Taking A Stand

I believe the shift in power, at least from the point of view of someone who was introduced to the local writing community through Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA), worked as a high school teacher for an arts school (hence, always on the look out for exciting texts and prompts for my Gen…

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…

Gantala Press (CNN + Luto! Laban!)

CNN Philippines interviewed Gantala Press for women’s month. I was in the middle of squeezing calamansi for the talbos salad when the writer and photographer arrived. We were volunteering for Luto! Laban! Details of the event may be read here.  

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….

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…

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…

Ikiran Sa Makiling

Kahapon, idinaos ang Ikiran sa Mataas na Paaralan ng Filipinas para sa Sining. Ang Ikiran ay isang serye ng linangan na inumpisahan ng Gantala Press. Layon nitong magbahagi ng iba’t ibang kaalaman at kasanayan sa sining. Ang nagbibigay ng mga linangan ay babae at miyembro ng Gantala, isang grupong naglalathala ng mga akdang tungkol at para…

PASUC Culture and the Arts Festival

The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) will hold the PASUC Culture and the Arts Festival on November 2016. Preparations are underway and part of it is the NATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR PASUC CULTURE AND THE ARTS FESTIVAL ADJUDICATION and COACHING at Batangas State University. I was invited to share a few things about judging the essay…

Kuwit Workshop Series

This is what the Grade 10 and 11 students under the Creative Writing Program are up to. The Grade 9 students shall be posting their first Kuwit Booktube soon! Hooray!

Gantala Press

Nagsimula ang ideya bilang FB status. Nagtanong si Faye Cura kung sino-sino ang sasama sa kaniya kung magtatayo siya ng isang independent press para sa mga babae. Ang mga tumugon sa kaniyang tanong ay nagkaroon ng Grand Eyeball (chos!) sa Uno Morato Bookstore kung saan nabuo ang pangalang Gantala o spool. Unang proyekto’y maglabas ng isang antolohiya….