. Beltran, Junley L. Lazaga, John Carlo Gloria, Anne Carly Abad, Louie Jon A. Sanchez, Kervin Calabias, Eilyn L. Nidea, Celine Socrates, MJ Rafal, Nestor Librano Lucena, Edgar Bacong, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, Phillip Yerro Kimpo, Marlon Agbayani Rodrigo, Manolito C. Sulit, Raul G. Moldez, Filipino Estacio, Mark Angeles, April Mae M. Berza, Glenn Ford B. Tolentino, Allan Lenard O. Ocampo, Ma. Cristina L. Barrera, Mars Mercado, Ernesto Villaluz Carandang II, Mario Ascueta Aguado, Noahlyn Maranan, Raul Esquillo Asis, Shiela Virtusio, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr., Mar Anthony Simon dela Cruz, Iö M. Jularbal, Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, U Z. Eliserio, Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, Dolores R. Taylan, Voltaire M. Villanueva, Gege Sugue, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Elyrah L. Salanga-Torralba, Ma. Rita R. Aranda, Lorna A. Billanes, Perry C. Mangilaya, and Bernadette C. Tenegra.
Betty Uy-Regala is the managing editor and launch coordinator of Ani 38, and Rommel Manto is the layout artist and designer of the publication.
During the launch on October 15, Ani 38: The Human Body/Ang Katawan will be sold at a discounted rate.
The Intertextual Division, led by Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., is comprised of Giselle G. Garcia, senior culture and arts officer; Jasmin Tresvalles, culture and arts officer; and Nestor Librano Lucena, clerk.
For updates on Ani 38: The Human Body/Ang Katawan, follow CCP Intertextual Division Programs on Facebook; @ccpintertextual on Twitter; and ccpintertextualdivision on Tumblr. You can also email and

About Kalatas

Kalatas is the official publication of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the largest organization of Filipino writers in the country. Founded in 1974, the organization was known for a time as the Writers Union of the Philippines.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

May Kamatayon


May Kamatayon
Gin-Inakeanon ni Melchor F. Cichon
August 11, 2014

May sangka baye nga namatayan it unga. Indi na ra mabaton. Kada tawo nga masubeang nana hay ginapangayuan na it bulig ag ginatangisan.

"May una kinyo nga makapabanhaw it sangka unga? Buligi man ninyo ako!"

Haeos nagkaumangon eon ro baye. Ag maski may naeuoy man kana, owa man it nakatao kana it solusyon sa ginapangayo nana.

Hasta umabot ro sangka ka eaki ag nagpaeapit kana ag naghambae, "May sambilog eang nga tawo nga makabulig kimo."

"Sin-o? Sugiri ako!" ro hambae ku sangka desperadang baye.

"Ro maaeam nga tawo. Si Buddha! Makita mo ron imaw sa ibabaw ku bukid ngaron."

Owa mag-uyang it tiyempo rayang baye ag gin-agtunan si Buddha sa ibabaw it bukid, ro ginasugid nga pinakamaaeam nga tawo.

Ginsugilanon ku rayang baye ag ginsugid nana ra problema.

"Ginahigugma ko gid rang unga. Pwede baea ninyo mapabanhaw rang unga bangod kakon?"

"Pwede mabanhaw ring unga kon maobra nimo ro mga bagay ngara," ro sabat ni Buddha. "Manaog ka sa banwa ag mag-agto sa kabaeay-baeayan. Ro kada tawo sa baeay ngaron hay pangayuan mo it sangka eamigas nga bugas. Sangka eamigas sa kada baeay nga owa pa namatyan o owa pa kasaksi it kamatayan."

Sobra ro kalipay ku baye ag dali-dali imaw nga humalin.

Pagpanaog sa banwa hay dumiretso imaw sa mga pamaeay. Sa kada baeay, ginapangayuan nana't sangka eamigas it bugas. "Sangka eamigas eang sa kada pamaeay nga owa pa namatyan o nakasaksi it sangka kamatayan.

Apang uwat gusto nga magtao kana't bugas.

Bangod nga kada baeay sa lugar ngato hay nakaekspirensiya it may namatay ag nakasaksi it kamatayon sa andang baeay.

"Ro kamatayan hay parti it atong kabuhi," ro hambae ni Buddha. "Busa tun-an mo nga batunon ra. Mag-umpisa ka it oman ag umpisahan ag lipatan mo ro imo ngato nga handum nga mabuhi pa't oman ro inyong unga. Taw-an mo imaw it angay nga eubong ag magpangabuhi ka it husto ag madungganon, ag tratuhon mo ro kada adlaw nga katapusan mo eon nga adlaw sa ibabaw it kalibutan. Sa makarayang paagi, mapauswag mo ring pangabuhi.

Early Summer Rainbow

The Beauty That Curves Eternity

Naghinyo Ako Sa Ginuo

Naghinyo Ako Sa Ginuo
ni Dang Decka Geusdan

Gin-Inakeanon ni Melchor F. Cichon
August 24, 2014

Naghingyo ako sa Ginuo nga hukson Na rang bugae
Ag naghambae ro Ginuo “Indi”,
Hambae Na nga buko’t ana kunong ueobrahon ra,
Ako kuno dapat ro maghimo kara.
Ginpangabay ko sa Ginuo nga bilugon Na ro mga unga nga may kapinsanan
Ag hambae it Ginuo “Indi”,
Kuno ro andang ispirito hay bilog.
Temporaryo eang man kuno ro andang eawas.
Naghinyo ako sa Ginuo nga taw-an ako’t pasensiya,
Ag naghambae ro Ginuo “Indi”,
Ro pasensiya kuno hay produkto it mga kasakit.
Owa ra ginatao, ginapahueasan ra.
Ginhinyo ko ro Ginuo nga taw-an Nana ako’t kalipayan
Ag naghambae ro Ginuo “Indi”,
Gatao kuno Imaw it grasya.
Ro kalipayan kuno hay depende kakon.
Ginhinyo ko sa Ginuo nga ipaeayo Nana ako sa kasakitan
Ag ro Ginuo naghambae “Indi”,
Hambae Nana ro kalisdanan kuno gapaeayo sa pangkalibutanon nga pagtatap
Ag nagapaeapit kuno ako Kana.
Ginhinyo ko sa Ginuo nga patubuon Na rang ispirito
Ag naghambae Imaw nga “Indi”,
Hambae Nana nga obligasyon ko kuno nga magpatubo kara,
Pero Ana kuno ako nga utdan agod magbinungahon ako.
Ginpangutana ko Imaw kon ginahigugma Nana ako
Ag nagsabat Imaw nga “huo”.
Naghinyo ako sa Ginuo nga buligan Nana ako sa paghigugma sa akong isigkatawo
Pareho sa pagmahae Nana kakon
Ag nagsabat ro Ginuo, “Ah, sa katapusan may ideya ka gid man”.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another Day

another day
the fire and smoke
of her scattered mind
August 24, 2014