THE pandemic did not stop the organizers of SOX Zine Fest to conduct the annual zine event. In its 4th year, SOX Zine Fest goes digital to showcase the writers of the region.
SOX Zine Fest 2020 officially opens on November 30, 2020, at 7 p.m., on the Fest's Facebook page. For the first time, this year's leg is held online until December 4, 2020.
SOX Zine Fest is an annual gathering of creators, readers, and supporters of zines and independent publications in the Soccsksargen.
The first three installments were held in General Santos City in 2017, Koronadal City in 2018, and Tacurong City in 2019. These were made possible with the cooperation of local organizations, business establishments, and government agencies.
A total of 15 zines and other independent publications are featured for SOX Zine Fest 2020. Ten works are created specifically for this year's Fest and these are Homeward by RG Palua, Alimpatakan by Writear's Sheet, Linya by Sarangani Writers League, Illuminations by Valoræx, Lamdagan by Matet Rulona, Infinitus by Kayla Casulla and Angel Licca Herdon, Read This When Your Connection Sucks by Rogelio Jenson, Paula Earecka Diesmo, and Rich Campos, Hiligaynon Poetry Easy Recipes by Adrian Medina Pregonir, Criminality, Hunger, Abuse by Nigel Delima, Khenry Ledesma, and Nikka Baguio, and Open Cases from the Mindanao Journal of Esoteric Phenomenon by Angelo Serrano.
The five other works are from the previous legs of SOX Zine Fest and these are Alaala ng Paglimot by Hannah Leceña and Alvin Pomperada (editors), Sa Lasang by Marianne Bullos, Galugad by Alvin Pomperada, Skysea by Saquina Karla C. Guiam, and Shattered Hearts by Prinz Plang.
The works are created by writers from different backgrounds and in various languages and literary forms.
"Despite challenges that we have encountered this year, we want this event to succeed. I believe that literature, whether poem, essay or short story, can make a difference in our society," said Gerald Galindez, the SOX Zine Fest director.
"Please continue to support our local writers and local literature. We are nothing without you, our dear readers. Let us build our region through nurturing regional literature," Galindez added.
All of the works are viewable for free throughout the entire duration of the event, while some are even available for download and distribution.
Readers can also purchase or get a personal copy of the works by sending the organizers or creators a message. Part of the proceeds will go to the creators' chosen relief drive for those affected by the recent typhoons in the Philippines.
The works are featured from noon until late afternoon of SOX Zine Fest 2020. Special online events are also held at 7 p.m. every day -- poetry performances by the members of Sigaw Heneral on December 1; a game and book night by Valoræx; an interview by writer and influencer Genory Vanz Alfasain with award-winning author and publisher Mary Ann Ordinario; and a feature of the poetry collection Klaro na Masyado (Kasingkasing Press, 2020) by Gerald Castillo Galindez. Galindez serves for the third consecutive year as the Zine Fest Director.
Meanwhile, this year's leg is in partnership with the online platform Yadu Karu, publishing house ABC Children's Books, book club Valoræx, and spoken word artists group Sigaw Heneral. (Genory Vanz Alfasain, contributor)