Friday, November 23, 2007

Agcaoili, pinadayawan ti UFCH


Agcaoili, pinadayawan ti UFCH;
awatenna ti Progress Award for Education


Pinili ti United Filipino Council of Hawai’i ni Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili a kas naisangsangayan nga edukador iti sibubukel nga Estado ti Hawai`i babaen ti panangitedna kenkuana iti pammadayaw a Progress Award for Education.

Maiyawatto daytoy nga award kenni Agcaoili iti maysa a pormal a seremonia iti Royal Hawaiian Hotel iti Waikiki, Hawai`i, iti Estados Unidos ti Amerika inton Nobiembre 24. Kadua ni Agcaoili a mapadayawan dagiti dadduma pay a binigbig ti UFCH, maysa nga aliansa dagiti adu nga organisasion dagiti Filipino iti nadumaduma a parte ti Hawai`i.

Binigbig ti UFCH ni Agcaoili gapu iti aramidna iti edukasion saan laeng iti uneg ti Unibersidad ti Hawai’i nga agdama a pagpapaayanna a kas manursuro iti Ilokano, iti pelikula ti Filipinas ken kultura a popular, iti literatura, iti panagiyulog ken interpretasion, ken iti drama. Kaduana dagiti nagduduma civic organizations ken cause-oriented groups, kasta met ti GUMIL Hawai`i, Annak ti Kailokuan iti Amerika, ken ti Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano, inrusuat ni Agcaoili ti 2007 International Conference on Ilokano and Amianan Languages and Cultures. Isu met laeng ti nangirubuat iti Fiesta Ilokano ken Amianan a naangay iti Philippine Consulate General ken manamnamanto manen a maangay iti kada Pebrero a bulan a pannakarambak ti Philippine Arts Month.

Kinonseptualisa ni Agcaoili ti agtultuloy a pannakaedukar ti komunidad kadagiti isyu iti kanser ken iti kinaranggas iti taeng babaen ti 4K Initiative (Kur-itan Kontra iti Kanser ken iti Kinaranggas iti Taeng) ken ti 3K Initiative (Kur-itan Kontra iti Kinaranggas iti Taeng), agpada a community language program nga adda iti babaen ti Ilokano Language and Literature Program iti Unibersidad ti Hawai`i. Kadua ni Agcaoili a nangisayangkat kadagitoy nga inisiatiba ti Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, ken ti Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline-Pilipina Rural Project.

Ni Agcaoili met laeng ti maysa kadagiti nangirugi iti Nakem Conferences a maysa itan a tignayan ken addaanen iti country chapter iti Filipinas, ti Nakem Conference Philippines nga ipangpanguluan ni Dr. Alegria Tan Visaya, sekretaria ti Board of Regents ti Mariano Marcos State University.

Nileppas ni Agcaoili, babaen iti Presidential Scholarship, ti kinadoktorado iti Unibersidad ti Pilipinas a nangisuruanna sakbay a nagpa-Amerika. Dua pay a masterado ken dua a kurso a batsilier ti niringpas ni Agcaoili.

Mannurat ni Agcaoili iti Bannawag; kasta met nga agsursurat iti Ingles ken Tagalog. Ti nobelana a Dangadang ti maysa kadagiti napadayawan iti Centennial Literary Prize idi 1998.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Villafania’s poetry book launched

The latest Pangasinan collection of poems by Santiago B. Villafania was launched at Urdaneta City on Friday, November 9.

Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles is Villafania’s second collection of poems in Pangasinan language which was launched shortly after the 2-day Conference on “Revitalizing the Pangasinan Language and Cultural Heritage” held at the Urdaneta City Sports and Cultural Center last November 8-9, 2007.

The 390-page book includes some 300 sonnets and 50 villanelles, published through grants from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) under the helm of Dr. Jose Paulo E. Campos.

The new collection of verses is an uplifting exploration of memories of childhood, love, history, current events, the wonders of nature, and the enrichment of the Pangasinan language, culture and literature.

KWF Chair Dr. Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco and UP Professor Dr. Ma. Crisanta Nelmida-Flores wrote the preface and the introduction to the book, respectively. Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr., Aurelio S. Agcaoili, Kristian S. Cordero, Jose Jason L. Chancoco, Christopher Q. Gozum, Jaime P. Lucas, Leonarda “Amor Cico” Carrera, Sergio A. Bumadilla and Melchor E. Orpilla contributed their respective blurbs.

Multi-award winning poet Cirilo F. Bautista says of the author, “Villafania is the leading poet of his generation in Pangasinan today.”

Other works of this young Pangasinan poet include Pinabli tan arum ni’ran Anlong (2003) and a chapbook, Balikas na Caboloan (NCCA, 2005). Some of his poems have appeared in local and international print and web publications such as Balon Silew, AWARD, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, ANI, Philippine Panorama, Sunday Times Magazine, The Heron’s Nest, HaikuHut’s Short Stuff, Ygdrasil, In Our Own Words 1 & 2, Picolata Review, MindFire, and other online poetry journals.

Born in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan in 1971, Villafania graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pangasinan in 1991. “Sonny” as he is fondly called is an active member of the Ulupan na Pansiansia’y Salitan Pangasinan and an ardent advocate for the revival of Pangasinan as a literary language.

Villafania is currently a senior web developer/designer in Emilio Aguinaldo College – Manila.