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HAU to launch book at UP Diliman

Holy Angel University's Center for Kapampangan Studies will launch its next publication at the UP Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center) in Diliman, as part of its efforts to partner with other educational and cultural institutions.

The book is "Eleven: Riverrun and Ten More Short Stories" by Prof. Albina Peczon Fernandez, a noted academic, fiction writer, and scholar on Rizal studies, women's studies and Kapampangan history and culture.

The launching is scheduled on Saturday, December 3 at four o'clock in the afternoon.

The book is an anthology of eleven short stories set mostly around the river that flows through Mexico (the author's hometown) and San Fernando, the provincial capital.

"This is a collection of disturbing short stories," says Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature. "This is a rare creation of glorious fiction," says Dr. Domingo Landicho, UP Professor Emeritus of Philippine Literature.

Literary critic Rosario Torres-Yu has this to say about athe author: "Well versed in critical historiography and feminist theory, she renders received 'truths' with extraordinary irreverence that enables her to present alternative interpretations of such and thus contribute to the closing of gaps in our collective memory."

"Eleven" is a follow-up to "Ten: Coming Home and Nine More Short Stories," Prof. Fernandez' first book published by the Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) in 2006, which was a finalist in the National Book Awards.

According to CKS Director Robby Tantingco, Prof. Fernandez is the leading proponent of Kapampangan Literature in English, a growing branch of Philippine Literature in English which uses Kapampangan experience as subject and Pampanga as setting.

Tantingco said that aside from UP Diliman, the Center also partnered with the Philippine National Historical Commission and the Centro Gallego de Filipinas for its other publications this year.

Date Posted: 11-20-2011