Tuesday, December 31, 2013

decade's dead end

victories (thanks, undertow books! P1,000+ lang ito!)

it was the usual. it feels the usual. yet it is unique. 
another year has been. will assess 2013 the year after.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Excerpt from the draft of "The Composition of the Swinate"

Article VI, Section 2 of the Constytution provides:

The Swinate shall be composed of twenty-four Swines who shall be elected as large as possible by the qualified intelligent monied voters, as may be provided by law written by ingenious ancestors of alpha Swines.

It is worthy to note that the composition of the Swinate is smaller in number as compared to the House of Rapes. The members of this chamber are elected as large as possible by the entire intelligent fraction of the electorate. The rationale for this rule intends to make the Swinate a training ground for national leaders and possibly a springboard for the presidency, the biggest office a third world Swine can ever occupy. It follows also that the Swine, having a national rather than only a district constituency, will have a broader outlook of the problems of the country and have brilliant ideas to plunder the dispossessed, instead of being restricted by narrow viewpoints and interests, and lesser booty and cheaper swag. With such perspective, the Swine is likely to be more circumspect, or at least less impulsive, than the House of Rapes.

Qualifications to Become Swines

The qualifications for membership in the Swinate are expressly stated in Section 3, Art. VI of the Constytution as follows:

No person shall be a Swine unless he is a natural-born nationalist citizen of the Philippines, and on the day of the election, is at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write and steal and kill and destroy, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the ritual election. Cinema appearances, dynastic connections, manufacture of survey results are advantages.

It is worthy to note that the age is fixed at 35 and must be possessed on the day of the elections, that is, when the polls are opened and the votes cast, and not on the day of the proclamation of the winners by the board of canvassers. This is an assurance, however futile, of maturity, and that the candidate is ready to breastfeed potential future sucklings, so the advantages mentioned in the previous paragraph may be availed.

With regard to the residence requirement, it was ruled in a certain case  that it must be the pigpen where one habitually resides and to which he, after absence, has the intention of returning and ruling and raping.

The enumeration laid down by the Constytution is exclusive under the Latin principle of expressio unius est exclusio alterius. This gives an aura of profundity and absolute wisdom, but this Latin phrase simply means that Congrease cannot anymore adipose additional fatty qualifications other than those provided by the Constytution.

[you may also want to see The Universal Declaration of Armchair Rights]

Monday, September 23, 2013

dekalidad humana

hambog, mandarambong at
kleptomanyak: kalakal
at produkto ng ating
pabrikang pamantasan.

Monday, September 9, 2013

september strikes (back [and forth])

*start of message* tried to stay silent all throughout september and sum all things that this accursed month of stressful hell broke loose come october. failed, obviously. terribly failed. i am sober and i prophesy strikes that hopefully would not end as only good starts of sparks that exist for a nanosecond then later cease to be. speaking of such, two strikes of matches after the cut

1) a draft abstract for the boni 150 conference of [contend] this coming thursday. paper tentatively titled "Bonifacio and General China: Power, Liberation and ‘Terrorism’ in Orchid"; and 2) "The Fight for Education: Global Upheavals as Rehearsals," the uncut version of "The Fight for Education as Dress Rehearsal" which was published way back 2011 in UP Forum. the latter a lengthy celebration, the former a brief sigh of critique. i share these things in anticipation of the aforesaid vision of strikes. *end of message*

Monday, August 26, 2013

online offline offensive

gaguhan galore. walang naniwala sa daang palusot sa [daang mataba]. sa ngayon, hindi bababa sa trentang website ng gobyerno ang inatak, dineface ng pinoy vendetta. mayamaya, hindi bababa sa isang milyon ang hayblad na hayblad na sa kababuyan at papapalag sa pdaf. takits! sa liwasan tas luneta!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

ang hebigat habagat

lutasin ang sakuna:
figurative mantika
at literal na baha.
panuto: connect the dots.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

testdrive: daang mataba

i'll update this entry once the colored version is published somewhere.*update* [http://ow.ly/nSois]; meanwhile, thank you napoles, senators, congressmen, conspirators, and of course, [president] and [the like], please come again and fatten yourselves and explode come the new year or whatever time you deem appropriate

