Featured

Katitikan Issue 1: June 2019

Katitikan

Introduction

(Re)Solving the South(ern) Puzzle: Katitikan as Alternative Discourse
Thomas Leonard Shaw

Fiction

Among the Bissayans of Zvbv
Carlos Cortes

Ang Kalibotan Gawas sa Kalibotan
Omar Khalid

Ang Kataposang Sugilanon ni Borges
Al Osiris Ingking

Ang Panugid Alang sa Buwan
Richellet Chan

Badjao
Mahika Realismo

Baryo Tae
Elizabeth Joy Quijano

Festival of Lights
Camille Bagaipo

Galit si Eba
Gabriela Baron

Geriatrics
Susan Evangelista

HEXOPUS: The Six-Limbed Lad
Charles Sanchez

Honasan
Cesar Miguel Escano

Katayan sa Palihan
Steno Padilla

Manananggal
Mahika Realismo

Manananggal ng Sitio Toledo
Gabriela Baron

Pulubi
Mahika Realismo

Sampaguita
Mitch Balladares

Tides of the Sea
Alanna Michelle Escudero

Two Women of Bantayan
Danton Remoto

Poetry

A Brief Meeting
King Llanza

At Napagod ang Hagdan
John Christopher Lubag

Biyaya ng kutob
Liberty Notarte Balanquit

Candy Keeps an Island Alive
Breia Gore

Ensemble
Christine Marie Magpile

Gawat
Rene Boy Abiva

(hI)Law-as
Elvin Ruiz

kamatis march
Stud Neil Jader

kung bakit laging may patugtog sa SM
Marlon Lester

Kung Paano ang Maghimay
Johann Vladimir Espiritu

Pantalon
Arthur David San Juan

Ritwal at Dalangin ng Hamog
Adrian Pete Pregonir

Subukan Mong Bumangon, Isang Hatinggabi, At Pagmasdan ang Nahihimbing Mong Magulang
Mark Anthony Salvador

The Mermaid Speaks
Nico Pablo

The Underside of Healing
King Llanza

Tinagutlo nga Pag-aninaw sa Tinuboran
Jovanie Garay

To Mother
Mai Santillan

Urban Jungle
Lakan Uhay Alegre

uwan: siya ug ako
Ivanie Michmir

What the Brooke’s Point Farmer Taught Me
Nico Pablo

White Bodies Splayed on White Sand
Alfonso Manalastas

Critical Essay

Excavating the Trauma: Notes on the Teng Mangansakan’s Forbidden Memory
Ivan Emil Labayne

The Settler Settles In: Locating a Space for the Settler in Rogelio Braga’s Colon
Ana Margarita Nunez

Play

Entre Medio del Fin (In the Middle of the End)
Ryanne Murcia

(Re)Solving the South(ern) Puzzle: Katitikan as Alternative Discourse

The impetus for the Katitikan project- a literary journal embedded firmly in the intersections of national, regional, and postcolonial discourses- lies in an often misarticulated necessity for the interrogation of various notions of “South” and its socio-political implications vis-à-vis literary production within the Philippine Archipelago. Crucial to this investigation is the critical turn in moving away from understanding the “South” merely in terms of geographic, identity politics, but instead understanding its theoretical potentialities through a poetic and representational practice that straddles the interconnection of various regions in the Philippines while simultaneously problematizing and deconstructing the notion of a “regional” literature.

Perhaps much of the difficulty, of which this theoretical proposition must first negotiate with, results from earlier discourses on the theoretical and creative production inscribed within the inchoate spaces that emerge from national-regional boundaries, which has prematurely signified “regional” writing as a marginal subject haunted by the Metro Manila spectre, articulated through problematic national-regional binaries. Nevertheless, attempts to carve out a regional space has only further elided discursive, intersectional possibilities by which writers, located throughout the Philippines, may negotiate with their own socio-historically situated subjectivities. The notion of a Southern literature is precisely located in what has been a tumultuous discourse that has had to content with unstable, naturalized contentions from both the center and margin attempting to contain it within specific modalities of enunciation which, while offering opportunities for writers in these spaces, can only be considered a limited articulation at best, a restricted silence at worst.

