First Multicultural Media Awards for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia

We thank you, our members and readers, for your support to emanila websites.

After more than a month since our publisher, Romy Cayabyab, became the winner of the First Multicultural Media Awards for Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia, congratulatory greetings still continue. (Thank you.)

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs had also kindly given the Awards coverage to inform our kababayans in the Philippines and other countries. Philipine news service providers including online publications of Inquirer, PhilStar, ABS-CBN and GMA News had covered the event.

If this is the first that you visited us, you may go to this page to know more about the Awards including coverage by the New South Wales Parliament in their proceedings.

Writers Group members resources

We have recently started a series of tutorials on Facebook and other social media “best practices”. To date, we have written topics including “Aren’t you going mobile yet?”, “Can I know who is viewing my timeline?, No, says Facebook.”, “How to untag your name on Facebook”, “How to prevent your profile from being displayed with a Facebook sponsored ad”, and “When your email account is compromised, do you leave your friends out in the cold?”

These articles including those that provide tips and techniques in effective writing are available FREE at the personal site of emanila’s publisher.

To download the articles, please click here.

Appreciating the art of poetry

By Nicanor Tiosen *

A poet works with five elements – thought, mood, imagery, melody, and rhythm.

You can enjoy a poem without paying attention to the way the poet blend these elements, but you can gain additional pleasure from developing awareness of them.

Thought. If you find yourself a bit lazy about just what the poet is saying, practice the mental discipline of writing a one-sentence summary of the central thought. Reducing a thought from its sparking expression in poetry to a simple statement in everyday language may destroy much of its beauty or force, but the process will give you a clear understanding of the thought so that the poet’s own words will mean more to you.

Mood. Every poem has a mood, an emotional tone, or perhaps a series of changing moods. Mood is closely related to thought, but a bare idea alone seldom carries the strong emotional effect that the harmonious blending of images, rhythm, and even single words can achieve. When a poet tells you that “The dead leaves were varnished with color like blood,” you know that she is not preparing to sing the glories of autumn. You feel the autumn chill in the air, but it is menacing, not exhilarating. A light, dancing rhythm will never lead you into somber thoughts of death. You can even look over a poem and pick-out individual words that carry a definite suggestion of mood, by their sound as well as by their connotation. Look for such mood-building details until you have the habit of noticing them at first reading.

Imagery. Imagery is the special power of reporting sensory impressions so that they are carried vividly into the mind of the reader. Figurative language is often used to serve this end, as when one poet says that woods in autumn “ache and sag and all cry with color!” But much of the finest imagery, like the two lines quoted earlier about the rain and fire, uses simple words literally. The magic is in the choice and the combination.

Melody. The melody of poetry, like other forms of music, is created by harmonious repetition of sounds in a rhythmical pattern. Rhyme, the repetition of end-sounds of words at fixed intervals, has long been familiar to you. It is the first characteristic of poetry that small children notice. Alliteration, the repetition of initial sounds, is carried to ridiculous extremes in nursery rhymes like “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” but it is less obvious and more graceful as it is in real poetry:

the freshened, fragment breeze
From drenched and dripping apple trees.

Rhythm. Rhythm is created by the pattern of light and heavy syllables in the line, the alteration of one or several unaccented syllables with the accented ones. The more light syllables between accents, the faster the line seems to run. A poet takes advantage of this means of varying the rhythm of his lines to fit his thought or his mood.

Source: Even If It Takes a Lifetime (101 Heartwarming Poems)

Nicanor Tiosen, one of emanilapoetry’s first contributors, is the author of Even If It Takes a Lifetime (101 Heartwarming Poems), New Era University Press, 1999. The title of the book was taken from the title of Nick’s poem “Even If It Takes a Lifetime” which won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 1997 North American Amateur Open Poetry Contest sponsored by the National Library of Poetry based at Owing Mills, Maryland, USA.

A new Rizaliana website is born

A group of Filipino Australian community radio broadcasters, announcers, technicians and producers in Sydney has recently put together five segments of radio dramas [Read more…]

emanilapoetry’s top contributors and commenters

For those who are wondering who are top contributors and posters, here is a list as of date of this posting. Our current list includes all postings made from September 2007 and includes both poems and comments.

