YR 47 Issue 1 2011
Artlets professor launches flash fiction book
By DENISE ANGELA E. SALAZAR
READERS of modern Filipino fiction are in for a new treat as Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) professor and writer Eros Atalia launched his new book at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium last November 28.
Atalia’s new book, Wag Lang ‘Di Makaraos–100 Dagli (Mga Kwentong Pasaway, Paaway, at Pamatay) (Visual Print Enterprises, 2011), is a compilation of 100 flash fictions stories.
Attended by faculty members and students from different universities, the book launch was graced by Artlets Dean Michael Anthony Vasco, Philippine Daily Inquirer Editor and the Varsitarian Adviser Joselito Zulueta, University of the Philippines College of Mass CommunicationDean Roland Tolentino, writers Jun Cruz Reyes and Efren Abueg, National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, and many other personalities in the field of Philippine literature.
“Bihira sa isang akademiko ang magkaroon ng balanseng pananaw sa kahalagahan sa husay ng pagtuturo at malikhaing pagsusulat,” Vasco said in his opening remarks.
“Lalong bihira sa isang manunulat ang magkaroon ng talento sa pagpukaw ng buhay na halaw sa tunay na pangyayari sa mga imahinasyong pinanday ng malikhaing kaisipan at akmang lengguwahe at tiyempo kung paano bibigyang-buhay ang mga nasabing kathang-isip at karanasan ng buhay,” he added.
Meanwhile, Zulueta said that Atalia’s work has a contemporary sensibility that never fails to catch the attention of its readers.
“Tinutugunan ng mga akda ni Eros ang mga pangangailangan ng mga Pilipino ngayon sa babasahin–hindi lamang nakaaaliw kundi nakapupukaw din ng panlipunang usapin,” Zulueta said
Unlike his other books that follow the typical novel structure, Atalia noted that this new installation took him longer time to finish.
“Ito ang pinakamatagal kong proyekto. ‘Yung ‘Peksman’ [Nagsisinungaling Ako], three months ko siyang naisulat. ‘Yung ‘Ligo na U, Lapit na Me,’ almost four months kong sinulat. Pero itong 100 flash fictions, almost three years ko siyang sinulat at last leg na lang hindi ko pa matapus-tapos. Nasa 92 stories na ako, ‘yung walo ang pinakamahirap na matapos dahil thematic ang mga ito,” Atalia said.
Age of independent films
In the Filmmakers in Focus Forum held at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Atalia shared his views on his book Ligo na U, Lapit na me (Visual Print Enterprises, 2009) and the prominence of independent films in the country
Together with independent filmmaker Paul Soriano, Atalia gave a thorough discussion on the current matters and trends of Philippine cinema. He also shared the experiences he gained when his novel Ligo na U, Lapit na me was being produced as a Cinemalaya Film Festival entry.
“Hindi ko talaga inaasahang magiging film siya. Surprisingly, si Noel Ferrer, yung producer ng film, sinabi kay Jerry Gracio na scriptwriter at kaibigan ko na interesado silang gawin itong pelikula,” Atalia told the aspiring filmmakers. “For the first time, mag-a-adapt sila ng novel para sa Cinemalaya.”
Atalia also mentioned that his next book, Bakit Hindi Pa Sasakupin ng mga Alien ang Daigdig sa 2012, will be published this year.
His other works include Taguan Pung (kalipunan ng mga akdang di pambata) at Manwal ng mga Napapagal (kopiteybol dedbol buk) (UST Publishing House, 2005); and Peksman, (mamatay ka man) Nagsisinungaling Ako (Visual Print Enterprises, 2007). F
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