“April is the cruelest month,” declared the poet T.S. Eliot, “breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain.”
April can also be the month the younger revolutionary hero Emilio Jacinto died, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario reminded the viewers of this at a latest press convention on the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros, Manila, ushering in April because the National Literature Month (Buwan ng Panitikan ng Pilipinas).
“Jacinto was the brains of the Katipunan,” Almario, the brand new NCCA chair, stated. “He was very young, but mature in government and political science.”
And he was additionally a superb author, contributing considerably to the revolutionary literature of the Katipunan.
The monthlong literary actions are led by the NCCA, Komisyon sa Wikang Pilipino (KWF) and National Book Development Board (NBDB). Theme is Banyuhay (Bagong Anyo ng Buhay), a phrase first coined by songwriter-folk singer Heber Bartolome, and means “metamorphosis.”
National Literature Month, geared toward highlighting “the transformative power of literature,” will kick off with the celebration of Balagtas (Francisco Baltazar) Day, the 229th delivery anniversary of the post who wrote the immortal “Florante at Laura.” This will likely be held in Orani, Bataan, on April 2.
Almario stated the theme of metamorphosis or transformation was supposed to stimulate the invention of recent kinds in literature, whereas serving to in the event of regional languages. Joining him in the press launch have been Aiza Seguerra, the singer-actress, an NCCA Ambassador for National Literature Month; and Anna Katarina Rodriguez of NBDB.
“I am a fan of books,” Seguerra stated. “We should use these to gain more readers, like the out-of-school youth. They need to start somewhere and these should be in Tagalog, so they can understand it. I’d like to encourage everyone, and give them options. We should promote classes with alternative texts.”
The competition will run from April 1-29.
National Literature Month will open with the celebration of Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar Day or Araw ni Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar on April 2.
The Pambansang Kampong Balagtas 2017, a literary convention, will collect 100 student-writers from all around the Philippines. It will likely be held March 31 to April 2, on the Orion Elementary School in Orion, Bataan.
Outstanding writers will likely be honored on April 2 with the conferment of the Gawad Dangal ni Balagtas and Talaang Ginto: Makata ng Taon. Previous recipients of Dangal are Lamberto Antonio (2013), Teodoro “Teo” Antonio (2014), Rogelio Mangahas (2015), and Jose Maria “Pete” Lacaba (2016).
NBDB will maintain the Pinoy Book Stop Tour, highlighting libraries and impartial and campus-based bookstores in Metro Manila on April 7 and eight. National Book Award winners will likely be featured by way of guide talks, poetry readings and music performances.
Other NLM actions embody literary caravans, workshops, conferences, language and literary boards, spoken phrase poetry, performances, guide launches, lectures, singing competitions, Brushes with Words and Chords at University of Santo Tomas, and Umpil National Congress of Writers on April 29.
The venues will embody Metro Manila, Bataan, Laguna, Samar and Cagayan de Oro.
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