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Photos by Bobby Timonera, Anja Naef and Ruedi Schmid
Published by Tuluyang Pinoy (Philippine Center Zurich) and the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MNICC)
Philippine Copyright 2004 Edgar Bacong

Order copies through books@mindanews.com (Philippines) and tuluyangpinoy@bluewin.ch (Switzerland)

A collection of poems spanning a decade, Edgar Bacong's poems posit his experiences through love and friendship amid the political and economic turmoil of his hometown Davao, onwards to his journey in cold Switzerland where he now resides. Poems are in Filipino and Bisaya.

Following is an excerpt from the Introduction by Palanca Awardee Don Pagusara:

Sa katunayan, ang bighani ng mga tula ni Ega ay nasa katapatan ng damdami't kaisipang sinusunong nito. Walang pagkukunwari. Dalisay na pag-ibig ang nagtulak sa kanya na dumayo at makisama sa kanyang sinisinta sa hirap man o ginhawa. Ngunit hindi niya ikinaila ang maraming "kirot ng gunita" na dinaranas niya sa gitna ng pook na diumanao'y "pinag-aagusan ng gatas at dinadaluyan ng pulut". Pakinggan ito:

Wala, walang naitutulong
ang magarang siyudad ng mga Suwiso
sa tuwing dinadalaw ako ng lungkot at pangungulila
sa lungsod na aking kinalakhan,
sa pamilyang aking minahal,
at sa mga kasamaha't kaibigang
pinagkakautangan ko ng maraming bagay
Hindi, hindi nahahabol ng mabilis na tren
ang mga panaho't sandaling
nais kong tumakas at bumalik sa lungsod
kung saan mayroon akong nakakausap,
nakakahalakhak, nakakapiling,
nakakatrabaho't nakakatunggali.

Ang ganitong uri ng katapatang namamayani sa kalooban ng makata ang tiyak na nagtitimpla nang makulay na pamamaraan sa realidad ng kanyang sining. Mapasaan man ang lupang nadadampian ng kanyang mga talampakan, pinipinta niya ang kanyang saloobin sa pinakamakulay o "picturesque".
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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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