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Marra PL. Lanot

Marra PL. Lanot is a poet, essayist, and freelance journalist. She has published articles and columns in newspapers and magazines on the arts, culture, and politics. She also translates poems from English and Filipino into Spanish, just as her own poems have been translated and published abroad into foreign languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, and Japanese. Marra was an official delegate to several international literary festivals here and abroad. She spoke and read her works at the Kuala Lumpur World Poetry Reading; the first International Feminist Book Fair in Melbourne; and the first Hong Kong International Literary Festival; IV Encuentro Internacional de Poetas Mujeres in Oaxaca, among others. At the V Encuentro de Poetas del Mundo Latino, held in Mexico, Marra was the only delegate from Asia. At the 23rd Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín, Marra was the sole delegate from the Philippines. She also received a four-month grant to the International Writing Program in Iowa. Among her literary awards are the Palanca award for poetry in English, and another for her essay in English. Furthermore, she received the Catholic Mass Media Award for her columns in Filipino as well as the Balagtas award for a poem in Filipino. Her works include: Cadena de Amor: New and Selected Poems in English, Filipino, and Spanish. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2017. Dream Sketches, second edition. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013. Darna & Other Idols. Mandaluyong City: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2012. Riding the Full Moon and Other Poems in Filipino and Spanish. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2008. Witch’s Dance at iba pang tula sa Filipino at Español. Pasig City: Anvil Publishing Inc., 2000. The Trouble with Nick & Other Profiles. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1999. Deja vu & Other Essays. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1999. Dream Sketches. Metro Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 1991. Passion & Compassion. Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 1981 (first printing), 1988 (second printing). Flowers of the Sun. Quezon City: Mayon Volcano Publishing House, 1970. Sheaves of Things Burning. Quezon City: Panitikan Publications, 1967.

Meeting Ninotchka Rosca Again

Meeting Ninotchka Rosca, or Notch, evoked a slice of teenage years. One day, she suddenly popped up among us English Majors, a rather “formidable”...

Lualhati, Paano Ka Ginawa?

Lualhati Bautista is one hell of a woman. Her quite ordinary face, her typical brown skin, and her average height of about five feet...

Joi Barrios’ Sa Aking Pagkadestiyero/In My Exile

Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2021 (with translations in English by various writers) Sa Aking Pagkadestiyero/In My Exile by Joi Barrios rings a...

A basketful of literary food

A long season of drought gripped us and passed by. Before and after the war, local newspapers and magazines carried literary sections, although sometimes...

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SM’s Little Stars spotlights talented young performers

See what this year’s batch of talented and extraordinary young performers can do, as the SM Little Stars 2024 competition moves on to the Regional Finals! Kids between the ages of 4 to 7 years old auditioned in SM Little Stars’ preliminary screenings held over 6 weekends from...

LAUNCHING OF THE HAPAG KATUTUBO PROJECT

In line with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s 8-point Socio-economic Agenda and to promote Open Government Partnerships as stipulated in Executive Order No. 31 s. 2023, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in collaboration with the Local...

SM Group, Phoenix collab amplifies book donation for social good anew

The SM Foundation has continued its 'Pages for Progress' book donation program, distributing over 3,000 books to two schools in Pampanga. This social good initiative builds on the collaboration between SM Foundation and Phoenix Publishing House, which saw a 15-million-peso book donation nationwide.  The latest beneficiaries of this program...

SM Prime celebrates Philippine Environment Month

Sustainability in action June saw a wave of eco-conscious initiatives at many SM Supermalls in celebration of Philippine Environment Month, which coincides with World Bicycle Day on June 3, World Environment Day on June 5, and World Oceans Day on June 8. Pedaling for the planet Kicking off the month...

You can get strong, cold brew-like coffee for just P20 with Great Taste Iced Coffee Dark Latte

The saying “Coffee is life” has become a mantra for many working professionals and college students. Some need their caffeine fix to stay energized and focused on their tasks, especially if they start their day super early. Coffee is also a must-have for night owls who stay...

Clarky Just Landed at SM City Clark

SM City Clark is blasting off for an epic malling experience with the arrival of Clarky—a giant 30-foot tall mascot. Prepare to be stunned by Clarky's presence as he adds a touch of cosmic charm to the Sky Line area. Located atop Tech Hub, 30-ft Clarky looking at...

Cisco Philippines and Mapúa University Unveil First-ever Digital Classrooms in the Philippines Equipped with New AI-Led Collaboration

Mapúa University, one of the top engineering and technological schools in the Philippines, unveiled how it will leverage AI-led collaboration and connectivity tools to redefine the classroom experience for students in the upcoming academic year, beginning in August 2024.  Created in collaboration with Cisco as part of its...

PhilHealth digitalization on track

In a bid to make services truly accessible and within reach by as many Filipinos as possible, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) introduces another innovation in the field of digital transformation system through its new ePhilHealth platform. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and PhilHealth...

SM Foundation extends aid to flood-stricken Families in Zamboanga

SM Foundation has mobilized its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) program to assist families affected by severe flooding in Zamboanga City.  Through its employee-volunteers from SM City Mindpro, the foundation has distributed essential aid packages to 329 families in three affected barangays. The SM group distributed 107 Kalinga packs in...

GCash, Manila Water partner to streamline payment experience for customers

One of the Philippines’ biggest water utility service providers, Manila Water has entered into a direct bills payment partnership with GCash, the country’s leading finance app and largest cashless ecosystem. The direct integration in GCash is expected to improve further and streamline the payment experience for millions of...

Ambassador Endo Kazuya Visits Cebu Province to Strengthen Ties

Ambassador ENDO Kazuya undertook a two-day visit to Cebu Province from July 17 to 18 to enhance partnership and cooperation between Japan and the locality. The Ambassador’s itinerary included a tour of Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Inc., a prominent Japanese shipbuilding company located in Balamban, Cebu. He then met...

CAP celebrates 41 years of Art & Cultural Advocacy

Co-founded in 1983 by multi-awarded late director and National Artist for Cinema Lino Brocka, the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) had its 41st General Assembly, celebrating “41 years of dedicated service to the people through art and cultural work.” Held on July 13 at the University of...