Buwan ng Wika once more!
And we were booked to talk about Philippine arts and culture earlier by Fr. Nicanor Lalog for his moment of truth calledVeritasan, and last week by our suki, Bernard Caňaberal for his Pamilya Mo, Pamilya Ko slot with Nova Arias and Jovie Barretto, both for Radio Veritas.
More so, our seemingly annual Balagtasan gig with Teo Antonio and Mike Coroza for Cultural Center of the Philippines'Sugpuin ang Korupsiyon project with DZRH and the Balagtasang Kontemporanyo at the Ateneo de Manila University's Escaler Hall.
However, this invite seems a teeny-weeny bit more special.
Today we will be part of DZUP's history.
All because of our roommate at the Faculty Center, Gonzalo "Siao" Campoamor II, now the Associate Dean for Research/Creative Work and Publication, who invited us to hop into the brand-new baby bandwagon of our College of Arts and Letters dean, Dr. Elena Mirano, at University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Well, we will be guesting for the Episode 5 of CAL's radio program KALampagan sa Lunes to explain Balagtasan as a literary form with the chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, Dr. Belen Calingacion, and her students, who will do a sample a la Showtime!
DZUP, had gone a long way since its birth in 1957 to parents – College of Engineering and of what used to be known as the College of Arts and Sciences.
It went off the air in 1973 when the Marcos government shut it down during the First Quarter Storm.
Pres. Corazon Aquino's administration gave it another shot when the College of Mass Communication revived it in the 80s.
Now, DZUP, as promoted, is UP's community radio at 1602kHz of the AM band, with transmission power of 5,000 watts and streamed live via dilc.upd.edu.ph.
With its broadcast booth at the CMC and analog transmitter at Village B within the Diliman campus, DZUP went air with its fresh programming last 1 February from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Eventually, CMC invited CAL.
With the revitalized DZUP 1602 – reaching as far as the entire National Capital Region and its suburbs -- Radio Iskool came into being withKALampagan sa Lunes under its wings together with other programs created by different colleges.
From the word “kalampag” or “a bang or a pound or a heavy blow or a loud sound produced by a strong knock,”KALampagan sa Lunes operates on the philosophy of using mass media in promoting greatness, academic and otherwise; in serving others; and in asserting the role of CAL as the center of excellence when it comes to arts and letters
Within two hours, KALampagan sa Lunes is divided into parts aside from the 30-minute Kalampagan such as PasaKALye (a five-minute segment featuring works of, say, National Artists, former CAL Dean Virgilio Almario and Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera); Artistahin (or a five-minute live feed from CAL performing artists like UP Singing Ambassadors and Kontemporaryong Gamelang Pilipino or KontraGapi; D2 na me, wer na u, speech and grammar review: (a three-minute recorded script utilizing faculty members' editing or correcting common mistakes); Je t’aime, te amo: Let’s Go Wikang Europeo: (a three-minute recorded script about survival two or three sentences from any European language); The SiningGang: (a five-minute recorded highlight on Philippine studies experts shedding light on the latest popular culture phenomenon); Saranggola ni Pepe (a one-minute recorded script in celebration of sesquicentennial anniversary of Jose Rizal next year); Jun de Leon Corner (a recorded interview of CAL's Ernie Baron in Dr. Felipe de Leon Jr. about anything under the sun).
Our guesting was supposed to be July but they have to give way to more recent and relevant episodes for the said Nutrition or Shopping Festival Month, among others, like Jose Rizal sa Kasalukuyan with Dr. Nilo S. Ocampo (KALampagan guest); Dean Mirano (PasaKALye segment); CAL Secretary Dr. Teodoro Maranan (Je'taime te amo Let's Go Wikang Europeo segment) lastJuly 12; Sining Panteatro with Dulaang UP Artistic Director Dr. Alexander Cortez (KALampagan guest); UP Theater Council (PasaKALye segment and Artistahin segment) last July 19; SONA with Prof. Mykel Andrada and Prof. Katrina Macapagal (KALampagan guests); Prof. Ramona Flores and other DSCTA professors (D2 na me wer na U Speech and Grammar Review segment); Prof. Roselle Pineda (Artistahin segment) last July 26; and Oblation with Dr. Reuben Canete (KALampagan guest); Prof. Wystan de la Pena, Dr. Adelaida Lucero, and Dr. Jimmuel Naval (PasaKALye segment); Prof. Clod Yambao and DAS students (The SiningGang segment) last August 2.
Aside from his co-producer -- Prof. Regina Banaag who is also co-hosting with fictionist Prof. Vladimeir Gonzales – Siao is in good company with the CMC partners in executive producer, Prof. Melba S. Estonilo, and interns, Christine Sanchez and Lindo Lindo.
Yesterday, another colleague from the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Prof. Ginny Mata, invited us once more for her DZUP show – Quadro Kantos – about the art of wrting and music, on 20 September to discuss Palay Bigas Kanin.
It is all about our Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative lecture and lyrics for our compact disc project with Joey Ayala and friends, namely, Dong Abay, Cynthia Alexander, Onie Badiang, Noel Cabangon, Mary Katherine Trangco-Cabral, Lourd de Veyra and the Radioactive Sago Project, Frank Englis, Junn Esteban, Maricris Joaquin, Popong Landero, Jun Latonio, Sheilbert O Manuel, Errol Marabiles, Mlou Matute, Pio Pataganao, Ira Penalosa, Traicy Christi Tarongoy, Irma Tengasantos and Rene Tengasantos.
At the rate it is going, KALampagan sa Lunes deserves more than, say, Gawad Sagisag Balagtas from the Pambansang Samahan ng mga Tagapagmasid at Tagapagtaguyod ng Filipino or the Catholic Mass Media Awards or the Golden Dove Award from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas.
As long as they stick to their mission, the gain from their pain is merely secondary.
And their vision might turn into television.
Paraphrasing astrologer Carl Sagan who hosted a TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage: “All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large Filipino city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma
Happiness is something between too little and too much. May we have enough wealth to meet our needs, enough poverty to work hard, enough blessing to know that God loves us, enough problems so we do not forget Him, enough happiness to make us happy, enough sorrow to keep us human.