July 14, 2007

Tinkling rimes and syllables will resound with staccato beats of rain as the Lolo’s Bar hosts this month’s OragonRepublic.Com Writer’s Night on Thursday, July 19 at 6pm. Bikol poets reeking with alcoholic tigsik and rawitdawit will once again strut their wares, claiming their rightful place at the center of Naga City’s club scene, the Avenue Square, along Magsaysay Road.

Set to perform are among the finest voices of Bikol literature such as Frank Peñones Jr., Kristian Cordero, Rizaldy Manrique, Sonny Sendon, Jocelyn Bisuña, Carlo Arejola, Honesto Pesimo, Estelito Jacob, Araceli Delgado, Dennis Gonzaga, Edgar Ramores, Aida Cirujales, Issa Casillan, Ramon Olaño and Gerry Rubio. Walk-in participants are also encouraged to come up and share their poems or music during the open-mike portion.

The rawitdawit is primordially an oral art and must be delivered in ether. We know this even from the ‘Sompongan’ days of the earlier Bikol poets. That is why OragonRepublic.Com is seeking to bring back the poet-audience dialectic as an important modality in espousing literary culture in the region.

The event is organized by Fer Basbas, Sheila Basbas and Jose Jason L. Chancoco. For more information please visit http://www.oragonrepublic.com



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