Among the latest titles to be released by the UST Publishing House as part of its “400 Years, 400 Books” Project, are two poetry collections in Filipino: “Distrungka” by Teo T. Antonio and “Dalawng Pulgada at Tubig” by Emmanuel Quintos Velasco.

Antonio, is a veteran poet, one of the country’s most distinguished, whose works span 6 decades. He is also a noted “mambabalagtas” who has performed both here and abroad. Explaining his collection’s title, Antonio writes: “Sabihin man ng iba ang atin pagkakamali’t kakulangan, naroroon ang lantay na pagbaklas sa sarili upang maibahagi ang dinistrugkang pagkatao at maging makabuluhan para sa iba.”

Velasco, on the other hand, has a B.S. Management Engineering from the Ateneo and an M.B.A. from De La Salle University, and is employed by a shipping company. This is his first book. Of his work, fellow-poet Jim Pascual Agustin says: “Velasco’s words and images linger in the reader’s mind, as if a ghost had managed to enter one’s peripheral vision and would not leave nor completely show itself.”

Their inclusion in UST’s “400 Books” reflects the publishing house’s policy of encouraging both established and emerging writers.

Earlier in the year, it launched 5 titles by Thomasian alumni: “The House of True Desire” by Cirilo Bautista, “Selected Poems” by Rita Gadi, “Insectisimo” by Lourd de Veyra, “Clairvoyance” by Carlomar Daoana, “At sa Tahanan ng Alabok” by Louie Jon Sanchez, and “BodyHaul” by Allan Pastrana.

During “Writers’ Night” in December 2010, it launched 6 titles by UP writers: “Pitong Bundok ng Haraya” by National Artist Virgilio Almario, “Imagination’s Way” by Gemino H. Abad, “Gitnang Uring Fantasya” by Roland Tolentino, “Blue Angel, White Shadow” by Charlson Ong, “Sagad sa Buto” by Romulo Baquiran, and “Alinsunurang Awit” by Ayer Arguelles.

Around 40 new titles have been published since June 2010. The entire collection will be presented to the public in January 2012.

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