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Mahalaga ang tapang sa panitikan, bigyang-diin ng mga manunulat

Binigyang-diin ng mga manunulat sa UST Publishing House ang kahalagahan ng katapangan sa larangan ng panitikan sa ginanap na The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2018 ngayong Biyernes, ika-10 ng Agosto.

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Binigyang-diin ng mga manunulat sa UST Publishing House ang kahalagahan ng katapangan sa larangan ng panitikan sa ginanap na The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2018 ngayong Biyernes, ika-10 ng Agosto.

Ayon kay Nicolas Pichay, ang pagsulat ay isang “gawa ng katapangan.”

“Writing is an act of courage. Talagang tataya ka. Kapag pangit ang sulat mo, kakainin mo ‘yan,” ani Pichay, ang manunulat ng “Maxie.”

“If you really want to be a writer, you have to write 24/7,” sabi pa niya.

Prinoklama rin ni Joselito delos Reyes, ang kasalukuyang tagapangulo ng Departmento ng Literatura ng Unibersidad, na “nangangailangan pa ang larangan ng [pagsusulat] ng mas maraming matatapang.”

“Para sa isang bansang hindi nagbabasa, kailangan mo talaga ng katapangan para magsulat,” sabi ni Delos Reyes.

“Yung tula kasi, nandoon sana yung disiplina ng salita,” dagdag pa niya.

Binanggit naman ni Angelo Lacuesta, na sumulat ng “Coral Cove and Other Stories,” na hindi mawawala ang katapangan na hinihingi sa pagsusulat.

Samantala, binigyang-diin ni Chuckberry Pascual, ang sumulat ng “Ang Tagalabas sa Panitikan,” na mahalagang makita kung ano na ang nagawa ng ibang manunulat dahil tutungtong din doon ang ibang mga manunulat sa kanilang pagsusulat.

Ang patuloy na pagsasanay ng pagsusulat ay magbibigay rin ‘di kalaunan ng mahalagang bagay, wika naman ni Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, ang sumulat ng “Hush Harbor: Poems.”

“As we grow in our writing, we will be involved in politics bigger than you,” “The writer is never not writing. [It’s] always writing,” ani Katigbak-Lacuesta.

Ang The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2018, na ngayo’y nasa ika-limang taon, ang taunang pagdiriwang ng National Bookstore at Raffles Makati kung saan isinasagawa ang mga serye ng book signing at diskusyon tungkol sa kultura, literatura at libro mula sa mga nangungunang manunulat at artista.

Ang pagdiriwang ay tatagal hanggang ika-12 ng Agosto.

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‘State lacks support for movie, entertainment industry’ —Thomasian veteran writer

A Thomasian alumnus and veteran entertainment writer expressed his dismay over the state’s lack of support for the country’s movie and entertainment industry.

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A Thomasian alumnus and veteran entertainment writer expressed his dismay over the state’s lack of support for the country’s movie and entertainment industry.

Boy Villasanta, in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb  said that the work situation of movie reporters is “really down the ground” during the “Entertainment Writing in the Philippines in the Advent of Social Media” lecture hosted by the UST Publishing House held at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library Auditorium, Thursday, October 17.

“How can, like for instance in our case, the labor situation of movie reporters is really something else, it’s really down the ground. We are not paid accordingly, except perhaps if you are a member of a major media organization, who pays well, or which pays well, noh?” he said.

In his talk, the author of “EXPOSÉ: Peryodismong Pampelikula sa Pilipinas (Movie Reporting in the Philippines)” defined entertainment writing as a profession which gives voice about popular celebrities in television and movies.

“Entertainment writing – ang mga sinusulat namin ay mga artista sa telebisyon, sa pelikula, syempre talagang mga sikat sila,” Villasanta said.

Villasanta also shared that, “This is a very good venue for us movie writers, who are not usually given the space to […] like in print, in broadcast, to express topics which are relevant, more relatable to the audience, not only giving them news on movie stars but how do we contextualize their lives in relation to the ordinary lives of other people.”

He also recalled his early days on TV Patrol, ABS CBN’s TV news program, after the EDSA Revolution.

“After the EDSA Revolution, ABS CBN was restored, and I was already part of it [doing “Balita Ngayon.”] So bago siya mag TV Patrol, ang konsepto niya ay tabloid air at alam naman nating ang tabloid ay napaka-popular hanggang ngayon,” he said.

He then added how people started to patronize TV Patrol by adding two segments such as entertainment news and police report.

“Noong nag-air yung TV Patrol, halos lahat ng mga tao naging interesado sa news dahil hinaluan ito ng dalawang bagong segment na hindi laging ginagawa noong pre-martial law days o kahit noong bago mag-EDSA Revolution. So ginawan nila ng konsepto na lagyan natin ng entertainment news atsaka police report,” Villasanta said.

