students, faculty join UNESCO in World Poetry Day celebrations
Departamento ng Literatura at Wikang Filipino (DLWF) joins
the UNESCO and poetic communities all over the world in celebrating
World Poetry Day on March 21. Starting today, the department
will showcase a poem daily for two weeks via e-mail and the
DLSU-Manila web site. The celebration of the World Poetry
Day which started only last year aims to promote international
intercultural understanding through poetry and to emphasize
the call for the recognition of ancestral values.
department will also sponsor a poetry recital contest called
Poetry Jam 2001 on March 23, 12:50-2:20 p.m., at the William
Shaw Theatre. The competition is limited to 12 performers,
group and solo combined, and to students enrolled in literature
Meanwhile, award-winning poet Dr. Cirilo Bautista, holder
of The Angel and Celerina Reyes Distinguished Professorial
Chair Lecture in the Humanities, will deliver “The Literary
Life: Notes for a Probable Confession” on March 22, 9:40-11
a.m. at the Ariston Estrada Seminar Room.
In another news, the DLWF Bookclub, in cooperation with ABC
Galleries, Filipino Bookstore and Bale Datung, held a special
literary presentation called Conversation with Writer last
March 1 at the Aferwords Café/Filipino bookstore in Remedios.
intellectual and critical verbal exchange between the critic
and the writer, the Conversation showcased in its first session
writer Charlson Ong and young critic David Jonathan Bayot.
They discussed Ong’s novel, An Embarrassment of Riches, which
won the second prize in the English division at the 1998 Centennial
Charlson Ong has produced three collections of short stories:
Men of the East, Woman of Am-Kaw, and Conversion and Other
Fictions. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of
the Philippines Department of English and Comparative Literature,
where he teaches creative writing courses. He has also taught
creative writing at DLSU-Manila.
David Jonathan Bayot teaches literature and literary criticism
at DLSU-Manila. He has produced the first book on a Filipino
kritiko entitled Isagani R. Cruz and the Other Other: Intervention
in Philippine Kritika. He also edited The Alfredo E. Litiatco
Lectures of Isagani R. Cruz, and co-edited with noted Isagani
R. Cruz, Reading Cirilo F. Bautista and Reading Bienvenido
The second session of Conversation will be scheduled in June,
featuring critic Bienvenido Lumbera and writer Benilda Santos
on the latter’s poetry collection Alipato.