Thursday, August 8, 2013

pre-long weekend plug

ilang quicktime plug-ins: first off, as mentioned [before] the quarterly bathroom companion comics compendium (qbccc) [website] is (almost?) complete, w short but sweet [profile] and two [1][2] komix entries of yours truly; also, some of qbccc creators (might) be at [indieket 2013], the 2nd grand komikon independent komiks market, august 10, from 10am to 7pm at the hall A of bayanihan center, pasig city; i wouldn't be at indieket but had you decided to drop by, you may want to attend the [launch] of the querida antho after, as mentioned [before], in the podium atrium, same saturday, august 10, 6pm; take a rest the following saturday, and after that, you may want to spend the next saturday by going to DL umali at the university of the philippines los baños for the wisik artists market come august 24, 9am to 6pm, there's a fat chance that you might avail of [pseud two] and of course [waylaying innocence] by [dennis aguinaldo] and [emmanuel dumlao] and [jesa perl] and paulin reyes; and lastly, iyas anthology [launch] jumpstarts september at de la salle university, 420pm (hehe) on september 2. that is all, i thank you. end of shameless selfie promotional material, sorry for disrupting whatever has been disrupted.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

gave you coupla reasons

(this is an addition to the close-reading list hosted herein. among the texts read / temporarily concluded / openly ended are the [omaca-an] series, the [crocodile] series, the [crab] and now, the [pink], which is one-shot like the crab. thanks D and H for granting the permission [?] to post our exchanges of reasoning. we tackled the words to an allegedly popular song via personal message, unlike the crab discussion which was posted as status message and the spontaneous discussion proceeded, free-for-all, at the comments section. we wanted pink for ourselves so-- after the cut, we discuss but before that, let me just say that the suggestion for discussing-- on second thought, i neither want to explain nor apologize for anything, so w/o further ado:)


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

plug: qbccc dot net

quicktime plug-in lang: up na ang [QBCCC site]. apir dj, josel, mervin.

08032013: weekend update: more content, may sinubmit na akong photo

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

calvino's chuang-tzu's crab

the illustration is an approximation, or perhaps a rip-off, of the most perfect crab, as created by calvino's story's Chuang-tzu with one stroke. after the cut, dennis, hani and i tried to break the crab, the artist who created the crab and the writer who created the artist who created the crab, etc etc (btw, i have a similar issue to address, but i'd rather have it addressed visually, since the issue that bothered me for a couple of weeks lies in the visual realm).

"Among Chuang-tzu's many skills, he was an expert draftsman. The king asked him to draw a crab. Chuang-tzu replied that he needed five years, a country house, and twelve servants. Five years later the drawing was still not begun. 'I need another five years,' said Chuang-tzu. The king granted them. At the end of these ten years, Chuang-tzu took up his brush and, in an instant, with a single stroke, he drew a crab, the most perfect crab ever seen." —Italo Calvino on "Quickness," from Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Sunday, July 7, 2013

unsullied midyear harvest report, update, etc

unsolicited, unsullied. anyway, first, dog piss at the UP Forum issue re: territory:

hiatus over. in addition to the carcosite's not-so-updated [publication page], here's another round of shameless plugs of some apparitions. three publications: 1) poem "Minanikang Makina" in Querida: An Anthology, published by Anvil; 2) poem "Tungkol sa Kawalaan*" in IYAS: An Anthology (2001-2010), published by the University of St. La Salle; and 3) poems "Minanikang Makina**," "M for Movement," "May Bagyo, Walang Pasok" and prose poem "An Exercise in Understanding 'Lachrymology'" in The Literary Apprentice, published by UP Writers' Club. tis midyear, and i have not sown enough to reap whatever i deem is enough. but hey, no highs without lows. so, tis fine.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

hiatus? hiatus. wail.

this is a notice of hiatus. from blogging. from social media. though i've done this fvck of a declaration a number of times. at least a month. i'll try to shut the fvck up for at least a month, and shut myself inside my head of a room and get things over w. if the gods are w me, i will pull this off at the end of 2013:

meanwhile, give me a month or two (or less? i hope) and i shall release two things: the [second pseud] and the [gastro zine]. that is all. i thank you. that's not all. there's more. btw, you are there in the image. that is where i am, too. that is where we all are, unless we are that holy bull, or coopted into that fvck. belated, ginsberg. i think that's it is all for now. sem starts. life ends. for the nth time.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

scale souvenir: a parting gift

watched tarantino's django unchained, and this parting isn't like that of dr. king schultz's farewell to calvin candie that went "normally i would say 'auf wiedersehen,' but since what 'auf wiedersehen' actually means is ''till I see you again,' and since I never wish to see you again, to you, sir, I say goodbye." signing off w his fifth (but probably not the final) croc annote [JEWELER], dennis discussed how simoun failed and how paths might once again cross as another cayman lurks in Noli.

and like a proud mother i sign off with the postscript of the conceived child, as prophesied in JEWELER. i will show you a glimpse of a fraction of its limb so pardon this shameless plug that immediately follows yesterday's [shameless plug], and let me tell you that [pseudocuments volume two: files & facts & figures] is in the works, the semifinal stages of editing, and shall probably be available come june. among its contents is "from the common origin of chainsaws and crocodiles, and other life-and-death matters" with the first section "how to escape the buzzgator death roll: a gift." i leave you w a b.s. of a p.s., a sneek peak of that gift, and i hope you stay safe and away from whatever devil crocs you would rather not face because they are y/our sins.

