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Virginia Beach: Timoteo M. Saguinsin

BOOK REVIEW:

The book is a tribute and a recall of balagtasan poetic readings so familiar to those growing up in the provinces, beginning in grade school when one is taught the musical cadence of Balagtasan recitation. The prime example was Francisco Balthazar's Florante at Laura, a love story of epic proportions recited with equal passion in the cadence of local lore. Tim Saguinsin is one of the leading "makata" readers in Virginia Beach, where the Navy retirees' community boast of an annual festival in Balagtasan..

Saguinsin offers to the Filipino reader abroad a chance to entice their children who are entrenched in hip hop to listen to the Angono tales the Balagtasan way. The book is divided into sections of verses under 2 headings (Pamagat / Titles of Verses and Mga Pilantik at Kuru-kuro / Critiques and Reflections) with an abundance of photos depicting community life in Virginia Beach and in Angono, Rizal Province. While the English translation by Bautista-Samson leaves out much of the musicality inherent in the Pilipino original, it serves as an aid to what the verses are all about.

Pilipino Schools and Tagalog classes in the U.S. should find this dual language book more than an introduction to Pilipino, the language. Buhay sa Angono provides a kaleidescope on the culture of Pinoy communities as well as memories of growing up in rural Philippines, where nostalgia truly claims the Filipino abroad. (rag)

OOV Bookshelf 2005

DECEMBER 2005 FEATURE

In Ordinary Time: Poems, Parables, Poetics (1973-2003)
by Gémino H. Abad

Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule
by Michael Cullinane

One Hundred Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry Since 1905
by Gémino H. Abad and Alfred A. Yuson

SEPTEMBER 2005 FEATURE

Tutubi, Tutubi, Wag Kang Magpahuli sa Mamang Salbahe
ni Jun Cruz Reyes

Fourteen Love Stories
edited by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
and Angelo R. Lacuesta

Makinilyang Altar
ni Luna Sicat-Cleto

The Givenchy Code: An Homage and a Parody
by ER Escober

Bago ang Babae: Mga Tula
ni Rebecca T. Añonuevo

Southeast Asian Archaeology: Wilhelm G. Solheim II Festschrift
edited by Victor Paz

Pablo Neruda: Mga Piling Tula
edited by Virgilio Arlmario and
Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr.

Remembering NVM
by Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.

JUNE 2005 FEATURE

A Book of Her Own
by Leny M. Strobel

Ang Singsing ng Dalagang Marmol
by Isabelo de los Reyes

Ipaghiganti Mo Ako
by Precioso Palma

Sa Ngalan ng Diyos
by Faustino S. Aguilar

Selected Poems
by Merlie M. Alunan

Decimal Places
by Ricardo M. de Ungria

Mga Kaluluwa sa Kumunoy
ni Efren R. Abueg

Sapagkat Iniibig Kita
ni Epifanio San Juan, Jr.

Constructing the Filipina: a history of women's magazines (1891-2002)
by Georgina Reyes Encanto

APRIL 2005 FEATURE

A Country of Our Own: Partitioning the Philippines
by David C. Martinez

I Take Thee, English, for My Beloved
by Eileen R. Tabios

Habagat at Niyebe
ni Edgar Bacong

The Forbidden Book: The Philippine American War in Political Cartoons
by Abe Ignacio, Enrique de la Cruz, Jorge Emmanuel and Helen Toribio

JANUARY 2005 FEATURE

Cousins of Color
by William Schroeder

Buhay sa Angono (Life in Angono)
by Timoteo Saguinsin

Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History
by Resil B. Mojares

The Invisible Palace
by José Manuel Tesoro

Matadora
poems by Sarah Gambito

Servants of Globalization
by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas



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Cousins of Color
by William Schroeder

Buhay sa Angono (Life in Angono)
by Timoteo Saguinsin

Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History
by Resil B. Mojares

The Invisible Palace
by José Manuel Tesoro

Matadora
poems by Sarah Gambito

Servants of Globalization
by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas