Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Invitation to a forum on regional literature

Mga Suliranin ng Panitik Mulang Rehiyon

Inaanyayahan ang lahat na dumalo sa Mga Suliranin ng Panitik Mulang Rehiyon, isang talakayan na inihahandog ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) sa pakikipagtulungan ng UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies. Gaganapin po ito sa UST Thomas Aquinas Research Center Seminar Room A sa ika-21 ng Hulyo, mula ala-una hanggang alas-singko ng hapon. Ang talakayan pong ito ay dadaluhan ng manunulat na mula sa labas ng Maynila, tulad ni Abdon Balde, Jr. na galing Bikol, at Jose Bragado na isa namang Iloko. Ito po ay walang bayad at bukas sa publiko. Magbibigay po ng sertipiko sa mga makapag-aabiso ng kanilang pagdalo bago ang naturang pangyayari. Mangyari na lamang pong makipag-ugnayan kay Nanoy sa 0918-2442553, di kaya magpadala ng e-mail sa liraworkshop@gmail.com.

Everyone is invited to attend Mga Suliranin ng Panitik Mulang Rehiyon ( The Challenges of Literature from the Regions), a forum brought to you by Linangan sa Imagen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) in cooperation with UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies. The forum will be held at the UST Thomas Aquinas Research Center Seminar Room A on July 21, from 1pm-5pm. The speakers who will be attending the forum are writers from outside of Manila, like Abdon Balde, Jr. who hails from Bicol, and Jose Bragado who is an Iloko. The forum is free and open to the public. Certificates will be given to those who will confirm their attendance before the event, those interested may course their requests or inquiries through Nanoy at 0918-2442553 or liraworkshop@gmail.com.

2 comments:

hahn said...

hi... would you please help me to summarize and interpret the novel "the woman who had two navels"? please... i just really need it.... thanks a lot.... you can send it in my e-mail add.. thanks... tweety_looneytoones@yahoo.com
or lynnepink29@yahoo.com... thank you po talaga....

Ronnel Lim said...

sorry but I cant summarize because I've read the novel a long time ago and, frankly, I don't remember the details of the novel too well for me to give a meaningful summary.

Anyway, for whatever help you may find this, the woman who had two navels is basically Nick Joaquin's rendering of the Filipino search for national identity. The two navels stand for our American and Hispanic progenies and our confusion vacillating between the two.

Here's a teaser: the novel also takes place in Hong Kong, right? so is there a Sinic element to our national heritage, and must we look into it to make the two navels one?

Anvil in 2003 released a collection of Joaquin's essays entitled Culture and History. Reading the essays will tell you exactly what the novel means plus you get to know Joaquin's personal feelings about the matter.

The book should be available in National Bookstore or Powerbooks.

You should really read The woman who had two navels yourself. It's really very short, just a novella. Surely, if we all have time to gawk at Pinoy Big Brother, we should be able to spare a few hours in the company of Nick Joaquin.

Books assigned for us to read will do us good. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.