Friday, May 31, 2013

plug + tulang walang tuldok

hindi na marahil mapepreempt at hindi na siguro kalabisang ianunsyo nang maaga na may aanihing dalawang tanim (tho, ewan ko, yung ibang "in press," nananatiling "in press," at hindi pala kami nag-iisa sa LLAB na nagkakahasel sa paglalabas ng antho): isa sa [antolohiya ng iyas] ("binhi," aking banggit sa [sinaunang blog entry]) na inaasahan kong bumibiyahe na mula bacolod patungong kamaynilaan, at isa sa [antolohiya ng querida] ("mistress," malamang, obyus) na inaasahan kong nasa palimbagan na at lalabas bago matapos itong taon. pasasalamat sa u.s.l.s at anvil; at magpopost ako ng update kapag mayroon nang anuman tulad nito: may write-up hinggil sa iyas antho sa [balay sugidanun]. salamat mam gen. isang piyesa ang ibabahagi ko bago ang finale sa sinimulang pag-intindi sa bunganga ng [buwaya]:

tulang walang tuldok
hinalaw ni tilde acuña
sa salin ni chana bloch
ng tula ni yehuda amichai

Monday, May 27, 2013

gator as guilt incarnate

in the latest annote [A HIDDEN WORSHIP] at tekstong bopis, dennis mentioned the possibility of the crocodile being "the unconverted native, the wild and disobedient," something "re-purposed by the dominant power as an emblem of terror." this is something i'll try to explore, but first, a short komix:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

the mother of crocodiles

re-read, re-view: [OPEN SEASON] recaps the first four chapters of El Fili, showing us the waters where crocs move about; [crocs across, beyond pages] follows, pulling us perhaps to and fro our arkham asylums; [GROUNDS FOR SPORT] opens the table for competition among stories, story tellers and the involved hocus-pcos (this entry was posted while the ritual, wherein people cast their blessings to democracy, takes place; reptilian fvckers olympics, w the usual 'every vote counts' as punchline; their game, their rules; we are but mere spectators so the democratic practice maintains whatever legitimacy it claims to have, w the assumed mandate blessed by the populace; indeed, "The larger the crocodile, the greater the glory of St. Nicholas."); [WORD MAGICKS] probes into the probable sources of power of fr. salvi: story and stone, hence the inquiry: "What are the implications of turning the devil itself into stone?" story and stone. let me hit my head w the latter.

obliterate something of value, and you make a name for, even a legend of, yourself, the hero. titles, like "dragonslayer," for instance. now, once you own something of value, that is another, well, story. more of an honorific than a title, "mother of dragons,"  imho, has a better ring to it than "dragonslayer." to obliterate or to own a crocodile is the question. fr. salvi opted for both, as expounded in WORD MAGICKS; but let me focus on owning:

Monday, May 20, 2013

progress report: gastronostradamus

and something that cannot be expressed in words alone or images alone dawned upon me a couple of hours ago. so i chanced upon it, framed it in, hence another komix project. if all goes well, and all will go well, i know, "gastronomical visions" shall be out before the gods end 2013. cover study:

actually, my calculations tell me that in no less than forty days, these visions may be accessed by people who seek it and the enlightenment it promised to the pious. [pseudocuments two] status: fast approaching, scheduled to confuse this coming june, worst case, july. [postulait] status: contemplating in time and space, brooding, scheduled to avert apocalypse before the year ends, worst case, first quarter 2014. end of message.

