In this issue, we are featuring excerpts from Books that received the FIRST GLOBAL FILIPINO LITERARY AWARDS.
It is not enough for us to merely provide a venue for writers in the Diaspora. What is essential here at OUR OWN VOICE is to recognize the invested efforts by both author and publisher in pooling their resources and TO risk a published work of literary worth.
A published book speaks of the writer's going the extra mile. A book is the antithesis of the very normal action of writing and keeping one's literary work strictly for oneself. Each published book of literary worth is a legacy, often discovered for its insights a century beyond the present one. Too often, writers are cowed from saying in print what they are born to say. Too often we abdicate the responsibility of going that extra mile and leave it to another to voice their thoughts when we too must add to insights that will nurture future generations.
OUR OWN VOICE is proud to announce the recipients of our First Global Filipino Literary Awards honoring author and publisher in 3 categories:
The Global Filipino Literary Award for Fiction
LETTERS TO MONTGOMERY CLIFT
By Noel Alumit
Published by McAdam/Cage USA
The Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry
LOVE GATHERS ALL: The Philippine-Singaporean
Anthology of Love Poetry
Edited by Alfred A. Yuson, Ramon C. Sunico,
Alvin Pang and Aaron Lee
Published by Anvil Philippines & Ethos Books (Singapore)
The Global Filipino Literary Award for Drama
MULAT: MGA ISYUNG PANLIPUNAN SA MGA
By Frank G. Rivera
Published by Santo Tomas University Publishing House
Likewise in this issue, we bring to the page the art of Mario de Rivera whom those abroad might never have the chance to hear about or see since his ascent in the art world is only lately spreading outside of the Philippines. Mario de Rivera is himself an expatriate gone home to make his mark, to give to his countrymen a foretaste of where his artistic visions are leading him. We are proud to feature his works from his exhibit "Fragments of Incantation" with a reprinted review by Prof. Gino Dormiendo that appeared in The Philippine Inquirer.
We are also excited to announce that the print edition of OUR OWN VOICE-in Broadway parlancehas found itself "an angel." The Philippine Women's University is co-publisher of the compilation of the 2001 issues in a book form. The book is due for release in mid-August 2003. We urge you to insist that your local library purchase a copy of OUR OWN VOICE Anthology of The 2001 Ezine issues.
So have we arrived full circle in our attempts to reach you, dear reader, and to reach those who will never give up the pleasure of owning an actual book instead of the virtual pages on a flickering screen.
July 19, 2003