This is an updated, extended, and more, say, indulgent version (with shameful-shameless plugs as parenthetical remarks) of my year-ender column article for Materials, for Preposterity published last 28 December 2017. More details about some sort of milestones, with hyperlinks. -TA
The series of “previews” (part translation, part summary, part review as noted in the last three column articles) shall end with Bomen Guillermo’s “Kawayan” (2007/2017) and Emiliana Kampilan’s Dead Balagtas: Mga Sayaw ng Lupa at Dagat (2017). Incidentally, the first two previews were fueled by fire and air: text’s terrorism and author’s sentimentalism, flickers that can either be blown by the wind into puffs of smoke blending with the atmosphere or into flames of arson causing alarm; while the last two were weaved by earth and water: peasants’ komiks and scholars’ scripts.
Before putting my feet back on earth allow me to hover a bit. Pardon my indulgence, as the next paragraphs serve as my brief entry to the infamous essay-writing contest that shall crowd newsfeeds come the end of the year of the fire rooster: