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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012

86 creative writers to converge in Clark for Taboan 2012

by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Jan 12 (PIA) -- A total of 86 poets, playwrights, essayists, and fictionists from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are set to converge in Clark Freeport next month for the 4th Taboan Philippine Writers Festival.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) National Committee on Literary Arts chair Priscilla Macansantos said, “the Taboan, which literary means the marketplace in Bisaya, seeks to serve as an avenue for the academic exchange of ideas among the country’s writers that will help hone their respective crafts and address issues currently affecting their field.”

Among the speakers in the panel discussions of the February 9-11 gathering include National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera, Francisco Sionil Jose and Virgilio Almario who is also known as Rio Alma.

Apart from panel discussions, there will also be lectures, a book fair, literary readings, and performances of Central Luzon talents.

The second volume of the Kapampangan literary journal “Tuglung” shall likewise be launched during the confab.

Macansantos explained, “the Taboan serves as one of the main activities of the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) which is an annual event celebrated every February in time for the National Arts Month.”

PAF highlights Filipino ingenuity in architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, dramatic arts, and visual arts.

This year, the festival is anchored on the theme “Tradisyon at Inobasyon (Tradition and Innovation) which focuses on the interface of traditional and contemporary art forms and genres.

Other activities of PAF 2012 include Archi[types/texts] exhibits; CinemaRehiyon 4 (February 8-11,Bacolod City); Sayaw Pinoy; First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music (February 25-28, Baguio City and Iloilo City); Music for the healing of “Sendong” victims workshop (February 20-24, Cagayan de Oro City); Tanghal (Calamba City, Cebu City, General Santos City and Cultural Center of the Philippines); and Philippine International Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience (February 17-20; Angono town in Rizal). (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)

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