Heads Up: April is ‘National Literature Month’

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED April 2, 2018 02:08 pm
Hardin ni Balagtas in Brgy. Wawa, Orion, Bataan. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

(Inside Manila) Preserving Philippine literature doesn’t just inspire the literature of today, it also introduces to future generations the values that we Filipinos have inherited from our ancestors.

As per Proclamation No. 968, signed on February 10, 2015, by then-President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Philippines will observe every April of the year as a “National Literature Month.” The declaration aims to promote the Philippine literature, written in different Philippine languages, and show how it is associated with the history and cultural legacy of the State.

What’s more, the month of April marks the commemoration of the Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar Day. Search engine Google, in celebration of Balagtas’ 230th birthday, changed its logos into doodles that depict one of his prominent poems, Florante at Laura. The month also pays tribute to the birth and death anniversaries of literary pillars like Emilio Jacinto, Paciano Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Edith Tiempo, Bienvenido Lumbera, and Fernando Amorsolo.

This year's theme is 'Pingkian'

Since all government agencies, departments, and instrumentalities, led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), are encouraged to support and participate programs and activities to be held in accordance to the decree, there are a lot of upcoming events that’ll help liven the festivity. For instance, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) will hold a “Book Fiesta” on April 23, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Plaza Moriones, Intramuros. The UST Literary Society, meanwhile, will be having a three-day “Literature Exhibit and Book Fair” on April 24 to 27 at the ground floor of St. Raymund’s building in UST.

Perhaps one of the most awaited event this month is Instituto de Cervantes’ annual Dia Del Libro, which directly translates to—and celebrates—World Book Day. The event will be held on April 21, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.



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