Friday, May 17, 2013

3 salita + ika-3 salin

gusto ko sana munang magbahagi ng mahaba-habang pagmumuni-muni hinggil sa pagsasalin, pero baka sa susunod na lamang. tatangkaing magkomento, magtanong hinggil sa interaksyong nagaganap dito. kahit papaano, ang relasyon ng awtor at ng tagasalin, marahil masasabing parang relasyon ng manunulat at ng dibuhista sa kolaboratib na mga komix; may ganito ring engagement, sa aba kong palagay, kapag nagcocover ng kanta ang mga banda (mga huling trip na cover version: puscifer binanatan ang "bohemian rhapsody" ng queen, rage against the machine naman tinira "clampdown" ng the clash at gregorian inawit ang "engel" ng rammstein, tas syempre, yung a perfect circle, iba rin, mash-up, "diary/diarrhea of a madman" ng black sabbath at ng the cure, at may mash-up din ako, lateralobZen, meshuggah at tool, anyway). may nagaganap sa pagitan ng kinocover at ng nagcocover. may bagong nabubuo mula sa luma. ang solb lang. ganito ang mga trip ko nitong nakaraan. mas gusto kong mag-engage sa ibang tao sa pamamagitan ng kolaborasyon, kaysa gumawa nang mag-isa. ang kolaborasyon, pagsasalin, at mga katulad na interaksyon sa patay man o sa buhay--ganito ang trip kong paglikha nitong huling mga araw. ayokong mag-soloflight. malungkot. pag sumemplang, ikaw lang yun. pag umubra, ikaw lang yun. the more the manier. gusto ko sana munang magbahagi ng mahaba-habang pagmumuni-muni, at mukhang hindi rin nakapagpigil at nagawa rin ang ginusto at sa ihinaba nito, eto, naririto na ang burador ng ikatlong lipat-wika, salin, anuman, ng tula ng paboritong polish poet:

Ang Tatlong Pinaka-kakatwang mga Salita
malayang salin ni Tilde Acuña ng salin
ni Baranczak at Cavanagh ng tula ni
Wislawa Szymborska

Kapag binibigkas ko ang salitang Hinaharap,
umaanib na kaagad ang unang pantig sa nakaraan.

Kapag binibigkas ko ang salitang Katahimikan,
nawawasak ko ito.

Kapag binibigkas ko ang salitang Wala,
nakakagawa ako ng hindi matatanganan ng sinumang walang-katauhan.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Usigin, Basagin yang Mabuting Mamamayan

taos pusong paumanhin at pasintabi kay brecht. mas sober ang ["Pag-iimbestaga sa Mabuting Pilipino"] na unang ipinost noong 2011. ang imahe ay lumabas sa [under the storm] antho, at mga kasama naman nitong pyesa sa seryeng "eraserase" ay maiispatan sa [words get in the way] antho.

Usigin, Basagin yang Mabuting Mamamayan

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ang Suliranin ng Tagasalin (Ann Lauterbach)

burador. sana pagpahingahin mo na ang diwa ko. ika nga rito sa shelved artik na sana lumabas na, kung lalabas pa: sa mga eksenang “wala pang multo, internalized ang fear; at kapag lumabas na ito, deal with it.” si ser roland tolentino yang kinokowt ko, sa lecture hinggil sa nation-building at sa shake, rattle and roll. sa mass comm audi yun. okay? sa mass comm. anyway, eto na, suliranin, parang ikaw na multong handa ko nang harapin, pero ayaw pang lumabas.

Ang Suliranin ng Tagasalin
malayang salin ni Tilde Acuña
ng tula ni Ann Lauterbach

Saturday, May 11, 2013

crocs across, beyond pages

[note: i think this entry is more about the process of coming up w the image herein rather than engaging the narrative, so please bear w me if i refer to previous works and processes and stuff that i have been trying to sort in order to write this entry in as comprehensible a manner as possible. if you're fine w that, let the chaos of rizal's el fili x morrison's batman x crocodiles x upcoming elections x etc begin. if you're not interested, postpone reading this and begin w omaca-an wanderings.]

two days prior the elections; thus this second installment to this series. the first being [OPEN SEASON: The Crocodiles of El Fili] up at the tekstong bopis blog, where a backgrounder of this attempt to dive deeper into the rivers, actually and figuratively maybe, of rizal's El Filibusterismo is provided by dennis. he discussed how simoun the jeweler "traverses the strata" of the upper (chapter 1) and the lower (chapter 2) deck of steamship tabo. indeed, "excesses from above result in suffering below, acquiescence or struggle from below stabilizes or destabilizes the powers above."

Friday, May 10, 2013

Isang Gawain (Milosz)

burador, di mapakali, nagkamali atang magpahiwatig, salin lang nang salin

Isang Gawain
malayang salin ni Tilde Acuña (ng salin
ni ?) ng tula ni Czeslaw Milosz

Sa pangamba at pangangatal, palagay ko'y magiging ganap ang buhay ko
Tanging kapag aking naitulak ang sariling sumambit ng pagtatapat sa madla
Magbunyag ng isang pagkukunwari, aking pansarili at sa aking panahon:
Pinapayagan tayong mapahiyaw sa wika ng mga duwende at demonyo
Ngunit ipinagbabawal ang mga salitang payak at mapagbigay
Sa ilalim ng multang lubos ang tindi na ang sinumang bibigkas ng gayo'y
Ituturing ang kanyang sarili bilang isang taong napahamak.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

animal farm elections 2013

my orwell reference is careless as bloody hell, but let me make one thing clear: only two types of animals vie for positions this coming elections--cuddly ones, and, well, old dogs (dog-pigs, dog-crocs, wtf) that can never be taught new tricks. conrado de quiros's insights re: the old and the young [here].

article Enabling Law Disabling 'Small Dictatorships' [here]. artwork dynast pig mudslinging source [here]. hating kapatid salungguhit ed cartoon from bulatlat.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

cover study: pseudocuments two

something's terribly wrong w this day. the power shortage is a motherfvcker. and gehenna, less than half-a-decade old laptop, seems to respond every (at least?!) fifteen minutes. imagine how my patience wears thin, but thank the gods the heat didn't get into my head to the point of going berserk.

