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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


First-ever Taboan to gather creative writers in Eastern Visayas

by Neil D. Lopido

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 12 (PIA) –- Taboan, Visayan word that means market, will be gathering the country's top creative writers in Eastern Visayas in February.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with Katig Writers Network Inc. and the Leyte Normal University (LNU) - Panrehiyong Sentro sa Wikang Filipino, through the leadership of Voltaire Q. Oyzon will be holding its first-ever Katig Han Sinirangnan Bisayas: 2012 Regional Taboan Satellite Activity.

This was learned from Harold L. Mercurio, the regional coordinator of the National Committee on Literary Arts who said that this is a committee-initiated project of NCLA jointly implemented by the Katig Writers Network Inc. and LNU to promote creative writing in the region and establish camaraderie among the writers in Samar, Leyte, Biliran, and Capul.

The said activity is geared to decentralize NCCA projects, activities, and at the same time, establish a core group of writers who will spearhead the preservation of the writings in Waray, Sebuano, and Inabaknon in the region, Mercurio said.

The activity, he said, has two components: the writers’ forum and the literary performances. The writers’ forum will be held in the morning, while the literary performances will be showcased in the afternoon.

Mercurio further said that activities during the forum include the introduction of representatives from various organizations under the Katig Writers Network Inc., paper presentations, open-forum, and the election of a new set of officers of Katig for 2012.

Meanwhile, the literary performances, spearheaded by the Sinirangan Culture and Arts Development Center of LNU will feature local writers from Leyte and Samar in dramatic reading and mini-theatrical performances.

Writers will also be given the chance to read their poems as part of the said literary showcase.

All expenses which include the materials, fare, and food during the duration of the activity will be shouldered by the NCCA, while LNU will provide an overnight accommodation for participants living outside Tacloban City, Mercurio concluded.

Katig Writers Network Inc. is an umbrella organization of local writers in Eastern Visayas which includes the NwSSU-Lamiraw Literary Arts Organization and CALAO Writers Inc. in Calbayog City and Abaknon Literary Arts Guild Inc. in Capul, Northern Samar. (PIA-8/KWNI)

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