Poetry Contest (Free Admission), a Valentines’ day special for independent writers/artist to be hosted by Solo Arts and Dine and The Margin Phillipines

pubmat_arawpusoMessage from the Organizers,


This February 14- Valentine’ s Day Cultural event especial will never be the same, as music, poetry and visual art converged  to bring a meaningful celebration. This is a collaborative cultural event brought to you by Solo Arts and Dine, Kulturang Bayan and The Margin Philippines. The theme: Love Life to the Fullest.

Kulturang Bayan and Solo Arts and Dine believed that love starts with realizing the importance of realizing once self- worth as a person  capable of loving once self, as loving others.  Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart once said, “Accept yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” Accepting once self is indeed necessary ingredient in living a life the fullest.

Thus, the theme conveyed the sorority of loving oneself as measurement of expressing a and genuine love for others. There will be no reason that we can’t love those people around us, if we really do care for ourselves. There will be no logical reason for us to advocate harm against this love. There will be no reason to support anything that cuts life where love resides. There will be no drugs that destroy life, no extra judicial killings, no poverty that degrade life itself.

But now days, life seem unrespected, unloved, neglected because self- love never become the core of human relationship. In the advent of modern development, commercialization, digital innovation have high hopes in addressing human misery, poverty, lifelessness but lead to our self- image in state of destroyed and distorted. Theorist Hannah Arendt noted;

In order to tell the stories of human experience—inner and outer—writers and artists must have solitude and time to think. As a result of our “always-on” ethos, we have neither time nor space within which to lose ourselves in reflection. There is always

something outside the self, robbing the self of the self.

 it’s extremely unlikely that without the ability to love oneself a person can ever be happy. That is, what’s necessary and sufficient—not for loving another but for a state of inner contentment and well-being—is healthy self-love and acceptance. For it only makes sense that if you’re not on very good terms with yourself, you’re not going to be happy with life generally.

Finally, living in the fullness as central theme of Valentine’s Day cultural event celebration can be gleaned in the words of a Doctor and Nationalist leader from Cuba, Che Guevarra; “Every person has the truth in his heart. No matter how complicated his circumstances, no matter how others look at him from the outside, and no matter how deep or shallow the truth dwells in his heart, once his heart is pieced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser.” May self- love will lead us to ever live love to its fullness towards the others, for the lost, the least, and last brothers and sisters.

We hope to live love to the fullness. We leave you with a question that worth reflecting in this valentine’s season, How will you communicate and live love to the fullest?

February, 2017



Poetry Contest para sa Araw ng mga Puso!
Ano: Panulaan (free verse)
Tema: Minsan lang Bata.

Nilalalaman: Tula, alin mang nagtaglay at nagpapaliwag ng karakter, kalakasan, kahalagahan, karapatan, kagalingan ng mga bata. Pwede din ang sariling mga ala-ala ng kabataan.
Paano sumali: Magpadala ng inyong tula sa page ng The Margin Philippines (TMP) https://www.facebook.com/eastheticsofmargin/?fref=ts.

Ang mga mapipiling entries liban sa mananalong pyesa ay malilimbag sa coffee table book ng Solo art and Dine. Awarding of prizes will be at Solo Arts and Dine G.A Tower 594 Sierra Madre st Brgy. Malamig Mandaluyong City (near Boni MRT) on February 14, 4pm. Contact Mr. Von Castillo at 09158821651/ 09331361271.

First Prize: 500 pesos worth item plus Certificate /FREE COPY ng libro
Second Prize: 300 pesos worth item plus Certificate/free copy ng libro
Third Prize: T-SHIRT plus 100 pesos load/ free copy ng libro

mula sa TMP at Solo Arts & Dine

* Solo Arts and Dine is resto bar espousing a sustainable community where arts, food and music converged to give space for creative voice of Filipino artist. The Resto Bar is located just near Boni MRT station, 954 Seira Madre Street, Brgy. Malamig, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries pls. visit their fb account https://www.facebook.com/SOLOARTSANDDINE/


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