Bonifacio Day Placards

Today is Bonifacio Day. We read “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa” by Andres Bonifacio in class and made placards. I told them to focus on a particular stanza and use it as basis. Placards utilizes basic elements of poetry and is a great exercise for art schools (its relevance and stand is and must always be questioned) especially in times…

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…

Liwayway

Tatlong maiikling kuwentong nalathala sa Liwayway. Yehey!

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…

Of Music Guides and Monologues

Okay, so Thursdays are challenging because I need to keep my students motivated and engaged. I must come up with activities that integrate both writing and concepts I think they might be interested in. This morning I browsed books about dancing, theater and researched Kundiman lyrics online for the Music students. For the Ballet students, I chose…

Angeles City, Pampanga

I got an invitation from my publisher to do an author visit at the Holy Family Academy of Angeles. I decided to bring my family with me because I want them to 1) to taste their Puto Bumbong and other delicacies 2) to visit their museums 3) to see the lovely plaza and Holy Rosary Parish Church….

Jacinto Chronicles III

I wanted to keep recording anecdotes about my son but sometimes, a sketch is enough. That sketch was about a Saturday when I brought my son to my grad school classes. I wanted to record how he ran wild around the park wearing only his jeans! It was 12:30 in the afternoon, his shirt was drenched…