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…

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…

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…

Bookuwentuhan

Naimbitahan akong magbahagi ng personal at propesyonal na karanasan ko para sa Bookuwentuhan ng Adarna Publishing House. Naisip kong ibahagi ang hilig ko sa larong kalye at ikonekta doon ang ibang nangyari sa akin at nangyayari sa akin sa loob at labas ng klasrum. Baitang 4 hanggang 6 ang aking mga kasama. Pagkatapos ay mayroong mga…

Mini Creative Writing Summit

Grade 9 students are preparing for their exam: a mini summit! Update: I often design a corner in the classroom to motivate the speakers and as a symbol for the audience (mostly just their classmates) that the afternoon is a little special. This year I printed a button and used a scarf to suggest a buttonhole…

Found Poetry

Last week was found poetry week. My Creative Writing students and I went to an international book fair where I asked them to list down titles, passages, lines and words that would eventually be part of their found poem. Thanks to Found Poetry Review for legal and academic definitions and great samples, such as: Certificates by Clare Kirwan…

Biag ni Lam-Ang

I’ve always wanted to create a board game/table top based on Edgar Samar’s 101 Kagila-gilalas na Nilalang. Little by little, I’m building the mechanics. Yesterday’s activity was inspired by a few features of Dungeons and Dragons. I’m still mastering the scoring system, how the characters will level up and fight each other (in short, I still have…