Coming Home to the Island: Poems wins National Book Award for Best Book of Poetry in English

Coming Home to the Island: Poems” by Arlene J. Yandug has won the 41st Philippine Literary Arts Council Prize for Best Book of Poetry in English. The author expressed her delight with the citation, but likewise some trepidation moving forward to her next book, given her duties as Chief Editor of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan’s …

Mindanao author relates life journey in latest book

Bookends by Nikki Rivera Gomez When I read a recent social media post announcing the imminent launch of the fourth book by Nikki Rivera-Gomez, a good friend from way back during my days as a development employee for the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor (CIC) Special Development Project, I excitedly volunteered to publish his story on …

Cine de Oro Film Festival 4 opens Dec. 15 at Limketkai Cinema

In a bold initiative to foster local filmmaking and kindle a newfound appreciation for diverse cinematic narratives, Cagayan de Oro City is set to host the fourth edition of Cine de Oro Film Festival from December 15 to 17 at Karumata and Limektkai Mall. Initiated by a passionate group of filmmakers from Cagayan de Oro, the Cine …

PCC honors The Outstanding Pilgrimians 2023 on 75th Diamond Foundation Anniversary

Pilgrim Christian College (PCC) honored 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐢𝐥𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 (𝐓𝐎𝐏) 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 on the occasion of the school’s 75th Diamond Foundation Anniversary. The Awarding Ceremony was held Friday, November 24, 2023 at the PCC Auditorium. The Outstanding Pilgrimians (TOP) 2023 are the following: Dr. Fausto S. Abella (Coll’09/PE’23) for Business Education; Rev. Cleto P. Bacarro, Jr. (HS’84) for Religious Vocation; Eiko Hazel Acuña-Belsky (HS’73) for Global Filipino Professional; Hon. Vergito …

Introducing the Amazing Men & Women of Cagayan de Oro City

Here, at long last, is a primer for the younger generation of Kagay-anons, as well as those of us, getting up in years, who could be a tad wiser after going through this book, about who those pioneers who made our city were. Gwendolyn Ramos Garcia relates how she came up with the idea for “The Amazing …

City Council honors Liceo Music Conservatory Professors

The Cagayan de Oro City Council honored two music professors of the Liceo de Cagayan Conservatory of Music, Theatre and Dance on November 22, 2023 with commendation for their outstanding achievements in classical music which placed Cagayan de Oro in the World Music Map. Resolution No. 14729-2023 in the 20th City Council (Sangguniang Panlungsod) of Cagayan …

First Kagay-anon Full-Length Film in decades garners multiple awards in FACINE 30

The first Kagay-anon full-length film written, produced, and directed by Kagay-anons in decades has garnered multiple awards in a prestigious film festival in the USA. In an online post dated November 15, 2023, San Francisco,  The Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE) which concluded its 30th year last Sunday, November 12, announced its tiered citations – Gold, …

XU Press Poetry Anthology nominated as finalist in two prestigious national book awards

An anthology of poems by Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Department of English Language and Literature Faculty Member Dr. Arlene J. Yandug has been nominated as a finalist in two prestigious national book awards. “Coming Home to the Island: poems” has been selected as one of five finalists in both the Best Book of Poetry in English category by the 41st National Book …

Zamboangueño Filmmaker competes in 36th Tokyo Int’l Film Festival

The Gospel of the Beast of award-winning director Sheron Dayoc from Zamboanga City, Philippines, is competing at this year’s 36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) from October 23-November 1, 2023. The Tokyo International Film Festival is a film festival established in 1985. The event was held biennially from 1985 to 1991 and annually thereafter. According to FIAPF statistics, it is one of Asia’s competitive film festivals, …

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 A𝒓𝒕 : 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑾𝒂𝒓 M𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒈𝒆

A professional lecturer at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines-Diliman has adopted an interesting tack in historiography through the art of two Japanese soldiers stationed in the Philippines during World War II. 𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐥 Ian 𝐔𝐲 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐚’s lecture  The Afterlives of Art: Problematizing the Anti-War Message proposes the creation of a space …