Niño Manaog

Niño Manaog obtained Bachelor of Arts, major in Literature at the Ateneo de Naga in 1996. In his senior year, he edited The Pillars, the college school paper. In 1998, he was named fellow for poetry in English at the 4th Heights Writers Workshop by the Ateneo de Manila University’s Department of English. His poetry appeared in anthologies published by the De la Salle University, Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. In 2005, he settled in Iloilo City and edited The Guardian, a daily newspaper with national circulation. Currently he edits The Capiz Times, a weekly newspaper based in Roxas City.

My Uncle’s Metaphor
Sep 08, 2020

Years ago, I chanced to talk with the late Uncle Badong during a Christmas reunion in the family’s dakulang harong (big house) in our libod (backyard). I was then returning from Iloilo, working for a UP-based consortium churning out profitable researches and advocating the welfare of the local farmers and fisher-folk. At the time, I […]

Feel N’yo Rin Ba ang Feel Ko?
Sep 01, 2020

An minasunod iyo an Bikol translation kan artikulo ni Edalyn Acta sa “Mangape Ta” sa isyu man sanang ini: Dai ko na daw maintindihan an namamatean ko. Kun magluwas kita sa harong ta, ano an naghahahalat sato? Kun naglalakaw na kita sa luwas, ano an masasabatan ta? Covid? Disgrasya? Kalamidad? Poon Agosto 15, kan pig-“mando” […]

‘Far from the Madding Crowd’
May 10, 2020

‘Far from the Madding Crowd’   Rummaging through my files during these lockdown days recently, I realized how isolation—and solitude permeated my works in verse through the years.   Looking at these Bikol rawitdawit (poem) which I penned in various instances and in the midst of different circumstances and apprehensions, I am amazed by how […]

‘Isolation Is Just Good for Me’
May 05, 2020

Did you know that the “ipis” or “kuratsa” are a favorite subject of artists? In the novella Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka, the protagonist Gregor Samsa finds himself one morning transformed into a “gigantic insect”—which could have been this—a cockroach. Based on a formalist reading, this irresistibly magnetic work—owing to the character’s transformation into “something outside […]

Blog in the Time of Corona
Apr 15, 2020

  Nowadays, it is very, very Lilybeth Rasonable to Nikki Paniki and Luz Valdez our confetti: to overprice Rick Price or hoard the Golden Goose, or Granny Goose or the 3,000 pairs of shoes—even those we don’t really, really Ned Kelly. These days, it is very Philippine Normal—to take the SM Advantage Card from D’ […]