Saturday, July 12, 2008

two gatherings

After the successful inauguration of the Albert Faurot Lecture Series on Culture and the Arts yesterday with Prof. Danton Remoto’s talk on Ladlad and Queer Literature in the Philippines, I’m already looking forward to more of this engaging gathering to stimulate my mind—especially the orthodox sensibilities of the Silliman community.

Being in part of the working committee, under Litcritters Dumaguete, does not only grant us instant book signings but also allow us, sometimes, to get up close and personal with the speaker (thanks to Sir Ian Casocot). Like last night, I together with Marianne, and Pong, had a great dinner with Prof. Remoto, Sir Casocot (with his brother), and the city-omniscient Kuya Mo at Italia’s, one of the new restaurants in Dumaguete. And Prof. Danton invited me to submit an essay for his on-the-works fourth Ladlad book. Woo!

And a day before that, we also got to meet Cong. Gilbert Remulla, Atty. Adel Tamano, Cong. Erin Tañada and (still with) Prof. Danton Remoto. With the help of Prof. Leonor Briones, these guys were here to present Atbp: Politics and What’s Bugging the Youth. Hopping from one university to another, it is really fortunate that we had these symposia in campus to have an intense discussion concerning economic-policies, politics, religion, and even gender issues.

In their website, the Young Turks’ next stop is at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance.

More pictures here.


eva said...

hey jords! danton was one of my poetry teachers in college. :) memories. :) i remembered being so frustrated kasi i wasn't able to find my book "seduction and solitude" that he's published. i so wanted to get his autograph pa naman before the semester with him wrapped up. next time!

f. jordan said...

Really? That's impressive... He's really funny. Nah, kung saan-saan lang kasi nilalagay ang book, ayan nawala tuloy. tsk tsk.