Continue reading “(Re)Solving the South(ern) Puzzle: Katitikan as Alternative Discourse”

Amongst the Bissayans of Zvbv

Sanctified, Caesarean, Catholic Majesty, the Emperor Don Phelippe, Our Lord King:

May the grace, peace, and loving kindness of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with Your Majesty Don Phelippe, by the grace of God King of Castilla, León, Aragón, the two Sicilies, Jherusalem, Navarra, Granada, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia, Mallorca, Sevilla, Cerdeña, Córdoba, Córçega, Muria, Jaém, the Algarves, Algezira, Gibraltar, the Caribbees, the islands of the Canaries, the Eastern and Western Yndias, and of the islands and continents of the Ocean Sea; Archduke of Austria, Duke of Borgoña, Brabante, Milan, Atenas, and Neopatria; Count of Hapsburg, Flandes, Tirol, and Barçelona; Count of Ruysellon and Cerdania; Marquis of Oristan and Guanno; Seignior of Vizcaya and Molina, &c.

Most serene, most excellent, most puissant Prince: from this city of Zvbv, the City of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, capital of your dominion of Las Islas Phelippinas, this seventh day after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, in the Year of Our Lord one thousand five hundred sixty and nine, greeting.

Continue reading “Amongst the Bissayans of Zvbv”

Ang Kalibotan Gawas sa Kalibotan

WALAY klaro ang mga estorya unsa gyoy tinuod nga nahitabo nila ni Titing Artaud ug Estelita Uy nganong kalit lang silang nawala ug wa na igdungog usa ka buntag sa Abril nga ang kainit sa berano morag mga lansang nga tayaon nga nangahulog sa aseras. Hanap na man god kaayo karon sa memorya sa katawhan ang maong sugilanon— sama kahanap sa saad sa usa ka politikong bakakon. Ang nagpabilin na lang sa kolektibong memorya sa katawhan mao kining mosunod:

Ang mga sakop sa Bathalad ug Ludabi niadtong panahona sa pagkabaniog sa hitabo nagsigeg panakla ug dili makatuo nganong kalit lang silang nawala— sila si Titing ug Estelita— sa sirkulasyon sa katitikan nga unta anaa man sila sa kinapungkayan sa ilang arte sa panulat. Ang mga lingo-lingo ug panakla sa kahinugon mabatyagan bisan diha sa mga sugang neon sa mga balay-kahilayan sa Mango Avenue, mahidunggan bisan diha sa pagawng bosina sa mga dyip-pasaheroan sa Colon.

Continue reading “Ang Kalibotan Gawas sa Kalibotan”

Ang Panugid Alang Sa Buwan

GAHINAM-HINAM na unta ko nga mahakop niadtong bukton aron mabati ang iyang kainit sa bugnaw kong kagabhion apan wala man diay usa kanila ang alang kanako. Gapnod ra man diay sila nga lumalabay. Apan, magpaabot lang gihapon ko kaniya— ang akong kalipay.

Miss! Hapit na ka ma-late, o. Diri lang sakay, sangpit sa drayber sa habalhabal kanako.

Naigking kog kalit sa kasuwaw sa akong atbang ug dali nga gipanalipdan sa akong tuong palad ang akong mga mata nga wala makapangandam. Takdol ang Buwan ug kini nanamin sa itom nga helmet sa mitimbaya kanako nga habalhabal drayber. Dili sayon ang pagharong sa nagpanuslok nga kahayag sa wanang sa namugna niini nga uniberso apan bisag naghiyong gitutokan ko lang gihapon kini kay basin pa diay og siya mabagatan sa akong panan-aw nga nagpangita sa nahimutangan sa iyang biniyaan.

Continue reading “Ang Panugid Alang Sa Buwan”