Pseudocuments Volume Two: Files & Facts & Figures shall be released before the next academic year starts. hopefully, postulait follows. Pseudocuments Volume One: Prose Poetry Pictures was released last BLTX. copies may be pre-ordered. other publication-related stuff [here]. that is all for now. i thank you.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Magkasabay (Merwin)

ganito umangkop. daanin sa pagsasalin ang pinagdaraanan. burador:

malayang salin ni tilde acuña
ng tula ni w.s. merwin

Habang nag-uusap tayo
libu-libong wika ang nakikinig
walang sinasabi

habang isang pinto ang ating isinasara
mga kawan ng ibon ang lumalagos sa taglamig
ng walang-hanggang liwanag

habang inilalagda natin ang mga pangalan
maraming atin ang lalong

at hindi kailanman tutugon

Saturday, May 4, 2013

free comic book day: linx

besides the mayo uno collab w tekstong bopis [his annotes here], i have nothing new to give and to take today, as i have no new komix to offer and i haven't grabbed any free komix. so, let me share old stuff:

you may reach me in whatever way* you know to 1) reserve a free copy of "komentaryo ng kalbo: isang fanfiction;" and/or 2) order a print edition of "retrograde: stories & images," but it would need your patience as print copies are not ready. let us meet somewhere, u.p diliman area so i can give you your copy/ies. else you may want to 1) read the online version of "komentaryo..." [here]; and/or 2) access whatever link works for you and read "retrograde..." [here]. else, you may want to drop by fully booked, since komix-related stuff are on sale. else, you may go on with your life and not give a fvck about comic books. that is all. i thank you. end of blog entry linking recycled quasi contributions to this so-called fcbd.

*you may drop your contact details as a comment in this entry, so i'd be the one to reach you. or message tha karMa page. in case you're wondering, and in case we are going to do a meet up, i included a cartographic sketch by apol sta maria (noong bltx ata ito, last 2012, sa cubao).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

mayo uno w bopis

bagamat sa sabado pa ang free comic book day [fcbd], naririto ang paunang pa-komix, poetry x komix, para sa araw ng paggawa [at sana may maihandog din sa fcbd, tho forever namang accessible, available ang retrograde: stories & images]:

mula ang teksto sa nagluluto ng bopis, na baka maghain din ng anotasyon tungkol sa kolaborasyong ito. mula ang guhit sa inyong lingkod na magbabahagi ng ilang tala, post-process realization shiz, hinggil sa paglalapat ng imahe:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sa mga Mag-aaral ng Kagawaran... (Brecht)

burador, syempre. btw, full version ng [ipinost] na trojan horse, keep out cartoon e uploaded na sa bulatlat (dot) com: [link]. takits bukas. ika nga ni john lennon, diba, a working class hero is something to be.

Sa mga Mag-aaral ng Kagawaran ng mga Manggagawa at Magsasaka
malayang salin ni Tilde Acuña ng tula ni Bertolt Brecht

Kaya nakaupo ka riyan. At gaano karaming dugo ang dumanak
Upang maari kang umupo riyan. Nababato ka ba sa ganitong mga kwento?
Mabuti pa, huwag mong kalimutang may ibang naunang umupo sa iyo
na di-nagtagal ay umupo sa mga tao. Manatiling taas-noo!
Walang kabuluhan ang iyong agham, makikita mo
At baog ang karunungan, kapag nakakahalina
Kung hindi mo ilalagak ang talino sa pakikibaka
Laban sa lahat ng kaaway ng sangkatauhan.
Huwag kalimutang nasaktan ang mga taong tulad mo
Upang maari kang umupo riyan, at hindi ang kabilang pangkat.
At huwag mong itikom ang mga mata, at huwag tumakas
Pero matutong matuto, at tangkaing matuto para sa alin.

Monday, April 29, 2013

trojan horses, keep out!

cropped version muna habang hindi pa uploaded ang full version. naririto ang [balita]. adbans apir sa araw ng paggawa. takits sa lansangan sa labor day, mayo uno, tara go.

