The Davao Writers Guild, the leading proponent of creative writing in the region will hold its Induction of Officers and “Bukambibig” Literary Readings with Dance Performances on Saturday, 27 August, 6:00 PM at the Gaisano Grand South Mall (Ilustre St.) top floor plaza and performing area stage.
The “Bukambibig” Literary Readings with Dance Performances will feature readings of literary works by award-winning writers Ricardo de Ungria, Aida Rivera Ford, Tita Lacambra Ayala, Macario Tiu, Don Pagusara, Josie Tejada, and Jhoanna Cruz. Dance interpretations from the literary works will be performed by the dancers of the LCB Performing Arts Center.
For 30 years now a Davao-based voice-in-the-wilderness publication has been the launching pad for and inspiration of many a young and aspiring artist. Join us on July 21, 2011, 6:00 P.M. – 83 issues later! – at Matina Town Square’s KANTO BAR as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the groundbreaking ROAD MAP SERIES (RMS).
Raise toasts and break bread with RMS Editor Tita Lacambra-Ayala. Meet your arts family-community and pitch in with impromptu readings and kuwentuhan. Catch up with the surreal Alaska-to-Arizona words of Lilia Lopez-Chua, RMS’ 1st featured artist (Vol. 1, No. 1), supported by Josie Tionko and Fe Del Rosario, RMS’ First Sponsors from whom came the seed money for RMS.
Early Bird Raffle! Each of the first 52 guests will have a chance to win one of 15 indescribable prizes.
To cap the evening, Mum Tita’s gem of-a-daughter Cynthia Alexander will do a 1-hour set at 9:00 p.m.! Transplanted Poet/Crush ng Bayan/Davao Writers Guild President Jhoanna Lynn Cruz (RMS Vol. 5 No. 2) emcees.
Please RSVP through Bopeep, cell # 0922-895-5851, email email@example.com so we know what the program might turn out to be.
Hope to see you again, exciting possibilities are at hand!
The 1st Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya now open for submissions.
Fiction writers in Bisaya who are residents of Mindanao are invited to join the Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya. In the past two years, this contest was known as the Fiction Writing in Bisaya contest. This year, the Guild decided to rename the contest henceforth in honor of one of its founding members, Satur P. Apoyon, who recently passed away.
The deadline for submission is September 15, 2010. Cash prizes are as follows: first prize, P10,000.00; second prize, P7,000.00; third prize, P5,000.00.
Each contestant is allowed only one (1) entry. The story should be original (written by the contestant), unpublished (not printed in any newspaper, magazine or book), must not have won any awards. It must be printed between 10 to 20 pages in length (double-space, using Letter-size paper, using Times New Roman, 12pts). Participants are advised to comply with the instructions. Non-compliant entries will be automatically disqualified. A hard copy of the entry should be delivered to the following address: Rene Estremera, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City 8022.
The envelope should contain the following: The contest entry; a separate sheet attesting to the authorship and no-publication/no-award of the work; and author’s complete contact information, signed by the author. A soft copy should be sent by email to
The criteria for judging are: Language (25%), Technique (25%), Relevance (25%), and Overall Impact (25%). Winners will be notified by cellphone and email.
The contest is a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Davao Writers Guild.
Natawo si Saturnino Pinoso Apoyon sa Lincod, Maribojoc, Bohol sa Disyembre 24, 1935. Sa Bohol, nagtrabaho siya isip koresponsal sa Bohol Chronicle, ug sa edad nga 25, milalin siya sa Dabaw. Dinhi na siya sa Dabaw nagpuyo sulod sa kapin 50 anyos. Sa Dabaw, nagtrabaho siya sa Department of Social Welfare and Development sulod sa 11 ka tuig, ug sa Philippines News Agency sugod 1980, ug miretiro sa 2001.
Bisan sa iyang trabaho, gipalambo niya ang iyang panulat, ug nahimong aktibo sa mga kapunongan sa mga magsusulat. Usa siya sa tigtukod sa Diwa sa Dagang Bisaya (DIDABI) niadtong mga tuig 1960, ug maoy unang presidente sa Davao Writers Guild, Inc. Siya ang nahimong representante sa Eastern Mindanao sa NCCA Committee on Literary Arts gikan July 2001 hangtod June 2004.
Ang iyang obra molangkob og 65 ka mubong sugilanon, upat ka nobelang namantala, 57 ka mga balak, ug daghang mga artikulo, komiks, ug pakatawa. Midawat siya sa unang ganti sa tigi sa Bathalad-Mindanao sa 2000. Ang iyang libro sa mga mubong sugilanon nag-ulohan og Ang Gakit ni Noebong ug Ubang mga Sugilanon (2008) gimantala sa NCCA ug Davao Writers Guild.
Isip pag-ila sa iyang mga nahimo sa pagpalambo sa panulat sa Dabaw ug sa Mindanaw, gihatag sa iyaha sa National Commission for Culture and the Arts ang Taboan Literary Award sa ika-3 Taboan Philippine International Writers Festival nga gibuhat sa Dabaw atong Pebrero 2011.
We will launch the Davao Writers Guild’s two latest books, “The Best of Dagmay” and “Fractional Lives” on May 28, 2011, Saturday, at 3:00PM at Ateneo de Davao University.
To indicate your participation in the book launch, please sign up at our confirmation page.
“Fractional Lives” is a collection of Margarita Marfori’s short fiction. The collection spans her writing career, dating back to her first published story in 1995 to new previously unpublished fiction. Marfori’s quiet, emotional stories reveal vulnerable characters struggling with alienation and personal anguish.
“The Best of Dagmay” is an anthology of the best works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama appearing between 2007 and 2009 in Dagmay, the weekly literary journal of the Davao Writers Guild. Appearing as a weekly insert and online, Dagmay has published works from hundreds of Mindanao writers. This book compiles 97 pieces from 77 young authors. Below is the table of contents of “The Best of Dagmay”:
The Davao Writers Guild, along with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, would like to thank everyone who attended the 3-day Taboan International Writers Festival at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. Special thanks goes out to the LCB Performing Arts Center Foundation for the entertaining performances and support for this entire event.
Of course, the festival would not have been a success without the writers from all over the country, and the world, who shared new insights and encouraged a greater sense of heart toward the arts and the written word. Until the next year!
Highlights of 2010 from the Davao Writers Guild: Dagmay literary publication, Bukambibig poetry readings, Davao Writers Workshop, book publications, and online presence.
Ford Academy of the Arts will stage Aida Rivera Ford’s playlet “Damaso contra Ibarra” on January 21 (Friday) at 3:00 pm at FAA Campus, Ladislawa Avenue, in Buhangin, Davao City.
by Aida Rivera-Ford
I love the song
I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels, something good in everything I see
I believe in angels, when I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream, I have a dream (from “Mama Mia”)
At the close of this year a few days from now, I will be ending my term as head of our group the Davao Writers Guild.
The past six or seven years have been very productive for our group. We have evolved our small projects to become the yearlong one that we now have. Our Dagmay and Tubao publications and poetry readings have expanded to include radio broadcasts, and soon, podcasts, too! We also now have our own website, a yearly workshop, and a writing contest in Bisaya on its third year next year.
Our Tubao publication series have produced a total of seven books (including the two this year) these past years. We have nurtured a group of young writers in the colleges and elsewhere whose works we will be publishing this year. No mean feat these. Thanks to your patience and cooperation, we were able to pull these projects through–with the help of NCCA and with the Ford Academy of the Arts, which is our present conduit for our projects. Our gratitude goes to Margot for helping jumpstart the first issues of our Taboao publication series.