UP Cebu’s Tinta leaves mark in Cebu’s vi­brant lit­er­ary scene

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - By Chelzee Salera

ON the sur­face, a writer tends to look serene, non­cha­lant and per­haps need­ing only a lit­tle shower, but no — deep in­side a rest­less­ness stirs, a volatile mix of bottled up thoughts, feel­ings and emo­tions that need to be vented out.

And a vent, an out­let for all the com­bustible in­tan­gi­bles swirling in the head, heart and gut, is what lit­er­ary types in the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Cebu have found. It’s called Tinta, a spir­ited group of young writ­ers that has fu­eled a lit­er­ary re­vival not just among stu­dents but the work­ing class as well.

Mem­bers of Tinta, which is Ce­buano for ink, fo­cus their en­ergy in pop­u­lar­iz­ing the wan­ing art of writ­ing Ce­buano poetry. Mem­bers pro­fess that po­ems writ­ten in Ce­buano, or balak, sound much sweeter than those writ­ten in other lan­guages, like how tuba is sweeter than wine from dis­tant lands.

“Tinta is the of­fi­cial cre­ative writ­ing org of UP Cebu,” says Tara An­gela Pri­eto, a fourth year Psy­chol­ogy stu­dent and the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “Tinta is all about cre­ative writ­ing and lit­er­a­ture.”

Open mike

Tara shared that four years ago, the group’s founder, Romeo Bonso­can, re­al­ized there was not much space for cre­ative writ­ing in the univer­sity’s of­fi­cial stu­dent pub­li­ca­tion, as it fo­cused more on news, pol­i­tics, and other mat­ters. So, Tinta was born.

Since then, Tinta has left a mark in Cebu’s liter-

ary scene. Just this Fe­bru­ary, the group or­ga­nized a poetry night or Basa Balak, an event that’s open to the pub­lic for free: any­one can read or re­cite po­ems they or their fa­vorite po­ets have writ­ten to an au­di­ence. With vary­ing themes, poetry night has be­come a monthly af­fair in Han­duraw Events Cafe on Gorordo Ave. For this month, Tinta’s Basa Balak will be held on Nov. 28.

“We used to have an event in Tinta that was quite in­ti­mate wherein only mem­bers gath­ered and talked about our works and the things that we’ve been read­ing. We re­al­ized that we wanted to make the event big­ger so that more peo­ple would go and more peo­ple would be able to hear our works,” said Astrid Ilano, a se­nior mem­ber of Tinta and a fourth year psy­chol­ogy stu­dent.

Reyna Cadiz, Vice Pres­i­dent of Tinta and a sec­ond year Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion stu­dent of UP, clar­i­fied that the Basa Balak event is not only a venue for po­ems but also for other pre­sen­ta­tions and per­for­mances that re­lates to their theme for the month.

“It’s not only po­ems that we share. We also do mu­sic and the songs and po­ems that are pre­sented are in ac­cor­dance with the theme. Last poetry night, the theme was Nostal­gia, so the songs were about re­mem­ber­ing. The other poetry night we had was Bini­langgo and it was about the lumad killings and the Mar­tial Law era, so the po­ems that were pre­sented had na­tion­al­is­tic themes and were about be­ing caged in a rot­ten sys­tem or some­thing like that,” Reyna says.

Ink link

Hav­ing part­nered with Batha­lad Sugbo (Batha­lanong Ha­lad sa Da­gang) and No­mads, two lit­er­ary groups of known Ce­buano writ­ers who par­take in the ac­tiv­ity, Tinta mem­bers get their men­tor­ing and guidance from veter­ans who see po­ten­tial and tal­ent from this pool of young writ­ers.

“With the con­nec­tions we cre­ate, the poetry night is not just a night for young peo­ple be­cause writ­ers of all ages from all gen­er­a­tions come to­gether and we learn from them,” says Monica Glo­ria Man­lu­luyo, a se­nior mem­ber of TINTA and fourth year Psych stu­dent. “And we learn so much from them as they talk about their works. They give ad­vice, and some­thing like an in­for­mal ‘men­tor-mentee’ con­nec­tion is built that is purely lit­er­ary, then a lit­tle bit of friend­ship is formed.”

Hav­ing tested their works in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try with a 10-page comic book last year, Tinta re­vealed that within the year, they’ll be pub­lish­ing an an­thol­ogy of their mem­bers’ works.

For some, writ­ing may seem like a weari­some task, but for this new breed of po­ets, writ­ing is a dream that they are will­ing to bleed for. With ink.

MONTHLY INK. Tiny Di­a­pana read­ing a poem in last month’s lit­er­ary event held by Tinta, UP Cebu’s cre­ative writ­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion. Tinta holds monthly poetry read­ings in Han­duraw Events Cafe on Gorordo Ave., with the next event slated on Nov. 28.

Astrid Ilano and Monica Glo­ria Man­lu­luyo of Tinta with Jeremiah Bon­doc of Batha­lad. Jae Mari Mag­dadaro and Tara An­gela Pri­eto of Tinta with An­thony Kin­ta­nar and Jo­sua Cabr­era of Batha­lad.

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