August 2018 (Issue 24)

Introduction by Jude Ortega

FICTION
Magatos a Badas by Mubarak M. Tahir
YOLO-gy by Mariz J. Leona

NONFICTION
Paano Magsakay ng Tricycle sa General Santos City
by Jade Mark Capiñanes

POETRY
Kabacan Blues by Gerald Galindez

PLAY
The Smell of the After Storm by Kwesi M. Junsan

Editor and Contributors

 

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Introduction

Bal-an sang halos tanan nga Pilipino nga Buwan ng Wika ang Agosto, kag ang “wika” nga ginatukoy sa selebrasyon amo ang Filipino, nga nakabase sa Tagalog kag may lakot kuno nga words halin sa iban nga languages sang Pilipinas. Daw kanami pamatian ini nga depinisyon sang Filipino, kag daw angay lang gid iselebrar ang pagkaroon ta sang lingua franca—lenggwahe nga maintindihan kag ginahambal sang tanan, lenggwahe nga maga-unite sa aton bilang isa ka nasyon.

Kuno. Daw. Ginagamit ko ini nga mga pulong tungod kay lain ang nagakahitabo sa dapat matabo okon sa gina-claim sang mga yara sa gahum nga nagakahitabo. Tuod nga ginapasulod sa Filipino ang mga word nga halin sa Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, kag madamo nga iban pa, pero mas dako ang atensyon kag panahon nga ginahatag sa pag-standardize sang Filipino—sa paghimo nga puro ang Tagalog diri, nga daw wala halos kinalain sa paghimo sang Filipino nga pure Tagalog. Amo nga kung Buwan ng Wika, ang automatic nga maisip sang mga nagaselebrar kay maggamit sang puro nga Tagalog. Malimtan na nga ang language naga-evolve—okon dapat mag-evolve.

Sa sini nga issue sang Cotabato Literary Journal, makit-an sang readers kung ano ang puwede matabo sa mga lenggwahe kung ginapabay-an ang mga ini nga maglambo. Ang lima ka obra diri naga-reflect kag nagahampang sa pipila ka mga lenggwahe nga ginagamit sa rehiyon: Multilingual ang duha ka malip-ot nga sugilanon. Natural nga hybrid language ang gingamit sa grupo sang micro essays kag sa tula. Kag experimental nga hybrid language ang gingamit sa play.

Sa short story ni Mubarak Tahir nga “Magatos a Badas,” nakasulat sa “standard” nga Filipino ang narration, kag Maguindanon nga may halo nga gamay nga Tagalog ang dialogue. Kalabanan, sa iban nga publication, sa English okon Tagalog gyapon nakasulat ang dialogue kag may mga expression lang nga yara sa local language para mabutangan sang local flavor ang istorya. Kung kaisa, sa fiction man okon nonfiction, nakasulat sa local language ang dialogue kag may upod nga translation sa English o Filipino. May mga higayon man nga ginapabay-an lang nga wala translation ang dialogue, pero sa nonfiction kalabanan. Sa istorya ni Tahir, mas dako nga importansya ang ginhatag sa Maguindanon. Amo ginalauman nga maganyat ang mga Maguindanon nga basahon ang istorya kag maganyat ang mga indi Maguindanon, labi na ang mga “settler,” nga intindihon ang lengggwahe.

Hiligaynon ang gingamit sa short story ni Mariz Leona nga “YOLO-gy,” pero kung basahon siguro ini sang mga taga-Iloilo okon Bacolod, makahambal sila nga lain ini nga klase sang Hiligaynon. Damo ini sang mga hulam nga pulong halin sa Tagalog, English, kag Cebuano. Damo man gyapon hulam nga pulong ang Hiligaynon nga ginagamit sa iban nga lugar, pero indi pare-pareho ang mga pulong kag paano ang mga ini nakaplastar sa sentence. Lain na ang pangabuhi, panghunahuna, kag panghambal sang mga Ilonggo sa Mindanao kaysa sa mga Ilonggo sa ginhalinan nila.

