Isang 100% Pinoy (?) sowzyal-networking websayt ang nilots ilang buwan na ang nakararaan. Target nito ang mga Filipinong estudyante at alumnay o mga Friendster user. Sa ngayon meron nang 15,000ng 'estudyante' ang Facebook.com-inspayrd websayt na Eskwela.com.
Unang napansin ko sa websayt, ang pangalan. Bakit di na lang 'iskul' as-in 'iskul bukol'? Opinyon ng isang blogista:
I have a problem with the name. “Eskwela” is not even 100% Pinoy. It’s a derivative of the Spanish word for “school.”. The Tagalog word for “school” is “paaralan.” I know it may not be as catchy as “eskwela,” but it you are going to tout yourself as “100% Pinoy,” then you should live up to your word. Also, is that the correct spelling? Isn’t the correct spelling “eskuwela?”
Tagalog at Filipino ang 'eskwela'. Ito ay hiram-Spanish na part na ng vokabyulari natin. Katumbas nito ang Tagalog word na 'paaralan'. Pinaikling 'eskuwela' ang 'eskwela'. Kung ako ang tatanungin, mas cool sana kung 'iskul'. Okey lang. Kwela rin naman ang 'eskwela'.
28 December 2006
I am attending this event tonight. I think it is just right to support our very own Bicolano songwriters and in my humblest way, be able to help - in the words of the organizers - "keep the flame of BIKOL CULTURE alive".
And why not?
I am someone who finds joy and contentment in wishing and working for development of self and my community.
And I personally believe that a rich and vibrant culture is a sine qua non for development not only of a person, but more so, of an entire society. And the arts hold a very special role in making and keeping a certain culture dynamic, significant, and splendid. Indeed, who could ever discount the critical place occupied by the theater in, say, New York and London? Or by film in Japan? Or by visual arts and opera in Italy? Or by literature in Greece? Or by ballet in France?
Yet, who could ever undermine, much more deny, the importance of music to our very own Bicolano culture? And of our culture to our growth as a society? And of our artists to our history, our unfolding saga, and our destiny as a nation?
With this having been said, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman's rather interesting take on this comes into mind. She recently said --
"A people without art are a people without soul. We keep complaining that our nation seems stuck in crisis after crisis, and that neither politicians nor priests, nor economists seem able to do anything about it. Perhaps it is to our artists that we should turn for guidance, for it is the artists who remember our past, interpret our present and imagine our future."
'Makes sense, right?
And so, while, for some reasons, I have the greatest deference for writers, filmmakers, and musicians, I personally have so much respect for the artists of the world...
--- Such beautiful souls, and beautiful minds.
See you all there!
Nung December 2, vomowt ang 70,058 rejisterd vowters sa Surigao del Norte upang maging isang ganap na probinsya ang Dinagat Islands at 63,144 ang tumutol.
Nag-"No" man ang 20ng bayan at isang syudad ng Surigao de Norte (kasama ang Loreta at Tubajon na parte ng Dinagat Island) at 5 lamang sa pitong bayan sa Dinagat Island ang nag-"Yes" kasama ang San Jose (kapitolyo), Basilisa, Dinagat, Cagdianao at Libjo, nariyalayz pa rin ang pagkrieyt ng ika-limang probinsya ng Caraga Region dahil sa mababang bilang ng bumuto sa mga lugar na nag-"No".
Ang Dinagat Island na may lawak na 801.65 kilometro kwadrado ay mayaman sa mineral resources at feymus sa kanilang rock climbing sites at white sand beaches.
Orchard Road was the place to be if you want to experience a remarkable Christmas celebration in
Far and Away
This year was the first time I celebrated Christmas away from home and my family. I went to a friendâ€™s house where some other Filipinos were present. I also had a chance to call home to greet my family. Yesterday (Christmas day), I sleep almost the whole day.
Fair â€œFair Priceâ€?
Yesterday night, we went to Fair Price at Bukit Merah and went home just after buying some stuff. We unknowingly left one plastic bag containing most of the meat worth $40 at the cashier. I only learned about this after I got home tonight from office. So I thought maybe they still have a record and that I could still try to ask them whether it is possible that I could collect the products. So I went back and learned they did found the bag. They told me to just pick and choose all items that were left behind. And so I did. What amazed me was that the employee in-charge did not even checked what I have and just asked me, â€œAre they all in?â€? After I said â€œyesâ€?, she just said, â€œOkay, you can go now.â€?
