Bulawan Literary Zine of Northern Mindanao’s Issue No. 3: ‘Sendong’

Announcements by The Editors |

Issue 3: ‘Sendong’ of the Bulawan Literary Zine of Northern Mindanao, a regional literary journal of new Northern Mindanaoan writings, is now available for orders. (Orders and inquiries may be placed via nagmac.submissions@gmail.com.)

The current issue’s impetus is the displacement of typhoon Sendong as a muted narrative. Because the disaster’s aftermath, post-trauma, has fomented a host of creativities in the literary arts demonstrating Northern Mindanaoans’ tenacity despite the collective trauma, it is then an important juncture of survey, collect, and appraise these works in the region’s contemporary creative history, largely unwritten about, as the destruction/renewal thematic showed itself so much more strongly in the local literatures after the typhoon. The contributors in the current issue have explored and problematized typhoon Sendong and, in general, the local Northern Mindanaoan experience of natural disasters, climate change, global warming, affinity to urban/rural places, and individualized/collective narratives from the aftermaths.

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Southern Authors No. 4 — Christine F. Godinez-Ortega on the Iligan National Writers’ Workshop, the ‘Regional’ Writer, and Philippine Literature from the ‘Peripheries’

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Photo courtesy of Jez Timonera Orbe

Christine F Godinez-Ortega is the long-time workshop director of the annual Iligan National Writers’ Workshop & Literature Teachers Conference. She holds a Doctor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from De La Salle University and Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Silliman University. She is the president of the Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc. and has served as Head of the National Literary Arts Committee of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Also a member of the Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, and Novelists) and the Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators, she has received fellowships from the Silliman National Summer Writers Workshop, the UP National Writers Workshop, the Cornelio Faigao Writers Workshop, and the Sumitomo Foundation Japan and has represented the country in numerous events abroad including the Hyderabad Literary Festival and ASEAN Literary Festival in Jakarta. She is a recipient of the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez conferred by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and the CMO Asia 2016 for Leadership in Education. Recently, she has retired as a professor at the Department of English of Mindanao State University’s Iligan Institute of Technology but is currently serving as a lecturer at the same university’s graduate program in Culture and Arts Studies.

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Taliwala Sa Kahilom Ug Kawalaan

Fiction by Niño Augustine Loyola |

Alang kay Sharmaine Pearl Seno

Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
– General George S. Patton



Kataposang adlaw na nako sa akong trabaho sa call center.

Traynta na ka adlaw ang niagi paghuman nako og tunol sa akong resignation letter sa among supervisor nga gi-aprobahan dayon sa among manager. Bali ni-agi gyod ko og thirty days notice bisan sa akong paghangyo og kinsi lang unta ka adlaw.

“Sayanga god, kapin sa lima ka tuig na baya ka diri sa atong kompanya,” ingon ni Darla, akong higala sa amo-ang floor nga kadungan nako ug lakaw halos kada adlaw after-shift padulong sa huwatanan ug PUJ para Mandaue sa may Paradise Village.

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Southern Authors No. 3 — Charlie Samuya Veric on Bad Workshops, New Literary Oligarchies, and the (Anti)Professionalization of Poetry

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Critic, poet, and curator, Charlie Samuya Veric is broadly interested in cultural theory, postcolonial studies, poetry, and visual culture, especially as these relate to interdisciplinary questions in Philippine studies as well as American studies. Born and raised in Aklan, his critical essays have been published in American Quarterly, Common Knowledge, Kritika Kultura, Perspectives in Arts and the Humanities Asia, Philippine Studies, Rethinking History, and Social Text, among others. He has authored two bestselling and acclaimed poetry books, Histories (2015) and Boyhood: A Long Lyric (2017), both published by Ateneo de Manila University Press. (The books may be purchased at these websites: http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress/product/histories-poems-print and http://www.ateneo.edu/ateneopress/product/boyhood-long-lyric.) Recently, he curated Figuring Filipino Utopia, an exhibition that looked at the permanent collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery in the context of decolonization and utopia. He is at work on a book project, titled Children of the Postcolony, which examines the thoughts of the first generation of Filipino intellectuals following the declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States and how they have shaped the conception of a decolonizing culture. He received his PhD in American Studies from Yale University, the first Filipino to hold such a distinction, where his dissertation—titled Techniques of the Face: An Essay on Everyday Embodiment, Representation, and Consciousness—was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship and approved without revision by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He teaches literature and cultural theory at Ateneo de Manila University. In Spring of 2018, he will be serving as a Writing Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa.

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Property Of

Creative Nonfiction by Johanna Michelle Lim |

Art. 980. The children of the deceased shall always inherit from her in their own right, dividing the inheritance in equal shares. (932) – Civil Code of the Philippines



The crimson arrow appeared in my absence. It stuck to the wall, spray painted in brash sputters in contrast to the meticulous overlay of Mactan stones.

The mark must have gone unnoticed for some time. In a house too small for two households, you learn to live with impermanence.

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