my Manila Times column

I wrote a weekly column entitled “The Scribe Vibe” for the Manila Times newspaper which was published both in print and online and circulated nationally in the Philippines.

The column was literature/writing-themed and it began being published every Friday on April 2008. It was then transferred to the Sunday Times edition of the newspaper under the literary-themed Sunday Times Magazine section since February 2009.

I decided to end this engagement by November 2010 for several reasons I will write about someday. But the engagement was good nonetheless, and I thank my friend and former lifestyle editor Rome Jorge who gave me the chance to start this engagement way back.

Below is the complete list of the online version of the column entries along with their publications dates. However, since the newspaper changed servers multiple times, most of the links here aren’t working anymore. I will fix and update these links soon but in the meantime, feel free to email me at libay.scribevibe@gmail.com if you are interested to learn about the topics here or to read any of the entries.

Thank you.

 

OCTOBER 2010

October 17 – “The ‘dugtungan’ writing exercise”

SEPTEMBER 2010

September 26 – “A decade of film criticism”

September 12 – “European cinematic writing sampler”

September 05 – “The Palanca 2010 harvest”

AUGUST 2010

August 29 – “Facebook in the face of the local literary scene”

August 22 – “Silent writing with cinematic words and images”

August 15 – “Local writers off to Iowa Writing Program”

August 08 – “A feminist poet’s homecoming”

August 01 – “Writing for radio”

JULY 2010

July 11 – “Celebrating National Children’s Book Month”

July 04 – “Fil-Am authors writing”

JUNE 2010

June 27 – “July writing showcase on stage and the screen

June 20 – “Cinematic storytelling, French-style”

June 13 – “If Rizal went ‘back to the future'”

June 06 – “Getting in the mood to write”

MAY 2010

May 30 – “School rush, store rush”

May 23 – “Writer’s woe No. 1: Late payment”

May 16 – “This is where I get it from”

May 09 – “When words win votes”

May 01 – “Pursuing a degree in writing”

APRIL 2010

April 25 -“Writing off justice in our imaginations”

April 18 -“There’s no room for laziness in (speech) writing”

April 11 -“Innovative young adult literature forms”

April 04 – “Unearthing quality young adult literature books”

MARCH 2010

March 28 – “Discovering specialty bookstores”

March 21 – “Tapping writing inspiration from world cities”

March14 – “From 18 miles of books, 5 miles down, 13 miles to go”

March 07 – “Travel reading”

FEBRUARY 2010

February 28 – “Using regional languages more in TV dialogues”

February 21 – “Of writing TV script pilots and ending episodes”

February 14 – “How to cook up a love story”

February 07 – “Journal on the go”

JANUARY 2010

January31 – “Traveling off the beaten path with poetry”

January 24 – “A second poetic commute via ‘Tulaan sa Tren 2′”

January 17 – “A Filipino crime novel, my dear Watson?”

January 10 – “The interactive writer’s space”

January 03 – “New year’s wish list for Filipino writers”

DECEMBER 2009

December 20 – “Legislating fear and hatred”

December 13 – “‘Tis the season for book-giving”

December 06 – “Democracy and press freedom on paper”

NOVEMBER 2009

November 29 – “For responsible writing, research”

November 22 – “Writers as tech gadget freaks”

November15 – “What about us marginalized writers?”

November 08 – “Relief goods for the intellect and the soul”

OCTOBER 2009

October 25 – “Devastation of a writer’s haven”

October 18 – “Disaster-proofing writers’ keepsakes”

October 11 – “Back to pen and paper–or not”

October 04 – “A history of persecuted writers”

SEPTEMBER 2009

September 20 – “When your writing comes to life onscreen”

September 13 – “Literary highs and lows”

September 06 – “Sell out, sell out wherever you are”

AUGUST 2009

August 30 – “To earn and be deserving of the National Artist title”

August 23 – “Meeting National Artists for Literature”

August 16 – “Encounters with real National Artists”

August 02 – “Loving (our) literary languages”

JULY 2009

July 26 – “The long but inspiring road to advocacy and children’s literature”

July 19 – “Who’s afraid of the big ‘bad’ critic?”

July 12 – “Of writing and proper research skills”

July 05 – “Rewriting culture with the King of Pop”

JUNE 2009

June 28 – “The book first or the movie first?”

June 21 – “Focusing on children’s literature”

June 14 – “It’s raining lit!”

June 07 – “To be read and watched by (almost) all”

MAY 2009

May 24 – “Just how factual should fiction be?”

May 17 – “Getting ‘them’ to read ‘us'”

May 10 – “Writing what you know of the world”

May 03 – “Just how many books have you read, so far?”

APRIL 2009

April 26 – “Calling for a ‘National Writers Month'”

April 19 – “Writers don’t stop writing”

April 12 – “The Bible and reading without prejudice”

April 05 – “So you really want to write a movie script, eh?”

MARCH 2009

March 29 – “End-of-the-semester woes”

March 22 – “Filming graphic novels”

March 15 – “‘Berso sa Metro’ and the poetic commute”

March 08 – “Young talents who went too early”

March 01 – “Of e-books and literary imaginations”

FEBRUARY 2009

February22 – “E-books versus audio books”

February 15 – “The literature of love”

February 08 – “Books as the original interactive ‘game'”

February 01 – “Filipino, Chinese and literary”

JANUARY 2009

January 23 – “Pangasinense pride through folklore tales”

January 16 – “Do book clubs work?”

January 09 – “100 years, 100 books”

January 02 – “The year in books”

DECEMBER 2008

December 26 – “Signs of these trying times”

December 19 – “Writer’s night, unholy night”

December 12 – “The Ricky Lee experience, literary”

December 05 – “The Ricky Lee experience”

NOVEMBER 2008

November 28 – “Yes, comics is art and literature”

November 21 – “Local literature winning international awards”

November 14 – “When writers impose on fellow writers”

November 07 – “Should writers stick to one writing field?”

OCTOBER 2008

October 31 – “Pulse of the populace pumps the pen”

October 17 – “Anthology as the next best thing”

October 10 – “QC spaces as literary hubs”

October 03 – “Writing is in the family”

SEPTEMBER 2008

September 26 – “Literature as performance”

September 19 – “The art and craft of writing for film”

September 12 – “Choose your own lit event”

September 05 – “Feelings of the first-time Palanca winner”

AUGUST 2008

August 29 – “What’s popular could also be literary”

August 22 -“The stories that could make Filipino readers read Filipino authors”

August 15 – “Why don’t Filipino readers read Filipino authors?”

August 08 – “A country of short fictionists”

August 01 – “Writers writing about writers on film”

JULY 2008

July 25 – “Avoiding prejudice via language”

July 18 – “Deadlines are a writer’s best friend”

July 11 – “What you read reveals what you value”

July 04 – “Memory as a treasure trove of writing concepts”

JUNE 2008

June 27 – “The toughest writing challenge yet”

June 20 – “Blogging as a new avenue for writing”

June 13 – “Writer’s retail therapy: bargain-book hunting”

June 06 – “Personal journals as historical documents”

MAY 2008

May 30 – “Writing about hatred to write off bigotry”

May 23 – “There’s no such thing as writer’s block”

May 16 – “If language eludes you, don’t act deluded”

May 09 – “Of writing dissenting opinions and learned thoughts”

May 02 – “Dealing with publication rejection: conformity is key”

APRIL 2008

April 25 – “Writing for contests and the contest of writing new works”

April 18 – “Writing for a living, living for writing”

April 11 – “The creative writing workshop season”

April 04 – “Who do you write for?”

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