Bantugan sa Panulatan Kinaray-a (BPK), an Antique-based international literary writing contest in Kinaray-a concludes its second season with an awards ceremony this 26 February 2020 at St. Anthony’s College in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. This season’s contest has five categories namely, poetry, short story, short story for children, novelette, and nursery rhymes.
The Bantugan Second Season winners include Nestor E. Cancan, Jr. from Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (First Prize, Poetry); Dreamrose C. Barcebal from San Jose, Antique (Second Prize, Poetry); Anne Franceine Jean B. Corillo (Third Prize, Poetry); and Argie A. Train (Honorable Mention, Poetry). Also winners are Alyssa Jude M. Montalban from Cabatuan, Iloilo (Second Prize, Short Story); and Ritchel L. Leonida from Lambunao, Iloilo (Third Prize, Short Story). Rounding up the list are Linda Arnaez-Lee from Busan City, South Korea (First Prize, Nursery Rhymes); Jeha D. Veñegas from San Jose, Antique (Third Prize, Nursery Rhymes); and Kirk B. Morallos from San Jose, Antique (Honorable Mention, Nursery Rhymes). The winners will receive a plaque and prizes in cash and kind.
This season’s panel of judges comprise multi-awarded and published authors and Kinaray-a culture advocates, Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo, Chair of the Department of Literature, College of Liberal Arts of the De La Salle University; Dr. John Iremil E. Teodoro, Graduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Literature, College of Liberal Arts of the De La Salle University and Secretary General of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas; Mr. Glenn S. Mas, a Board Member of the Philippine Center of International PEN, and an Assistant Professor and Theater Arts Program Coordinator at the Ateneo de Manila University.
The BPK is a collaboration of Liberal Arts-Education and Research, Planning and Development Office of St. Anthony’s College in Antique, Department of Literature – College of Liberal Arts of the De La Salle University in Manila, Kasingkasing Press in Guimaras, the University of Antique in Sibalom, Antique, and Balay Sugidanun, an on-line mother tongue platform.
The BPK responds to the challenges of developing the standards of the Kinaray-a Language to ensure standardized instruction in the mother tongue; developing the textual references to be used for the standardized instruction; and training teachers and pre-service teachers to teach using the mother tongue.
The BPK is complemented by the Kahirupan Bantugan sa Pagsulat sa Kinaray-a, a writing fellowship primarily sponsored by St. Anthony’s College and the Department of Literature, College of Liberal Arts of the De La Salle University.
Mga Laragway halin sa Paraiso is Jose Edison Tondares’s collection of Kinaray-a poetry with translations to English. Published by the Kasingkasing Press, Mga Laragway halin sa Paraiso is the most recent literary output of significance from Antique, receiving praise from top literary figures of Western Visayas. Tondares is a pioneer advocate and writer of Philippine Literature in Kinaray-a.
The book is introduced by Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo, Chair of the Literature Department, College of Liberal Arts of the De La Salle University. In her introduction, Asenjo says: “The archipelago is in Photographs from paradise – the world, rivers, fields, desert, roads, steps of the bamboo stairs, room ‘that opens doors to sunrise.’ Here are the seasons: the edge of spring, long Christmases, month of the indigenous peoples, the coming of monsoons, dreaming and remembering the skin… Kinaray-a is Tondares’s touchstone, giving us these pictures – the blue of the sky – so we may listen once more to the water, remember the salt maker, keen the senses at dusk for new dreams where we cross the river together; in our cold, our concern for each other even greater.”
Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, Secretary of the National Committee on Literary Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, says of the book: ‘“Mga Laragway halin sa Paraiso” (“Photographs from Paradise”), the poem that girds Jose Edison Tondares’s anthology, reminds us that writing poetry is like language or desire: the route to our intended end does not quite bring us there. It brings us elsewhere, to this liminal space between speech and muteness, between fulfillment and loss―or, as the persona says, between “welcome or goodbye.” The poem is not quite like any other I have read in recent years, in that wisdom is arrived at by not getting there… What is hidden may very well be what we seek. In his poetry, Tondares maps the route to that which we seek… and so we read him, he who is not quite like any other poet I have read in recent years. Here is significant writing from a different place that hides so many stories!”
Dulce Maria Deriada, Humanities professor at the University of the Philippines says, “Jose Edison Tondares’ poetry is a feast for the wandering soul as it takes one to places – from the scorching Middle East to the flaming Amazon to the fiery recesses of one’s heart. Powerful, lyrical, intuitive, this collection affirms Tondares’ standing as one of the best poets in the region.”
Kinaray-a Infografiks is a 50-poster suit of infographics in Kinaray-a and English meant to help increase the instructional materials for MTB MLE instruction from Kinder to Grade 3. The infographics are developed by Crisanto V. Miranda III, Reniel M. Tabuena, and Jose Edison Tondares of the Research, Planning and Development Office of St. Anthony’s College. Tondares said that underpinning the infographics is not just basic education instruction but an advocacy to familiarize pupils with their Kinaray-a cultural heritage. Among others, a teacher would find included in the suit, life-cycle posters, animals and plants posters, classification posters, water cycle, moon phases, Kinaray-a alphabet & punctuation marks, and many more. Tondares said that the posters are in limited production and would be further improved based on feedback. The posters will be distributed to the partner schools of St. Anthony’s College.