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Spend the Evening in a Beautiful (and Spooky) Old Mansion with the Country's Literary Greats

This weekend, enjoy an intimate evening of haunting poetry read by award-winning writers.
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On a balmy summer evening, there’s nothing like gothic poetry to give you the chills. Now imagine hanging out with the country’s finest writers as they recite their most haunting poems in a beautiful old mansion. That’s exactly what’s happening at the Wordello Gothic Literary Fair on May 5, Saturday. 

Held at Casa Real—a century-old Tuason mansion transplanted from Sta. Mesa to Taguig—Wordello includes readings by literary greats like Gemino Abad, Krip Yuson, Butch Dalisay, Marne Kilates, and Charlson Ong, alongside other well-known writers and poets.


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The venue of Wordello on May 5 is Casa Real, a century-old Tuason mansion transplanted from Sociego Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila, to Acacia Estates, Taguig.

There will also be performances by Lourd de Veyra, Daloy Dance group, and LIRA, along with a short film screening by Khavn dela Cruz. You can have your name engraved on bamboo or tattooed in baybayin by anthropologist Leo Castro. If you’re into fortune telling, visit Karen Kunawicz for an oracle card reading.

Or, you can retreat to the balconies and peruse indie bookstores Black Cat and Kwago’s selection of mystery and crime novels, along with magazines, books, and comics by local writers and artists.


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The women behind Wordello: Likhaan Creative Writing Foundation president Rhona Lopa-Macasaet, Chichi F. Lizot, Cecile L. Lilles, Gem D. Man?osa, and Reina C. Sanchez; along with events stylist Estien Quijano (on ladder) and Mike Sanchez of Audio-Video Solutions (far right)

Tickets cost P1000 (P500 for students with valid IDs), and include free shuttle rides and bar chow from Spanish restaurant Ilustrado. Organized by Likhaan Creative Writing Foundation, all proceeds from the fair will go to their scholarship program and projects to promote literature and literacy. 

Wordello (facebook.com/wordelloph) will be held on May 5, 2018, from 5 p.m. onwards at Casa Real, Acacia Avenue, Acacia Estates, Taguig City. For tickets and inquiries, contact 0917-897-1535, 0917-533-7309, or 0918-907-9808.

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