Dapitan tackles tales of ‘skin’ as self-identity


THE QUALITY of one’s skin fades in time, but the identity that lies within remains the same.

Litterateurs from the Faculty of Arts and Letters again shared a day of stories and poetry as the Flame launched this year’s edition of Dapitan, its official literary folio, with the theme, Balat (Skin).

Literature junior Philip Jamilla won the Best in Poetry award with his piece titled Whispers in the Slaughterhouse while Communication Arts (CA) junior Marem De Jemel bagged Best in Tula for her work Wangis.

Winning Best in Katha was Literature alumna and former Flame Letters editor Khaila Gurion with Sa Daigdig ng Pag-ibig.

Literature major Aika Nakamura and CA student Keithlyn Delos Reyes bagged the Best Art and Best Photo awards, respectively.

Dapitan guest editor Jaymee Siao said one learns to modify things and turn them into artwork when one is afraid to see “what is underneath the skin.”

“We break the body into different anatomical parts just as we break down our emotional responses into manageable pieces, turning them into a verbal and visual spectacle,” she said.

This year’s Dapitan launch was held April 26 at the Thomasian Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium. F

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