the other members of my panel were lao australian writer and editor sumana viravong, vietnamese australian musician and literary artist ngoc-tuan hoang, and filipina australian poet and playwright noonee doronila. later, eminent filipino poet and former u.p. mindanao chancellor ricardo de ungria drew comparisons and contrasts from his experiences as a creative writer, academic and cultural administrator affiliated with the literary arts committee of the philippine national commission for culture and the arts (ncca).
it was a grueling week. i had to attend festival sessions, meetings with artists, scholars, and cultural administrators, prepare tremendously for my presentation. fortunately, gigi grande, australia news bureau chief of abs-cbn global (my student in communication 1 and 2 at u.p. diliman some years back), was there to document my trip when my digital camera malfunctioned. despite her busy schedule (e.g., covering the philippine president's trip to australia), gigi took me from one festival location to another. she also treated me to meals, high tea and coffee. on my last day, she woke up so early and drove for me from north sydney all the way to the airport. she is angel gigi talaga.
i was very tired but happy when i returned to manila. i can only hope that more filipino writers will be given similar opportunities to take an active part during the annual writers' festival in sydney.
jose wendell capili on ramsay street (haberfield, greater sydney) by gigi grande
with filipino australian artists robert nery, deborah ruiz wall and noonee doronila
reading the highlights of my paper on southeast asian diaspora writers in australia and the consequence of community-based initiatives
with tuan, noonee and ricky
with tuan and noonee
ricky and sumana
with core group members of the a.n.u. philippine studies group
being interviewed by ala paredes for abs-cbn's balitang australia
being interviewed by ronald manila for sbs australia
my fourth book
at the 2007 sydney writers festival
the crowd in liverpool
with gigi grande, australia news bureau chief of abs cbn global before my departure for manila in sydney's kingsford smith airport
anzac bridge, sydney
central station, sydney
scenes from the sydney writers' festival session at the liverpool regional museum
(photos credits: gigi grande)
Global Film Initiative buys US rights to The Bet Collector (Jeffrey Jeturian's Kubrador)
Global Film Initiative has taken all US rights to award-winning Filipino drama The Bet Collector (Kubrador).
January 2008 MoMA (New York) Premiere for Kubrador
KUBRADOR/THE BET COLLECTOR will be showcased as part of Global Film Initiative's Global Lens 2008 series, which will premiere in January 2008 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and screen in up to thirty cities across the United States before going into general theatrical and home video distribution via First Run Features. Traditionally, Global Lens receives good press for the series. KUBRADOR/THE BET COLLECTOR is set to gain further significant attention, as it is one of only two possible films from
My previous entries on Jeffrey Jeturian's Kubrador are all here.