Thursday, November 23, 2006

words, words + nostalgia manila

new star

The Ateneo Library of Women's Writings unveils its New Stars - The Now Generation of Filipino Women Writers on November 28th at the Matteo Ricci Hall of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

Now why is this special to me?

Because Nikki is one of them. Yay!

She and the other women writers will be featured in the 12th Paz Marquez Benitiez Annual Lecture & Exhibit.

Here's the full list of the New Stars (obviously named after Benitez's landmark story "Dead Stars" - but they couldn't very well call these women writers "Dead Stars" now, could they?):

Rica Bolipata-Santos
Francis Alcaraz
Christine S. Bellen
Conchitina Cruz
Cyan Abad-Jugo
Becky Bravo
Fran Ng
Mirava Yuson
Nikki Alfar
Mookie Katigbak
Jema M. Pamintuan
Girl Valencia
Nerisa del Carmen Guevara

books from asia

Krip Yuson tells me that Salamanca is one of the books from Asia that will be featured in the Asian supplement of the International Herald Tribune next month, along with work from Aimee Nezhukumatathil and other authors.

read or die

I was happily informed that Salamanca has been shortlisted for the Best Fiction prize for the 2007 Pinoy Readers' Choice Awards. Just being nominated is quite an honor, since the field apparently was as broad as broad could be, spanning back years. Here's the list of nominees:

* "Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?" by Lualhati Bautista
* "Ermita" by F. Sionil Jose
* "Salamanca" by Dean Francis Alfar
* "Smaller and Smaller Circles" by F.H. Batacan

Chances of my winning are very slim (see National Artist F. Sionil Jose there? See Lualhati Bautista? See Ichi Batacan?), but what the hell - vote anyway (click on the link, scroll to the bottom, and choose which work you want - yes, just like American Idol; hmmm kantahan nalang! LOL).

This is all part of the massive upcoming Read Or Die Convention, scheduled for February 3-4 in Manila.


I'm trying to fatten my inventory before the year ends and managed to complete a story the other day. "On A Dim Plane", inspired by Vin Simbulan's imagination and a story by Jonathan Craig, is part mystery, love story and all fantasy.

Two publications have also commissioned fiction from me, one scifi (gasp) and one lighter piece (gasp again), so we'll see how I bleed to write these before January.

nostalgia manila

I haven't been able to surf much these past few weeks, but here's I site I enjoyed. Get ready to relive the good old days (or your sordid past) with Nostalgia Manila. It's 70s and 80s Pinoy Pop Culture - quite a heady mix.



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