23 October 2008

irony of ironies, and shameless pluggings

dito ko muna i-post ang weekly column ko. may shameless plugs kasi, at konting muni-muni.

ito munang column. original post here.

By Libay Linsangan Cantor

The Relationship Anthology re-vibe

It’s no secret that writers pull bits and pieces of their lives and use that information as jumping off points to create something bigger, grander and oftentimes more poignant literary works than their original tidbit inspirations. But what if the literary work one was asked to write was about the life of the writer per se, particularly one important aspect of that life?

In January, Linda Panlilio, a former creative writing schoolmate, asked me to contribute a nonfiction piece for another broadsheet’s Valentine’s Day special section focusing on different types of relationships. She was tasked to be this special section’s editor. Being the “default local lesbian literary writer” of late, I have always been invited to submit works on lesbian lives —which I am just too happy to oblige. I wrote about my personal transitions from relationship to relationship, formulating a set of criteria in the end as to what I finally want out of a relationship with a woman. It ended with a happy note that I found those criteria in the person I was with at that time.

The special section was a hit. Panlilio said Karina Bolasco of Anvil Publishing was interested to do a book version, and asked us to expand on our original articles, which we did. However, when it was time for me to revise my material, I didn’t feel up to it. That was around June, the time when I was feeling that something was wrong in my relationship. Perhaps that was a sign given by my literary goddesses to be wary of what was to come in my love life—a heartbreak in August. As I was reeling from the break-up experience, I just left the fate of my unrevised essay to the hands of Panlilio and Bolasco, thinking that it was okay if they rejected it or not. Luckily, they didn’t.

Two months after the break-up, I suddenly find myself back in a relationship with someone new—a wonderful girl named Phia—plus I receive an announcement that the anthology is now called Belonging: Stories of Relationships to be launched on October 29 at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4 around 6 p.m.

I can’t even begin to count the dramatic ironies that will happen that day, as I will attend the launch with a new girlfriend to receive my copy featuring an old one.

Life is full of ironies, indeed.

Comments? Suggestions? E-mail libay.scribevibe@gmail.com.

kakaiba, ano? bungad yan nitong shameless plug na ito:

Anvil Publishing, Inc.
cordially invites you to the launching of

Belonging: Stories of Relationships

Edited by
Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio

Featuring essays by:
Myrna A. Adriano, Dean Francis Alfar, Joi Barrios, Libay Linsangan Cantor, Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz, Rina Jimenez David, Simeon Dumdum, Jr., Monina Delgado Enage & Rica Enage Villalon, Alya B. Honasan, Angelo “Sarge” R. Lacuesta, Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Ed Maranan, Maria Cristina D. Olbes, Marily Ysip Orosa, Erlinda Enri
quez Panlilio, Danton Remoto, Michael L. Tan, Edith L. Tiempo, Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas, Xin Mei and Alfred A. “Krip” Yuson.

Poems by:
Gemino H. Abad and Ricardo M. De Ungria

October 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm
Powerbooks , Greenbelt 4
Makati City

Rho-ann Vinluan 6375141

"... a myriad of interpersonal relationships, as viewed, examined, described and appreciated by 23 authors."
- from the Introduction

if not for the book cover photo... haggard. tumbling. but well, nonetheless, no remorse. only... blah. ewan. i don't even have a word for it. and i'm a writer! imagine that.

notice the lgbt line-up of the anthology. happy!

puwedeng pumunta/sumama sa booklaunch. ano, tara?


pero nood muna kayo nito sa sabado ng umaga:

opo, ako na naman ang nagdirek nito. halloween special siya so you know what to expect.

sayang lang at di ko na-achieve dito ang dream sequence/shot ko na hallway mirror effect na nasa CONTACT (that scene na bata pa si ellie at tumatakbo sya sa hallway only to reveal na reflection sa mirror ito all along, thanks to ingenious cgi fx).

well, next time.

again, dedma sa oras sa pix. 9.30am na po ito ng umaga, sabado, kapuso network.


Airing on October 25, 2008

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.


At the Institute of Plant Breeding in UP Los Baños, Gabby discovers one important thing about his favorite squash: IT’S NOT A VEGETABLE, BUT A FRUIT! In his visit to the farm, he also learns more about the different kinds of squash and finds out that mouth-watering desserts could be prepared by just using this fleshy fruit. He gets to taste squash-flavored Pinoy sweets like maha blanca and kutsinta!

Gabby also learns how to make his own Jack-o-Lantern with the help of Mr. Rex Puentespina, using gigantic squash specially cultivated for this purpose. Jack-O-Lanterns are believed to repel bad spirits through the light it emits. Gabby tests his creative skills with Kuya Rex and carves out one big Jack-O- Lantern from a very plump pumpkin!

