Lawanen 2: Mga Alaala ng Pagkubkob/ Mga Haraya ng Pag-igpaw

Hindi lang basta collateral damage sa digmaan ang Marawi at mga Meranaw. Hindi natatapos ang giyera sa pagpaslang sa mga “terorista.” Hindi basta-basta makakabangon ang lungsod sa proyekto o negosyo ng rehabilitasyon. Nasa Lawanen 2 ang mga salaysay, pagtatanong, at paniningil ng kababaihan na patuloy na sumasangga sa walang-habas na pandarahas ng estado. Advertisements

“Umaalma, Kumikibo”

Excerpt of the essay that I co-wrote with Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women for Gantala Press’ “Umaalma, Kumikibo.” The book was launched as part of the international campaign to end violence against women.

PNP rape cases reflect the macho-feudal system of the country

I wrote an opinion piece for CNN Philippines here. Rape victims such as comfort women, peasant women, sex-for-freedom victims, urban poor, and even female police officers share the same narrative. They are women who were harassed by people of authority. They are victims of the patriarchal, macho-feudal system that is prevalent in a country where…

Songs for Sagay 9

Today, during our Creative Writing class, we discussed the first chapter of David Morley’s The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing. The book raises basic issues such as: can one teach creative writing? Are writers born or made? The students engaged in a free-flowing discussion. The first chapter actually answers the questions by saying that even…

Bahay, Bukid

Peasant women suffer multiple burden. At home (bahay), they cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. They do the laundry, clean the house and look after the children. In between their duties at home, they work in the field. After men complete the land preparation, women take over. They are in charge of planting, maintaining and harvesting…

Talak

Hands (Click here for an excerpt, translated in English, of my chapbook “Talak”  

Rise for Rice

“Rise for Rice,” a project by Bantay Bigas and Food for Peace, was held at Mandala Park, Mandaluyong today. This is in partnership with Good Food Sundays, Gantala Press and Me & My Veg Mouth. Bantay Bigas is an alliance of sectors such as farmers, consumers, retailers and various organizations demanding for a sustainable government…

A Women-Focused Award

For months, members of Gantala Press have been discussing whether we should start a Poetry and Fiction Competition for Women or not. It is hard to imagine that our small press would turn into an award giving body. It’s something we are against, especially because award giving bodies in our country are so flawed. The…

CHA: Auditory Cortex Poetry Contest

First Prize Winner: “Tiempo Muerto” by Rae Rival (Philippines) [Listen and Read] Lian-Hee Wee’s commentary: Hearing and reading this poem takes one into the rural settings of the Philippines where one is reminded of the idyllic agricultural past that is buffeted by colonising powers of Spain and the United States that bring in the woes of…

Taking A Stand

I believe the shift in power, at least from the point of view of someone who was introduced to the local writing community through Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA), worked as a high school teacher for an arts school (hence, always on the look out for exciting texts and prompts for my Gen…

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

I am conducting a weekly workshop on Creative Writing this summer. I have been doing this (teaching basic creative writing to both teachers and students) for quite some time and honestly, it’s a bit tiring. For an introvert who does not enjoy hearing her voice aloud, public speaking is quite a struggle. To counter the…

Malathaya: Lecture and Zine-Making

“MaLATHAya, the first ever Kapihan session of Heights Ateneo in collaboration with the Ateneo Fine Arts Department happened last Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Ben Chan Artsuite in the Arete. The featured speakers were Faye Cura and Rae Rival of Gantala Press who talked about the roles of women in writing and publishing. Cura…