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City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo speaking before the National Conference of Public Librarians at the National Library last October 27-28 on Best Practices: Raul S. Roco Library.
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BIKOLANOS IN THE 2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

October 31st, 2008 No comments
Seven Bikolano authors were chosen as finalists in the 2008 National Book Award sponsored by the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board (NDBD). The finalists were officially announced last Thursday, October 24, in the column of Dr. Isagani Cruz in the Philippine Star.

Nine poetry books were cited as finalists in this year’s book awards and four of these verse collections were written by Bikolano poets. Antisi*Pasyon asin iba pang Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Ingles / Anticipation and Other Poems in Bikol and English, by Victor Dennis T. Nierva, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.; Mannahatta Mahal, by Luis Cabalquinto; Mostly in Monsoon Weather, by Marne L. Kilates and Pusuanon, by Kristian Sendon Cordero, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.


Nierva

Victor Denis Nierva who comes from San Fernando, Camarines Sur is finishing his master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. He has won the Premio Tomas Arejola in 2006. Aside from writing, Nierva is also involved in graphic design, music and theater. His first book like Cordero was also published by Goldprint Publishing House late last year.



Cordero
Kristian Cordero of Iriga City, who writes a regular column for this paper, has the longest list of awards received among the young Bikol writers of this generation. He has three collections of Filipino, Bikol and Rinconada poetry and has won several times in the annual poetry contest of Homelife magazine, the Premio Tomas Arejola, the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award and recently the NCCA Writers Prize for Poetry. Aside from poetry, Cordero writes fictions and essays that gained recognitions from the Gawad Collantes and the Palanca. Both Cordero and Nierva are members of the academic faculty of Ateneo de Naga University.


Kilates

Marne Kilates of Daraga, Albay has published three books of poetry and nine books of translation of Filipino poetry into English. His translations include works by major Filipino poets, the latest of which are the University of the Philippines Centennial Edition of Francisco Balagtas' Florante at Laura , and National Artist Virgilio S. Almario's (or Rio Alma's) Mga Biyahe, Mga Estasyon / Journeys, Junctions (Anvil, 2008). Kilates who translated some of the works of Nierva and Cordero into English is considered by many as one of the major poets in the country today.


Cabalquinto
These first three poets are based in Manila and Naga while Luis Cabalquinto has been in New York for the longest period of time. Born in Magarao, Camarines Sur, Cabalquinto received a Fulbright-Hays grant (in 1968) and went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for further studies in mass communication. Cabalquinto enrolled in fiction and poetry writing workshops conducted by A.R. Ammons, William Matthews, James McConkey, and others in the English Department. He had been sporadically writing poetry and fiction since high school but at Cornell his creative writing teachers convinced him that he should pursue imaginative writing more seriously. Cabalquinto has five books of poetry published in the US and in the Philippines.


De Quiros


Recepcion


Bernas

The three other Bikolano finalists are Conrado de Quiros (Naga City) for Essay and Andrew Gimenez Recepcion (a diocesan priest from Nabua, Camarines Sur) for Theology and Religion and the Filipino-Jesuit Joaquin Bernas of Baao, Camarines Sur who is the sole finalist and therefore the automatic winner for the Law category for his book A Living Constitution. De Quiros and Bernas are both columnists of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and have already published several books in their respective fields. De Quiros’ book Tongues on Fire is a collection of speeches and articles on various political and cultural issues of the Filipinos. Meanwhile, Andrew Gimenez Recepcion is the Mission Director of the Archdiocese of Caceres and writes a regular column for Vox Bikol. His book God’s Global Household is a breakthrough study that offers critical optics on the mission of the Catholic Church in the age of globalization.