Halloween preparations

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without scary masks! To make her Halloween experience really scary, Ate Love Añover visits the studio of prosthetics expert Adrian Batoctoy and tries out his masks and prosthetic make-ups! With Kuya Adrian’s expertise, Love transforms herself into a terrifying zombie!

What is Halloween without the yummy Halloween food? With the help of Chef Mia Yan, host Bea Binene prepares cute Halloween treats like caramel apples, devilish eggs, and skull chocolate lollipops! They may look scary, but they’re definitely yummy!

LDFG vs. Evil Reflection

As the LD Force’s powers grow stronger, Raijin the Lord of Lightning continues to find ways to destroy them! This time, his evil spirit minion possesses an old mirror, and anyone who uses this evil mirror will be attacked by his own evil reflection!

What happens to the Guardians if Bea, Jacob, and Gabby are victimized by this evil mirror? Will Love be able to save them from the attacks of their own evil reflection? Find out this Saturday in Lovely Day Force of the Guardians, now airing at 9:30 in the morning on GMA-7.


Sa Institute of Plant Breeding sa UP Los Baños, isang bagay ang matutuklasan ni Gabby tungkol sa kalabasa: isa pala itong… PRUTAS! Dito, makikita rin niya ang iba’t ibang uri ng kalabasa at ang mga katakam-takam na desserts na puwedeng gawin gamit ito, tulad ng maja blanca at kutsinta! Pero hindi lang pala pampalinaw ng mata ang kalabasa, dahil ang masarap na prutas, in na in din palang dekorasyon tuwing Halloween!

Kasama si Kuya Rex Puentespina, gagawa si Gabby ng kauna-unahan niyang Jack-O-Lantern! Gawa sa inukit na kalabasa at kandila, pinaniniwalaang proteksyon daw laban sa masasamang epsiritu ang ilaw mula sa mga Jack-O-Lantern. Cute kaya o nakakatakot ang gagawing Jack-O-Lantern ni Gabby?

Halloween preparations

Hindi lang mga nakakatakot na Halloween décor ang nagpapasaya at nagbibigay kulay tuwing Halloween, kundi pati mga maskara rin! Expert diyan si Kuya Adrian Batoctoy kaya naman bibisitahin siya ni Ate Love para makita ang mga gawa niyang maskara at prosthetic make-up. Sa tulong ng prosthetic expertise ni Kuya Adrian, si Ate Love, magiging isang zombie!

Pero ano ang Halloween party kung wala ang mga cute at masasarap na Halloween food? Ituturo ni Chef Mia Yan kay Bea kung paano gumawa ng caramel apple, devilish eggs, at skull chocolate lollipops na talaga naming magdadagdag ng kabusugan sa nakakatakot na kasiyahan!

LDFG vs. Evil Reflection

Ngayong panahon ng Todos Los Santos, gagamitin ni Raijin ang kanyang kapangyarihan para manakot at talunin ang Force of the Guardians! Isang lumang salamin ang sasapian ng alagad niyang masamang espiritu, at mabibiktima ng salaming ito ang sinumang haharap ditto dahil sa kanilang mga “evil reflection!"

Ano ang mangyayari kung mismong ang LD Force ang magiging biktima at aatakihin ng mga Evil Reflection nila? Paano sila sasagipin ni Ate Love kung lahat ng galaw nila’y tatapatan ng kanilang evil reflection? Abangan sa Lovely Day Force of the Guardians, ngayong Sabado, 9:30 ng umaga sa GMA-7.

ang saya-saya!


it's just funny how i am tasked to direct horror-focused episodes when in fact, i hate watching horror stuff, especially movies. my boss anne was able to articulate why earlier, during the shiftees exam chitchat we had. interesting ang theory niya. pag over-the-top horror daw, i can handle it because i know it's detached from reality ek, pero pag medyo psychological ang effect, di ko daw keri kasi it sticks in my psyche or something like that. i revealed kasi how i hate scary movies pero my favorite holiday is the american halloween. weird.

but i guess that's why i'm kinda effective as a horror director. i know how it is to get scared, and i know what scares the bejeezus out of peeps, so i know how to execute "scary." well, that's my theory. or see the ratings na lang ng eps na nadidirek ko heheh (uy, nagre-rate siya! or at least, lampaso kalaban pag horror-horror heheh).

pero kung horror lang naman, horror nga yung book cover ng anthology hahaha! malay ko bang gagamitin nila yung picture! shyet. zoom in on the righthand bottom corner to see what i'm talking about.


i've half a mind not to promote the anthology, and the other half contemplates on posting the actual essay included in the book here in this blog, para wag na kayong bumili ng book hehe. this is the longer version of that inquirer article which came out last february.

yahyahyahyahyah. wotevah.

ano sa tingin niyo?

madali akong kausap.

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