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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…