RINA ANGELA CORPUS TO HOLD BOOK READING IN NEW YORK
TOPAZ ARTS welcomes
guest artist Rina Angela Corpus who will talk about her book, “Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three
Independent Women Dance,” (UP Press) which won her the University of the Philippines Center
for Women’s Studies Award for Outstanding Thesis in 2006. The reading will take place on Saturday,
September 29, 2012 from 4-6pm at TOPAZ ARTS located at 55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens, NY.
Subway: #7 to 61st St; R/M to Northern Blvd; or LIRR to Woodside Station; details and directions
available at www.topazarts.org.
Admission is free.
Corpus’ book navigates
the histories of three contemporary Filipina choreographers – Myra Beltran, Kristin Jackson, Agnes
Locsin – who have bravely produced themselves as independent dance-makers. Using
feminist prisms in looking at women’s history in the dance world, the book lays down concrete questions
and practical methodologies for mapping out a dance historiography that is informed by
self-reflexivity and feminist consciousness. Straddling the discourses of art
and dance history, feminist
criticism, theory and aesthetics, this book is a first of its kind in
Philippine dance scholarship that
contemplates the depth and breadth of feminist thought within the study of
Philippine contemporary dance
Author Rina Angela
Corpus will be joined by choreographer Kristin Jackson and Marie Alonzo- Snyder, PhD,
Filipina-American dancer and dance educator, to offer commentary after the
talk. The book will be
available at the reading.
About the Author:
Rina Angela Corpus is an
Assistant Professor at the Department of Art Studies of the University of the Philippines where she
finished her BA in Art Studies (minor in Comparative Literature, cum laude) and MA in Art History. Her
research interests include feminist aesthetics, dance history and alternative spiritualities. She
trained and danced with the Quezon City Ballet and served as cultural editor of
the Philippine Collegian.
Her works have appeared in Bulawan: Journal for Philippine Culture and Art, Transit, Humanities
Diliman, Diliman Review, Philippine Humanities Review, Review of Women's
Research in Dance
Education, Peace Review: Journal of Social Justice, Philippines Free Press, Manila Bulletin and the
Philippine Daily Inquirer.
LA INDIA LAUNCH AT THE ATENEO DE DAVAO THIS SEPTEMBER 28
teacher, and critic Rosario Cruz-Lucero will be launching her latest
book of stories La India, or Island of the Disappeared (UP Press) and
Ang Bayan sa Labas ng Maynila: The Nation Beyond Manila (Ateneo Press),
a book of critical essays on the literature of the Visayas and
Mindanao, on September 28, 3-5 p.m., Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao
La India is a historiographic reimagining of the
island of Negros, with the interrelated stories spanning 400 years.
Poet Cirilo Bautista has called it "a wonderful weave of history and
imagination." Merlie Alunan, poet and professor emeritus, loves
Cruz-Lucero's mastery of the short story form. La India, Alunan
enthuses, is both "sohpisticated ... and exhilarating ..."
at the launch will be essayist and columnist Dr. Gail Tan Ilagan and
historian and fictionist Dr. Macario D. Tiu. Merlie Alunan, poet and
DECL-UPD professor Dr. Paolo Manalo, and Salou Palao, the author's
lifelong friend from Negros, will also be speaking. Reviews of the book
by playwright Layeta Bucoy and UP Press director Dr. Neil Garcia will
also be read.
A performance by the Kaliwat Theater Collective is
also featured. Sponsors for the book launch are Ateneo de Davao
University (ADDU) Humanities Divison, ADDU Publications Office, and the
Redemptorist Community of Davao.
Cruz-Lucero writes shorts
stories and essays. She teaches Philippine literature and creative
writing at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she
finished a doctorate in Philippine Studies.
A BOOK REVIEW AND INTERVIEW (OF DEFIANT DAUGHTERS DANCING: THREE INDEPENDENT WOMEN DANCE)
by Agnes Prieto
Last week, we interviewed Rina Angela
P. Corpus, author of Defiant Daughters Dancing: Three
Independent Women Dance. Agnes Prieto wrote a comprehensive review of two local
books tackling dance, and we’re reprinting parts of that review:
Conscious Trance, Defiant
Daughters Dancing and Other Rebellions (two book reviews)
Two books on dance –Defiant Daughters Dancing by Rina Angela Corpus and Conscious
Trance, the Journey to the Dancer Within by Pi Villaraza are important
voices from the realm of quarter life — that time which brings on the quest for
meaning beyond the conventional routine of the accepted ; a midlife concern in
Both authors are quarter lifers, but one is a trained ballerina steeped in the
classical and active in the academe, and the other, a yuppie turned solitary,
isolated from the world, in a Palawan island, suddenly finding his body dancing
These books are statements that go beyond the conventional definitions of dance
not just as external movement conforming to expectations, impositions and
structure, but Dance as a listening to what is within and giving this outer
form. It becomes inner dialogue presented for perusal by an observer.
THE UP PRESS TO LAUNCH TWELVE NEW TITLES THIS AUGUST 3 IN PAGLULUNSAD
University of the Philippines Press will be launching twelve titles in
Paglulunsad. This will be on August 3, Friday, 5 p.m. at the 2nd floor
of the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. The twelve books are:
- The Queen Lives Alone: Personal Essays by Ronald Baytan
- Kung Nanaisin: Mga Tula by Romulo Baquiran
- Vanishing History & Other Poems by Edel Garcellano
- In Medias Res: In the Middle of Things by Luis Teodoro
- Green Jobs and Green Skills in a Brown Philippine Economy by Rene Ofreneo
- La India, or Island of the Disappeared by Rosario Cruz-Lucero
- Hay Buhay by Danilo Arao
- Flames over Baler by Carlos Madrid
to Classical and Variational Partial Differential Equations by Doina
Cioranescu, Patrizia Donato, and Marian P. Roque
- Sacrificial Bodies by Reuben Ramas Canete
- Mixed Blessing by Hazel McFerson
- Ka Amado by Jun Cruz Reyes
will get 20 percent off on all new titles at the mass launch. The
titles are already available at the UP Press bookstore (near the
College of Architecture and the police station). To order online, visit
SACRIFICIAL BODIES BOOK LAUNCH SET FOR JULY 2
The public is cordially invited to the book launch of Sacrificial
Bodies: The Oblation and the Political Aesthetics of Masculine Representations
in Philippine Visual Cultures by Reuben Ramas Cañete published by the University
of the Philippines Press.
The event will also feature the relaunching of Suri Sining:
The Art Studies Anthology (Art Studies Foundation); Art and Its Contexts: Essays,
Reviews, and Interviews in Philippine Art (University of Santo Tomas Publishing
House); and Pulilan: the Blessed Land (Jefarca Arts and Historical Society).
The book launch will be on Monday, July 2, 2012, 4 to 6 PM, Pulungang
Claro M. Recto, Ground Floor, Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center), Manuel Roxas
corner Alejandro Roces Sr. Avenues, University of the Philippines–Diliman,
Sacrificial bodies is a comprehensive study on how the act
of heroic sacrifice against foreign aggression has been transformed into a
means of liberating generations of Filipinos from all forms of oppression,
through the iconic pose and location of Guillermo Tolentino’s sculpture, the
Oblation, within the UP campus. By tracing this idea through the various icons
and images of the Oblation, the book also reveals how ambivalent and context-specific
this assertions has been ingrained, imagined, and re-experienced by generations
of practitioners in Philippine visual culture.
Canete is an associate professor at the Department of Art
Studies in UP Diliman.
FORCING THE PACE BY KEN FULLER
by Kenny Coyle
Morning Star, Tuesday 19 June 2012
With his second volume on Philippine communism now in print and the third on
the way, this first part of Ken Fuller's trilogy is now available in electronic
Published by the University of the Philippines Press, Forcing The Pace covers
the period of the foundation of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP) in
1930, through the tumultuous decades from the 1930s to the 1950s.
