Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino reads feminist poetry

Maine Mendoza and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino

Speaking of award-winning feminist writer Lanot’s launch of her new collection of poetry—UP Press’ “Cadena de Amor” in English, Filipino and Spanish—one of the exciting readers of an excerpt from the book was prizewinning stage, film and television actress Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino.
Centenera-Buencamino read a poignant personal account of the author in a poem dedicated to the magical moments in October.
“I was invited in advance as early as last year to read a poem by Marra,” Shamaine chuckled as she prepared to give meanings and insights to her poetic interpretation.
Amidst her busy sked shuttling from ABS-CBN’s “Ang Probinsiyano” shoots to a new GMA Network TV drama assignment, Centenera-Buencamino was able to squeeze her time in the poetry reading session.
The feminist in Shamaine also propped up her poetry reading of Marra’s poesies because she believes that a woman should rise above inequality, ignorance, prejudice and injustice.
That’s why she likes Maine Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub, who was very honest in telling her real thoughts and feelings about being locked up in a love team with Alden Richards. Shamaine was proud of Maine for speaking up her minds about her convictions.
Other readers included theater and movie actress Banaue Miclat-Janssen, TV and film artist Raquel Villavicencio, thespian Loli Mara etc.
The book launch was also a gathering of who’s who in Philippine letters like F. Sionil Jose, Lualhati Bautista, Nicanor G. Tiongson, Alfred Yuson, Jose F. Lacaba among others. Progressive husband and wife Satur Ocampo and Bobbie Malay were gregarious enough to lend their time for fellow intellectuals. Singing duo Inang Laya’s other half Karina David rendered a song with self-accompaniment from her guitar.  
Film stalwart-couple Bibeth Orteza and Carlitos Siguion-Reyna who are very supportive of Marra’s literary flair and Bibeth’s affinity to Marra from way back their social activism days at UP, were early birds in the gig.
Meanwhile, the book launch was a venue to articulate an alarming sentiment on Filipino women’s debasement these days.

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