The awarding ceremonies will be held at the Yuchengco Museum on November 15, 2008
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After movies, poetry makes a good antidote for the recession blues

October 30th, 2008 No comments




When economies are in recession more people go to the movies, according to economists and movie producers. Some people read poetry, poets and publishers would say. If you belong to the second kind, Mostly in Monsoon Weather, the third collection of award-winning poet Marne L. Kilates, may just be the book for you for just slightly above the price of a movie.
Nominated to the 2008 National Book Awards of the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board, and published by the University of the Philippines Press, ...Monsoon Weather will launch on November 7, 2008, at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, Friday, at the Roof Deck Gallery of Villanueva Law Offices, CC Castro Building, Timog Avenue, Quezon City. It’s right across Sir Williams Hotel, and next door to RCBC Timog Branch.
Just when the world knows who the president of the most powerful nation on earth will be after a hotly contested election, and if the recession actually recedes into memory, the launch of Mostly in Monsoon Weather will be hosted by art and literature patron Atty. Redem Villanueva and the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), of which Kilates is a member of the Board.
“It will be a fun event for literature, especially poetry, which we all love to open our minds in these narrow-minded times,” Atty. Redem, as he his called by artist friends, said when he graciously opened his roof-deck law office and gallery to host the event.
A sketching session by leading Filipino artists, and poets singing “Salinawit” or those lovely Filipino translations of classical standards, led by poet and Salinawit pioneer Pete Lacaba and novelist Charlson Ong, will follow the launch with cocktails.
Kilates is a three-time Palanca Awards winner, has won the National Book Awards for his poetry and translation, and was the winner of the 1998 SEA (Southeast Asia) Write Award given by the Thai royalty.
Apart from Mostly in Monsoon Weather, Kilates’ two other books are Children of the Snarl & Other Poems (Aklat Peskador, 1987), Poems en Route (UST
Publishing House, 1998).
Kilates is also noted for his translations of Filipino poetry into English. His nine books of translation include the works of major Filipino poets such as National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, Rogelio G. Mangahas and Jesus Manuel Santiago. His latest book is a new English translation of Francisco Balagtas’ Florante at Laura, the UP Centennial Edition.
The late Alfrredo Navarro Salanga said that Kilates’ “poems do not, as powerful poems do, hit you in the proverbial gut. His poems hit you in that region reserved for the mystic third eye, slightly above the bridge of one’s nose, set directly in front of one’s cerebrum.”
Right on the mark for hitting away those recession blues.
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In the Hands of Death

October 30th, 2008 No comments
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Farewell Message to UPeace-DIPS Class 2008

October 28th, 2008 No comments
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Finalists of National Book Awards 2007

October 26th, 2008 No comments

(Thank God! This entry was taken from Isagani R. Cruz's blog. It also appeared in his column 'Mini-critiques" in The Philippine Star, Thursday, 23 October 2008.)

According to the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board, these are the finalists for the National Book Awards for books published in 2007:

ANTHOLOGY. A la Carte, edited by Cecile Manguerra Brainard and Marily Ysip Orosa; At Home in Unhomeliness, edited by J. Neil C. Garcia; Best Filipino Stories, edited by Gemino H. Abad and Gregorio C. Brillantes; Cordillera in June, edited by B. P. Tapang; Ang Dagling Tagalog, 1903-1936, edited by Rolando B. Tolentino and Aristotle Atienza; Mga Piling Dulang Mindanao, edited by Arthur P. Casanova; Very Short Stories for Harried Readers, edited by Vicente Garcia Groyon.

ART / ALFONSO T. ONGPIN PRIZE. Philippine Church Façades, by Pedro G. Galende, OSA; Pinoy Dressing, by Barge Ramos; Salvador F. Bernal, by Nicanor G. Tiongson.

BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY. From Barrio to Senado, by Juan M. Flavier; Legends & Adventures, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil; A Man and His Music, by Angel M. Peña; Maria Kalaw Katigbak, by Monina Allarey Mercado.

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. The Boy Who Touched Heaven / Ang Batang Humipo sa Langit, by Iris Gem Li, translated by Roberto Añonuevo; Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa, by Rene O. Villanueva; Sampu Pataas, Sampu Pababa, by Russell Molina; Tight Times, by Jeanette C. Patindol.

COOKBOOKS AND FOOD. Cooking for Health, by Cris C. Abiva, Luz S. Callanta, and Atel E. Jazmines; An Introduction to Coffee, by Pacita U. Juan and Ma. Regina S. Francisco.

DRAMA. Psychedelia Apocalypsis at Iba Pang Dula, by Nicolas B. Pichay; Tatlong Paglalakbay, by Tony Perez.

EDUCATION: Magaling ang Pinoy!, by Queena N. Lee-Chua, Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio, and Nerisa C. Fernandez.

