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By: Darlene Acosta, PITO-LU

The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) in coordination with Bauang Local Government Unit and the National Committee for Literary Arts (NCLA) which is one of the 19 national sub-committees of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), held the Taboan Festival Governor’s Night last November 29, 2017 at the Diego Silang Hall, Provincial Capitol, City of San Fernando, La Union.

In behalf of Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, Vice Governor Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce welcomed participants, delegates and organizers to La Union and hoped that its beauty will entice to create more inspiring works of art. The message was followed by the reading of an excerpt from Manuel Arguilla’s literary piece “How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife” which was read by Mr. John Bengan, member of NCLA and Representative of Davao Writers Guild and Ms. Djuna Alcantara, President of Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat Nga Ilokano-San Fernando City (GUMIL-SFC) for the Iloko version of the excerpt. Further, a showcase of an outstanding cultural performance from Saint Louis College Choir was witnessed by attendees as they sang various Iloko songs.



Second part of the program is the NCCA Posthumous recognition to NCCA-NCLA Members and NCCA Writers Prize. Dr. Hope Yu, NCCA-NCLA Committee Head, shared her message to the participants for a tribute to their committee. Stage readings of winning work and recognition of the Awardees for the NCCA Writers Prize Award happened thereafter.

“Taboan” is a Visayan word for “marketplace,” and every year, the Festival strives to be a market place of ideas for writers interacting with one another and with their audience. Official delegates consist of the most prolific and prodigious of the country’s poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists and mixed media artists. Activities are open to the public and include a conference, a book fair, performances by local artists’ groups, cultural tour, and this year, a celebration of life and works of Manuel Arguilla on the last day of the Festival.

The Taboan Writers’ Festival, a flagship program of the NCCA, is a three-day annual gathering of writers, readers, scholars, researchers, and passionate to Philippine literature, from all over the country. Hundreds of writers and literary teachers attended this year’s Taboan Writers Festival from November 27 to 29 in Bauang and City of San Fernando, La Union.


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