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.

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…