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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012

Philippine writers to converge in Pampanga in February

by Joelyn G. Baluyut

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan 1 (PIA) -- Writers from all over the country will converge in Pampanga in February as they aim to highlight the importance of history and culture in Philippine literature.

Dubbed “Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival,” the event will be held on February 9-11, 2012 where the country’s poets, playwrights, essayists, and fictionists will altogether merge to share their expertise.

The conference, according to Festival director Dr. Juliet Mallari of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and National Committee on Literary Arts (NCLA) head Dr. Priscilla Macansantos, Taboan will feature panel discussions, lectures, literary readings, performances, and a book fair.

This year’s Taboan is inspired by the National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary celebration. Delegates will come from Bicol, Central Luzon, the Cordilleras, Ilocos, NCR, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, and Western Mindanao.

Last year, Taboan focused on Mindanao-based writers and the island group’s literature.

The festival is one of the seven flagship projects of Philippine Arts Festival (PAF).

PAF is held every February in celebration of the National Arts Month in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 683 signed in 1991. The month-long festival is spearheaded by the NCCA, led by its Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. and OIC-executive director Adelina Suemith, with Marichu Tellano as head of the Planning, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division. (WLB/JGB- PIA 3)

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