Sa iya tatlo ka nubo nga essay, nga gin-impon sa idalom sang titulo nga “Paano Magsakay ng Tricycle sa General Santos City,” gingamit ni Jade Mark Capiñanes ang lenggwahe sang mga coño sa siyudad. Halo nga Tagalog kag Cebuano ang ginahambal nila. Tagalog ang root words, pero Cebuano ang grammar. Amo man si Gerald Galindez sa iya tula nga “Kabacan Blues.” Gingamit niya ang lenggwahe sang mga coño sa Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat (ginhalo nga Tagalog kag Hiligaynon), kag lenggwahe sang mga coño sa Kabacan, Cotabato (ginhalo nga Tagalog kag Ilocano). Para sa iban nga tao, labi na ang mga Tagalog, ang mga lenggwahe nga ini mali okon bastardized. Ginaisip nila nga ang mga nagahambal sini luyag maghambal sang straight nga Tagalog pero tig-a ang dila. Ang matuod, parehas sang mga coño sa Manila nga nagagamit sang sagol nga English kag Tagalog, ang mga coño sa Mindanao kaya man maghambal diretso sang isa ka language nga halin sa gawas, pero wala sang kusog nga rason para himuon nila ini. Kung ang duha ka tao nga nagaistoryahanay may duha ka lenggwahe nga pareho nila bal-an gamiton, normal lang nga gamiton nila ang duha ka lenggwahe, kag sa proseso, natural lang nga mag-fuse ang duha ka lenggwahe.

Sa iya one-act play nga “The Smell of the After Storm,” naggamit si Kwesi M. Junsan sang English kag Hiligaynon, kag eksperimental ang paghalo niya sa duha ka lenggwahe. (May mga coño nga English kag Hiligaynon ang ila ginagamit, pero indi mga coño ang characters sa play, kag wala ginailog ni Junsan ang speech pattern sang mga coño.) Indi man base sa aktwal nga paghambal ang lenggwahe sa obra, maayo ang pagka-insert sang Hiligaynon sa English, amo nga kung basahon ang mga linya, natural gihapon pamatian ang mga ini.

Pero ang language, siyempre, tunga lang ang ginaamot sa kanamion sang isa ka obra. Ang tunga nakadepende sa unod. Pag-abot sa sini nga butang, indi gihapon maulihi ang lima. Nahanungod sa isa ka Muslim nga agi ang istorya ni Tahir; indi na siguro kinahanglan i-explain kung ano ka sensitibo kag bug-at ini nga subject. Nahanungod sa kamatayon kag memorya ang istorya ni Leona. Nahanungod sa mga pang-adlaw-adlaw nga hitabo ang micro essays ni Capiñanes, pero deceptive ang pagkasimple sang mga ini; ang anggulo kag mga detalye makapaham-ot kag makapaisip sa manugbasa. Nostalgic sa younger days kag faraway place ang binalaybay ni Galindez. Kag nahanungod sa pamilya kag prinsipyo ang play ni Junsan. Tanan sila nagapakita sang pangabuhi diri sa rehiyon sang Cotabato.

Isa ka melting pot ang rehiyon. Kung diri ka nagdako, indi magnubo sa apat ka lenggwahe ang kaya mo hambalon o intindihon. Kaya mo man magporma sang bag-o nga lenggwahe halin sa dalawa o sobra pa nga lenggwahe. May advantages kag disadvantages ang butang nga ini, pero kung diin ang mas damo, nakadepende sa tao. Sa Cotabato Literary Journal, ginaselebrar indi lang ang aton linguistic diversity kundi pati ang aton linguistic fluidity. Karon nga Buwan ng Wika, indi naton pagkalimtan nga ang yara sa aton indi lang “wika” kundi “mga wika.” Gamiton naton ang lenggwahe indi para lupigon ang iban kundi para mag-intindihanay kita tanan kag mapalambo ang aton literatura, kultura, kag pagpanginabuhi.

Jude Ortega
Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

Editor and Contributors

EDITOR

Jude Ortega is the author of the short story collection Seekers of Spirits (University of the Philippines Press, 2018) and has been a fellow for fiction at two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, his stories received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards and at the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. He is from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.

CONTRIBUTORS

Jade Mark B. Capiñanes earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He has been a fellow for essay at the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2017 University of Santo Tomas National Writers Workshop. His “A Portrait of a Young Man as a Banak” won third prize at the Essay Category of the 2017 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Gerald Galindez teaches at Notre Dame of Tacurong College in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. His poem “San Gerardo and the Exocotidae” is the winner of the 2017 Cotabato Province Poetry Contest. His poetry zine I, Alone was featured in the 2017 SOX Zine Fest.

