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…

Gantala Press (CNN + Luto! Laban!)

CNN Philippines interviewed Gantala Press for women’s month. I was in the middle of squeezing calamansi for the talbos salad when the writer and photographer arrived. We were volunteering for Luto! Laban! Details of the event may be read here.  

GGSSG Art/Zine/Book Fair by Women

Here are the posters made by the exhibitors of Gandang-ganda sa Sariling Gawa. The all-women small press expo was organized by Gantala Press and CCP Intertextual Division headed by Bebang Siy   Here is an article by Lerieka Endico for Art+ Magazine. “Arts has been an underrated avenue in fighting this issue. With the help of…

Phoneless

Hi. This post is backdated because I do not want it to be the first thing one sees on my blog. It’s actually April 9 today. I have been unfollowing a lot of people on Facebook. I only have 2 posts on Instagram and I do not have a Twitter account because I am not…

Kritika Kultura

Inihahandog ng Kritika Kultura—sa tulong ng Department of Fine Arts (AdMU)—ang isang panayam ng mga patnugot ng Gantala Press, isang malayang palimbagang feminista na sinusulong ang mga akda na hinggil sa—at gawa ng—mga kababaihan. Ang mga tagapagsalita ay sina Faye Cura, Janine Dimaranan, Beverly Wico Siy, at Rae Rival. Ang panayam ay sa Martes, ika-10…