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News feature: Rebirth of Albay-Bikol Literature...
TABACO CITY, Albay  ·  
posted 24-May-2011  ·  
Inspired by Sùanoy Bikol literature, the An Banwa: Kultura buda Arte kan Tabaco, Incorporated (ABKAT Inc.) (The Town: Culture and Arts of Tabaco) under the benefaction of National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) held a three-day Albay Writers Workshop to channel an influx of Albay-Bikol literature recently.


Thirteen budding Albayano writers underwent an earnest critiquing of their works in rawit-dawit (poetry), osipon (short story) and dula (play) in Tabaco City last May 20-22, 2011.


Underlining the importance of form, style and imagery, members of the panel led by locally renowned poet-writer Juan Rafael Belgica, literature professor Dr. Paz Verdades Santos, multi-awarded contemporary BikolanowriterJose Jason Chancoco and locally renowned journalist-broadcaster-professor-poet Raffi Banzuela provided their expertise on Bikol literature.


“Magsurat sana, dae magtonong (Always write, and never give up),” Belgica enthused during the colloquium citing that Bikol literature is unique, beautiful so every writer should help in nurturing it.


Professor Banzuela likewise emphasized the need for writers to study Albay literature and should never forget the beautiful legacies of their ancestors.


The locally renowned poet-journalist expressed dismay in the manner that non-Bikolanos were the ones publishing the BikolDictionary with the likes of Malcolm W. Mintz, Jose Del Rosario Britanicoand Jason Lobel.


“Dakulaon tabi ining oportunidad para sa satuya gabos na mamuklat an satuyang mata sa yaman kan satuyang kultura,sa gayon kan satuyang literatura,(This is a huge opportunity for us to see the richness of our culture, the beauty of our literature),” Banzuela said.


He added everyone should provide a lending hand, every Albayano writer should strive to nurture the local literature.


The fellows admitted to the first Albay Writers Workshop were Arlan Alzaga, Jessel Basanta, Marnel Bataller, Juliet Barboza, Vilma Barrameda, Leticia Catalan, Allaine Imperial, Frnaces Jetomo, Saturnino Macasinag, Jr., Sarah Pauline Namia, Ma. Salve Rosal, Frnacis Gerard Toscano, Francis Candaza, Vicente Olavario and Jovert Balunsay.


Workshop director Jimple Borlagdan urged the fellows to sustain the workshop ethos and conduct similar activities in their respective cities and municipalities.


Meanwhile, ABKAT is looking forward to publishing the submitted works of the fellows with the patronage of the local government of Tabaco City. (MAL/JSB, DENR V)

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