GenSan poet bags 'Makata' award on Balagtas' 231st birthday


ORION, Bataan -- A 28-year-old poet from southern Mindanao was conferred the "Makata ng Taon 2019" award by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) during the commemoration here of the 231st birth anniversary of the prince of Filipino poets, Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar on Tuesday.

MJ Tumamac of General Santos City bagged the award for his poem, “Mga Mungkahi ng Pagdanas ng Dahas sa Maitum”, that tackled poverty, injustice, tribal war, and killings in the countryside, among some social issues. Maitum is a municipality of Sarangani province.

Tumamac's winning piece has the sub-titles “Mag-abang ng Bangkay sa Baybay”; “Kalimutan ang kasaysayan”; “Magbuntis ng mga Butil”; “Lumanghap ng Alingasaw”; ”Payuhan ang Sipit at Sampayan”; “Mangwasak ng mga Mukha”; "Manunumpa sa Sumpa”; “Lumikha ng Tula at Bata”; “Magpalit ng Dila”, and “Magpahaloghog ng Loob”.
Tumamac, who was the second prize winner of the same competition in 2017, has already published four books and served as editor and translator of books for children.

Fr. Arnel Vitor of the Transfiguracion of Christ parish in Antipolo City, ranked second for his poem “May Nakakatawa ba Sakaling May Mamatay: At Iba pang Tula sa Panahong Eksayting ang Pagkakahimlay".

A native of Angono, Rizal, he has published a book and was a recipient of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his novels and Gawad Collantes for poems.

Richard Gappi, on the other hand, was third-placer for his “Dulok: Gunita ng Tubig”. Dulok is a Waray word for storm surge.

Gappi is presently editor of News Online of Angono, Rizal. He was twice Fellow for Poems of the UP National Writers Workshop and a Fellow for Poems at the De La Salle National Writers Workshop. He formed the Neo-Angono Artists Collective and Angono 3/7 Poetry Society.

Meanwhile, singer and composer Rey Valera and playwright Rody Vera were recipients of "Dangal ni Balagtas" awards.

Valera was cited for his contribution to the enrichment of the arts in the field of music and Vera, for teaching the youth on stage play and theater arts.

Valera sang a few songs, to the delight of the audience. Vera, however, did not make it to the awarding ceremony held at the Pambansang Kampong Balagtas in the Orion Elementary School.

Before the event, guests participated in a parade from the school to the Hardin ni Balagtas in Wawa, a seaside village of Orion.

Flowers were offered at the monument of Baltazar.

In both the short programs at Hardin ni Balagtas and Pambansang Kampong Balagtas, Aetas were in the center stage.

Children from the Aeta Magbukun Tribe of Barangay Bangkal in Abucay, Bataan rendered song numbers in the Ayta language and performed native dances.

KWF chair Virgilio Almario urged the audience to read “La India Elegante y El Negrito Amante”, a sonnet written by Baltazar in Orion.

He said that the place of the story was Udyong, which was how Orion used to be called, and the main character, Kapitan Tuning, was an Aeta from Magbukun.

“Ito ang dahilan kung bakit inimbitahan natin ngayon ang ating mga kapatid na Ayta ng Magbukun (This is why we invited our Aeta friends from Magbukun),” Almario said.

He announced that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Almario lamented that modernization contributes to the decline in use of local language.

“Panahon pa ng Kastila nakita na ni Balagtas na nagsa-suffer ang ating mga kapatid na Ayta sa racial discrimination at yan ang paksa ng saynete (During the Spanish time, Balagtas already saw how Aetas suffered from racial discrimination which was the subject of his sonnet),” he said.

“Ang kadakilaan ni Balagtas kung tutuusin ay may hamon sa atin na hindi lamang pumunta dito sa Hardin ni Balagtas tuwing April 2. Ang hamon sa atin ay basahin ang mga aklat niya ng mabuti at mag-umpisa tayo sa maikling La India Elegante Y El Negrito (The greatnesss of Balagtas challenges us not only to come here at the Hardin ni Balagtas every April 2nd. The challenge is for us to read his books thoroughly and start with the short La India Elegante Y El Negrito,” Almario said.

Vice Governor Crisanta Garcia and Orion Mayor Antonio Raymundo said that although Baltazar was not born in Bataan, he was well-loved in the province that he considered as home.

The poet was born in Bigaa, Bulacan on April 2, 1788. He migrated to Orion in 1840 and worked as a clerk of court.