Friday, April 26, 2013

the iyas antho launch

and it has been three years since the workshop. i'd like to believe i've inevitably changed a lot, like the times constantly a-changin' as bob dylan sings to the ends of time and space. [blog entry] about the 10th iyas creative writing workshop is almost three years old. Had lunch with co-fellow S yesterday wednesday and hope to have dinner w L tomorrow later. time lag. watever that means. anyway. i still wish i could travel to that particular point in my time-space quasi-reality, else fly to bacolod when the light breaks the night sky; i'd have to cut the crap of nostalgia tripping here and append the invite:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beyond the Bark: Reexamining our Roots

(since the university of the philippines system website seems to be under some sorta state of recovery [tho the issuu account is well and healthy, i guess], i am sharing my article [may kaunting edit lang sa notes] as published in the july-august issue of u.p. forum. in commemoration of macliing dulag, here it is.)

There is a thin line—a letter—between “indigene” and “indigence.” Though their meanings and their Latin roots differ—the former from indigena1 and the latter from indigentia2—both describe indigenous peoples (IPs). In an interview, Dr. Nestor Castro, UP Department of Anthropology chair, quoted Conrad Kottak3 and said that IPs refer to “the original inhabitants or particular territories; often the descendants of tribespeople who live on as culturally distinct colonized peoples, many of whom aspire political autonomy.”

Their right to self-determination, however,  will not be served on a silver platter, more so, a golden one. Despite being guardians of domains blessed with gold, the indigene’s wealth is being looted, making them indigent. No matter how the “civilized” and the “outsiders” romanticize IPs as “rich in culture,” IPs live impoverished lives because of eco-political “developments” that are rather destructive to than cooperative with the environment. Though sources differ regarding Philippines’s ranking4 in terms of gold deposits, our country’s being gold-rich is reflected in folk epics, as bulawan (gold) and is often attributed to matters considered good—which shall not be mistaken as materialistic in the capitalist sense.5

Beyond the indigene’s identities are their communities—their stories, cultures and economies. But because of the images that dominant faction of the “civilized” paint, the IPs and their way of life are misunderstood; or worse, reduced as objects fit for museums and coffeetable books. Instead of heeding the call of the tabusaw6, most of us fall for the myths of how fantastic “developments” are authored by owners and operators of giant machines that excavate mines and construct dams—and displace IP communities.

Friday, April 19, 2013

cover cover: the division bell, r.i.p storm thorgerson

here's a visual cover version of the album cover of pink floyd's the division bell, whatever the fvck visual cover version of album cover means, let us just keep talking.

rest in peace storm thorgerson. (i'll update this post w album covers he did. i'll update this post at the soonest time possible, append covers after the cut)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

uhm, five inquiries? [ii]

see five inquiries [i] [here]. commencing unsolicited progress report, plugging. see bulatlat dot com's fresh new look [here], the salungguhit tab [here], five glimpses appended herein. unrelated link to free komix collection [here]. end of message.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

isip at puso (bukowski)

burador. pangounterattack sa anxiety attack.

isip at puso
sobrang layang salin ni tilde acuña
ng tula ni charles bukowski

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mala-Rousseau (Baraka)

burador, as usual. parang ikaw. parang tayo. jokbye may skirmish pa bukas wag nang puro shit at maghanda, else magrelaks at malalampasan din at matatalo o mananalo lang naman

sobrang layang salin ni tilde acuña
ng tula ni amiri baraka

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Kasaysayang Lihim (Simic)

burador. pakyu ol.

Kasaysayang Lihim
sobrang layang salin ni tilde acuña
ng tula ni charles simic

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ang Pagpapatiwakal (Borges)

burador. palagi. daming shit ni borges.

Ang Pagpapatiwakal
malayang salin ni Tilde Acuña
ng salin ni A.S. Kline
ng tula ni Jorge Luis Borges

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kundiman ng Hibang (Plath)

burador, as useless. sori, nasa recurring phase.

Kundiman ng Hibang
sobrang layang salin ni tilde acuña
ng tula ni sylvia plath

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Universal Declaration of Armchair Rights

in line with the barbaric torch burning of chairs c/o Polytechnic University of the Philippines students, please be enlightened by the document attached herein and remember that armchairs also have their rights. attached is the Declaration of all declarations, unearthed from a very reliable archive by yours truly. transcribed this document earlier, publicized it today, 19th of March. hesitated, but here it is anyway, for your pleasure or pain or whatever purpose it may serve.
Universal Declaration of Armchair Rights


Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the wooden armchair family (or relative benches and similar seats) is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for armchair rights have resulted in barbarous acts such as torch burning which have outraged the conscience of couches and chairs and their advocates, and the advent of a world in which armchair beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common seat,

Whereas it is essential, if the armchair is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that armchair rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between benches,

Whereas all kinds and types under the United Furniture Cartel have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental armchair rights, in the dignity and worth of the armchair person and soul and in the equal rights of chairs and stools and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Furniture Cartel, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of armchair rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ARMCHAIR RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all chairs and all seats, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the seats of Member States themselves and among the stools of territories under their jurisdiction.