Hello Batchmates and friends,
As we all know, the last typhoon hit the Bicol region pretty hard. We’ve seen and heard it on the news. Many have become homeless; with their source of livelihood gone with it. My mother says that in some areas, while people were given shelter, they hardly have anything to sustain them. Government funds are not enough to provide relief to those affected by the typhoon. I ask for your help to open our network and to contribute for those affected by the typhoon in Bicol. I have spoken with the Cristina Tabora of the Philippine Jesuit Foundation here in New York and she advised a couple ways to send donations.
You may send check donations to Ateneo de Naga University earmarked “Typhoon Reming/AdNU” or “Typhoon Reming/Homeless” or send remittances directly to:
ADNU Dollar Account: 8864-0093-02
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)Caceres Branch
SWIFT Code: BOPIPHMM
Branch Code: 886
If tax-deductible receipt in theUnited States might be required, you may send your checks earmarked same as above to:
Philippine Jesuit Foundation
130 Beekman Street, Studio 4-A
New York, NY 110038 USA
For the time being, please share and disseminate any information onÂ consolidated efforts organized by anyÂ batchmate(s) around the globe for the same purpose. I will continue to coordinate with the Philippine Jesuit FoundationÂ on any further advice on gathering relief goods or donations in kind.
IÂ appeal to your generosity. Whatever you can spare will go a long way for those who need them. If there are others whom you know are willing to share their blessings, please help me spread the word. Mitchel LustreÂ
My sincerest thank you to all of you. AMDG.
See, weather conditions here could be really nippy -- especially at dawn and even during daytime. I must say though that it's a great way to unwind and cool off (both figuratively and literally) after a whole year of hard work. The clean and green scenery make this travel all the more fun and relaxing. Today we will try to visit all the famous tourist spots of this city. For the meantime, we are just enjoying this unique SM mall that they have here. From its 'terrace', you could actually see the entire city which, I was informed, is about 5,000 ft above sea level. Tonight, we will cap our stay here by relishing a fireworks display that SM City Baguio has prepared for all its clients.
Tomorrow, we shall be traveling back to Manila to spend Christmas eve there. Until then, we shall be immersed in the wondrous sights and sounds of this 'chilled' city.
Meantime, I am now in this beautiful city of Baguio with my loved ones enjoying the quiet moments, the breathtaking views, and the chilly climate. On the 24th, we shall be in Manila to meet up with more family members for a Christmas celebration.
Bicol is where I will spend Christmas however -- the place that I could leave for awhile but I could never replace in my heart, albeit the exhausting responsibilities and the incessant weather disturbances.
DILIMAN, Quezon Cityâ€”â€œMy mother told me how difficult it was when she gave birth to me. I was their first-born. I wasnâ€™t sure if my mother was just trying to make me feel guilty so that Iâ€™d learn how to pay debt of gratitude. But I agree with Mama that giving birth to your first-born is certainly difficult.â€? When Kristian Sendon Cordero shared these words with the audience of the Book Forum at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto of UP-Dilimanâ€™s Bulwagang Rizal last December 8, he had not the slightest hint as to how close he was to receiving the 6th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA) for his â€œMga Tulang Tulala: Mga Piling Tula sa Filipino, Bikol at Rinconada.â€?
Cordero, 23, the first regional writer ever to receive the prestigious award, also shared in vivid recollection the situations in his native region after it had been devastated by typhoon Reming. He said it was really hard to think about the First Book Award with all the depressing scenes on the background way back home in his native Iriga City. â€œI wish that through this I may somehow share hope with my fellow Bikolanos, that even in the midst of adversities we suffer, we have reasons to be happy. This is not for me alone. I share the triumph with them.â€?
When award-winning writer Rene O. Villanueva, this yearâ€™s chair of the board of judges, called his name and proclaimed him the winner, Cordero rose up from his seat with disbelief and proceeded to the stage to receive his award. He had only a short statement to say. â€œThe prize is something we need in Bicol.â€?
Poems and sufferings
Panitikan.com.phâ€™s webmaster Arvin Mangohig called this yearâ€™s MGBFBA an event of many firsts. â€œIt was the first time a volume of poetry won. It was the first time a trilingual book won. It was the first time a book published by a small press won. It was the first time the winner was not known beforehand.â€? It was also the first time when finalists of the MGBFBA were gathered together and shared the biography of their first book in the forum dubbed â€œBreaking into Print.â€?
