The Week for the Gifted – from 21 to 27 November – interestingly falls after National Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week and within the Philippine Book Development Month which will end tomorrow!
In fact, it was spearheaded by the Philippine Center for Gifted Education, Inc. (PCGE) that aims to be a world class institution that will provide leadership in gifted education in the Philippines and the ASEAN region. Two Sundays ago, PCGE was launched formally under the leadership of its Executive Director, Dr. Leticia Penano-Ho, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
If PCGE's definition of gifted is a condition resulting from a responsive biological and environmental that is manifest during the developmental period of life and describes significantly above average performance inferred from the current performance and estimates of future performance and contingent upon the person’s task commitments to attainments in adaptive behavior, then Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo is qualified.
And LIRA's Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Panulaang Filipino last 25-26 November -- can pass as part of The Week for the Gifted celebration – though it was actually the highlight of LIRA's 25th anniversary this year! It was held at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center), University of the Philippines, Diliman where J. Neil Garcia delivered his U.P. ICW Panayam lecture Valence and ambivalence: Notes on the troubled history of science and poetry the day before.
LIRA's plenary speakers are both National Artists for Literature – former U.P. College of Arts and Letters dean Virgilio Almario and Poets Essayists Novelists (PEN) chair Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera -- who talked about its themeMahalaga ba ang Tula?
Literature and Filipino language educators from elementary school to college as well as writers and other lovers of Filipino literature convened and discussed the present state, the changes to, and the future of how poetry in Filipino is read, taught, and written.
Together with Rebecca Añonuevo, Romulo Baquiran Jr., Michael Coroza, Danilo Reyes, and Edgar Samar, we, being of the LIRA's founding members, were invited to react to Dr. Lumbera's paper entitled Ang Tulang Filipino sa Kolehiyo.
Our co-reactor, Roberto Añonuevo, who was recently appointed as theCommission on Filipino Language's acting director general, promoted his son Aman's recital.
Gifted Amansinaya Añonuevo, the pride of La Immaculada Concepcion School, will perform with Marie Nathanael Javier (St. Paul College-Pasig), Bethany Huang (Reedley International School), Justin Agbulos (St. Joseph Catholic School), and with their mentor Jerome Agbulos (U.P. Diliman). BilledKuwerdas ng Panahon, this classical guitar concert will be held on 11 December, 4 p.m., at the Tanghalang Pasigueño within the Pasig City Hall Complex. Bobby promised we will be serenaded with the music of Albeniz, Bach, Burgmuller, Dowland, Duarte, Giulliani, Johnson, Lecuona, Sanz, Sor, and Tarrega.
The front acts include Evelyn Batobalonos, Ruelson Bello, and Jellou Borbe from the All Asian Bible and Music College. HimiGitara Collective will also give a free concert on 4 December at the All Asian Bible and Music College in Antipolo. Kindly call 09202768142 / 09174768677 or send email at email@example.com for tickets.
By the way, Aman's uncle, Atty. J.P. Anthony Cuňada, a classical guitarist too aside being a gifted writer like the Añonuevo siblings, reminded us of the 2011 Philippine International Guitar Festival and Competition at the CCP Little Theater on 27-30 January.
How we wish our son, Wika, would succeed like Aman after being invited to train under Bennac by Claret Schools' art teacher, Emilio Jacinto Jr.,during the 1st Philippine Art Educators Association (PAEA) School Clubs/Organizations Summit two Saturdays ago!
Tomorrow, during the 147th birthday festivities of another gifted poet and patriot, Gat Andres Bonifacio, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation will unveil 13 new names during its Annual Celebration of Martyrs and Heroes at the Bantayog Memorial Center, Quezon Ave. near cor. EDSA, Diliman in Quezon City. Annually, remarkable individuals who fought for the restoration of the people's civil and political rights during the Martial Law period are honored. Roy Lorenzo H. Acebedo (Manila), David T. Bueno (Ilocos Norte), William T. Chua (Manila), Jesus F. Fernandez (Pangasinan), Arthur E. Galace (Baguio City), Eduardo “Taking” E. Lanzona (Davao City), Salvador F. Leaño (Romblon), Alfredo L. Mendoza (Manila), Armando L. Mendoza (Manila), Vicente A. Mirabueno (South Cotabato), Modesto C. Sison (Cavite), Teresito D. Sison (Pampanga), and Rolan Y. Ybañez (Oriental Mindoro) will now be added to the 180 names of martyrs and heroes already engraved on the black granite Wall of Remembrance. Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno -- the De La Salle University College of Law dean, incumbent Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chair, and son of Sen. Jose Diokno – will be the guest who will speak about its themeIsulong ang Katotohanan, Katarungan, Kapayapaan at Kalayaan.
On 1-4 December, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., versatile filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz will have a national premiere of his film MondoManila at the Cine Adarna U.P. Film Institute.
The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) members will exchange gifts with their counterparts from the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) headed by Mr. Lirio Sandoval of A-Z Marketing.
Engr. Abdon Balde Jr., who succeeded us as UMPIL chair, tapped us to host this very first pre-Christmas Fellowship among writers and publishers in the country. More popularly known as Bookie Woogie, it will held next Thursday, 2 December, at 6 p.m., at Sky Lounge, Tivoli Garden Residences in Mandaluyong City. “Ang layunin ng pagtitipon ay upang magkakila-kilala at mag-bonding ang mga book publisher at ang mga manunulat.” Engr. Balde emphasized, “at dagdag na layunin ang mapalakas ang samahan ng mga manunulat, ng mga publisher at ng Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS).”
Charlson Ong, board member of both UMPIL and PEN, will surely prove his worth as a lifetime member of AIM, or Asosasyon ng Iniuuwi ang Mic. A Videoke King, he is the chair of this year's annual Writers Night committee of the U.P. Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing to be held on 10 December at the GT Toyota Asian Center Auditorium inside the U.P. Diliman campus where the 10th Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA) will be given to one of the finalists: Batbat Ni Udan (The Story of Udan) by Telesforo Sungkit (Central Books);Kantilaho by Joseph de Luna Saguid (UST); Agaw-Dilim, Agaw-Liwanag by Lualhati Abreu (UP Press); Tugmaang Matatabil: Mga Akdang Sinulat sa Libingan ng mga Buhay by Axel Pinpin (Southern Voices); and Sayod Kong Tataramon (Tuwiran kong Sasabihin) by Carlos Arejola (NCCA).
A talk on writing and publishing for the first time will precede the awarding ceremony at 5 p.m. wherein the winner will take home P50,000.00 in cash and a special commemorative plaque. The Board of Judges is composed of Dean Rolando Tolentino, Genevieve Asenjo, and past MGBFBA winner Luna Sicat Cleto. Afterwards, Likhaan: the Journal of Contemporary Literature will be launched. This fourth issue publishes the works of Exie Abola, Joey Baquiran, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Adam David, Vlad Gonzales, Marlon Hacla, Anne Lagamayo, Edgar Maranan, Mario Miclat, Carla Pacis, Chuckberry Pascual, Jason Tabinas, Andrew Albert Ty, and Mixkaela Villalon. Likhaan 4 editor, Dr. Jun Cruz Reyes, will be the director of the historic 50th U.P. National Writers Workshop 2011 at the Asian Institute of Management Lodge, Camp John Hay in Baguio City. The deadline workshop scheduled on 24 April-1 May is extended to 15 December. Please contact Ms. Eva Cadiz at # 9221830 or logon to panitikan.com.ph.
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