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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Taboan 2016 features Bicol writers, highlights Rinconada dialect

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NABUA, Camarines Sur, Nov. 17 (PIA) --- Bicol writers, who are into various genres of writing, met up and shared  experiences as book writers, poets, and artists using the Rinconada dialect during the Taboan 2016 forum held at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC)- Nabua College Auditorium here, Tuesday.

Attended by more than a hundred students, the Bikol Taboan 2016 dubbed “Litgit-Paghinanyog sa Pulang Tingog” endeavored to encourage Bicol writers and the current generation to embrace and not to put into oblivion the use of the Rinconada dialect, a vernacular spoken among the fifth district towns  in Camarines Sur.

Frank Penones Jr., Southern Luzon coordinator of the National Committee on Literary Arts (NCLA) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) stated that Taoban used to be a national event but the NCLA decided to hold the activity here as to scatter the event on the island-cluster.

Taboan, a Visayan dialect which means “market place” is slated to be held in the country’s three geographical divisions, in Bicol for Luzon, and identified areas in Visayas and Mindanao.  The annual fest aims to promote culture and the written word.

Moderated by poet and book designer Victor Nierva, the event became a venue for the award winning guests to share their exciting saga towards the discovery of how beautiful Bicol language is.

Invited to share their thoughts were Estelito Jacob, a teacher at the Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS) wrote a novel using the Rinconada dialect which recently won the Writer’s Prize; Elbert Baeta, a Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) but is currently taking his graduate studies at the University of Santo Tomas, and Ben Escoto, a Sorsoganon but has moved in Iriga City.

Baeta is also the project coordinator of the Bicol Taboan and will soon work on a research and documentation project of two Bicol oral practices, bansagan and rapsak songs. Escoto has already published poems in both Sorsoganon and Irigueno language.

Other invited guests included Dr. Paz Verdades  “Doods” Santos, a literature scholar and critic and award winning story book writer, playwright, artist and poet Carlos A. Arejola.

The event was capped by the Pintakasi Media arts book launch where 5 multilingual storybooks for children of Arejola were also launched.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861479293524/taboan-2016-features-bicol-writers-highlights-rinconada-dialect#sthash.T0Y1nLKK.dpuf

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