In scarcely a dozen years the PKP had to navigate the rapids of repression by
the colonial US authorities followed by a brief breathing space of legality
before Japan invaded and occupied the islands.
NEW MATH BOOK NOW AVAILABLE AT THE UP
Introduction to Classical and Variational Partial Differential Equations by Doina Cioranescu,
Patrizia Donato, and Marian P. Roque is now available at the UP Press
The study of partial differential equations is at the crossroads of
mathematical analysis, measure theory, topology, differential geometry,
scientific computing, and many other branches of mathematics. Modeling
phenomena, partial differential equations are fascinating topics
their increasing presence in treating real physical processes. In
PDEs have become essential modeling tools in fields such as materials science, mathematical
mechanics, biology and biomedicine, and environmental sciences.
aim of this book is to introduce classical and variational PDEs
to graduate and post-graduate students in Mathematics. It concerns
second order linear partial differential equations and consists of two
Part I gives a comprehensive overview of classical PDEs, that is,
which admit smooth (strong) solutions, verifying the equations
Classical solutions of the Laplace, heat, and wave equations are given.
deals with variational PDEs, where weak solutions are considered. These solutions verify a weak formulation
of the equations
and belong to suitable spaces of functions, the Sobolev spaces. The
Sobolev spaces provides the foundation for the study of variational
comprehensive and detailed presentation of
these spaces and the Sobolev embeddings is presented. Examples of
elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic problems with different boundary
are also discussed.
THE UP PRESS GOES TO ALBASA BOOK FAIR
The UP Press will be going to the 39th
ALBASA (Academic Libraries Book Acquisition Systems Association, Inc.)
Fair in the Cebu Grand Convention Center, Cebu City. This will be from
May 15 to 17. Activities will include the book fair, business
meetings, and various seminars.
UP Press will be selling its new and old titles. For more information,
contact University of the Philippines Press, E. delos
Santos St., UP Diliman, Quezon City; Marketing
Office Telefax: +63 (2) 926-6642; Bookstore:
+63 (2) 925-3243, 928-4391 local 112; or like us on Facebook.
UP PRESS TO HOLD ANNIVERSARY SALE FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF MARCH
celebration of its 47th anniversary, the University of the Philippines
Press (UP Press) will be holding its annual monthlong sale. All UP
Press titles, bestsellers, and new releases will be sold at a 20
percent discount, and all consigned titles at a 5 percent discount. The
book sale runs from March 01 to 31, 2012.
The UP Press bookstore
is located at E. de los Santos Street (near the College Architecture
and the UP Police office), UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City and is open
from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
inquiries, call the UP Press at +63 (2) 494 2527 and +63 (2) 926 6642
or reach them online via the website uppress.com.ph or like their
facebook fan page, University of the Philippines Press.
UP PRESS GOES TO TABOAN 2012
University of the Philippines Press will be going to the Taboan Writers
Festival 2012 in Pampanga. The Taboan is the main program of
National Commission on Culture and the Arts for the literary arts for
February, which is Philippines Arts Month.
This year's Taboan
will be at Clark Field, Pampanga from February 9-11, 2012. The book
fair is from February 9-10 at the Convention Hall of Fontana Leisure
Parks, Clark Freeport Zone. UP Press will be selling its newest
literary and scholarly titles at the festival which will feature three
National Artists for Literature and a host of other writers and
delegates from all over the country.
For more information on Taboan, click here.
SIX WOMEN KEEP ART OF WRITING ALIVE
By Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files
Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, a fictionist and essayist in her own right,
describes the state of literary biography in the Philippines in her
latest book "Six Sketches of Filipino Women Writers" as "a
arid stretch, with a few patches of grass, and perhaps a tree or two."
seeks to rectify the situation in her portraits of six contemporary
writers; she prefers the words "sketches" or "cameos" for their
fragmentary nature to qualify that what she has written is not a
Hidalgo points out why there is a dearth
of information on writers—the academe prioritizes literary theory over
literary history in training writing majors. This she considers "a
pity" because "beginning writers …should be familiar with the entire
landscape before they can stake their own claim to one portion of it,
or venture beyond its borders into fields unknown."
