Cirilo Bautista’s new poetry collection, USTPH titles unveiled in grand book launching

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NEW TITLES from the UST Publishing House (USTPH), including National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista’s latest poetry collection, were unveiled in a grand book launching last Jan. 30 at De La Salle University Manila.

USTPH Director Ma. Ailil Alvarez said the diversity of the latest titles reflected each author’s achievements.

“To be chosen as their publisher, it, indeed, brings pleasure and honor to the [USTPH],” she said during the “8×12: A Book Launching.”

Bautista’s “In Many Ways: Poems 2012-2016,” is a poetry collection dealing with the poet’s social and personal experiences.

Poems from Bautista’s collection “The End of the World” and “Something I Must Tell You About True Love” were read by Ronald Baytan, director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.

USTPH also launched “Sa Mga Pansamantala: Mga Tula,” where Vijae Alquisola tackles issues on childhood, family affairs, love and loss.

“Hush Harbor” by Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta, a poetry collection written during her writing residency in Iowa in 2015, was also among the new titles.

Other USTPH titles launched were “Anagnorisis” by Em Mendez, a collection of plays on gender, activism and family and “Kissing Through a Handkerchief and Other Travel Tales” by Alice Sun-Cua, a collection of travel essays which is also a companion to her book “Autumn in Madrid and Other Tales.”

“Kabataang Kulturang Popular at mga Sanaysay sa Kartograpiya ng Disaster at Aktibismo sa Filipinas,” “Indie Cinema at mga Sanaysay sa Topograpiya ng Pelikula ng Filipinas” and “New Media at mga Sanaysay sa Platitude ng Bagong Objek ng Media at Mediasyon sa Filipinas,” by Rolando Tolentino were also launch under USTPH.

Tolentino’s trilogy of critical essays strives to solve the uneven relation of production, distribution and consumption of cultural forms.

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