August 15, 2006
It was last Wednesday at 3:30 pm when we were asked to talk about blogging over Mom’s Radio FM. Our focal point was the possibility of making a blog earn money. With this, we emphasized that both content and presentation are important and that the blogger should find his/her niche. We also mentioned the FNF Blogging and Podcasting workshop that we attended last month. And we are in a way tasked to share whatever we learned from it for the sake of civic education.
Mr. Goodnews got something for us. Our entry for the Essay Category for the 3rd Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon is chosen as one of the Finalists. Because of this, we will be joining the awarding ceremonies on September 12, 6pm at the Naga City Youth Center. Keynote speaker for the event is National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera. We are sure to receive a plaque/diploma of merit but we still have a shot for the gold medallion and the trophy. Anyway for this writer, we write irregardless of literary prize. We simply write.
Mr. Frank Peñones’ book launch was a success. But we were able to attend only the one held at Lolo’s Bar last Friday. Published by Agnus Press, his book is a rich addition to the so-called ‘rennaissance’ of Bikol literature.
And it was a cool and rainy Saturday when graduate students from De La Salle University under Prof. Paz Verdades Santos came for a visit. Held at Langag ni Tuy Grill right there at Bagumbayan-Calauag, the ‘Pabasang Berso’ was well-attended by academicians and writers. The readers were: Rudy Alano, Issa Cassillan, Jun Pesimo, Jason Chancoco, Esting Jacob, Frank Peñones, Selina, Zaldy Manrique, Tito Valiente, Boboy Aguay, Carlo Arejola and Aida Cirujales. Bikol scholar Dr. Cyril Conde and literature teacher Sarah Balane were also in attendance along with writers Edgar Ramores and Joy Bagasala.