The Indie Publishers Collab-PH (TIPC-PH) is a collective of independent publishers sharing the exact track of expanding the literary horizons of the ‘indie’ community in the Philippines. In this year’s Performatura, TIPC-PH will conduct several book launches and a series of storytelling performances.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings back the Performatura: International Performance Literature Festival on November 22 to 24. Performers, poets, art conversations with chanters from the regions, book debates, slam poetry contest, book fair and interviews with prominent writers will be part of this virtual event.
“Claiming Indie Spaces in Challenging Times,” the theme of this year’s online convention, is an attempt to expand the literary horizons of the independent publishing community in the Philippines.
The said Performatura event will be on Tuesday, November 23. Publications that will conduct book launches include Aklat Alamid, Alubat Publishing, 8Letters, Librong LIRA, Rebo Press Book Publishing, and Southern Voices Printing Press.
Alubat Publishing will showcase excerpt readings of Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco’s HIV novel “Orosa-Nakpil, Malate.” In addition, Librong LIRA will have performances of Nick Pichay’s poems from his republished poetry collection “Ang Lunes na Mahirap Bunuin.”
8Letters will launch its newest anthologies, “Takipsilim” and “Hatinggabi,” featuring Philippine mythological creatures, through storytelling. Furthermore, Rebo Press will have an excerpt reading from Frank G. Rivera’s “Si Jose Rizal sa (Loob at Labas ng Kagila-gilalas na) Daigdig ni Atô,” Karl de Mesa’s “Calling Out the Destruction: Collected Non-Fiction Meditations on Violence and Transcendence,” and Vox Populi PH’s excerpt reading from their newest collection of contemporary youth literature.
Southern Voices Printing Press (SVPP) features the launch of “Mga Munting Babae,” the Filipino translated version of “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, with actress and model Ms. Mylene Dizon’s participation and former Representative Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Women’s Party, reading excerpts from the book. Moreover, Prof. Rowena Festin, who translated the book with SVPP publisher Sophia Perez, gives a brief insight on language and translation.
Aklat Alamid will present read-aloud of its newly released picture books, “Dako nga Yahong sang Batchoy” (A Big Bowl of Batchoy) by Jennie Arado and Rayah Dizon-Maniago, “Ditoy, Isdi, Idiay, Isna” (Here, There, There, Here) by Heather Ann F. Pulido and Renz Juno Abreu, and “Paborito nga Duag ni Denden” (Denden’s Favorite Color) by Early Sol A. Gadong and Gil S. Montinola. The read-aloud will be in the languages of the books—Hiligaynon, Ilokano, and Kankanaey—with subtitles in Filipino.
In accordance with the CCP’s goal of bringing our country’s various cultural traditions, this online event will be open for the public. Additional information could be found in Performatura 2021 official website.