National Literature Month Celebration 2019

| March 20, 2019

In accordance with Proclamation No. 968, signed in 2015, the National Literature Month (NLM) is celebrated every April, under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Book Development Board-Philippines. This year’s theme is BUKLUGAN PANITIKAN, a phrase adapted from buklog, the Subanen ritual for community-bonding and thanksgiving. 

In Cebu, under the initiative of the USC Cebuano Studies Center, headed by its director, Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, the literary community will celebrate a three-day festival called Joy to the Word, where readings, workshops, presentations and discussions will be held in the Wrocklage Yard of the University of San Carlos-Downtown Campus on 4-6 April 2019.

Readers will have a chance to meet long-admired authors as well as discover upcoming writers in a segment called Up Close and Personal: Conversations with Cebuano Writers. They will witness Cebuano plays being read, new works being staged, and poetry performed by the poets themselves. Attendees will get to listen to talks on Storybook Illustration by Josua Cabrera, Blogging by Erik Requina and Hazel Cesa, Vlogging and Film Making by Bradley Tenchavez , Zine Production by Erik Tuban and Zine Design by Jay Nathan Jore.

A book fair and photo exhibit will feature writers’ organizations in Cebu such as the Women in Literary Arts-Cebu (WILA-Cebu), Mga Anak sa Dagang (MAD), Tinta, The Stray Poets Collective, and Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Sugbo (Bathalad-Sugbo), which is the recipient of the Gawad Pedro Bucaneg 2019 conferred by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas. The festival will also feature Book Swap Cebu, Inc. and the translators’ group InOtherWords Incorporated (IOW)

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