Kwesi M. Junsan is a licensed veterinarian from Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Aside from writing, reading, and regular musings, he is taking MA Media Studies (Film) at the University of the Philippines Diliman and Sertipiko sa Panitikan at Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Mariz J. Leona is an AB English student at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. Her essay “First Aid” is the winner of the 2017 Sultan Kudarat Essay Contest. She is from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat.

Mubarak M. Tahir was born in the village of Kitango in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Filipino Language (cum laude) at Mindanao State University in Marawi City. He lived in General Santos City when he taught in the campus there of his alma mater. His essay “Aden Bon Besen Uyag-uyag” won the third prize for Sanaysay at the 2017 Palanca Awards. Currently, he is teaching at the Davao campus of Philippine Science High School.

Editors and Contributors

GUEST EDITOR

Tarie Sabido is the chair of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and a reviewer of books for children and young adults. She has been a judge for the PBBY Salanga Writer’s Prize, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, National Children’s Book Awards, and Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. She is from General Santos City.

REGULAR EDITOR

Jude Ortega is a short story writer from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat Province. He has been a fellow in two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, he received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards. He is the author of the short story collection Seekers of Spirits published in 2018 by the University of the Philippines Press.

CONTRIBUTORS

Marianne Hazzale J. Bullos is from General Santos City and a scholar of Philippine Science High School-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. She is a student during weekdays, a master crammer on weekends, and an eagle for lifetime.

Boon Kristoffer Lauw is a chemical engineer turned entrepreneur from General Santos City and is currently based in Quezon City. During his practice of profession at a beer-manufacturing plant last 2013, he began to pass graveyard shifts with random musings that eventually took form in writing—and, inevitably, stories.

Andrea D. Lim is from General Santos City, and she is currently working as an editor for a publishing company in Cebu City while taking her master’s degree in literature at the University of San Carlos. She was a fellow for poetry in the 24th Iligan National Writers Workshop (2017). She is also the former editor-in-chief of the Weekly Sillimanian, the official student publication of Silliman University, Dumaguete City.

Mary Ann Ordinario is a multi-awarded author of books for children from Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. She owns ABC Educational Development Center, the oldest publishing house of children’s books outside of Metro Manila.

Alvin Pomperada of General Santos City is a management accounting graduate of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. He is a member of Pangandungan, the association of writers in General Santos City.

Editors and Contributors

GUEST EDITOR

Paul Randy P. Gumanao hails from Kidapawan City and teaches Chemistry at Philippine Science High School-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. He was a fellow for poetry at the 2009 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2010 IYAS National Creative Writing Workshop. He is a former editor in chief of Atenews, the official student publication of Ateneo de Davao University, and is currently finishing his MS in Chemistry from the same university.

REGULAR EDITOR

Jude Ortega is a short story writer from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat Province. He has been a fellow in two regional and four national writers workshop. In 2015, he received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards. His short story collection Seekers of Spirits is forthcoming from the University of the Philippines Press.

CONTRIBUTORS

Christine Joy G. Aban was born and raised in Cotabato City. In 2000, she went to Iligan to study in MSU-IIT. She is now married to an Iliganon and has two kids. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in UP Diliman, Quezon City. Her poem “Layers” won third place at the 2018 BalakBayi Poetry Writing Contest.

Erwin Cabucos, born and raised in Kabacan, Cotabato Province, is a teacher of English and religious education at Trinity College in Queensland, Australia. He received High Commendation literary awards from Roly Sussex Short Story Prize and Queensland Independent Education Union Literary Competition in 2016. His short stories have been published in Australia, Philippines, Singapore, and USA, including VerandahFourWPhilippines Graphic, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He completed his master in English education from the University of New England.

Almira Caryl Jane A. Calvo is an AB English student of Mindanao State University-General Santos City. She is also a member of the book readers club Valoræx and a feature writer trainee in the university paper. Her poem “To recreate that which I had seen in a dream” won first place at the 2018 BalakBayi Poetry Writing Contest.

Allan Ace Dignadice is a nineteen-year-old playwright and poet from Koronadal, South Cotabato.

