October 2019

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BOOKLATAN: Roel’s Bookshop Anniversary

October 5, 2019, 11 AM to 11 PM, Roel’s Bookshop, 176 Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village, Diliman, Quezon City


PAGLULUNSAD: “Talinghaga ng Lupa”

October 12, 2019, 3 PM, Session Room, Commission on Human Rights, Diliman, Quezon City

Bilang pakikiisa sa #OctoberPeasantMonth at #WorldRuralWomensDay, iniimbitahan namin ang lahat na dumalo sa paglulunsad ng “Talinghaga ng Lupa,” isang antolohiya ng mga tula ng, para, at ukol sa kababaihang magbubukid, ngayong Sabado, Oktubre 12, sa Session Hall ng Commission on Human Rights office sa Diliman, Quezon City.

Tampok sa antolohiyang binuo ng Gantala Press at Amihan Women ang mga tulang isinulat mismo ng mga magsasaka, lider-magsasaka, at peasant advocates, upang bigyang boses ang kababaihang magbubukid, na madalas ay kulang ang representasyon sa mga produktong kultural.

Ito ay sa kabila ng katotohanang nasa frontlines ng mga epekto ng macho-pyudal at mala-pyudal na pananamantala ang kababaihang magbubukid. Halimbawa na lang dito ang mas mababang bayad na nakukuha nila sa trabahong pantay lamang naman sa ginagawa ng kalalakihan sa bukid.

Hindi rin ligtas ang mga babae sa nayon sa extrajudicial killings at iba pang paglabag sa karapatang pantaong bunsod ng gyerang walang sinisino-sino ni Duterte. Sa mahigit 200 biktimang magsasaka ng EJK, 31 sa kanila ay kababaihang magbubukid, 29 ay matatanda, 8 ay mag-asawang magsasaka, at 9 naman ay menor de edad.

Bukod pa ito sa mga pang-aabuso, pambabastos, pananakot, at rape na dala ng lumalalang militarisasyon sa kanayunan na nasa ilalim naman ng mga polisiya ng rehimeng Duterte tulad ng Memorandum Order no. 32, Oplan Sauron, at Oplan Kapanatagan.

Bilang mga lola, nanay, anak, at miyembro ng kani-kanilang mga pamilya, labis ding apektado ang kababaihang magbubukid sa pagbagsak ng presyo ng palay sa Rice Liberalization Act, na hindi lang nagbabaon sa kanila sa utang kundi unti-unti ring kumikitil sa kanilang tanging kabuhayan.

At bagama’t tuloy ang panunupil ng pasistang rehimen, patuloy rin ang laban ng kababaihang magbubukid, bagay na ipinagpupugayan ng ilulunsad na antolohiya.

Pasasalamat rin sa Makô para sa disenyo ng libro at poster. Event page.

#FreeLandDistributionNow
#StopMilitarizationNow
#JunkRiceLiberalization
#AbanteBabaePalabanMilitante


October Komiket 2019

October 12-13, 2019, 9 AM to 7 PM, Centris Elements, Quezon City

Booth shared with Philippine High School for the Arts


Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

October 16-20, 2019, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany

From the website:

“Once a year Frankfurter Buchmesse turns into the world capital of ideas. It is the most important international trading venue for content of all kinds – from novels and children’s books to scientific databases. Here, experts from global publishing meet partners from the technology industry and related creative industries such as film and games, from where new cooperations and business models take their course. At the same time, the fair is a major cultural event: around 7 500 exhibitors from over 100 countries, more than 285 000 visitors, over 4 000 events, around 10 000 journalists and bloggers make Frankfurter Buchmesse the world’s largest trade fair for publishing every year – and Frankfurt, the metropolis on the Main, the centre of the international media world.

“Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, based in Frankfurt am Main, is the organisation behind Frankfurter Buchmesse. It is a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association.”

Gantala Press is part of this year’s Invitation Programme for Publishers from Countries with developing Book Industries. As exhibitor at the Philippine Booth, Gantala Press will also join the panel discussion, “Women Writers in Southeast Asia” organized by Rex Group of Companies and featuring Chuah Guat Eng, Lai Chu Hon, Feby Indirani, and Claudia Kaiser.


Philippine Studies Series Berlin: “Feminist Publishing” Talk & Zine-making Workshop

October 26, 2019, 2 PM, Hopscotch Reading Room, Kurfürstenstr. 14 (im Innenhof), 10785 Berlin, Germany

The Philippine Studies Series Berlin at the Humboldt University Berlin-Institute of Asian and African Studies (HU-IAAW) invites you to Feminist Publishing: Talk & Zine-making Workshop by Faye Cura (Gantala Press).

In this talk, Faye Cura will share how they established Gantala Press, a Filipina feminist literary collective/feminist small press in the Philippines. Formed in 2015, Gantala Press recognizes the systemic discrimination, oppression, and abuse of women. They work with women farmers, workers, and professionals in documenting and exposing these conditions. They have published various literary anthologies, komix, cookbooks, poetry, and recently, collections of life writings by peasant women in Cavite and union workers in Compostela Valley. They facilitate lectures and workshops on writing, zine-making, and women’s issues, and organize a yearly all-women small press fair with the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Their publications, activities, and writings are documented at gantalapress.org.

The talk will be followed by a zine-making workshop. If you want to participate, please bring your own materials: coupon bond, colored paper, any old paper materials, scissors, glue, markers, pens, etc.

FAYE CURA is a co-founder and publisher of Gantala Press. Her poetry collections are PAHILAGA (2001), HALAW (2012), and BRUHA (2018). Her poetry and essays can be found in various anthologies in print and online. A former curator of History in a private library, she was Asian Cultural Council fellow for Museum Studies in 2018 and fellow for History Curation at the National Museum for Korean Contemporary History in 2015.

The Philippine Studies Series Berlin is a platform for lectures, discussions, and art and film events regarding the Philippines, Filipina/o/x, and the diaspora. Formed in December 2014, it aims to promote Philippine and Filipina/o/x studies in Berlin and Germany and open spaces for dialogue. It is now part of the HU Department for Southeast Asian Studies. For more info, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineStudiesSeriesBerlin/


Food. Farming. Freedom

October 26, 2019, 8 AM to 5 PM, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

A conference that seeks to raise the critical issues surrounding our food system and help strengthen the food and farming connection, with workshops to help strengthen consumer awareness and action and protect our food freedom. Get the chance to enjoy the diversity of organic produce in showcase dishes that will be served at the conference, a direct collaboration between chefs and farmers.

Regular Ticket: P1,200*
Early Bird Rate: P1,000*

* Fee covers plant-based lunch and two snacks

Limited seats so make sure to reserve yours via https://foodfarmingfreedom2019.eventbrite.com