Pages for National Day of Protest

Our Grade 9 students made zines for Wisik 2017! We will be selling them this Saturday. I shall update this entry after the event. UPDATE: It was a success! The festival helped us promote students’ works and our school. I gave Pages for National Day of Protest zines for free. My students met some of…

Zine-Making at Casa San Miguel

For Day 1 of our workshop-outreach at Casa San Miguel in Zambales, Maura Yap delivered a short lecture about zines. Bea Zafe taught the participants the 8-fold and accordion zines. Soleil Cruz shared samples of zines published by different artists and groups. The participants finished their individual zines before the first day ended. Day 2…

Zine Orgy 4Play

Created a new zine for Zine Orgy 4Play called “Pagsasampay.” They are sketches and snippets of a fictional character’s childhood. Lately, I’ve been creating zines that are not strictly “literary” or may not be categorized as strictly fiction and poetry. Just a bunch of recording and notes like my previous “Tagu-taguan” zine. I called the writings inside…

Gantala joins Lit UP 6

Gantala Press joined National Book Development Board’s Book Fair at the Cultural Center of the Philippines from March 31-April 2. The press also participated in Lit UP 6: Mithi today, April 21 at Sagul Foodpark, Malingap St. We will hold another launch in Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio (April 30), another launch at Yoli’s Book Cafe (May 6) and will…

April

April 18- Big day for my son and I today. Ely joined the free trial dance class at Mind Movement. In the afternoon, he attended his first toddler school session! According to the teacher Ely “exceeded our expectations for a first timer.” I was updating my husband the whole time. For 1 and a half…

Danas: mga pag-aakda ng babae ngayon

On March 18, Gantala Press, Inc. launched “Danas: Mga Pag-aakda ng Babae Ngayon,” edited by Faye Cura and Janine Dimaranan, at Uno Morato Bookstore in Quezon City. The first anthology of women’s works to be published by the press, “Danas” presents poems, stories, comics, and essays about sex, the body, love, motherhood, friendship, and activism,…

Creative Writing Workshop at Casa San Miguel

Through Casa San Miguel’s 24th Founding Anniversary entitled “Hero in You(th)”, we met 45 participants from three different public schools in Zambales. We helped each of them draft a poem and story. Then, they made zines and mini books out of their works. I asked some of the participants to read their stories. Listen to their stories HERE….

Creative Writing and Zine-Making Workshop

Here are photos from the 3-day Creative Writing workshop for teachers. I met Special Program in the Arts (SPA) teachers from Visayas and Mindanao. We tried to come up with zines and I shared some of the game-based writing I do in class. On the night of our culminating activity, a Muslim teacher removed her hijab so…

Book launch tomorrow!

  I am inviting everyone to the launch of Philippine High School for the Arts’ first comic book, “Emla” & “Bugan” by Ma-i Entico (mentored by Visconde Carlo Vergara, creator of Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah) and “this fossil of a mind”, new poetry collection by Amber Garma (mentored by poet J. Neil C. Garcia). See you at…

BLTX Turns My Life Upside Down In Manila by Amber Garma

BLTX Turns My Life Upside Down In Manila Amber B. Garma Every person, at various points in their lives, have what they call ‘epiphanies’, ‘eurekas’ or sudden realizations. These terms are used to describe the particular moment in time where everything falls into place. Suddenly, you know what your next step is. Suddenly, you understand…