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SM City Naga fetes National Arts Month

Bicol Mail

In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month this February, SM City Naga, in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts  (NCCA)  spearheaded two big events here – the launching and screening of Thy Womb and the  Annual Pintakasi of the Literaturang Bikolnon.

Thy Womb, one of the masterpieces of 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante Mendoza was launched here on January 30 and had its special screening on January 31, the day the National Arts Month commenced to signal its month-long celebration.

The film is one of the eight official entries to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival and has been invited to the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in September and the 17th Busan International Film Festival in October.

Brillante personally graced the said occasion in support of the Filipino film industry and gave the audience a chance to interact with him after the movie thru a Question and Answer portion. Thy Womb was simultaneously shown in all the SM cinemas.

Last Friday, February 15, SM City Naga brought another cultural activity at the SM Activity Center – the Pintakasi kan Literaturang Bikolnon 2013, a Southern Luzon Satellite event of the Taboan 2013: The 5th Philippine Writers Festival.

Carlos Arejola, together with Ms. Tina Sumayao of SM City Naga, and other members of the Organizing Committee welcomed the participants to the various activities which included Story telling session, poetry reading. The audience was indulged with the musical performance of the world acclaimed Baao Children’s Choir.

First anthology of Bicol fiction makes a buzz

By Juan Escandor Jr.
Bicol Mail

Hot off the press featuring 22 writers, the book “Hagong, Mga Osipon (Buzz, Fiction pieces)” which was launched last week at the Ateneo de Naga University (AdeNU)  made a buzz here for being the first anthology of Bicol fiction written in various dialects.

Prof. Paz Verdades M. Santos, who edited the mga osipon in tandem with Francisco V. Peñones Jr., hailed the collection of Bicol fiction as the first volume ever published in the 21stcentury.

Santos explained they adapted the term osipon for Bicol fiction which is the Bicol word for a tale, to tell, tell on, squeal, gossip, accuse, and complain about which was traced to the term used in the early 20th century of Bicol publication.

She said the resurgence of Bicol literature in the recent decade is characterized by a flood of rawitdawit (Bicol poems) with many books already published; however, there’s a dearth of osipon, she added.

“Several collections of poetry have been launched in less than a decade, but not one volume of good short stories in Bikol has appeared,” Santos observed.

Santos was a literature professor at the De La Salle University for 10 years and presently teaching at the Ateneo de Naga University. She is in the forefront of collecting Bicol literature pieces and publishing them into books which included “Hagkus Twentieth Century Bikol Women Writers (2003), “Maharang Mahamis na Literatura sa Mga Tataramon sa Bikol” (2010), and “Sagurong” (2011).

Santos said several osipon in the 183-page book have won awards and seen publication in school and local publications and the 22 osipon had been selected from more than 100 pieces submitted.

“Some are definitely worth critiquing and studying, and eventually translating and submitting to national and international anthologies to represent contemporary fiction in Bikol,” she added.

There are two stories in mythical forms that make use of local legends, four pieces in historical fiction, and the bulk of the stories deal with harsh social realities.

Peñones said the book title “Hagong” was chosen because he said these osipin will most likely resonate among Bicol readers who will recognize their own stories in the collection.

Bernadette T. Dayan, chair of AdeNU’s literature and language studies department, said the stories provide significant pieces of experience helpful for the new generation to understand the entire sphere of Bicol spirit.

“Hagong” is published by Ateneo de Naga University Press headed by Fr. Wilmer Tria.

Jumels presents Angels on its 33rd year

Bicol Mail

JUMELS Learning Center has come a long way in opening new avenues for its pupils while developing them with Christian values that are marks of true JUMELITES.

This development is holistic, allowing the expression and display of innate creative potentials of the pupils and making them experience the various forms of discipline in the performing arts, baring early recognition of what they wish to do or what they want to be in the future.

Its initial staging of “The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings,” was followed by 28 other musical productions, with the participation of some parents – an affirmation of their full support to their young.

An annual operetta has thus become a JUMELITE tradition which continues to awe little children and inspire parents to send their children to JUMELS Learning Center if only to experience this rare and fairy-laden opportunity.

Lending support to JUMELS all through these years is the University of Nueva Caceres Glee Club and of one time the La Crème, all for the love of children to whom JUMELS is truly indebted.

As JUMELS celebrates its 33rd Founding Year, tradition dictates that another musical be mounted – thus, The ANGELS – a play in two-acts shall hit the stage to reflect the plight of street children and the angel whose life in heaven seems not to be joyful.

Performances are slated on February 15 (student night) at 6 pm and February 16 (Gala night) at 7 pm at the Main Hall of the Basilica Minore in Balatas, City of Naga.