Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon 2012 now accepting entries


The Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon is open to all Bicolano writers and literary enthusiasts writing in any of the Bikol languages. There shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, gender or religion. Contestants under 18 years of age are, however, required to submit a certificate of parental consent.

It will receive entries for the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Drama, the Novel and Screenplay for Short Film.
  • Entries for the Rawitdawit (Poetry) category must consist of at least 10 poems but not more than 15 poems.
  • Entries for Osipon (Fiction) should be at least 7 pages in length but should not exceed 12 pages.
  • Entries for Osipon na Pan-aki (Stories for Children) should be at least 5 pages in length but should not exceed 10 pages. Entries with a plot and narrative suitable for an illustrated storybook of at least 30 pages are preferred.    
  • Entries for the Halipot na Pasali na Pan-entanldo na Pan-aki (One-act Play for Children) and the Halipot na Pasali na Pan-entablado (One-act Play) must be of sufficient length to approximate a performing time of at least thirty minutes. Plays for children, however, should be directed principally to promote Bikol values and traditions in the grade school level, ages 7 to 12.
  • Entries for Halawig na Pasali na Pan-entablado (Full-length Play) should have a performing time of at least an hour but not more than an hour and a half.
  • Entries for the Saysay (Essay) category should be at least 5 pages in length but should not exceed 8 pages. Works in creative non-fiction about the Bicolano way of life are preferred.
  • Entries for Nobela (Novel) may deal with any subject, provided it is tackling issues relevant to Bikol realities.
  • Entries for Halipot na Pasali na Pan-pelikula (Screenplay for Short Film) must be unproduced and can approximate a running time of ten to twenty minutes. This new category aims to engender the production of short indie films in the Bikol language and to encourage the creation of more short films in the region.             

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Repost: Small-town Pinoy Choir Conquers World

Originally published in: Philippine News Daily, Bicol Today, BicolMail, & Good News Pilipinas

Baao, Camarines Sur – Who would’ve thought that an unknown choir from a 4th class municipality in Camarines Sur would emerge as the champion in the recently concluded 18th Certamen International Juvenil de Habaneras y Polifonia in Torrevieja, Spain.

The Baao Children’s Choir under the baton of Virgilio Briones, himself a Baaeño, bested 40 other groups from around the world during the elimination, and beat 8 choirs during the competition proper last April 27-29, 2012, taking home the coveted Golden Trophy and the €3,000 cash prize.

The Baao Children’s Choir is a community and church - based choir of children ages 11 to 18 years old from different public and private schools in the Municipality of Baao, Camarines Sur. PHOTO BY BEMBOT BRIONES