Top Contributors

Rey de Vera, 517
Raul Funilas, 459
Adrian Pagaduan, 401
Fermin Salvador, 305
Ham dela Torre, 289
Franco Coralde Sangreo, 273
Ed Roa, 272
Jay-Ar Bugayong, 174
Rod Escobin, 163
Joel Josol, 153
Oliver Carlos, 152
Ezzard Gilbang, 130
Rey Bautista, 120
Wilfredo R. Bongcaron, 113
Noel Reyes, 103
Dee Geyrozaga, 100

Top Commenters

Ham dela Torre, 1316
Adrian Pagaduan, 1175
Rey Bautista, 631
Raul Funilas, 487
Oliver Carlos, 361
Engel Llavata, 356
Erwin Fernandez, 234
Noel Reyes, 230
Rod Escobin, 223
Franco Coralde Sangreo, 200
Fretzie Padolina-Alcantara, 173
Danilo Diaz, 167
Marcelo Ste. Felipe, 160
Diane Medina, 157

The last time we prepared a list of our top posters was in December last year where we reported there were 44 members with 25 or more posts.

Postings made prior to September 2007 are archived and may be found here.

Thanks everyone for your continuous support.

Photos “never die”. They just “warp away”.

We have recently re-posted photos taken during our book launch of Sa Kabila Ng Ritmo about two-and-a-half years ago.

You can view the photos (randomly four at a time) at Romy Cayabyab’s site using the sidebar panel.

If you wish to have a copy of any of the photos, please contact us.

To view the photos, please click here.

Expanding “Blogs, Atbp.” to cover other issues

If you find Blogs, ATBP, a section under both TULANG PINOY and PINOY VERSES, restrictive in terms what you can post ~ especially, if what you have in mind may not be entirely related to emanilapoetry ~ then, try A Matter of Sharing.

Currently, we have three emanilapoetry members with postings in that site: Ed Roa, Fermin Salvador and Eli Yanga. Ed’s postings focus on Philippine politics and similar topics. His latest is “Pnoy Had A Wish…” which has followed his earlier postings on Pnoy, corruption, online polls, and similar issues.

To join Ed and other writers, contact Romy Cayabyab.

The rewards of joining us

Joining us has a unique advantage.

When you join us a registered member, your works are promoted as well in other emanila websites. Not to mention, of course, that you are joining a website ranked amongst the top 3 websites for Filipino poetry.

Learn more…

Connecting emanilapoetry to members social networks

For those who have regularly visited emanilapoetry, you must have noticed major changes to this site.

The changes include site layouts and other features, especially additional social media links and buttons to connect emanilapoetry to members SNS accounts. Some of these are a Google+1 button and a Facebook commenting box which links directly to the members FB pages.

emanilapoetry will remain a “work-in-progress” site, and as such will always welcome members suggestions on what other things you want to see in this site.

Measuring a post’s popularity

Some months ago, we installed a script to monitor and measure the popularity and viewership of members’ posts. The script is capable of producing daily, weekly, and monthly statistics.
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Interviews & Features section opens

Today (February 14), we open our new Interviews & Features section.

For the section’s initial pages, we are sharing with you the responses of eight of our regular writers and contributors to the following questions which we emailed to them some three weeks ago.
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Thanks for sharing us your thoughts about poetry

Our mini-survey, “Share us your thoughts about poetry,” has just closed.

The survey ran for one month. Although the number of those who took the survey was less than what we expected, still the results of the survey should be able to guide us in our future re-development works (for Team Emanila), and in our choice of the elements of our poems (for members and contributors). [Read more…]

Interviews & Features

Thanks to all those who emailed us asking what the Interviews & Features section is about.

At the bottom of each post, a snippet of the contributor’s bio is displayed but that may not be enough for us to fully appreciate the contributors’ posts.

Interviews & Features aims to fill up that gap for additional information which will give us a better understanding of the contributors’ works. [Read more…]

Ride in the cinquain and sijo trains

Survey: Please share us your thoughts about poetry. Your input is very important!

If someone would ask us which are our most popular posts, readily we would say “A Cinquain Train” by Engel Llavata and “Sijo – ‘Di Bagay” by Ham dela Torre.

Based on our last count, “Cinquain…” has so far generated 427 comments and “Sijo…”, 240 comments. In reality, the comments are the commenters’ own creative works taking cues from a previous comment. Thus, “A Cinquain Train” is one long poem made up of the original post and 427 supplementary posts [Read more…]