Alma Anonas-Carpio

10 posts

Filipinos as artists in lockdown

The humanities—what we call “the arts”—are sorely needed at this time. The necessary isolation, for all that it is good for public health, has been terrible for mental health—and this is something that the arts can and does help soothe the nation’s collective psyche back to bearable thresholds.

Indie irreverence & romance

Curling up with a good paper book is a pleasure one must never, ever underestimate. Me, I’m meeting the happy holidays with indie books by two of my favorite authors (who also happen to be two of my favorite people): Joel Pablo Salud’s Okay, Boomer and Che Sarigumba’s Sana Kahit Minsan, A Love Story—both titles printed by Rebo Press.

Fighting for freedom: PEN amid protests

The past four weeks have seen protests erupt around the world: In South America, in Asia, and the Middle East. When the 85th PEN International Congress opened at he Culture Center in Manila, Hong Kong was in upheaval with protests that have yet to abate—and PEN Hong Kong’s president, Tammy Ho-Lai Ming issued that PEN Centre’s statement of censure against the shooting of a protester with live bullets at the Free the Word poetry reading mounted by the International PEN.

Dark mythos from the Kingdom of Tundo

Genetic memories always surface, and in unexpected ways. In literature, those memories express themselves best through fantastic tales and stories of myth and lore, because it is when the imagination is given free rein that nothing is impossible.

Pinoy sci-fi with mythos: The Merovingian

There will always be a soft spot in my heart for indie authors—they who choose to take on all the work a publishing house would otherwise take on, just to get their work out into a world of readers who can choose to buy their books or leave them. It takes a special kind of chutzpah to do something like that.