Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tanikala at Talinhaga (Chained Metaphors)

"Tanikala at Talinhaga" (Chained Metaphors) is a documentary on artist-political prisoners in the Philippines: National Democratic Front peace consultant Alan Jazmines, a poet and visual artist; activist poet-songwriter Ericson Acosta, and film student Maricon Montajes.

This clip features the segment on poet Ericson Acosta.

There are more than 400 political prisoners in the Philippines today. For more information, please visit


Read this Yahoo! article on Ericson Acosta -- "My grandson Emmanuel watched a film on national hero 'Jose Rizal'. I knew there are some questions lurking in his mind: what was Rizal writing  and why was he in jail? Why was he shot and what was his crime?"

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nov 15 Day of the Imprisoned Writer Forum at UP Manila

 Dear Friends,
The Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) Writers in Prison Committee is hosting a writers’ forum and gathering this coming November 15 to mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer. This activity will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon at the University of the Philippines – Manila, College of Arts and Sciences Little Theater, Padre Faura, Manila.
The November 15 Day of the Imprisoned Writer  is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information.

PEN Centers all over the world will highlight cases of imprisoned writers, including that of Filipino poet Ericson Acosta, who has been in detention in a Samar jail for more than a year now. Prominent writers, their institutions, unions and organizations from all other the country, have likewise pledged to participate in the November 15 activities and actions.  

In this light, we invite you and your organization to join us in the writers’ forum. We hope that you can share your thoughts on freedom of expression and human rights with our literary community on this very important day.   

For details and inquiries, please contact Prof. Rommel Rodriguez (Ph.D.) at 09154832742.

National Chair, Philippine Center of the International PEN
National Artist for Literature