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.

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 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…

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…

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…

Journaling your way to a Villanelle

For this week’s Basic Creative Writing class I made DIY Journals out of scratch papers. I printed the cover, placing an image and the title: My Dance Journal for Ballet and Folk Dance students, My Visual Diary for Visual Arts Students, A Musician’s Journal for Music Students and I just placed an image for the…