{m}aganda magazine is a student-run academic publication based at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 1989 , it has evolved from its beginnings as a bi-annual magazine, and is now a diverse anthology of submitted work that is published once a year. We serve as a vital forum for the presentation of diverse experiences and opinions through all platforms for creativity–including art, prose, poetry, film, music, journalism and scholarly writing.

We record our lives as “cultural historians,” not forgetting that our forefathers and foremothers have blazed this path for us, making publications like maganda possible. We come from a strong tradition of Filipino and Filipino American writers, a tradition which includes Dr. Jose Rizal, Paz Marquez Benitez, Estrella Alfon, Jose Garcia Villa, Nick Joaquin, Carlos Bulosan, Bienvenido Santos, N.V.M. Gonzales, Renato Constantino, Jose Maria Sison, Ninotchka Rosca, Jessica Hagedorn, and the Kearny Street Workshop Writers. Because of them, and for the future, we proudly give our community {m}aganda.

{m}aganda and the community
{m}aganda aims to foster critical dialogue within and across our communities through arts, literature, and education. We come from a heritage of Pilipino/American artists, writers, and cultural historians, but we extend our hands and voices to any and all who own truths that need to be spoken.

We believe in the necessity of art as a means of influencing social change. We attempt to accomplish this by providing integral spaces and opportunities for all of us to develop ourselves as creatively conscious individuals in our communities.

{m}aganda provides a means for:

Creative cultivation: through spaces like our annually published {m]aganda magazine, workshops, and open mics, we provide forums for collective dialogue to take place, and opportunities for individuals to begin to explore their own creativity.

Community consciousness: through educational workshops, partnerships with community organizations, and spaces that promote discussion, we aim to stir our communities into a critical consciousness of our socio-political, intellectual, and cultural circumstances today.

Growing artists: through the resources and experience we provide, for artists, writers, journalists, poets, playwrights, musicians, photographers, and other creative explorers, we connect you to spaces that promote artistic growth, offer our support to you in your creative endeavors, and we aim to cultivate professional artists throughout our communities.

The {m} Blog
{m}aganda, as a blog, aims to extend our dialogue to those beyond our immediate reach. We also wish to serve as a channel for bringing news, reviews, and perspectives to the community on a more regular basis.