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Girok: Erotika

December 16th, 2016 No comments

"Girok: Erotika" is an 250-page anthology of poems, short fiction, translations, a screenplay, a musical arrangement, and visual artworks by around 90 Bikolnon artists.

Published by Kabulig Bikol, Inc. with assistance from V.C. Igarta Foundation for the Arts, New York, U.S.A. It will be launched on 28 January 2017, on the occasion of the 5th Pagsurat Bikolnon to be held at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

"Harayo-harani an hiling, parong, tanog, namit, hapiyap kan puso asin sensibilidad. Ini an duon kan Girok: senswal sa laman, nangkikitik; senswal sa isip, nagpapangalas, nagpapalayog. Mateng-matè ta an arualdaw nagdadanay sa hararumon na bubon, sa dakulaon na natad. An tikwil kan dagâ nagigin osipon nin mundo. An sagid kan tagiti nagigin masulog na salog. An huringhuding kan panganuron sa banggi nagrarawitdawit kinaagahan. Ta girok man nanggad an duon kan sensibilidad Bikolnon. Pirmi nang may tama, may masiram na pulikat." — MERLINDA BOBIS

"An Girok bakong saro na naman sanáng katiripunan nin mga pagsurat Bikolnon kundi sarong napapalain na pagkadukay kun pànong an imahinasyon—urog na idtong napapalinya sa eros—pwedeng magin sarong paagi nin pasaysay na arte na malighang minakitik sa agimadmad kan parabasa, alagad minatukdo sainda na masabutan an kahulugan kan mga bagay-bagay na danay kutâ sanáng malibog asin harayo." — GREG CASTILLA
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October 7th, 2016 No comments
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JM X JUDY

June 13th, 2016 No comments

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THANK YOU > JENNY DO | JEAN CARMELA | HERLINA | THE WINERY, SURRY HILLS_

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Luis & Stephanie

May 19th, 2016 No comments

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| LUIS & STEPHANIE | HONGKONG |

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THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL SITUATION (14 MAY 2016)

May 15th, 2016 No comments
Politics is at the center of our national consciousness, for the moment. How are we doing?

It seems that the 2016 national and local elections stirred more than the usual partisan divide among the people.

One, there was an uprising of largely unorganized, volunteer electoral machineries that supposedly delivered votes for their respective candidates.  This seemed evident in the cases of Duterte and Robredo. Duterte run under the PDP-Laban but it was observed that most of his campaign materials and supporters were not part of the party itself. In some regions for example, tarpaulins were printed and set up by volunteers themselves. Robredo, although running under the administration LP, was also propelled by networks of volunteers including farmers, urban poor, etc. who were never members of the party.

Two, the regions delivered the votes for the winning candidates. Although a huge chunk of the voters are from Metro Manila, It should be noted that the most defined volume of votes delivered for the leading candidates came from the Mindanao and Visayas islands, while the Metro Manila and Luzon votes were divided over the various contenders. An evident manifestation of a growing clamour by regions in the countryside to get political and economic power from the Metro Manila. A sensible message to the elected officials: focus your efforts towards regional development that can ultimately propel the political and economic upliftment of the nation.

Three, the people elected a president and vice president that stands for and represent a sentiment towards change. So the status quou is never perfect and there have always been talks of social change. But this is the first time that the sentiment for change manifested in a vote for both the president and vice president. Duterte is anchored on his unorthodox approaches and staunch anticrime stance while Robredo is very vocal on her advocacy for transparency and peoples empowerment towards participation in governance.

So somewhere in these must be a message from the people. Probably any of the following? (1)Dismantle oligarchs and political dynasty so that genuine political discourses focused on ideological and developmental paradigms, programs, and issues can be at the hear tof electoral campaigns. (2)Review the political and economic empowerment of the countryside vis-a-vis the monopoly of power and resources by the national capital region.(3)Enhance government service with efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and peoples participation.

Anyway the next six years will be a period of continuing discernment and hopefully, national development.

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Bogey & Denise | Friday the 13th

May 13th, 2016 No comments

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South of South

April 20th, 2016 No comments

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The Buenaflors

March 12th, 2016 No comments

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Thank you BUENAFLORS _
Carlo, Rica, Seb, Sophie, Max, Theodore & Luc.

Thank you kind friends for welcoming us into your home.
You are lovely in countless ways.
Yes kids, you little’uns run the show.
We equally share your joy of aimlessly wallowing in the woodlands.
We enjoyed finding small marvels in your site-bingeing.
Thanks for waking the wide-eyed sightseers in all of us.
Truly,

The world is your cottage – freedom, your friend.

Hope you enjoyed viewing these loosely collaged images as we very much did.
Thanks to our creative halves – the wunderkinds of WILD REVERIE – Mabelle & Lex.
You weaved impromptu magic despite the very short notice.

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PIA [ XVIII ]

January 23rd, 2016 No comments
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Hello 2016!

January 1st, 2016 No comments
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Philippe & Kristine

December 24th, 2015 No comments

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Hit the target, miss the point?

December 15th, 2015 No comments
Two-pronged fundamental objectives of campaigning: (1)introducing the candidate to the voters, and (2)convincing the voters to elect the candidate.

And to attain these, there is a variety of tools for political action employed by individuals and organization involved in electoral campaigns. In many instances, lobby, propaganda, boycott, and even violence are effective tools for campaigns.

Unfortunately, there are some who  believe that these tools are the fundamental reason for the campaign. Totally forgetting the fact that campaigns are supposed to make candidates known to the voters so that the latter can decide intelligently.

I cringe whenever I see campaigners and partisans going after each other's throat, as if the victory of thier respective candidates is dependent on who prevailed in their bickerings. I am uncomfortable with people so obsessed with the propaganda and packaging while totally ignoring the character and personality of the candidate.

To my mind, a viable check to this situation is the adoption of a credible party system that puts premium on programs and directions instead of personalities and propaganda. If you want to occupy public office, convince the public during the campaign that where you will bring them(through your party programs and directions) is the best option for everyone.

Unless we embark on this very important electoral reforms, our campaigns will continue to miss the point for the entire electoral exercise. And our democracy will continue to be more of the "form", missing the "substance".
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Campaigns: controversies vs. performance, propaganda vs. facts

December 8th, 2015 No comments
I think political campaigns must consciously gravitate towards performance and facts. I have noticed an alarming trend wherein being controversial is becoming the path to being elected, and astute propaganda is the vehicle for effective campaign. Both of these are not really the essentials for public service. I wish campaigns are more anchored on actual performance and facts. Otherwise, it will not be an electoral  victory for the people but for professional hecklers and propagandists instead.
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Living and learning: lessons and life

December 8th, 2015 No comments
As I feel myself advancing in years, I become more aware of the experiences and lessons they bring across time. For example, multitude of faces/persons have come into and have been gone from my life.Some I genuinely liked, others i really loathed. But the amazing thing: there is always a memory retained. Both the good and the bad ones. I just realized that it didnt matter whether the person was good to me or not. Bottomline is that whether we like it or not, the persons that we meet in this lifetime leaves a footprint in our being.
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Paolo & Cris

December 3rd, 2015 No comments

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