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On The Other Side // A Katipunan Adventure

This month (September) has dragged on for what feels like forever. I feel a little bit unnerved because I still have so many things to write, read, and review/film for my channel–this whole month has felt like something’s gotta give and yet nothing has so here I am. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Katipunan with the rest of Plural to attend/panel at a talk hosted by Kritika Kultura. The main speakers were Erika and Carlo (the founding members of the journal), but we went for the Q&A portion as well as the provision of moral support. Being Taft-grown and hardened by the ever-present threat of being run over, heading over to rival territory is always both disorienting and refreshing. All those trees, all that space, all the everything. We made a little trip to the press bookshop (yeah, so that no book buying ban has pretty much been done away with all together) and then headed on over to the Rizal Library for the talk proper.

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I was (very pleasantly) surprised at the turn out: everyone was super participative (not to say that my experience has been otherwise, but you never know with more academic settings), and I was super proud of how Erika and Carlo discussed all of the points re: Plural’s response to the lack of a go-to place for prose in Philippine letters. All-in-all, a great day.

After the talk, I hung out with some friends of mine who attended the talk (hey, Raine and Free) over at UP Town Center. I had Mad Mark’s and Rita’s for the first time. Hot damn, that stuff is delicious–although to be honest, I did find Rita’s to get a little bit overwhelming after a while. The day ended with us all giggly, and worn out, driving down EDSA watching the lights flicker by: not bad at all.

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EM Zine Issue 4!

EM Zine Launch poster by Trizha Ko

Earlier this year, I remember mentioning that we were working on EM Zine Issue 4–and here it is. This is the first ever event we’re having for EM and it’s going to be exciting to see how this’ll go. The launch is going to be on March 22nd (Saturday), at Exile On Main Street, Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila (across from Taft Avenue, near DLSU). Details are on the poster above–you can also head to the Facebook event page to see more.

I think that this is definitely the swankiest EM Zine in terms of layout (although the first one took the cake for binding).

As for my work that’s in here–I’m a little bit nervous about it. Stories For Other People, Part 1 is included along with two other works entitled Recipes For Fear and Air Hunger. For now, I’m good with this decision to publish a “bulk project” like the installment of Stories For Other People but I get the feeling I’ll change my mind about that eventually. We shall see!

Also featured in the issue are comics by FFY, artwork by Trizha Ko along with stories by Noel Villa and poems by Ronaldo Recto.

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First look at Issue 4! Cover by Trizha Ko