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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inangkit Ku Bao

inangkit ku bao
ro siki nga nag-eapak kana
bag-ong buskad nga Sampaguita
September 30, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Last Working Day

last working day--
I keep my bruised heart
from my co-workers
September 28, 2014

Edsa Revolution

Edsa Revolution--
nagtau it Sampaguita
ro ungang baye sa soldado ni Marcos
Sept. 28, 2014

Trabaho Eang

trabaho eang--
sige eang nga linabu
ka dila
Sept. 28, 2014

Owa Imaw Kadumdum

owa imaw kadumdum
ra dila gali
gatiurok sa tagiposuon
Sept. 28, 2014

Ano Kalinong

ano kalinong
gatiurok sa dalipe
ro huni't agaganghis
Sept 28, 2014


her tongue
is slashing again
Sept 28, 2014

Rusing Sales Lady

the rushing sales lady
steps on a centepede
that crosses a pathway

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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