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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

entry arrow5:25 PM | The End of Summer

I will always think of May as the best month to be in Dumaguete. The sweltering heat aside [I prefer to call it “caloric”], much of Maytime here reminds me of midsummer magic: the unplanned trips to the nearby beaches and assorted mountain escapes, in particular, as well as the random cultural and artistic happenings that make Dumaguete a vibrant city that it is. In retrospect, I did so much this summer: a Negros Island OBT, a stint at paneling for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, a zine fest at Robinson’s, a book launch at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, a night with musical animals at the African savannah, several poetry readings and lectures, plus summer school. Daghan baya ang nabuhat, although I’m always plagued with the thought that I could have done more. I will always be thankful and grateful for all these opportunities, and to friends and family I’ve shared all these with. It’s the 31st of May, and summer ends. May our adventures continue.

Photo by Xandro Dael


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Friday, May 25, 2018

entry arrow2:08 PM | A Writers' Summer in Dumaguete

Aside from the Silliman University Writers Workshop, which ensures that May is the city's true Literature Month, the thing I love about Dumaguete, especially in the summer, is bumping into writer friends, like it's the most casual thing in the world. No plans, instant meet-ups.

With playwright and screenwriter Rody Vera at Rollin' Pin.

With children's writer Luis Gatmaitan at Qyosko.

With Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Dean Francis Alfar, Anthony Tan, and Cesar Ruiz Aquino and the fellows of the 57th Silliman University National Writers Workshop at the Ariniego Art Gallery.

With fellows, panelists, and staff of the 57th Silliman University National Writers Workshop at the Food District.

With Noel Tuazon, Erlinda Alburo, Jaime An Lim, and Marjorie Evasco at the Alice Fullerton Hall grounds.

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