Firsts: March Poetry Reading at La Belle Aurore


The Nomads March poetry reading is all about firsts. Share your first love, first heartbreak, first man, or first woman, or first bromance, first kiss, first tooth, first iPod, first Dior, first ukay-ukay, or whatever first you may have through poems, spoken words, stories, rants, and everything else. And yes, it will also be the launching of The Nomads Quarterly’s maiden issue.

Wrong gramming. Regardless, see you, guys!


Lovebug/Labhag at La Belle Aurore

I got back from my holiday to a frenzy of activities – a funeral, work-related presentations, and a poetry reading. I attended the Lovebug/Labhag event at La Belle Aurore last Saturday and it was so much fun.

Here are some photos:

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Chai Fonacier was fantastic. IMG_20130209_203831
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It was an open-mic event so anyone who had love notes, poems and scribbles to share was free to read their pieces in front of every body. I would’ve wanted to read a poem (not necessarily mine) but I slept the entire afternoon and wasn’t ready. I will read something this year though.

The spoken word is truly beautiful and I’m glad we have an outlet to share and enjoy performance poetry (or just plain poetry reading) in my city and every month! Thank you, JB for hosting this and The Nomads for organizing.

See you next month!

February: Books, Coffee, Charchar, Anime, and Caves

I’ll be on my way to Manila and Baguio in a few hours and won’t be back ’til days later. It’s February 2013 tomorrow (!!!), which is crazy since it feels like I just spent the New Year a few days ago. Regardless, I think February’s going to be a great month.

I’m still in the middle of The Wise Man’s Fear and when I finish it, I don’t know what to read next. Well, I always don’t know what to read next anyway (I just pick up what feels right at the moment), so I’m really hoping I won’t finish this during the vacation because I’d be restless with the limited book choices I have in my Kindle. We’ll see!!

As early as last week, I already have all my weekends booked. So many events to look forward to, here’s some of them:

February 2-3, 2013: Personal holiday in the North. It’s my mom’s birthday, and my boyfriend’s a few days later and we decided to spend some time in Manila, mostly to go shopping for toys. We don’t want to spend a hefty airfare just to shop though (we’re poor cats), so we decided to squeeze in a couple of days in Baguio too. I have a friend who’s based in that cold city and is willing to drive us around. Another friend also volunteered to check on my cats while we’re gone (we scheduled the trip way before the adoption), and we are sooooo grateful for this… sacrifice.

February 9, 2013: La Belle Aurore is serving coffee all Saturdays of February! My favorite bookshop in Cebu City is teaming up with Boots Coffee Bar to serve “exotic and specialty single origin coffee brewed in different manual methods.” They’ll be serving Kape di Mutit (aka Kopi Luwak, Civet Cat Coffee), and I’m excited to finally try it.

Here’s the sched:

Feb 2 & 9 in Junquera:
Ethiopian Sidamo
El Salvador
Kalinga Brew
Kape di Mutit (aka Kopi Luwak, Civet Cat Coffee)

Feb 16 & 23 in H. Cortes:
Kenya AA Karumandi/ Kichwa Tembo
Costa Rica Monte Paso Microlot
Kalinga Brew
Kape di Mutit (aka Kopi Luwak, Civet Cat Coffee)

Brewing Methods and Price:
V60 Pour Over:
Specialty Single Origin . . . . . P85
Kalinga Brew Blend . . . . . . . .P65
Kape di Mutit . . . . . . . . . . . P120

French Press:
Specialty Single Origin . . . . . P75
Kalinga Brew Blend . . . . . . . .P55
Kape di Mutit . . . . . . . . . . . P110

Vietnamese Phin:
Specialty Single Origin . . . . . P70
Kalinga Brew Blend . . . . . . . .P50
Kape di Mutit . . . . . . . . . . . P100

Please do drop by. If you like coffee, this is going to be exciting. If you don’t, there will be books. Coffee will be served from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., I think. Check out the FB event page here.

Also on February 9, 7:30 P.M. is a Valentines/Char-char Event also at La Belle Aurore. It’s called Lovebug / Labhag. It’s not easy explaining the bisaya humor in this, but I found the event name very amusing.
Please do join us at the FB event page here. We’ve been sharing our favorite love poems and other char-char notes there. It’s a hoot.

February 16, 2013: UP Otakufest VI: A History of Magic! This is a yearly gathering of anime cosplayers and enthusiasts to… have fun. I shared last year’s event with some guys I play D&D with. It’s always fun and I get to see the guys from school again. My boyfriend’s band is performing too (as they always do, every year).


I usually go there just to hang out, since I’ve drifted apart from the whole anime culture (which I used to be obsessed with, BTW). I still enjoy seeing kids in costumes though.

February 23, 2013: We’re possibly going on an outdoor adventure trip in Danasan. I’m not really the outdoorsy type but I love spelunking and there are cave tours offered in some of their adventure packages. This activity is still too far out though so things could change.

I’m sorry for blabbering. I’m waiting for time to pass so I can get out of here and go straight to the airport.

La Belle Aurore >> Home is a Fable by Larry Ypil and Nikay Paredes

Cebuano writers, Lawrence Ypil and Nikay Paredes, read new poems and talk about writing about home away from Cebu.

This poetry reading was held at the beautiful La Belle Aurore (Junquera branch) on January 11, 2013. I missed this since it coincided with an out-of-town holiday I planned several weeks before so I’m awfully glad they have a video of the event.

Lawrence Ypil is the author of The Highest Hiding Place. He is a Palanca Awardee and received an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis under a Fulbright Scholarship. He is now with University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.

Nikay Paredes is a second year MFA candidate in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Her poems have appeared in The Electronic Monsoon Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Tuesday; An Art Project.

I knew about Nikay and Larry through a Creative Writing Workshop I attended with them (Larry was a panelist, and Nikay was a fellow) in my college a few years back. They are wonderful writers and I look up to them a whole lot. I especially loved hearing Nikay’s voice reading poems – she sounds so sweet, and her poems and Larry’s are always wonderful. 🙂

Here’s part 2:

Erik Tuban made the event poster, and Jessica McYorker performed.

Videos were by Kate Aguirre Go and Karwin Go. Thank you!