Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Kuwentong Bangtan: Mono and Me

I love Mono for its sophisticated sound and wholeness. It has seven tracks that are sonically distinct from each other but with one musical theme tying the songs together. The bass and down beats tug at the heartstrings so it is best to listen to the mixtape on headphones. Despite the moody and gloomy tones, there is the sharpness of light permeating in each song. Hope, yes. And the acceptance of realities that no one else can change. This too is light, emanating in the darkness.

It is what it is. Live with it. But also, make the most of it. This is Mono’s message to me and it has comforted me many times especially on days when sanity hangs by a thread. The Bangtan creativity is not lost in Mono. Because, while RM sings of his own pain, struggles and beliefs, he also sings to me; to us who care enough to listen to his stories. Offering encouragement and companionship as he goes.

Needless to say, Mono is a journey in which RM sings and raps away his feelings and anxieties of a future yet to come. It is a quiet and soothing reflection about change, isolation and the unending quest for meaning. Deeply introspective and beautifully poetic, Mono is by far, RM’s definitive work as a solo performer and artist.


This is RM in 2018. Who is the Kim Namjoon we are to meet in Indigo? My insides are tittering with excitement!

I leave you with the MV of ‘forever rain’ and a painting of rain falling softly on monochromatic green mountains and gray skies by Christabel Annelle Sevilla. How it reminds me that, as I walk through midlife and menopause, in this phase of empty nesting and claiming autonomy of self, I am not alone. I am never alone.

The painting is her response and personal take on RM’s painting in ITS season 2. What precious gifts these are that have been given to me. I am forever grateful.



Team Kuwentista on Family Feud PH

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Mga Sagot sa Katanungan Ukol sa Paglikha ng Kuwentong Pambata

 1. Ms Mailin at Ms Zarah, ano ang inspirasyon sa istilo ng pagsulat mo?

Ms. Z: Inspirasyon ko ang pamilya at mga mag-aaral; ang bata at kabataan.

2. Paano ayusin ang pagsulat mo kung mas kalat?

Ms. Z: Makalat talaga ang paglikha. Kailangan maunawaan ang proseso. Kailangan ito pagtuunan ng panahon. Sa pagsunod sa proseso, maaring maiayos ang kalat. Tanda mo pa ba ang mga hakbang sa proseso ng pagsusulat? Ibinahagi ko ito nung una nating pagkikita.

3. Yung mga kuwentong sinulat mo na parang alamat, paano ka nag-isip nito? Halimbawa sa kuwentong "How the Moon and Stars Came to Be" paano ka nag-isip na yung necklace ay naging mga bituin.

4. Ano ang una sa paggawa ng kuwento? Yung guhit o yung sulat?

Ms. Z: Sa proseso ng pagsusulat, may tinatawag na pre-writing o paghahanda. Dito nangyayari ang pagbuo ng kuwento gamit ang framework o balangkas at ang pag-iisip ng mga katangian ng tauhan. Ang mga tauhan ay madalas may problema at nagahhanap ito/sila ng solusyon. Makakatulong kung gagawan ang manunulat ng graphic organizers para dito. Sa ganitong paraan, maaring mag-drawing ang manunulat.

Ito ay gawain ko rin. Nahirapan akong bumuo ng kuwento ng isang alamat, Ang alamat ng ni Mariang Makiling. Kaya, nag-drawing muna ako at bumuo ng framework gamit ang SIMULA-GITNA-WAKAS/KATAPUSAN. Handa na akong magsulat. Matapos nito, may manuscript na ako o draft ng kuwento. Atsaka na ako magdo-drawing o makikipag-usap sa ilustrador ng kuwento.

5. Ano ang iyong mga inspirasyon sa pagsusulat? Nagsusulat ka ba at pagkatapos ay paikliin ang iyong mga talata o naisulat na ito na pinaikli?

6. Ano ang pinakamahirap na bahagi sa pagsulat ng kwento? At saan mo nakukuha ang mga ideya ng kwento?

Ms. Z: Pinakamahirap ang mag-revise at mag-edit. Nasagot ko na ang follow up question sa number 1.

7. Paano gawin organizado ang kwento na gusto no sumulat?

Ms. Z: Balikan nag sagot ko sa number 2 at 4.
8. Paano mo magsulat ng kwento kung wala kang ideya kung anong gusto mo sumulat?

Ms. Z: Meron akong journals. Doon ako nakakakuha ng ideya. Ang mga iniisip nating ideya, mga panaginip at hiraya ay nakalutang na parang ulap. Nawawala ito. Kung hindi isusulat, mas mahirap makabuo ng kuwento. Kaya, ang mga manunulat ay may paraan na ilatag o alalahanin ang mg ideya. Journaling ang gamit ko para dito. Ganun din ang blog ko at mga socmed sites or accounts.

9. Bakit gusto (mo) ang kuwento ng "Ang Leon at Ang Daga", para sa mga bata? Ano ang mensahe na nasa kuwento, na gusto mo kumalat?

10. Sino ang target audience para sa iyong mga kwento?

Ms. Z: Ang target audience ko ay mga bata sa Kinder hangang Grade 2.

11. Paano mo iniisip ang mga ideya? Gaano katagal bago magsulat ng kwento?

Ms. Z: Nakakapagsulat ako ng manuscript sa loob ng isang lingo kung yun lang ang gagawin ko. Madalas, inaabot ako ng buwan at taon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Binan City Museum and Studies Centre

The last time I visited the Binan Public Library was in 2015. It was housed in the old municipal hall where it shares space with the museum. What change can seven years make! 

The public library is now called a study centre. 

I was at the Binan City Museum and Studies Centre last Monday, November 21 for a visit on its exhibition of books and historical manuscripts. The edifice in itself is an artifact; a heritage site! Across from it is the Alberto Mansion. Another heritage site.

Housed in the historic municipal hall of Spanish design and architecture, the museum and studies centre is a place that must be visited by every Binanense. Local knowledge and its documentation must have a physical space of remembrance and restoration.  

 Sharing these photos from my visit.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Slide Deck: Day 1 It Takes a Village to Build a Book Nook

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Priming Activity: It Takes A Village to Build a Book Nook

This activity is to prime participants to the workshop tomorrow. We will begin with a discussion on books and libraries.
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