Florence Diane D. Samson is a third year AB English student at Mindanao State University-General Santos City. She grew up in the municipality of Datu Abdullah Sangki in Maguindano but is now residing in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, with her family.

Julius Marc Taborete is an AB English graduate of Mindanao State University-General Santos with latin honors. He was the editor in chief of the MSU College Social Sciences and Humanities’ student publication Pingkian and folio Ningas. He currently teaches Literature at Dole Philippines School, Kalsangi, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Mubarak M. Tahir was born in the village of Kitango in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Filipino Language (cum laude) at Mindanao State University in Marawi City. He lived in General Santos City when he taught in the campus there of his alma mater. His essay “Aden Bon Besen Uyag-uyag” won the third prize for Sanaysay at the 2017 Palanca Awards. Currently, he is teaching at the Davao campus of Philippine Science High School.

Editors and Contributors

GUEST EDITOR

Jade Mark B. Capiñanes earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. He has been a fellow for essay at the 2016 Davao Writers Workshop and the 2017 University of Santo Tomas National Writers Workshop. His “A Portrait of a Young Man as a Banak” won third prize at the Essay Category of the 2017 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

REGULAR EDITOR

Jude Ortega is a short story writer from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat. He has been a fellow in two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, he received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards. His short story collection Seekers of Spirits is forthcoming from the University of the Philippines Press.

CONTRIBUTORS

Rio Alma is the pen name of National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario. He is a poet, critic, translator, editor, teacher, and cultural manager. He is currently the chairman of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Mark Angeles was a writer-in-residence of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in the United States in 2013. He is the author of the children’s books Si Znork, Ang Kabayong Mahilig Matulog and Si Andoy, Batang Tondo, the short story collection Gagambeks at mga Kuwentong Waratpad, and the poetry books Emotero, Patikim, and Threesome. He received awards for his works from Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation for Literature, and Philippine Board on Books for Young People.

Rogelio Braga is a playwright, fictionist, and essayist born and raised in Manila. Among his notable works on theater are “Ang Mga Mananahi,” “Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte,” “So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Satiman a Tadman,” and “Mas Mabigat ang Liwanag sa Kalungkutan.” His short stories appeared in various publications such as TOMAS and Ani. He was a fellow for fiction at the UST, Ateneo, and UP national writers workshops and for Art Criticism at J. Elizalde Navarro National Writers Workshop for Criticism in the Arts and Humanities.

Reparado B. Galos III is a poet and lawyer. He was a fellow at the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo’s poetry clinic in 2006 and became a member of the group in 2007. His poetry collection in Filipino won first prize at the Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards in 2015.

Jeric F. Jimenez is a graduate of AB Filipinolohiya at Polytechnic University of the Philippines–Sta. Mesa in Manila. He has taught in elementary, junior high school, senior high school, and college. His short stories are included in the anthologies Piglas: Antolohiya ng mga Kuwentong Pambata and Saanman: Mga Kuwento sa Biyahe, Bagahe, at Balikbayan Box.

Johanna Michelle Lim is a brand strategist, creative director, and travel writer based in Cebu City. She was a fellow at the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop and is the author of What Distance Tells Us, a collection of travel essays.

Bernadette V. Neri writes fiction and plays and teaches creative writing at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines–Diliman. She is the author of the children’s book Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin. She is originally from Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

Jose Victor Peñaranda was a poet and community development practitioner. He was the author of the poetry collections Voyage in Dry Season (Sipat Publishing), Pilgrim in Transit (Anvil Publishing), and Lucid Lightning (UST Publishing). He received awards for his poetry from the Carlos Palanca Memorial Foundation for Literature, Manila Critics Circle, Philippines Free Press Award, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and Philippines Graphic’s Nick Joaquin Literary Awards. He was born in Manila in 1953 and passed away in 2017.

Ralph Jake T. Wabingga is a college instructor and used to be a writer and producer for television. He was a fellow for fiction at the Davao Writers Workshop in 2017. He is from Sulop, Davao del Sur.

Editors and Contributors

GUEST EDITOR

Eric Gerard H. Nebran is an educator and illustrator from General Santos City. He is currently a PhD Comparative Literature student at the University of the Philippines–Diliman. His research interests include orality, history, and literary productions of his hometown.

REGULAR EDITOR

Jude Ortega is a short story writer from Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat Province. He has been a fellow in two regional and four national writers workshops. In 2015, he received honorable mention at the inaugural F. Sionil José Young Writers Awards. His short story collection Seekers of Spirits is forthcoming from the University of the Philippines Press.

CONTRIBUTORS

Mikhael M. Labrador is from Koronadal City, South Cotabato, and has been residing in Cebu for the past eleven years, working primarily in the business process outsourcing industry. He is an avid travel hobbyist and a former editor of Omniana, the official student publication of Notre Dame of Marbel University.

Noel Pingoy is a graduate of Notre Dame of Marbel University and of Davao Medical School Foundation. He finished residency in internal medicine and fellowships in hematology and in medical oncology at the University of the Philippines–Philippine General Hospital. He divides his time between General Santos City and Koronadal City.

Mubarak M. Tahir was born in the village of Kitango in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Filipino Language (cum laude) at Mindanao State University in Marawi City. He lived in General Santos City when he taught in the campus there of his alma mater. His essay “Aden Bon Besen Uyag-uyag” won the third prize for Sanaysay at the 2017 Palanca Awards. Currently, he is teaching at the Davao campus of Philippine Science High School.

Lance Isidore G. Catedral is completing his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of the Philippines–Philippine General Hospital. He also has a degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from UP Diliman. He was born and raised in Koronadal City. Since 2004, he has been blogging at bottledbrain.com. His interests include Christianity, literature, and medicine.

Saquina Karla C. Guiam has been published in the Rising Phoenix ReviewScrittura MagazineSuffragette CityDulcet QuarterlyThe Fem Lit Mag, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and others. She graduated from Mindanao State University in General Santos City with a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Ateneo de Davao University. She is the Roots nonfiction editor at Rambutan Literary, an online journal showcasing literature and art from Southeast Asians all over the world, and the social media manager of Umbel & Panicle, a new literary journal inspired by plants and all things botanical.

Benj Marlowe Cordero from General Santos City is currently working in Dubai as a Sales Coordinator and has yet to graduate from Holy Trinity College of GSC. He spends his days off playing Overwatch, constructing a fictional language for his novel, and completing his poetry collection, under the rose. He likes shawarma, singing in the shower, and Rick Riordan.

Marc Jeff Lañada hails from General Santos City and currently resides in Davao for his undergraduate studies in the University of the Philippines–Mindanao. He was a fellow during the Davao Writers Workshop 2017, and some of his works were published in the Dagmay literary journal. His poems talk about landscapes, especially the overlooked or underappreciated places in General Santos and Davao.

Claire Monreal is a student at Central Mindanao Colleges in Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. Her poem “Survived a Bullet” is a finalist in the 2017 Cotabato Province Poetry Contest.

Joan Victoria Cañete is a registered medical technologist from Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. “Superficial Swim,” her poem for this issue, is a finalist in the 2017 Cotabato Province Poetry Contest.

Patrick Jayson L. Ralla is a graduate of Mindanao State University–General Santos City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He is currently working as a private school teacher in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and is taking up a Master of Arts degree in Literature at the University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City.

Paul Randy P. Gumanao hails from Kidapawan City, and teaches Chemistry at Philippine Science High School–SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus. He was a fellow for poetry at the 2009 Davao Writers Workshop, and 2010 IYAS National Creative Writing Workshop. He is a former editor in chief of Atenews, the official student publication of Ateneo de Davao University, and is currently finishing his MS in Chemistry from the same university.

Mariz Leona is an AB English student at Mindanao State University in General Santos City. She is from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat.

Boon Kristoffer Lauw, a chemical engineer–turned–entrepreneur from General Santos City, is currently based in Quezon City. During his practice of profession at a beer-manufacturing plant last 2013, he began to pass graveyard shifts with random musings that eventually took form in writing—and, inevitably, stories.

Erwin Cabucos, born and raised in Kabacan, Cotabato Province, is a teacher of English and religious education at Trinity College in Queensland, Australia. He received High Commendation literary awards from Roly Sussex Short Story Prize and Queensland Independent Education Union Literary Competition in 2016. His short stories have been published in Australia, Philippines, Singapore, and USA, including Verandah, FourW, Philippines Graphic, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He completed his master in English education from the University of New England.