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Tulang Marino
28 March 2006
Conspiracy Bar & Garden Café, Q.C.

The evening of 28 March 2006 was poetry night at the Conspiracy Bar & Garden Café in Quezon City.

Tulang Marino is part of the ‘Kuhang Marino: Images of Filipino Seafarers’ exhibition at the University of the Philippines Jorge B. Vargas Museum. The poetry reading evening featured poems composed by Filipino seafarers. Tulang Marino was organized in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (Likhaan).

The poems, written in Filipino and English, were selected from the collection of the Philippine Seafarers Assistance Programme (PSAP) in the Netherlands. Some poems were already included in the Kuhang Marino exhibit.

Prof. Paolo Manalo, National Book Award Winner for Jolography and faculty member of the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature, remarked that the poems, quality-wise, were not at all very different from what professional poets create.

Prof. Manalo then read the poems For them… composed by Louie Nuevo of MV Andes Highway, Life in A Ship by Noli Tomaneng of MS Nordland Saga, A Seafarer’s Introspection by Oscar B. Cadag of MV Amber Lily, Pilipinong Mandaragat by Arsenio Padilla Jr. of MT Apache, and A Seaman’s Mind by El Caliva of CMA CGM Vega. The pieces were originally published in PSAP’s newsletter, Parola.

Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL) Chairperson Bobby Añonuevo read Sa Paghampas ng Alon and Salungat sa Agos, both written by Ed Labao.

Raul Falinas, Jun Balde, Fidel Rillo, and Jan Velasco, also of UMPIL, respectively read Brando Lodriga‘s (a.k.a. Nene Adventura) Sulyap sa Nakalipas, Ricardo Gabrinao‘s Tula, Awit at Kasaysayan, Ed Labao‘s Patuloy sa Pag-asam, and Maricel Delicana‘s Pag-ibig sa Barko. Likhaan Director Vim Nadera read Sa ‘yo Aking Mahal by Gaudencio Espinelli.

National Artist for Literature and UP College of Arts and Letters Dean, Virgilio Almario, also graced the occasion, along with other UMPIL members and Likhaan faculty.

Between the readings, Conspiracy’s regular Tuesday band, Kalumad, played on with their own inspiring and creative music.

Attending the event were seafarers from the Pier One Seamen’s Dormitory in Manila.

The documentary photography and poetry exhibition on and of Filipino seafarers Kuhang Marino: Images of Filipino Seamen ran from 23 February to 9 April 2006 at the Third Floor Foyer of the UP Vargas Museum. It begins its tour around the country in July of this year, bringing the seafarers’ gift of art particularly to those provinces that are home to huge numbers of seafarers’ families. (with reports from Erika Robis of the UP Vargas Museum and Atty. Sed Santiago)

All these photos are courtesy of:
The U.P. Vargas Museum
Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101, The Philippines