Poetry, music, performances at literary fair Wordello

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Literary Fair
May 5, 5 p.m. onwards
Casa Real, Acacia Ave.,
Acacia Estates, Taguig City

IN A GRAND ancestral home this Saturday, some of the country’s finest writers and poets will gather for Wordello, a gothic-themed literary fair and fund-raiser inspired by the Poetry Brothel in New York.

Hosted by the Likhaan Creative Writing Foundation, which has been supporting creative writing scholars for 20 years, Wordello will be an intimate evening of haunting poetry, an immersive live poetry experience with readings by Gemino Abad, Krip Yuson, Butch Dalisay, RayVi Sunico, Marne Kilates, Charlson Ong, Sylvia Mayuga, Cesare and Maxine Syjuco, Joel Pablo Salud, Nerisa Guevara, Cesar Aljama, Gil Yuzon, Asha Macam, Monique Obligacion, Jenny Ortuoste, Mark Dimaisip, Siege Malvar, Johanna Carissa Fernandez, Voltes VIM, and Louise Meets and Henri Igna of Words Anonymous.

The evening will also feature the music of Lourd de Veyra, a short film by Khavn dela Cruz, and special performances by the Daloy Dance Group and LIRA. In corners of the house, Karen Kunawicz will hold oracle card readings while Leo Castro will engrave bamboo strips and ink skin with pre-colonial baybayin script.

Guests may also linger on the balconies of Casa Real, the century-old Tuason mansion transplanted from Sta. Mesa to Taguig in 2013, where they can browse through the stash of mystery and crime novels, as well as homegrown magazines, books, and comics by local writers and artists from indie bookstores Black Cat and Kwago.

Tickets to Wordello, which include free shuttle rides and complimentary bar chow from Spanish restaurant Ilustrado, are priced at P1,000 and P500 (for students with valid school IDs). All proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit Likhaan Creative Writing Foundation’s scholarship program and upcoming projects on literature and literacy, including teacher training in both English and Pilipino.

For tickets and inquiries, call 0917-897-1535, 0917-533-7309, or 0918-907-9808 or visit