**you may propose amendments or revisions, because we are democratic and all**

Article 1. All armchair beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


"retrograde: stories & images" is a collection of previously published visual art worx. please see the back page [the one on the left] for details. it's up for free download.

Friday, March 8, 2013

portrait [ii]: woman

sharing this image of a woman as promised yesterday w the president's portrait. copyleft 2012. happy women's day.

[announcement: before the saturday sun breaks come the retrogrades.]

Thursday, March 7, 2013

portrait [i]: presidente

thinking of doing portraits. would upload another tomorrow. a shelved portrait. for women's day.

[announcement: collecting old komix and visual artworx, "retrograde: stories & images" *shall* be downloadable come saturday morning. print editions that'd have little extras may be pre-ordered.]

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

shameless plugs x 9

as i've mentioned, i'll be releasing a komix collection (hopefully) this weekend. though you may download it for free, you may also pre-order but we'll have to communicate / negotiate on the terms and conditions. so, yes, it shall be more hassle-free to just do away w the soft copy, but, of course, the print edition will be sorta special w bonus stuff. also, i updated my publications / carcasses section, you may want to look at it, and you may pre-order other titles herein, but, again, we'll have to communicate:

C | harapin ang hinagap: mga prosa, (2012). A | Ang Sandatahang Banga (O Kung Bakit Maraming Banga sa Elbi), Additional Photos by Grekka Sarmiento and Jonallin Yang, (2011). R | Ang Engkwentro sa Palma Bridge ng mga Batang Pinalaya(s) sa Sinapupunan, (2007, Reprinted 2009). C | Lihim ng mga Lespu, Illus. by Ayesha Sarapuddin, (2010). O | Pseudocuments Volume One: Prose Poetry Pictures, (2012). S | Panayam Kay Io, (2010). I | Komentaryo ng Kalbo: Fanfiction, (2012). T | tilde's shorts (tentative title, collection of komix previously published elsewhere, 2013). E | postulait (2013?).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

forthcoming postulait++

this is a cover study of "postulait," an upcoming silent komix that i hope to finish at the soonest time possible.

i'll upload previews or samples soon, as i wouldn't be using this style in the inside pages. also, i will be putting up a komix collection that will include shorts that appeared elsewhere. it will include all my QBCCC entries. it will be available as a free download, though print editions may be pre-ordered w, i dont know, perks of some sort. and, i think the QBCCC peeps are working on a website and it shall be up soon. end of message.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

nagpapatuloy ang daan (eduardo galeano)

burador, tulad ng pang-araw-araw. pasensya na ed. sana oks lang itong napili ko at sana e hindi gaanong nakabastos sa iyong obra. pagbigyan mo na ko, okay? araw ko naman daw ngayon, bagamat hindi kailanman magagagap ang esensya ng pag-iral.

nagpapatuloy ang daan
malayang salin ni tilde acuña ng salin ni mark fried
ng kuwento ni eduardo galeano

tuwing may namamatay, tuwing nauubusan siya ng oras, anong nangyayari sa mga paglalagalag, pagnanais, at pagsasalitang tinatawag sa pangalan niya?

sa isang grupo ng mga katutubo, nawawalan ng pangalan ang sinumang namamatay. ihinahalo ang abo niya sa sabaw o sa inumin at pinagsasaluhan ng lahat. matapos ang ritwal, hindi na pinapangalanan ninuman ang taong namatay: ang namatay na kasalukuyang nabubuhay sa ibang katawan, ay tinatawag sa ibang ngalan, lagalag, nais at salita.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

lateralobZen beast in transitu

seasons greetings, chinese friends. exhibit "in transitu" opens tomorrow feb 11 9am at bulwagang diego cera gallery and runs until march 1. gallery hours: 9am - 6pm, mondays to saturdays. salamat ser joey gianan vargas, ssc-r manila center for culture and the arts, san sebastian college - recoletos manila.

