Monday, December 18, 2006

Caracoa 2006: The Silver Issue (UPDATED)

WHAT: Caracoa 2006: The Silver Issue Book Launch
WHEN: Friday, December 22, 2006 7pm
WHERE: mag:net Katipunan


Caracoa: The Poetry Journal of the Philippine Literary Arts Council
(PLAC), sees a revival after a ten-year hiatus with the launch in
Mag:net Katipunan at 7pm this Friday, Dec. 22, of Caracoa 2006: The Silver

The younger generation of outstanding poets writing in English took the
initiative to revive what had been the longest running poetry journal
in the country as well as in Asia, which was started in the early 1980s
when it came out regularly as a quarterly.

The last issue, however, was produced in 1996, after which Caracoa
became moribund. Poets Joel Toledo, Lourd de Veyra, Angelo Suarez and Mookie
Katigbak sought permission from two of PLAC's founders, Gemino H. Abad
and Alfred A. Yuson, for the revival, for which the young poets
constituted themselves into an editorial board.

25 fresh voices comprise the contributors for the revival issue, which
also commemorates PLAC's 25th anniversary.

These contributors will help launch Caracoa 2006 with a reading of
their featured poems.

The Caracoa journal designer Pancho Villanueva will exhibit five of his
artworks, three of which are featured in the revival issue, on the
night of the reading-launch.

A couple of freshly minted CDs — of poetry readings conducted by the
original PLAC crew in the 1980s, including Abad, Cirilo F. Bautista,
Alfrredo Navarro Salanga, Ricardo M. de Ungria and Yuson, will also be
made available during the event.

The poets' band Chupacabraz, composed of Israfel Fagela, Joel
Toledo, Mikael Co and Carljoe Javier, will also perform after the reading.

Caracoa's revival was made possible with the help of David Guerreo,
Esq.of BBDO Guerrero Ortega.

(Mag:net Cafe is located along Katipunan Ave, Quezon City fronting
Miriam and Ateneo beside ibank and Rustan's with Tel 9293191 or visit

Caracoa 2006 features poems from 25 poets:

1. Alexander Agena
2. Jim Pascual Agustin
3. Ivy Alvarez
4. Oscar Alvarez
5. Glenn Atanacio
6. Amado Bajarias
7. Luis Cabalquinto
8. Mark Cayanan
9. Frank Cimatu
10. Mikael De Lara Co
11. Vincent Coscolluela
12. Adam David
13. Raymond de Borja
14. Rodrigo dela Peña
15. Israfel Fagela
16. Eduardo Geronia, Jr.
17. Luisa Igloria
18. Ken Ishikawa
19. Arkaye Kierulf
20. Sarge Lacuesta
21. Paolo Manalo
22. Wilfredo Pascual
23. Jose Ocampo Reyes
24. Naya Valdellon
25. Joel H. Vega

Finally, we're setting sail! Everyone's invited.
If you're a contributor, please bring poems to read.