June 29, 2006

And so it is final. We got another letter containing the logistics of “Express Yourself Reloaded”, a blogging and podcasting workshop sponsored by the Freidrich Naumann Foundation. We learned that out of the fifteen participants, six will be coming from the provinces including Bicol, Antique and Vigan.  

We will be billeted at Asian Institute of Management Conference Center until July 6. Workshop proper will be held at FNF in their office at 76 Amorsolo St., San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.

My plane ticket for Manila is now ready. We have not availed a plane ticket for Naga just yet because we will still be looking for a place to stay come Thursday night. Flight schedule for Naga is 7:15 AM, Friday. If ever, I will just take a Philtranco bus heading for Bicol right after the workshop and have my expenses reimbursed later.

Meanwhile, one of our Bikol-Naga poems appears in the June 25-July 2 issue of the Bikol Reporter. By the way, congratulations to all of the Catholic Mass Media Awardees particularly Mr. Francisco Peñones of Bikol Reporter for being given the distinction as Outstanding Columnist in the Bikol language. Likewise, kudos to the staff of Ateneo de Naga University’s The Pillars for winning both Outstanding Campus Paper and Outstanding Campus Editorial. We noticed that the CMMA does not have categories for Bicol-based Web sites and I think, this is something they should look into.

Here’s my poem:

Tinigsik ko si Palito
Kun minalatik trangkilo
Kun siya man baluson mo
An payo minakalayo!

Tinigsik ko, mga misis
Kadto materiales fuertes
Ngonyan garo na bariles
An kamot pa parong bitis!

Tinigsik ko si Kulani
Minapula, minaputi
An dila n’ya garo pisi
An tinaram, pigbabawi!

Tinigsik ko si G.I. Joe
Nag-agom sa Olongapo
Nin Pinay na garo loro
Mayong aram kundi: “Yes, yo!”


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