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…

BLTX 11

For BLTX: Turning it Up to Eleven in Manila, the Grade 7 students made palm-sized zines. Last week, teachers from San Pablo, Laguna visited our school and two batches sat for an hour each. The students read their poems from our poetry reading Guni-Gunita. I was amazed (so were our guests) at how well some of…

Zine on Zine-making

Above are the pages of a small zine on how to make zines by my Grade 9 students (Bea Zafe, Soleil Cruz and Maura Yap). After a short lecture, I gave them copies of Adam David’s “Better Living Through Xeroxography: Literary Patricide by way of the Small Independent Press” and asked them to do a creative instructional material…

Bonifacio Day Placards

Today is Bonifacio Day. We read “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa” by Andres Bonifacio in class and made placards. I told them to focus on a particular stanza and use it as basis. Placards utilizes basic elements of poetry and is a great exercise for art schools (its relevance and stand is and must always be questioned) especially in times…

Zine Orgy 3

Last week, I told my students that we are going to participate in a small expo where they may sell chapbooks. The Grade 9 students have been making chapbooks for three years now and this is the second chapbook by my Grade 8 students. It is, however, our first time to reproduce them and join the…

Guni-gunita

“Guni-gunita” is my fifth poetry reading at the Philippine High School for the Arts. It’s an annual activity organized by the Grade 8 Creative Writing students. It’s really just a simple class activity that we bring outside and share with the community. This year, the kids played with the genre of Speculative Fiction (though most…

Puno ng Diwata

                 Puno ng Diwata was unveiled last November 10 at the CCP Liwasang ASEAN. This is a 54-feet installation art by Leo Gerardo Leonardo that he conceptualized for the CCP-OMNI OUTDOOR LIGHT INSTALLATION COMPETITION. “The winning proposal, entitled “PUNO NG DIWATA” was submitted by Leonardo.  In keeping with…

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