Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pictures from Poetry Night

Poetry Night was a success! We had a turnout of over a dozen readers -- including Aida Rivera-Ford -- and an audience of around 60. It was nailbiting approach to 8 pm, with only a few familiar faces at first; but when the appointed time came around, people started pouring in.

So, yeah, that's me reading one of my poems. (Thanks to Chi for taking the photo.) More pictures follow.

Getting warmed up for the event. That's Jhoanna, our emcee for the evening, in the pretty dress. We were doing things on the fly, not really sure of who was reading until we started. And even then, a few more surprise volunteers turned up.

Jhoanna kicking things off.

Dr. Mac Tiu introducing the Davao Writers Guild. Though the guild has had reading activities before, all those were done in schools. This is the first public reading, apparently, in Davao.

Marvin reading his poem. He almost declined, having forgotten his piece. Good thing someone brought the Ateneo literary folio where his work was published.

My buddies from my book circle, Aicha and Julienne. Thanks for coming, guys!

Karla's turn at the mike, talking about Sitting Beside Handsome.

Nurse, writer, journalist Ness Doctor. (Yes, that is her family name.)

Gregg Galgo, from USEP, ruminating on Samal. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Gregg face-to-face on Poetry Night. Previously all our communications had been via email.

Koi, adding a touch of mysticism to solitaire.

Chi, with an on-the-spot poem, dedicated to Jhoanna.

Macky, with a very deep Filipino poem.

Sheila, exploring the topics of sex and death.

A quick shot of the audience.

Jhoanna's turn at the mike, reading from her Palanca-winning entry, Sapay Koma.

Yas ponders the Answer to Life.

DWG president Ric de Ungria wraps up the evening.

Thanks to all who came, and thanks to Wings and Wedges for letting us use the place. Sa uulitin!


  1. huhuhuhu...i wasnt able to come because my mom didn't allow time, i'll be a rebel...

  2. kaingeeet kayo...

    wow, so that's jhoanna, the author of Sapay Koma, tell her i'm a fan.

    and Ness Doctor, abi nako ako to, hahaha! we did have a teacher in med school named Dr. Victor Doctor.

    an audience of around 60! that's quite a lot of poetry appreciators. maayo. maayo.

    best wishes to you all.

  3. wow! congratulations! my apologies for not attending. emergency meeting with my boss again came up. anyhow, I'll try to be present next time.

  4. hello doms!

    you're welcome :)

    i hope there will be more next time. ug unta taas taas na ang oras kay bitin. i'll work on the UP pips. they should got down fromt the boondocks hehehe

  5. "get" down, i mean. anyway, i linked you.

  6. @Abee: Next time, bring your Mom along.

    @Ness: Ha ha, I was so hot for this event kay na-ibog ko sa mga happenings dinha sa Dumaguete.

    @Andy: I'll hold you to that.

    @Chi: And you, too. ;-)

    Thanks all!

  7. maybe i should start paying attention in creative writing class. :)

  8. ok...more powers to all of u!go savant!hehe

  9. i had a lot of fun. hehe! sa uulitin! =)

  10. hey! thanks for the link!
    i linked you in my other blog
    because there's no link widget in the design template im using for my two other blogs.

    by the way, blogged about my experience that night in my juju blog. longest blog entry yet. :)

  11. Hi DOMMM!

    I really enjoyed that night. I was particularly floored when I saw Ms. Aida Rivera Ford, we used to discuss several of her short stories in Literature back when I was a freshman!