ESSAY / CREATIVE NONFICTION. Into the Country of Standing Men, by Rey Ventura; Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa, by J. I. E. Teodoro; Tongues on Fire, by Conrado de Quiros.

FICTION / JUAN C. LAYA PRIZE. Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street, by Benjamin Pimentel.

SHORT FICTION. The Kite of Stars & Other Stories, by Dean Francis Alfar.

HISTORY. Assembly of the Nation, by Manuel L. Quezon III, Jeremy R. Barns, Emmanuel A. Albano, Ricardo T. Jose, and Manuel F. Martinez; Forcing the Pace, by Ken Fuller; Kolonyal na Patakaran at Nagbabagong Kamalayang Filipino, by Raul C. Navarro; Occupation, by Benito J. Legarda Jr.; The Saga of La Naval, edited by Lito B. Zulueta.

JOURNALISM. Dateline Manila, by Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines; Exposé, by Boy Villasanta; The Rulemakers, by Sheila S. Coronel, Yvonne T. Chua, Luz Rimban, and Booma B. Cruz.

LAW. A Living Constitution, by Joaquin G. Bernas SJ.

LINGUISTICS. (Re)making Society, edited by T. Ruanni F. Tupas.

LITERARY CRITICISM. Ang Bayan sa Labas ng Maynila / The Nation Beyond Manila, by Rosario Cruz-Lucero; A Handbook of Philippine Folklore, by Mellie Leandicho Lopez; Sipat Kultura, by Rolando B. Tolentino.

MEDICINE. Bone Tumors in Filipinos, by Edward H. M. Wang and Ariel Vergel de Dios.

POETRY. Antisi*Pasyon asin iba pang Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Ingles / Anticipation and Other Poems in Bikol and English, by Victor Dennis T. Nierva, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.; Dissonant Umbrellas, by Angelo V. Suarez; Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles, by Santiago B. Villafania; Mannahatta Mahal, by Luis Cabalquinto; Mostly in Monsoon Weather, by Marne L. Kilates; Passage, by Edgar B. Maranan; Pusuanon, by Kristian Sendon Cordero, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.; Textual Relations, by Ramil Digal Gulle.

SCIENCES. Living with Nature in Our Times, by Abercio V. Rotor.

SOCIAL SCIENCES. Colonial Pathologies, by Warwick Anderson; The Dynamics of Regional Development, edited by Arsenio M. Balisacan and Hal Hill.

SPORTS. Sports @ Far Eastern University, by Manolo R. Iñigo, Mark Molina, and Gloria R. Aligada.

THEOLOGY & RELIGION. Body and Sexuality, edited by Agnes M. Brazal and Andrea Lizares Si; God’s Global Household, by Andrew Gimenez Recepcion; Investing in Miracles, by Katharine L. Wiegele.

TRANSLATION. Lagalag sa Nanyang, translated by Joaquin Sy from Nanyang Piaoliuji, by Bai Ren.

TRAVEL. Baler, Aurora, by Edgardo J. Angara, Jesus T. Peralta, Domingo Madulid, Jose Maria A. Cariño, Xavier Brisset, Enrique Quezon Avanceña, Manuel L. Quezon III, Ricardo T. Jose, and Juan Edgardo M. Angara; Iloilo, edited by Anita Feleo.

BEST DESIGN. Dissonant Umbrellas, designed by Angelo V. Suarez, Constantino Zicarelli, Keith Dador, Sandra Palomar, Mark Salvatus, Stephanie Yapnayon, Macy Cruz, Mike Mendoza, Julie Grafia, and Dwein Trahata Baltazar; Cebu, designed by Norrino C. Hernandez; Lola Puti, designed by Vanessa Tamayo; Pearl of the Orient, designed by Felix Mago Miguel; The Saga of La Naval, designed by Bong Bundag, Florentino Bolo OP, and Robbie Villegas; Salvador F. Bernal, designed by Brian Tenorio; Sol, designed by Farley del Rosario; Tight Times, designed by Sergio T. Bumatay III.