Together with â€œMga Tulang Tulalaâ€? (Goldprint Publishing House), the shortlist of the finalists for this years MGFBA included fiction books â€œIskrapbukâ€? by Allan N. Derain (UP Press), â€œPangangaluluwa at iba pang Kuwentoâ€? by Jimmuel C. Naval (UP Press), and poetry books â€œOrder of the Poetsâ€? by Jaime Dasca Doble (Akdang Bayan), and â€œIbang Daan Pauwiâ€? by Manolito C. Sulit (UST Publishing House). Each of the finalists related different stories as how their first books came about and got into print.
It was Corderoâ€™s moving story that left everyone captivated and in awe, including senior writers like J. Neil C. Garcia, Lilia Quindoza-Santiago, Charlson Ong, and National Artists Virgilio S. Almario and Bienvenido L. Lumbera. He spoke about his poems while in mind were the images of the destructive typhoon battering Bicol.
â€œIn these times when we [in Bicol] are suffering due to the recent calamity, it will just be more disheartening if we will let our enthusiasm to revive our literature wane. It is only literature where genuine and deep reflections of our experiences as Bikolanos are found. In this way, we can only proceed to a new Bicol. There are poems which will remain etched in our hearts; there are poems which are destined to be forgotten. I am looking for poetry that could rouse me from fatigue, stir me from grief, poetry that is redemptive in the sense of offering a kind of deliverance, or rescue of the imagination, and poetry that awakens delightâ€”pleasure in recognition, pleasure in strangeness.â€?
After â€œMga Tulang Tulalaâ€? which was published in 2004, Cordero, has published another poetry book, â€œSantigwar,â€? also published by the Naga-based Goldprint Publishing House. He won for his poetry Homelife Magazineâ€™s grand prize in 2004, he also earned the magazineâ€™s second prize in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Last September 1, his short story in Filipino, â€œLangaw,â€? placed second in the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature. Corderoâ€™s â€œLangawâ€? is a sad tale of a poor girl whose sufferings tragically ended in the hands of merciless rapists along the railroad tracks.
Cordero received a Php50,000 check which was awarded to him by Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing Director VE Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr. and Likhaan Foundation treasurer Linda Panlilio.
Nadera says that, â€œthe prize obtained from winning the MGBFBA is deemed to encourage beginning writers to persevere in writing and publishing, and it also encourages publishers to take risk with new authors. The cash prize is there to help them in their next book projects.â€?
â€œFor a young writer from the region, it really confirmed my desire to write. This helped me find my place in the resurgence of Bikol literature. I think things like this will get the attention of my fellow Bikolanos, that even in the face of marginalization, our native literature continues to resurge and be recognized on the national arena. But no reward comes greater than being read by my own people, the people who speak my own language,â€? Cordero said about the award.
The MGBFBA, established in February 2001 and administered since then by the UP-ICW, is the only award-winning body in the Philippines recognizing first books by new authors published within the last two years. It is granted by the Madrigal and Gonzalez families, through Atty. Gizela Gonzalez Montinola, writer and granddaughter of Bienvenido Gonzalez, former UP President, and daughter of Gonzalo Gonzalez, former member of the UP Board of Regents.
The award covers all genres of creative writing and nominations may come from publishing houses, university presses, creative writing centers, writersâ€™ organizations, and other literary enthusiasts. It is given on alternate years to writers in English and writers in Filipino.
Previous winners of the MGBFBA were â€œLife After Xâ€? a story collection in English by Angelo R. Lacuesta (2001), â€œPaghuhunosâ€? novel in Filipino by Ellen L. Sicat (2002), â€œSmaller and Smaller Circlesâ€? a novel in English by Felisa H. Batacan (2003), â€œMakinilyang Altarâ€? a novel in Filipino by Luna Sicat-Cleto (2004), and â€œThe Sky Over Dimasâ€? a novel in English by Vicente Groyon (2005).
Together with Villanueva, Malou L. Jacob, Director of DLSUâ€™s Bienvenido N. Santos Center for Creative Writing, and Luna L. Sicat Cleto, winner of MGBFBA in 2004, consisted the panel of the judges.