[detail of "lateralobZen beast"]

Sunday, February 3, 2013

omaca-an intermission

here's an intermission or maybe a spin-off of some sort after reading in damiana E's intro [sa MYTHS, i think?] something that stated how leeches came to be. i think she referenced adeva as the source of the data, but i haven't read the actual story, so, here is what came up:

here are the links to the previous drawings: [re-viewing] [othering] [teasing] and links to the annotes from tekstong bopis: [prelude] to annotations; [-1-] CANNIBAL GIANTS; [-2-] KAINGIN VS THE WILD;" [-3-] TWO APPROACHES; [-4-] THE FALL OF RAJAH SOLAIMAN; and [there's a fifth one coming,  i'll just update this post by then].  [-5-] THE HAUNTED RING [updated: 02082013].

Monday, January 21, 2013

uhm, five inquiries?

am i right? the translation of inquiry is pagbubulatlat or pagsisiyasat (ang conyo lang ng pagtatanong e 'no, kainis)? the inquirer is doing it but... i know you know where this 'but' would lead, so i'm leaving it up to your-- anyway, today, my fifth drawing is up at bulatlat.com's salungguhit. below are details (note that in this post, have retained the reso [?] and the colours [?] of my original submission/s) of the illustrations: from left to right, top to bottom, here are the questions/ titles: 1.) Remember?; 2.) Super body?; 3.) Tragedy?; 4.) Unarmed?; and 5.) Guarding what?; (on a not-so-related personal note na may kinalaman kay maria, lesson learnt nitong huling mga araw na di mo malaman kung ano gustong mangyari: huwag magtatanong kung hindi pa handa sa [mga posibleng / kawalan ng] tugon;)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

re-viewing omaca-an

as mentioned in the [previous post], i thought of 'correcting' my illustration of the omaca-an. but, after talking w dennis of [tekstong bopis], i also think that maybe there is no 'wrong' illustration of the omaca-an. so, this isn't a correction, but rather another version, one without satyr legs. i might come up w another per/version, but i think we'd have to move on to another narrative [?]. soon [?].

but before doing so, let me link once again the [notes] about how i came up w the image of the omaca-an; and also, the [prelude] and two annotations up at tekstong bopis: [-1-] CANNIBAL GIANTS: First annotation of Eugenio's recounting of Adeva's recounting of Rajah Indarapatra's slaying of Omaca-an not only to avenge his brother but so that Lanao might live to tell the tale; [-2-] KAINGIN VS THE WILD: Second Annotation of "Rajah Indarapatra Slays Omaca-an, A Big Giant;"

Sunday, January 13, 2013

omaca-an, bakunawa and other(ing) monstrosities

as mentioned in the previous post, this series of collaborative close- and over- reading of folk narratives intends to explore and to speculate and to investigate the text (and may, in the process, expand and extend the context of the concerned text and interconnect it w other texts, but i'll try my best not to do so). quoting dennis aguinaldo of [tekstong bopis] in his [prelude]: "This coming project, that's what it's all about. Over-reading unheard voices, over-drawing the shadows, a godawful merry clanging. Taking what we can get."

Friday, January 11, 2013

ang balak ng bakunawa

lumabas na rin sa wakas ang huling isyu ng UP Forum para sa taong 2012, ang tema ay heritage; may dalawang dibuho rito pero hindi iyan ang pangunahing dahilan kung bakit ko ibinabahagi ang scan ng bakunawa sa nasabing publikasyon. may masamang balak ang [tekstong bopis] at ang carcosite. tungkol ito sa iyo. makakabuo at makakawasak sa iyo. kung hindi man, ang pagkabuo at pagkawasak, sa tingin ko, ang ilan sa mga layunin. layunin ng lahat. kaya abangan.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

shameless plug: lita

since i had to revive a fleeting hologram of myself to do stuff, i also took a glimpse at the [link] i received in my mail box confirming that my translation of baudelaire's lethe would be published in Cavite Young Writers Association's Lita: Poems on Women. after the cut is the text in the link [i hope it is okay to plug and share the content of the link tho it is inaccessible if one doesnt have an active fb account]:

"AVAILABLE SOON. FROM CYWA. Cover art by Mary Ann Jimenez-Salvador. Layout by Heidi Sarno. Edited by Ronald Verzo. Works featured are from members of CYWA and international contributors.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

lungsod, lalo at lunes

Ang Lungsod
sobrang layang salin ni Tilde Acuña
ng salin ni Rae Dalven ng tula ni CP Cavafy

Saturday, January 5, 2013

kalendaryo, orasan, 2013

bago ang lahat, eto libreng kalendaryo mula [paggalaw], andyan sa ibaba ang sa akin. pwedeng gamitin, iprint, bawal ibenta, anuba. pwede rin kita bigyan.

Ang Orasan
sobrang layang salin ni Tilde Acuña
ng iba't ibang salin ng kung sinu-sino
ng tula ni Charles Baudelaire.

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