Saturday, May 31, 2014


VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA will be represented by Eileen Tabios, Michelle Bautista and Aileen Ibardaloza at this weekend's benefit event at De Anza College -- open to the public:

The evening's program:
6-7p Dinner, set-up, DJs, Open Mic, Announcements
7-7:10 Introductions
5 min: Brandon
5 min: Alicia
10 min: Brian Dublin
7 min: DSA
10 min: VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA book reading
5 min: South Bay Task Force Haiyan/Kim & Rey (donations pitch)
5 min: Brandi
10 min or under: Far East Dragon Lion Dance
10 min: Sam Young & Kazamm
10 min or under: Ernie Reyes World West Coast Martial Arts
10 min: Denny Pham
10 min: Yiann
5 min: Closing

More information about the program is available at

This is a fundraising event and donations will be given to
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns-USA which helps survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

UPDATE: Some photos from event below (other photos are in prior post or HERE):

Michelle Bautista, her baby Gabriella, De Anza Instructor Rowena Tomaneng, 
Eileen Tabios and Aileen Ibardaloza)

(Aileen with Ray Llabang, one of the student organizers who also spoke on behalf of NafCon)


Poets from VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA participated in the May 31, 2014 Benefit at De Anza College, from 7-9 pm.  The VTY poets did a reading and the anthology was available for sale.  Participants were:

Michelle Bautista is a poet and 3rd degree black belt in the Philippine Martial Art of Kali. Her current projects include a memoir/instructional martial arts book tentatively titled, Mandirigmang Babae: journey of the woman warrior and multi-lingual children's ebooks. Author of Kali's Blade (Meritage Press, 2006), she lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and newborn daughter.

Aileen Ibardaloza is the Associate Editor of Our Own Voice Literary Ezine ( Her works have appeared in various online and print media including the anthology, Hanggang sa Muli: Homecoming Stories for the Filipino Soul. Her first poetry collection, Traje de Boda, was published by Meritage Press in 2010.

VTY Editor Eileen R. Tabios has released more than 20 print, three electronic and 1 CD poetry collections; an art essay collection; a “collected novels” book; a poetry essay/interview anthology; a short story collection; and an experimental biography. Recipient of the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry for her first poetry collection, she has crafted an award-winning body of work that is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, computer-generated hybrid languages, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture.  She also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays.  She maintains a bibliophilic blog, “EileenVerbs Books“; edits Galatea Resurrects; steers the publisher Meritage Press; serves as Library Director for BIBLIOTHECA INVISIBILIS; and frequently curates thematic online poetry projects including LinkedIn Poetry Recommendations.


JULY 14, 2014 UPDATE:

I'm pleased to report the largest single donation so far for NAFCON  which helps survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.  Here’s an image — and may there be more future images like this (you can make it happen through HERE): 

Friday, May 30, 2014


VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA was represented at De Anza's Benefit for Yolanda survivors. Here are some photos of the FEST! Musicians, singers, a hula dancer, hip hop, a ukelele cover of Lorde, martial arts, "Bollywood"and, of course, Poetry!

Last but not least -- the tweaking lions!

(Baby Gabriella was unsure over the whole thing ...)