BIKOL POETS SEIZE THE MIC AT LOLO’S BAR
July 21, 2006
Naga City–Bicolandia’s club scene was invaded by OragonRepublic.Com on Wednesday, July 19. Expecting the usual rounds of bands and beverage, Lolo’s Bar denizens were met by poets reeking with tigsik and rawitdawit.
Organized by Webmasters Fer and Shiela Basbas, and Forum Moderator Jose Jason L. Chancoco, the event was meant to revive the tradition of tigsikan and performance poetry in Bicol’s club culture. Present were some of the prominent voices in Bikol literature such as Francisco Peñones, Kristian Cordero, Jun Pesimo, Estelito Jacob, Marissa Casillan, Dennis Gonzaga, Rizaldy Manrique and “Tigsik Queen” Aida Cirujales. Jan Rev Davila of Ateneo de Naga’s The Pillars also served as referee for the Bikol Balagtasan. Also around were writers Joy Bagasala and Ramon Olaño, the DJs of Mom’s Radio 95.9 FM and the staff of ABS-CBN’s ‘Bikol Espesyal Oragon Na!’ TV program. The event will be featured on the program’s July 29 episode.
Other supporters were Andy and Ningning Belmonte of Lolo’s Music Bar and Restaurant, Mike and Grace of DWNX, and Shiela Salazar and Amy Villafuerte of ABS-CBN Naga.
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Fer Basbas giving a welcome address
Hagbayon the Host
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The ABS-CBN Bikol Espesyal Team
Performance Art: Frank Peñones lets the newspaper speak for itself