Alunan, Sylvia Mayuga, Marra Lanot, Barbara Gonzalez, Elsa Martinez
Coscoluella and Rosario Cruz Lucero are not only united by their being
female but also by being post-war babies who were raised in the stable
1950s. They saw the rise of student rebellion in the 1960s, lived
through martial law in the 1970s and throughout all these, have
continued to write actively.
She acknowledges past volumes that
have attempted to record the lives of the country's literary ancestors
through the research and writing done by the late Doreen Fernandez and
Edilberto Alegre, by Edna Zapanta Manlapaz's biographies of Angela
Manalang Gloria, Estrella Alfon and Lina Espina Moore, by Manlapaz and
Marjorie Evasco's oral history of poets Manalang Gloria, Trinidad
Tarrosa Subido, Edith Tiempo, Virginia Moreno, Ophelia Dimalanta and
Tita Lacambra Ayala.
In the last few years, Carmen Guerrero
Nakpil and Gilda Cordero Fernando have come up with their own
autobiographies by way of setting records straight.
agrees with feminist biographer Linda Wagner-Martin that her subjects
must be involved in the biography so readers can appreciate their lives
in their full context.
Apart from communicating with her
through the technological convenience provided by e-mail, Hidalgo puts
them at ease. The telling of their stories has the intimacy of two
women friends, who haven't seen one another in years, catching up over
a cup of coffee and slices of cake, and lingering way past the café's
Like the author, half of the subjects (Alunan,
Coscoluella and Lucero, and for a time, Lanot) have found refuge in the
academe to support their writing projects as they realize that despite
the joy in creating poems, fiction and essays, Philippine society does
not provide a stable economic support for this.
Lanot, in the
blunt, to-the-point style that her poems are noted for, says, quoting
family friend Nick Joaquin: "You don't do hack writing, you write and
try to write well all the time, whether the pay is high or low or nil."
offered piano lessons to young neighbors when her husband Pete Lacaba
was in the underground and later jailed on subversion charges. Lucero
gave ballet lessons to aspiring young dancers who could be accommodated
in the sala of a rented house to stretch the family budget. Mayuga was
employed in print and broadcast media.
Gonzalez rose to become
one of the country's few women advertising executives when a marriage
failed. She continues to paint and craft handmade jewelry to sell at
Although she married into a hacendero's family
in Negros Occidental, Coscoluella went on to write and submit an epic
poem or a full-length drama to national literary contests and win. She
served as a vice president of the University of St. La Salle in
Bacolod. Her duties included running the university press apart from
expanding the Institute of Culinary Arts, managing a master's program
for police officers, among other things, making her recent retirement
not fully realized yet.
Wifehood and motherhood are not
romanticized, although that would be how machos would portray them—the
be-all and end-all of a woman's existence.
Alunan wrote of the
exhaustion and frustration she felt as a young mom: "Your brain will
turn into putty if you go on this way, you can't be doing this all your
life, how long can you put up with this…The watching half of me
complains and scolds, angry and resentful for the time and space it had
lost to this selfish demanding little beast that all infants are,
jealous and envious of all the attention it takes for granted as an
Throughout their narratives, these women did
astonishing balancing acts: they bore and raised children, held down
regular jobs, struggled with difficult partners and wrote for
expression and for the freedom it gives in circumstances far from what
Virginia Woolf required that a woman who wishes to write should have a
room of her own.
Because of these writers' efforts and
critical recognition they've received, they have cleared a path for
younger sisters who dream of making writing not just a worthy hobby but
a lifelong occupation and a commitment.
"Six Sketches of Filipino Women Writers" is published by the
University of the Philippines Press, 2011.
(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at
current issues. Vera is Latin for "true.")