Recordings from the UP Myth and Writing Roundtable

Recordings from the UP Myth and Writing Roundtable

Last March 19, 2015, the University of the Philippines Press 00 in honor of their 50th anniversary and in honor of the late Dr. Damiana L. Eugenio — had a roundtable on “Myth and Writing.” I attended the event, and for the sake of those who were unable to do so — there was a [...]

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Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction X (Volume 10)

Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction X (Volume 10)

It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year — if you’re a Filipino spec fic writer that is! Have at it you guys! Call for Submissions: ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction 10′ – your atTENtion, please! ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction’ is turning ten this 2015! Yes, it’s been X years of eXtolling, eXploring, and eXpanding what Filipino writers [...]

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Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

The latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology, already available digitally, will be having a launch event on November 22, Saturday, from 2-4pm at the CBTL at Shangri-La Plaza. PSF launches are always fun, so do try to pass by!

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Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Co-editor Andrew Drilon brings word that the flagship book of local spec fic, still going strong. Congrats to Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar, and all the contributors! Lots of new names here, always a good thing: A young tikbalang auditions at the country’s largest TV station; a priest travels [...]

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Alternative Alamat: Expanded Print Edition, Launches on July 25

Alternative Alamat: Expanded Print Edition, Launches on July 25

It’s been a long time coming, but the much-requested print version of Alternative Alamat is heading to bookstores near you — and sooner than you think! The good folks at Visprint are launching it on July 19,   Saturday,   [EDIT: LAUNCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 25, FRIDAY, 4PM, SAME VENUE] part of a four-title launch that [...]

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Recordings from the UP Myth and Writing Roundtable

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 22 - 20151 COMMENT

Last March 19, 2015, the University of the Philippines Press 00 in honor of their 50th anniversary and in honor of the late Dr. Damiana L. Eugenio — had a roundtable on “Myth and Writing.” I attended the event, and for the sake of those who were unable to do so — there was a lot of interest, but it was a weekday — I’ve uploaded my recordings from the event. Not all the recordings are of great quality, but hey, better than nothing right?

To give you an idea of what to expect, it wasn’t a roundtable in the sense of a facilitated discussion with a series of questions being posed to the panel. From what I gather, the panelists seem to have been asked to read/present an excerpt from their work, then talk generally about their writing in relation to myth, followed by a general Q + A. Not all panelists adhered to that structure, mind you, which was good — I personally found Nikki Alfar’s portion to be the meatiest, even if it was the shortest. Panelsists spoke in a mixture of English and Filipino, although except for one it was mostly English. Also, Budjette Tan was unfortunately not in attendance.

 

UP Roundtable on Philippine Mythology + Sale

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 17 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Great news for Philippine mythology enthusiasts (like myself) — The UP Press will present “The UP Roundtable on Myth and Writing” on March 19, 2 p.m. at the Balay Kalinaw in University of the Philippines, Diliman. Speakers include Dean Francis Alfar, Nikki Alfar, Karl De Mesa, Emil Flores, Joseph Nacino, Budjette Tan, and Rody Vera. The event is open to the public.


Additionally, the following Mythology books will be sold at a 20 percent discount on that day:

Philippine Folk Literature Series:
An Anthology, Volume I
The Myths, Volume II
The Legends, Volume III
The Folktales, Volume IV
The Riddles, Volume V
The Proverbs, Volume VI
The Epics, Volume VIII

Compiled and edited by Dr. Damiana L. Eugenio

Credit: http://gist.ph/press-celebrates-50th-year-grand-book-sale-forum-philippine-mythology/, https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofthePhilippinesPress?fref=photo

Warning: Palanca Awards 2015

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 10 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Update 3/18: Revised Palanca rules are out.http://palancaawards.com.ph/newPalanca/entries.php

Note you don’t have to agree to the terms of the rules (by ticking the box) before downloading the rules.

Only skimmed but these seem to be the pertinent copyright provs:

21. In submitting an entry, a contestant represents and warrants that the work is his own and that he has absolute ownership of all intellectual property rights thereto. If the entry is an adaptation of another author’s existing work, the contestant shall submit the written consent of the author of the existing work, allowing the contestant to adapt the work, and to enter the adaptation in the contest [Consent (adapted work/s)]. The Consent shall include a clear and categorical statement that the Foundation shall be exempt from any and all liability in the event that the adaptation is said to infringe the intellectual property rights of the author of the existing work.

22. Entries submitted must comply with government policies on printed matters. Submitted copies of winning entries shall remain with, and become the property of, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Submitted copies of non-winning entries may be claimed by the authors not later than six (6) months from the date of announcement of winners.

23. In submitting an entry, the author and parent/guardian (if applicable) (the “Contestant”) accept the rules of the contest (the Rules) and grant and assign to the Sponsor the concurrent and non-exclusive right to exercise the copyright and other intellectual property rights granted to the author and the author’s assignees, with respect to any winning work (the Work). The grant and assignment also extend to all forms of storage, transmission, dissemination, and communication presently existing or subsequently created. The prize money which may be awarded to the Contestant for the Work shall constitute full payment of the foregoing rights assigned to the Sponsor, and shall be in lieu of any royalties or other compensation to the Contestant.

To promote Philippine Literature in the modern world of information technology, the Sponsor intends to make the winning entries accessible through the internet or other electronic media, to serve as a literary archive of the contest. The website or other media to be established for this purpose are intended to be a repository of the award-winning Works, recording the history of the development of Philippine literature over the years through the Palanca Awards. In making the Work(s) thus available to the public, the Sponsor intends purely to promote literary appreciation for and public awareness of such Work(s), and not to commercially exploit the same. Contestants must indicate on the Official Entry Form whether they agree to have their Work(s) posted on the CPMA website and made available for downloading by the public for free in the event that a prize is awarded for the entry; in the absence of any indication in the entry form, it is presumed that the author has agreed to such inclusion of the Work. To encourage use for educational purposes, winning Work(s) shall be posted on the website in their entirety. Should any winning author subsequently instruct the Sponsor in writing to include or remove the Work(s) from the Internet archive, such instruction will be honored and the Work shall be included or removed from the Internet archive within a reasonable time from Sponsor’s receipt of the author’s written instruction. The exclusion of any winning Work or Works from the website shall not constitute a waiver of any of the Sponsor’s Rights.

24. In connection with the grant, assignment, or transfer to the Sponsor of the rights stated in Rule 23, and pursuant to the requirements of R.A. No. 8293, entries must be accompanied by the author’s written consent to abide by the rules of the contest acknowledged before a Notary Public. In case of minors, particularly with respect to the Kabataan Essay category, the written consent of the parents or legal guardians shall also be required. The Authorization Form and Official Entry Form are available at the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. office or through the CPMA website.

The exercise of the above rights by the Sponsor shall not be deemed a waiver of any right of action which the Sponsor of this contest may have against the contestant, if it is discovered later on that said person is not the creator or owner of the copyright to the award-winning work. Moreover, the contestant likewise undertakes to indemnify the Sponsor for any and all damages, fees, costs and expenses that the Sponsor may incur by reason of the infringement by the contestant of the intellectual property rights of another.

ORIGINAL POST

Context: The Palanca Awards this year have changed their rules — how much the rules differ from last year’s isn’t as important as looking at the rules as they stand NOW — and those rules are not good.
There’s a lot of good discussion about the Palanca Awards, both as to the rules and the awards themselves, by veteran writers and law experts. Here’s one: https://www.facebook.com/tj.dimacali/posts/10205452342924477

Here’s another: http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2015/03/09/1431031/memo-palancas

But I’m also seeing a lot of people who are confused/intimidated by the detail of these discussions.

Bottom line:

* Don’t submit a story to the Palanca Awards this year if you’d like to retain your full ability to decide where/when/how the story is published. 
* If you’re a previous Palanca winner, don’t submit a story this year if you don’t want to subject your previous award-winning stories to the new rules.

Optional: 
* Spread the word, spread it wide, because many Palanca submissions could come from first-time writers who are not a part yet of the writing communities where these things are discussed. 
* If you’re holding out hope that the Awards will change the rules, find the people tweeting/posting about it and follow them for updates.

Hopefully someone can come up with a basic primer of the how’s and wherefores aimed at new / young writers and those with an aversion to legal-speak. But for now I just hope that the basic “Danger! Danger!” message gets spread to those who need to hear it most – new writers.

Because for many new Philippine writers, and I was one of them, the Palanca Awards are seen as a gateway to legitimacy. But at the moment, that gate is boobytrapped. And they need to know.

Czech and Spec (fic)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 1 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Over on her blog, Honey de Peralta has a post up summarizing a wonderful evening we had with his Excellency Jaroslav Olša, Jr., the new Czech Republic ambassador, who is also a scholar and editor of science fiction, particularly non-Western science fiction. Head on over and give the post a read — lots of pictures too.

It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year — if you’re a Filipino spec fic writer that is! Have at it you guys!

Call for Submissions: ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction 10′ – your atTENtion, please!

‘Philippine Speculative Fiction’ is turning ten this 2015! Yes, it’s been X years of eXtolling, eXploring, and eXpanding what Filipino writers have done, are doing, and can do in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things betwiXt, between, and beyond.

Editors Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar would love for you to be a part of this year’s landmark volume of this trailblazing annual anthology, which has repeatedly been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and multiple stories from which have frequently been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality

Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work, if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. But we don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to philippinespecfic@gmail.com, with the subject line ‘PSF 10 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Authors of selected stories will receive PhP500 compensation, as well as digital copies of the book.

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal.

Thanks,
Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar, co-editors

 

Interested in manga and how the form is engaged with and perceived in other Asian countries? Interested in how women in particular create and engage with comics? This month, Ateneo de Manila hosts the 15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies & the 6th Women’s Manga Conference – Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture –  and it may be right up your alley.

Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture
15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies and the 6th Women’s Manga Conference
22-23 January 2015
Ateneo de Manila University

PROGRAMME
Day 1 Venue: Leong Auditorium

8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:30 Welcome Remarks
Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ph.D. Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

Opening Remarks
Sh?ji Takatori, Director, The Japan Foundation

10:00-12:00 Plenary Session 1: Manga and the Manga-esque

Considering the ‘Mangaesque’ as a Cultural Condition: Where Japanese Studies and Manga Studies May Meet
Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University

The Role of National Mediators in the Construction of the Global Meaning of Manga
Zoltan Kacsuk, Kyoto Seika University

Manga-esque in a Single Frame: An Exploration of the Bounds of Japanese Irasuto and Cartoons
Ronald Stewart, Prefectural University of Hiroshima

12:00 – 12:30 Artist Session 1: Philippine
Moderated by Elbert Or
Elbert Or, Robert Magnuson, Ace Vitangcol

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Artist Session 2: Women’s Manga in Singapore
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
FSc

2:00 – 3:30 Paper Session 1: Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

The Domestication of Japanese Manga Representation in Malaysia : The Universality of Visual Language and Cultural Characteristics
Suraya Md Nasir, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Manga in the Philippines: from niche market to an (invisible) market
Ma. Victoria Cayton, University of Asia and the Pacific

“OTAKU NO RIKO”: Gratifications Derived from Filipino Anime Engagements
Thea Pamela Pauline A. Javier, M.C., San Sebastian College Recolectos – Manila

3:30 – 4:00 Artist Session 3: Vietnam
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
Nguyen Thanh Phong

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-4:45 Artist Session 4: Women Comics in the Philippines
Moderated by: Kristine Michelle Santos
Tin Tin Pantoja, Black Ink Comics

4:45 – 5:30 Paper Session 2: Frameworks in Popular Culture Studies

Performing 2.5 dimensional characters: Cosplay as a Practice in Hybrid Reality
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University

Glocalizing Appearance: Filipino Cosplayers and the Mukokuseki Aesthetic
Tiffany Lim, University of Tokyo

Quantitative research in manga/anime studies: Methodological considerations and three Europe-based surveys
Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University

Day 2 Venue: Leong Hall

9:00 Registration

9:30-11:00 Plenary Session 2: Women’s Manga in Japan

Manga-esque Hybridity Coming out of Women’s Manga
Fusami Ogi, Chikushi Jogakuen University

On Sexual Issues of Aging Women: Shungiku Uchida and Challenges in Women’s Manga
Kotaro Nakagaki. Daito Bunka University

“What Female Manga Artists are doing with Shakespeare”
Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Artist Session 4: Women’s Manga in Indonesia

Moderated by Febriani Shihombing
Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya and Stephani Soejono

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Artist’s Session 5: Malaysia
Moderated by Gan Sheuo Hui
Shieko

1:15-2:15 Plenary Session 4: Manga and the Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

Analysis of the Terminology “Komik Indonesia” in Indonesian Comics: A Discussion Case Study of Three Indonesia Comics Exhibition after 2000
Febriani Sihombing, Tohoku University

Locally Made! – The Gag Comics in Malaysia
Gan Sheuo Hui, National University of Singapore

2:15 – 3:15 Paper Session 3:Women and Manga Beyond Japan

Girls’ D?jinshi in the Philippines: Challenges and Transformations in Local Girls’ Culture
Kristine Michelle Santos, Wollongong University

Kartoon-y: Boys’ Love Manga Flourishes in Conservative Thailand
Poowin Bunyavejchewin and Ormwajee Pibool, Thammasat University

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 Paper Session 4: Women and Japanese Manga

Defining Yuri Fandom in Japan: Women and Men Reading and Writing About Girl–Girl Romance Media
James Welker, Kanagawa University

On the role of characterization and engagement in sh?jo-manga as a genre
Giancarla Unser-Schutz, Rissho University

4:30 – 5:00 Artist Session 5: China’s Artist Panel

Moderated by Jaqueline Berndt
Luo Rongrong

5:00 – 6:00 Paper Session 5: Gender and Japanese Manga

Winry, Hinata, Mikasa: Feminine Imagery in Sh?nen Manga and Japan’s Masculinist Cultural Nationalism
Hansley A. Juliano, Ateneo de Manila University

Sex Tourism, Filipina Brides, and Japanese Comics
Ryan Holmberg, The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

6:00 – 6:10 Ending Remarks
Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director, Japaese Studies Program

6:10 – 7:30 Special Screening of “Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of US Comics”

REGISTRATION FORM

Illustration in Conference poster by Kiko Dans
Conference poster layout by Elbert Or

 


This morning, I was asked by the NBDB to give a reaction to the Report on the State of the Book Industry Address given by Ma’am Neni Sta.-Romana Cruz, speaking from the perspective of an author-creator. I’ve received a few requests for the text of the speech, and since this is one of the few times I didn’t extemporize (much), here it is. (Weird to post it without the speech I’m responding T) but I’m not sure I have the permission to post that one.)

I’ll be back there tomorrow for the Contract Consultation activity, then all day for the Filipino Reader Con and, of course, the Mythspace launch.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the speech:

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Libraries: 10 reasons to carry Philippine Spec Fic

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

A report from last month’s library-and-spec-fic panel at the Philippine Literary Festival, is up over at GMA News: 10 reasons why libraries should carry local speculative fiction. Alternative Alamat’s print cover makes an appearance in the article, hooray! Here’s an excerpt:

3. It provides hope and escape from the mundane.

“Do not look at the word ‘escapist’ as a negative term. We all need to escape from reality from time to time—why? Because we’re not animals,” said Dean. “We can have physical cages whether we are political prisoners or held in cages by our politicians in some other way—but we can escape these with our dreams and imaginations of change. And then we make the change and watch reality come to pass.”

4. It reflects the human condition.

Spec fic can comment on what it means to be human, or to be Filipino, just as well as any other piece of literature can.

5. It has didactic and educational aspects.

There are stories and books specifically for this purpose, but Dean stressed that one can take any story and use it to teach. He cited classic examples from Philippine mythology and folklore.

6. It offers alternate ways and different perspectives of seeing the world.

Spec fic can give marginalized persons—such as LGBT, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous cultures—a voice for their concerns. If one is in a position of privilege, Dean said, one should consider themselves lucky and take up the burden of helping voice those concerns or give voice to those who do not have any.

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 29 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

The latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology, already available digitally, will be having a launch event on November 22, Saturday, from 2-4pm at the CBTL at Shangri-La Plaza. PSF launches are always fun, so do try to pass by!

Damiana Eugenio, Mother of Philippine Folklore, has Passed Away

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 13 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Damiana Eugenio, the Mother of Philippine Folklore, has passed away. Her anthologies of myth and folklore opened the eyes and hearts of many, including myself. Everyone who loves Philippine mythology and folklore owes her an immense debt. She has shaped generations. Our sympathies go out to those who knew her and lover her.

I’ve been told that the wake is at Claret Funeral Chapel, QC.

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