CAS Faculty launches Book



July 14, 2018 at one o’clock pm, Mark Anthony “Ton” Daposala, a poet, editor, and NAGMAC senior fellow launched “Basâ basa,” a book-length collection of ‘balak’ or poems in Binisaya published by XU Press at the Capitol University Art Gallery in the Museum of Three Cultures.. The book launching was a collaboration with Sir Nic Aca, CU resident artist who created water-color paintings that visually interpreted some of Daposala’s poems. The event was specially attended by journalist and Palanca award-winning poet Lina Sagaral Reyes and by the CU Executive Vice President Dr Fe R. Juarez. The program was opened by the chair of the CU CAS English and Humanities Department, Dr Pedro L Sutacio Jr. This was followed by  live poetry reading of select pieces from the collection by performers chosen by the author.Daposala then gave an overview of his poetics, specifically why he chose to write in Binisaya as well as an encouraging note to those who desired to write in the language. NAGMAC senior fellow for poetry & essay and editor of “Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South” Alton Melvar Dapanas moderated the author interviewwhich also included questions from the audience. This was followed by more live poetry readings including one from NAGMAC Chairperson and senior fellow for drama & poetry Mai Santillan which transitioned into a musical performance of the band Alunsina that featured songs in both English and Binisaya. The last performance of the event was that of the two artists featured in the exhibit — Daposala reading his piece “Tipak nga Samin” while Aca interpreted it in a show of broken glass and face paint. The event closed with the introduction of open mic, a spoken word poetry contest for original Binisaya works with the winner receiving a copy of Daposala’s book. The book launching wassponsored by the local writers collective Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in collaboration with the Capitol University College of Arts and Sciences and the English and Humanities Department.

It can be recalled that Daposala already launched his book last June 27, 2018 as part of the three-day event of the Tagbo: book fest and literary lectures at Xavier University.

Daposala, a shortlistee of the 2013 Labing Masaarong Bag-ong Magsusulat sa Bisaya of the Manila Bulletin’s Bisaya Magazine, currently teaches literature and creative writing at Capitol University and studies MA Literature at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. He serves as NAGMAC’s director for creative development and as editor for poetry of the Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao. He is an alumnus of the UP National Writers Workshop slated April 1-8, 2018 at Camp John Hayes, Bagiuo City and the Iligan National Writers Workshop, and he will serve as an issue editor of the forthcoming Payag Habagatan Special Issue on Contemporary Philippine Poetry in Binisaya.


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