History of zarzuelas, tales of love + new reads by Filipino writers

UP Press is launching 19 new titles on November 25.


(SPOT.ph) The University of the Philippines Press, the official publishing house of the state university, is set to launch new books at 5 p.m. on November 25 at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman. They revealed 19 new titles and we can't wait to go book-crazy.



The End of National Cinema: Filipino Film at the Turn of the Century by Patrick F. Campos

Film critic and professor at the Film Institute of the University of the Philippines Patrick F. Campos presents an analysis of new developments in Philippine cinema as well as essays on what is "national cinema" and "independence" in terms of the global market. "This groundbreaking book is a maverick compendium, refusing indie vs. mainstream dichotomies, dethroning the cultural myth of a golden age, and reassessing the naturalized nationalist prescriptions of Philippine film criticism," says Bliss Cua Lim in her assessment of Campos’ study.




Music in the Zarzuelas of Severino Reyes (“Lola Basyang”) by Helen Samson-Lauterwald

After the successful publication of The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas and Contemporary Filipino Composers: Biographical Interviews, German-based music scholar Helen Samson-Lauterwald explores the musical theory and practice in the Philippines in the 20th Century through the zarzuelas of writer and dramatist Severino Reyes. She also includes reproductions of his original zarzuela compositions and recommends their possible revival.


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Haiyan and Other Plays about the Homeland by Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza

This anthology of plays attests to Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza's dedication as a cultural advocate for the Philippines while residing in the U.S. It reflects her response to issues currently being faced by the Philippines, especially the question of a poverty-stricken family's survival amid cruel socioeconomic conditions and impending super typhoons.




Fault Setting: Poems by Joel Toledo

Fault Setting is Joel Toledo's fourth collection of poetry. Lourd de Veyra describes it as "luminous, wizened, and witty" and "radiates a renewed confidence in tone and stride, rhythm and rhetoric." Toledo has won various awards for his poetry in English and was the Philippine delegate in the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa, U.S. in 2011.



Hasang: Mga Kuwento ng Pag-ibig by John Iremil Teodoro

Antique-born John Iremil E. Teodoro explores themes of pain and loss as direct effects of love and desire through a collection of short stories. "Kung si Dickinson ang “Reyna ng Kalbaryo,” si Teodoro ang kaniyang pinakamasugid na tagasunod," writes Gerardo Z. Torres in his review of the book.

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