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It was the Ancient Greeks who first believed, Memory is the mother of Poetry (and the rest of the Arts!). Here is Philippine poetry in the 1920s (Telembang, April 2, 1924/Parangal kay Balagtas) and the cover to Ricardo M. de Ungria’s M’mry Wire to usher in a most poetic weekend ahead!

“Come to the launch, where Fil-Am writer Almira Gilles who leads the Adverbum writers retreat group will present the book, which will then be introed by Jimmy Abad, followed by readings through the book-signing. Among the poet-friends invited to read Ricky’s poems are Butch Dalisay, Ed Maranan, Marne Kilates, Marj Evasco, Alice Sun Cua, RayVi Sunico, Juaniyo Arcellana, Lourd de Veyra, Alma Anonas-Carpio, and this buddy — while Ricky’s cousin Tad Ermitaño is expected to conduct some electronic audio tripping. To m’mory!” — Krip Yuson writing for Philippine Star

In partnership with AdVerbum, Ricardo M. de Ungria launches his latest book at the Lopez Museum and Library, March 8, 2 – 4 pm, free admission to the event.

M’mry Wire is a collection of poems that Ricardo has written in the past twenty years, when he was, at various times, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in UP Mindanao, and Commissioner for the Arts at the NCCA. The book launch will also feature readings from the book and musical performances by friends and colleagues of Ricardo.

To RSVP, contact Tina Modrigo at 631-2417 or email


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