Entertainment writing on popular culture

Villasanta also mentioned the three basis on determining how popular a certain culture is, in reference to the concept made by sociology doctor Ricardo Abad.

“Yung una is yung statistical. Popular ang isang kultura kung ito ay nasusukat sa ratings – halimbawa pwedeng sa mga radio program, mga TV shows… Kahit yung ngayon yung ratings sa mga politiko ‘diba? So napu-pulsuhan ng lahat kung sino ang popular, […] kung sino yung sikat,” he said.

According to Villasanta, the second basis is the elitist method wherein entertainment writing is regarded as third class, or third rate.

“Ang ikalawang panuntunan na ginamit ni Ricardo Abad ay yung tungkol sa elitistang pamamaraan na ito, kung saan itinuturing ang uring ito na mababang klase ang popular culture […] Ewan ko kung kayo ay sasang-ayon dyan na ang popular culture ay mababa sa tingin ng mga elitist,” Villasanta expressed.

Meanwhile, Villasanta described the third basis, in relation to political concept: “Ang popular na kultura ay tunggalian ng pangmalawakang aliwan na nagluluklok sa lehitimasyon ng naghaharing-uring ideya sa lipunan o ang tinatawag na “pessimist view.”

Bilingualism on entertainment writing

On the other hand, an award winning writer, and UST Journalism Cum Laude graduate, Danny Vibas, talked about bilingual writing in entertainment journalism.

“Bilingualism in entertainment journalism? The broader term is journalism. Is entertainment writing journalism? Yes, it is journalism, it is practiced by respectable people as respectable as lawyers,” Vibas said.

Vibas, who is a bilingual writer, expressed that bilingual writing may also be a language, paired with other native languages.

“It does not [have to be] just in English or in Filipino, pwede namang iba, pwedeng English at Ilokano, pwedeng Filipino at Ilokano, pwedeng Filipino at Hilagaynon – yung lang ang ibig sabihin ng bilingual writing for entertainment.

Furthermore, UST Journalism alumna, and entertainment writer, Pilar Mateo, and entertainment editor, Art Tapalla were also speakers during the said forum. Vhey Tapia

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Superheroes Don’t Fly

Somewhere along the way, we keep forgetting that superheroes don’t always wear capes and have flashy superpowers; some of them are staying overtime at work, some of them are making dinner. Nonetheless, they save the world in their own ways.

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We grow up in this world believing that superheroes exist—but the more consciousness we gain, the more we realize they don’t. Something that used to be so colorful and interesting slowly becomes dull and mundane. The superheroes we looked up to before fades into nothing and we’re left alone to think that we’ve been lied to.

Somewhere along the way, we keep forgetting that superheroes don’t always wear capes and have flashy superpowers; some of them are staying overtime at work, some of them are making dinner. Nonetheless, they save the world in their own ways.

All along, the superheroes we were looking up to the sky, waiting to pass by, have always been by our side—working for hours and hours on end, only to come home exhausted just to put food on the table and provide for the family. Our fathers have always been the superheroes we needed. They’re always right there to be our pillar and support when things seem like they’re falling apart; the guide that never led us away from safety and truth.

They never left our side. Even though they vary in shape and form, they all have one goal: to love us the way they know how—in soft caresses and a pat on the back, in hushed moments and in moments filled with laughter, it doesn’t matter how frequent—it all counts. They all do.

So when the day comes, let’s give them the recognition they deserve. The day that celebrates the love they’ve given and the sacrifices they’ve made. We shouldn’t let it all go to waste. Let’s show them how much we’ve flourished, how much we grew, and how we grew well because nothing is more rewarding for a father than to see their child that used to dream has now become that person they’ve dreamed to be. We’ll let them know they’re our superhero, not for just saving the day, but for saving us, in more ways than one.

The world is harsh and cruel, more than we could ever know. It will continuously say that superheroes don’t exist numerous times, and there will be times we will believe it. Not because we have little faith, but because we’re humans and we tend to make mistakes, and that’s okay. Someone out there, whatever we call that person, will keep proving us wrong and tell us repeatedly if they have to, that superheroes are real. We’ll keep thanking them, over and over, for all that they’ve done, for all that they’re doing, and hope that someday, we could also be superheroes in our own way, just like them.

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RAIN

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At the clap of thunder
I hear the voice of God,
Roaring with dismay
Calling onto humanity
His hand preparing to smite down
the urban hearth.

Until he froze
With hesitation.
He Looks at His calloused hands,
His battered nails,
And coarse skin,
The mark of a carpenter.
“My will be undone”
He weeps with dismay
At the folly of freedom.

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