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Friday, November 11, 2016

Local writers call for support to preserve, promote Albay’s rich culture, arts and heritage

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA) –“Albay has a rich culture, history and heritage but there are lots of things painfully forgotten. Where is it now?”

Award winner local writer and poet Rafael Banzuela stressed such query and challenge to stakeholders during the “Forum @ PIA” on the promotion of heritage, culture and arts in Albay conducted on Tuesday by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Albay provincial office and National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).

Banzuela, together with Komisyoner AbdonBalde Jr. ng Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino,, discussed the historical and cultural development of the province along with local stories, literature, language and state of writers presenting their in particular their current state, issues and concerns.

Banzuela noted the need for stronger partnership with stakeholders such as the academe, local government units and publishing companies to generate and promote awareness, appreciation and preservation of the culture, tradition, arts and heritage of Albay.

“Our writers need the outlet to promote and publish their work but we find it hard to look for a publishing house that’s willing to gamble with us. So what commonly happens is vanity publishing or publishing our work using our own money,” Banzuela said.

On the use of language, he urged local writers along with the media to assume full responsibility in using Legazpi-Bikol language noting the need to further develop and preserve the beauty of the Bicol language and its rich past and history.

“Anyone can write history but it’s more important to have proper documentation and interpretation of what happened and its effect or impact on the community,” Banzuela said.

To further strengthen and sharpen the local dialect, he proposed for a local dictionary that will include variants of the words from other dialects although that will incur funding, hard work, research and expertise of a lexicographer.

Banzuela likewise noted the “need for Albay to come up with good museum and library to keep things being done today” which will serve as outlet to store and preserve works of art, heritage and culture.

Balde also added the practical use of culture and arts citing the need for awareness, appreciation and protection of culture and arts as valuable assets that can be used to improve our lives.

 Among his plans to further promote Albay arts, culture and heritage are publication of local stories and tigsikwhich have been compiled and translated in Englishand Tagalog for non-bicolano readers to understand. Some of these works of art have been published online in his Facebook account.

Together with Banzuela and Balde as resource speakers in the said “Forum @ PIA” are reactors Apo Gonzales, volunteer for community art development in Albay and Mario Arguilles, correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer Southern Luzon.

The said forum is part of the series of promotional activities conducted by the PIA and NCCA on the promotion of culture and arts highlighting its important role in the establishment of identity and foundation of nation building and development.

The NCCA has forged a partnership with the PIA earlier this year to help in spreading and inculcating cultural education and awareness in the regions. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571478682105/local-writers-call-for-support-to-preserve-promote-albay-s-rich-culture-arts-and-heritage#sthash.dJgsgUh7.dpuf

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