March 1, 2012
Writers’ Gig (WG), Bicol’s regular poetry show will celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Sosimo RestoBar, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City. The WG have had ten (10) gigs since it had its debut on March 5, 2011 at the old Wharf Galley then located at downtown Naga.
“It is primordially an open-mic poetry event designed to bring out language arts to public places and Bicol’s club culture. We do it every month and the emphasis is on the open-mic poetry segment where walk-ins are welcome to register and read their literary works,” says poet Jose Jason L. Chancoco, the lead organizer for the event.
“But of course we also feature other art forms such as film, music, dance, theater, and what-not? We also sell books by Bikol writers” He adds. His band The Super Poet Genome Project, a performance poetry/rock band, and the Fire n Ice Dancers are regular performers during the monthly gigs. Singer Julie General once rendered her version of a Les Miserables piece. Poet and musician Jaime Jesus Borlagdan once dropped by to sing some of his original Bikol songs.
Earlier gigs saw screenings of locally and internationally produced short poetic films. Without formally starting the show, said films would be projected on-screen just to prepare the minds of the audience to a more poetic psyche. Featured local film-makers were Erik Lim, Vic Nierva and Jose Jason L. Chancoco.
Supported by the Francis Papica Foundation, the anniversary gig will once again feature WG regular poets and readers such as Kevin de Quiroz, Jerome Hipolito, Jusan Misolas, Noel Cervantez, Ronel Astor, Ronel Amata, Buboy Aguay, Issa Redburn, Jay Salvosa, Elbert Baeta, Johner Caneba, John Pazcoguin, and Irvin Sto. Tomas among others. The gig once had Frank Penones, Vic Nierva, Jo Bisuna and Ricardo Lee as featured writers. Previous sponsors include Naga City Vice-Mayor Gabby Bordado, and councilors Nathan Sergio and Cecilia de Asis.