The book entitled Vocabulary of the Kapampangan Language in Spanish and Dictionary of the Spanish Language in Kapampangan will be given a citation.
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FINALISTS TO THE 2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

October 26th, 2008 1 comment
According to the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board, these are the finalists for the National Book Awards for books published in 2007:

ANTHOLOGY: A la Carte, edited by Cecile Manguerra Brainard and Marily Ysip Orosa; At Home in Unhomeliness, edited by J. Neil C. Garcia; Best Filipino Stories, edited by Gemino H. Abad and Gregorio C. Brillantes; Cordillera in June, edited by B. P. Tapang; Ang Dagling Tagalog, 1903-1936, edited by Rolando B. Tolentino and Aristotle Atienza; Mga Piling Dulang Mindanao, edited by Arthur P. Casanova; Very Short Stories for Harried Readers, edited by Vicente Garcia Groyon.

ART/ALFONSO T. ONGPIN PRIZE: Philippine Church Façades, by Pedro G. Galende, OSA; Pinoy Dressing, by Barge Ramos; Salvador F. Bernal, by Nicanor G. Tiongson.

BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY: From Barrio to Senado, by Juan M. Flavier; Legends & Adventures, by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil; A Man and His Music, by Angel M. Peña; Maria Kalaw Katigbak, by Monina Allarey Mercado.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: The Boy Who Touched Heaven/Ang Batang Humipo sa Langit, by Iris Gem Li, translated by Roberto Añonuevo; Dalawang Bayani ng Bansa, by Rene O. Villanueva; Sampu Pataas, Sampu Pababa, by Russell Molina; Tight Times, by Jeanette C. Patindol.

COOKBOOKS AND FOOD: Cooking for Health, by Cris C. Abiva, Luz S. Callanta, and Atel E. Jazmines; An Introduction to Coffee, by Pacita U. Juan and Ma. Regina S. Francisco.

DRAMA: Psychedelia Apocalypsis at Iba Pang Dula, by Nicolas B. Pichay; Tatlong Paglalakbay, by Tony Perez.

EDUCATION: Magaling ang Pinoy!, by Queena N. Lee-Chua, Ma. Isabel Sison-Dionisio, and Nerisa C. Fernandez.

ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION: Into the Country of Standing Men, by Rey Ventura; Pagmumuni-muni at Pagtatalak ng Sirenang Nagpapanggap na Prinsesa, by J. I. E. Teodoro; Tongues on Fire, by Conrado de Quiros.

FICTION/JUAN C. LAYA PRIZE: Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street, by Benjamin Pimentel.

SHORT FICTION: The Kite of Stars & Other Stories, by Dean Francis Alfar.

HISTORY: Assembly of the Nation, by Manuel L. Quezon III, Jeremy R. Barns, Emmanuel A. Albano, Ricardo T. Jose, and Manuel F. Martinez; Forcing the Pace, by Ken Fuller; Kolonyal na Patakaran at Nagbabagong Kamalayang Filipino, by Raul C. Navarro; Occupation, by Benito J. Legarda Jr.; The Saga of La Naval, edited by Lito B. Zulueta.

JOURNALISM: Dateline Manila, by Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines; Exposé, by Boy Villasanta; The Rulemakers, by Sheila S. Coronel, Yvonne T. Chua, Luz Rimban, and Booma B. Cruz.

LAW: A Living Constitution, by Joaquin G. Bernas SJ.

LINGUISTICS: (Re)making Society, edited by T. Ruanni F. Tupas.

LITERARY CRITICISM: Ang Bayan sa Labas ng Maynila / The Nation Beyond Manila, by Rosario Cruz-Lucero; A Handbook of Philippine Folklore, by Mellie Leandicho Lopez; Sipat Kultura, by Rolando B. Tolentino.

MEDICINE: Bone Tumors in Filipinos, by Edward H. M. Wang and Ariel Vergel de Dios.

POETRY: Antisi*Pasyon asin iba pang Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Ingles / Anticipation and Other Poems in Bikol and English, by Victor Dennis T. Nierva, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.; Dissonant Umbrellas, by Angelo V. Suarez; Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles, by Santiago B. Villafania; Mannahatta Mahal, by Luis Cabalquinto; Mostly in Monsoon Weather, by Marne L. Kilates; Passage, by Edgar B. Maranan; Pusuanon, by Kristian Sendon Cordero, translated by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr.; Textual Relations, by Ramil Digal Gulle.

SCIENCES: Living with Nature in Our Times, by Abercio V. Rotor.

