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Silliman writers workshop: When music and texts intersect

53RD SILLIMAN University National Writers Workshop fellows and panelists. Front row: Daniel Olivan Jr., Jake Rivera, Rolly Jude Ortega and Jason Chancoco. Middle: workshop director Susan S. Lara, Alvin Pang,National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Merlie Alunan. Back: Arkay Timonera, Camille Rivera, Prescilla Dorado, Gracielle Deanne Tubera, Cesar Aquino, Tim Tomlinson, Ricky de Ungria, Lorraine Janice Wood, Johanna Michelle Lim, Renz Torres, Jovy Almero, Deil Jossaine Galenzoga, Reno Evangelista, workshop coordinator Ian Rosales Casocot, Mae Young. RAZCELJAN SALVARITA

The first thing I did when I got home from my three-week trip to Dumaguete, where I was one of 15 fellows to the 53rd Silliman University National Writers Workshop, was create a playlist

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UST workshop tackles writer’s responsibility, honesty

SEATED: UST writers workshop fellows Lester Babiera, Maynard Manansala, Lilibeth Oblena Quiore, Brylle Tabora, Rommel Roxas, Scott Saboy. Standing: fellow Marc Joseph Ocampo; panelists Lito Zuleta, Ralph Galan, Jack Wigley, Joselito de los Reyes, Ferdinand Lopez; fellow Arnie Quibranza Mejia; panelists Chuckberry Pascual and Rebecca Anonuevo; fellow Mary Anne Mallari; UST writing center director Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo; fellow Rowena Ross Lee; panelists Mike Coroza, Jayme Siao; fellow Joel Donato Jacob; panelist Oscar Campomanes; Anna Nicolas; panelist Augusto Antonio Aguila; and fellow Ariel Valeza

Aspiring writers must remember that more than anything else writing is a social responsibility.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Taking in the new technology with neither glee nor gloom

THE author with his granddaughter, Tanya in front of his secondhand computer

In this age of instant communication, I attract attention every time I attend a presscon with mostly young media people in attendance.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’

TRIBUTE IN YELLOW Yellow roses—favorite flowers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (left)—lie atop the urn containing his ashes in Mexico City.  AP

His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Wrestling with demons: A beginning writer’s dilemma

THE AUTHOR and his debut fiction collection

The moment a person thinks that he is a writer or decides to become one, he is in deep, deep trouble. Life, as it is, is difficult. To be a writer makes life doubly difficult. The word “writer” is not only loaded with meaning, but it also ignites a gamut of conflicting emotions and intentions, particularly intentions.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »