Sandaang Araw ng Komiks (100 Days of Komiks)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 30 - 2011

Around a week back, Joanah Tinio Calingo (Cresci Prophecies, Kanto Inc.)  related an experience at the recently concluded 2011 Toy Con that made her realize how limited the mainstream awareness of komiks and komiks creators truly is. To help promote local comics and their creators, she’s calling on other creators, as well as komiks readers and allies, to participate in a hundred day event to raise the profile of the komiks industry, aptly called “100 Araw ng Komiks”, which will pave the way for the end of the year Komikon in November.

The event begins on July 1, tomorrow, and for the month of July the theme seems to be “Your Own Komiks” in the sense that komiks creators are encouraged to post information about their komiks creations on their blogs/twitter/facebook pages once per day. Those who don’t create komiks can participate by posting komiks related information/trivia once per day.

You can go here or here for additional information (in Filipino).

[Logo c/o Rommel Estanislao ]



Market! Market! Book Fair: Mad About Books

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 29 - 2011

Via the Filipino Book Bloggers Facebook page (c/o The Book Fancier), I’ve learned that there is an ongoing book fair at the Market! Market! Mall called “Mad About Books“. I’m not sure how good the spec fic pickings will be this year, but the book fair Marker!Market! had two years ago had quite a few hardbound SF books I’d never seen anywhere else. so it may be worth a visit if you’re in the area. Here’s the full blurb:

Hurry! Assortment of books await at the Market!Market! Book Fair 2011

Plus chapters and chapters of fun activities:

Storytelling . Arts & Crafts Corner . Reading Lounge

Claim freebies from California Berry between 3PM to 5PM for every P500 purchase at the Book Fair.

June 27 to July 3 . Activity Center, Market!Market!

PSF6 Launch Photos

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 29 - 2011


The launch for the sixth volume of Philippine Speculative Fiction took place last Saturday, with the inimitable Dean Alfar once again serving as master of ceremonies and all-around entertainer–the PSF launches usually turn into roasts for the editors and contributors (and being absent is no defense) and a grand time was had by all. I’ll have videos from the launch and the earlier launch of the crime issue of Philippine Genre Stories later this week, but first here are some photographs from the event.


In spite of the rains, (and some *ahem* premature storm warnings), the UView Theater of Fully Booked was jam packed–this photo is from early in the proceedings, and by midway people were lining the walls, in spite of the addition of the monobloc cavalry. The downside to that is the volume sold out minutes after the launch was over–if you want another print run, make sure you make your voices heard!

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The FFP 24 Hour Readathon

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 28 - 2011

The Flips Flipping Pages book club/shelfari community is holding their first ever 24 Hour Read-a-thon from 9pm April 8 to 9pm April 9. What’s a Read-a-thon you may ask? ”

For 24 straight hours, we will get together in one venue and read books, cheer each other on, and participate in games and mini-challenges. We can read for the pure enjoyment of it, for the experience of participating in a readathon, to meet new friends, or even to raise money or awareness for a cause. If you can’t stay the full 24 hours, then drop by and stay for however long you can. The FFP 24 Hour Readathon is based on and in connection with Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, a twice-yearly international online readathon which began in 2007.”

The event will be held at everyone’s favorite independent bookstore, Libreria at Cubao X. You can find directions to the venue, as well as the sign-up page, at the official FFP Read-a-thon site.

Here’s are videos of a talk given by Professor Maria Stanyukovich Ph.D., with one of the most interesting titles ever (or maybe it just seems so to a Phil. myth geek like me): “Epic as a Means to Control the Memory and Emotions of Gods and Humans: Ritual Implications of the Ifugao Hudhud”. This is the last of the videos I have from the Songs of Memory International Conference on Epics and Ballads held at the Ateneo last 20-22 January, 2011. You can see an index for all the videos here.

Parts 2-4 after the cut.

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Continuing the posting of videos from the Songs of Memory International Conference on Epics and Ballads held at the Ateneo last 20-22 January, 2011, here’s the last part (I came in late) of the first talk of the event, given by Professor Fernando N. Zialcita Ph.D. (co-author of the Soul Book), entitled “Chanted Landscapes: The Interweaving of Tangible and Intangible Heritage”. Parts of the video involve introductions of the delegates to the conference, but that may give you a good idea of the diversity of the experts who participated in the conference.

This video was short, but for our final video on Monday, I’ll post the longest one yet, a talk by Professor Maria Stanyukovich Ph.D., entitled “Epic as a Means to Control the Memory and Emotions of Gods and Humans: Ritual Implications of the Ifugao Hudhud”.

SoM Video: Launch of Ateneo’s Online Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 10 - 2011

On the first day of the “Songs of Memory” international conference on epics and ballads at the Ateneo de Manila, the university launched the online version of its Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive. Here are videos of the official launch, with Professor Nicole Revel PhD walking us through the site. (The first part of the professor’s talk traced the historical developments in the study and preservation of Philippine epics and ballads, but it’s a long segment and I’m not certain if the sound quality is good enough, so not posting it yet.)

SoM Video: Ifugao Culture Sung Tradition

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 8 - 2011

The first video from the “Songs of Memory”  International Conference on Epics and Ballads is a talk given by Professor Rosario de Santos del Rosario Ph.D., entitled “Introduction to Ifugao Culture Sung Tradition”. The professor talks about aspects of Ifugao sung tradition that don’t receive as much attention as, say, the hudhud: songs like the liwliwa, lelle’, hehewwe, talidummay, and tulok, from the pre-hispanic songs to post-World War 2 songs.

“Songs of Memory” Epics Conference: Video Hub

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 8 - 2011

Two weeks ago, the Ateneo de Manila University hosted “Songs of Memory”, an international conference on epics and ballads (this is where the Ateneo’s online archive of Philippine epics and ballads was launched). Here’s how the official site describes the mission of the conference:

Songs of Memory seeks to make the Philippine Epics and Ballads Archive of the Ateneo de Manila University accessible to all. Preserving epics helps conserve Intangible Heritage, fosters pride of the self in cultural communities and in the nation, as a whole, and advances UNESCO’s emphasis on the conservation of Intangible Heritage.

I wasn’t able to attend all the talks/lectures, but I did manage to catch a few that may be of interest to Rocket Kapre readers, and anyone interested in the mythic heritage of the people of the Philippines. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting the videos I managed to take of the event. Each talk will be a separate post, but for greater convenience, this post will serve as an index to the videos.

Congratulations to the Ateneo and all those involved in “Songs of Memory” for what seems to have been a very succesful conference. Special thanks to Professor Calasanz for inviting me to attend the conference.

Songs of Memory Video Index

Taboan Festival 2011

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 6 - 2011

This year’s Taboan Literary Festival will be held from February 10-12, 2011 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. The festival is open to the public and will feature panels, a book bazaar, and film screenings. Speculative fiction writer Dominique Cimafranca is the conference coordinator, and here are a few delegates who will be familiar to readers of Philippine speculative fiction: Carljoe Javier, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Sarge Lacuesta, and Vlad Gonzales.

For those who are in the Davao area (or who can manage to make the trip) this looks like a great event for readers and authors. For those who can’t make it, you can still get a taste of the works of the delegates on the Literary Works page  of the Tabaoan 2011 site. Carljoe Javier’s piece on “the “Post-Apocalyptic as the Neo-Western” seems like it could be of interest to genre readers.



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