SOCIAL SCIENCES: Colonial Pathologies, by Warwick Anderson; The Dynamics of Regional Development, edited by Arsenio M. Balisacan and Hal Hill.

SPORTS: Sports @ Far Eastern University, by Manolo R. Iñigo, Mark Molina, and Gloria R. Aligada.

THEOLOGY & RELIGION: Body and Sexuality, edited by Agnes M. Brazal and Andrea Lizares Si; God's Global Household, by Andrew Gimenez Recepcion; Investing in Miracles, by Katharine L. Wiegele.

TRANSLATION: Lagalag sa Nanyang, translated by Joaquin Sy from Nanyang Piaoliuji, by Bai Ren.

TRAVEL: Baler, Aurora, by Edgardo J. Angara, Jesus T. Peralta, Domingo Madulid, Jose Maria A. Cariño, Xavier Brisset, Enrique Quezon Avanceña, Manuel L. Quezon III, Ricardo T. Jose, and Juan Edgardo M. Angara; Iloilo, edited by Anita Feleo.

BEST DESIGN: Dissonant Umbrellas, designed by Angelo V. Suarez, Constantino Zicarelli, Keith Dador, Sandra Palomar, Mark Salvatus, Stephanie Yapnayon, Macy Cruz, Mike Mendoza, Julie Grafia, and Dwein Trahata Baltazar; Cebu, designed by Norrino C. Hernandez; Lola Puti, designed by Vanessa Tamayo; Pearl of the Orient, designed by Felix Mago Miguel; The Saga of La Naval, designed by Bong Bundag, Florentino Bolo OP, and Robbie Villegas; Salvador F. Bernal, designed by Brian Tenorio; Sol, designed by Farley del Rosario; Tight Times, designed by Sergio T. Bumatay III.

The book entitled Vocabulary of the Kapampangan Language in Spanish and Dictionary of the Spanish Language in Kapampangan will be given a citation.

The awarding ceremonies will be held at the Yuchengco Museum on November 15, Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. For further details, email me at isaganicruz@gmail.com. - Isagani Cruz (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com)

Source: Yahoo! News Philippines - National Book Award finalists
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Wikipediaphile

October 25th, 2008 No comments
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Naguenos to fete Roco day

October 25th, 2008 No comments

Naguenos will celebrate the 4th Raul S. Roco Day from October 23-26 with various activities lined up to pay homage to the man “who could have been the best president that Filipinos never had” with this year’s theme: “From Dreamers to World Leaders”.

The Raul S. Roco Foundation and the City Government of Naga headed by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo have as early as October 17 to 24 sponsored storytelling, games, Internet quiz, poster-making and film viewing at the Raul S. Roco Library-ChildrenÂ’s Nook.

On October 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Plaza Quezon, there will be the Raul S. Roco Lives On Battle of the Bands.

A memorial mass will be held at 6:30-7:30 a.m. of October 26 at the Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore which will be followed by wreathlaying at 8:00 a.m. at the tomb of the distinguished Bicolano senator at the Sto. Nino Memorial Park.

At 9:00 a.m. of the same day will be the final event which is the awarding of the 2nd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards to be held at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel auditorium.

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Australasia

October 24th, 2008 No comments
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The Powers That Be


City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo with Senator Mar A. Roxas and Ms. Eva Poon pose for a moment at OK Bikol '08 held October 2-5 at the SM Megatrade Hall.
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Metro Naga Day


MayorJesse M. Robredo, Sen Mar A. Roxas and emcee Ms. Eva Poon during oK Bikol '08 at Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall on Oct 2-5, 2008
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Finest in the Fair


Naga City's first lady Leni Robredo flaunts a finely crafted rattan handbag from Naga City and Metro Naga's One Town One Product exhibit at Megatrade Hall 2, October 2-5, 2008.
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We Got It All For You!


Tourism and investments boom for Naga takes shape with a fast-changing urban landscape. Mall giant SM locates its branch in the Central Business District 2, to bring shopping and daily commerce into a new level of competition and trends.
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Stories Rediscovered


Enlightening young minds with lessons from various tales and amazing short stories, children of this city were treated to sessions of story-telling activities, running October 17 to 26 at the Raul S. Roco Library in partnership with Jollibee.
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