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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…