He married local lass Juana Tiambeng in 1842 and had 11 children. He died in Orion on February 20, 1862 at the age of 74. (PNA)

photo from Angono News Online 


This is the blog of G.V. Alfasain (or popularly known as Yadu Karu) where he shares his thoughts about current events, sustainable development and pop culture. He also shares success stories of modern day heroes to inspire his readers. The author hopes that this blog may contribute change in the (Philippine) society.

action film adventure advertising advocacy Advocates agriculture Alabel anniversary APL-SENTRO apology ARMM Art Arts Month ASEAN Aswang Ateneo de Davao University audition B'laan BANGSAMORO Bangsi Festival banlas Beach behind the scenes BFAR Big Bad Wolf BIMP-EAGA Binex Financial Times Biography Blaan blog Bloggers bloopers Bo's Coffee Bob Ong book launch book review Books Bourne series boxing Brigada Eskwela Brigada Station Brillante Mindoza British films Business business books Business Chamber BWC calamity CARAT career Carl Jung cashflow CDs chat CHED China vs. Philippines Chiz Escudero Cinema Rehiyon Cinemalaya climate change coal power plant coffee shop comedy film communication community service computer concert conflict consultation contest copper Cotabato City crime Critical analysis culture Cybercrime Law DAR Davao City Davao Region democracy Department of Agriculture Department of Environment and Natural Resources Department of Tourism DepEd DICT Doc Cagape documentary film DOE DOLE DoleFil drama DTI DVDs Economic Development Committee Ecotrek Education Eid al-Fitr Election Elizabethan entrepreneur environment Europe event experiment faith fantasy film farmers Fashion Ferdinand Marcos Festival Filipino books Filipino films film film festival film reviews film workshop filmmaking fishing industry flooding Food trip forum Framework Agreement friend game GAS Generals Generation Change Project Gensan Gensan Doctor's Hospital GenSan Library GenSan Water District Glan gold Google Google Business Group Google Mapping Google Philippines GPH Grace Poe graduate Greenpeace GSCCI Gumasa Beach gun-for-hire HABI HABI Volunteers health heritage holiday Hollywood Holy Trinity College horror film Human Rights Iguoi Production Independence Day Indi film Indigenous People Information Technology international internet interview investing IP Islam job Job Fair joint exercise Jollibee journalism Kabacan kabit Kawas Beach KCC Mall Kiamba Kidapawan City Kinam Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino Koronadal City Labor Code Labor Day Lady Gaga Lagao Gym Lake Holon Lake Sebu leadership Lebak LGBT LGU literacy literature Maasim Maguindanao Maitum Malapatan Malaysia Malls Malungon Manny Pacquiao Marawi Marin Martial Law Marvel Studio media medical book medical mission meeting message Midsayap MILF Military MinDA Mindanao minerals mining MNLF MSU-GenSan Munato Festival Muslim Muslim Reformist National Bookstore National Sunrise Festival National Youth Commission NCCA netizens networking business news NGO NGOs Nora Aunor North Cotabato Nur Misuari OFW OPAPP open-pit mining opinion opportunity Organic Farming Paco Evangelista Pagadian City Palanca Awards PAMANA PCCI PCOO peace peace agreement People pharma Philippine Government Philippine Heart Center Philippine Heart Foundation philippines photo photo blog photo shoot photography photoJourn PICOS MACHINE Pilipinas Got Talent Pnoy policy Polomolok pop culture Power Crisis praying press release PressCon projects promotional photos propaganda protest psychology books QUEST Ramadan reading Real Estate reality show Region XII Regional Development Council remote areas reporting research Resident Evil resto RH Bill Rodrigo Duterte rollerblades Rudrigo Duterte Sabah SalaMindanaw Asian Film Festival SalaMindanaw Film SalaMindanaw Film Festival SalaMindanaw International Film Festival Sarangani Sarangani Bay Fest Sarangani Big Brother Sarangani Writers League Scarborough Shoal school sci-fi SDS seminar SFFAI Inc. Shakespeare short film SK skaters SM Mall Gensan SM Malls SM Supermarket Gensan small-scale mining SME SMI SOCCSARGEN SOCCSARGEN BLOGGERS SOCCSKSARGEN Social Media SOCOTECO II South China Sea Dispute South Cotabato SOX SOX Reading SOX Reading Advocates SOX Writers SP GenSan SPNI sports Starbucks Sto Niño story strategic plan Sufu Sultan Kudarat Sulu Archipelago Sulu Sultanate Summit Sun City Suites Surallah sustainable developement sustainable development T'nalak festival Tacurong City Tagakaulo Talakudong Festival Tampakan Tboli Team Bundol Team PNoy teaser trailer text scare threats Tourism trade travel tree planting tribe Tuanadatu Tuklas Katutubo Tuna Tuna Festival Tuna Industry tv typhoon U.P. U.S Embassy U.S.-Philippines Union Union Workers United States University UPRC video Video City vigilant citizen visual art Vlogging Vmobile volunteerism vote Wajahat Ali workshop world World Water Day writing Yadu Karu's Blog Yaman Gensan youth youth development youth empowerment Zamboanga City Zamboanga del Sur zipline zombies
Yadu Karu's Blog: GenSan poet bags 'Makata' award on Balagtas' 231st birthday
GenSan poet bags 'Makata' award on Balagtas' 231st birthday
A 28-year-old poet from southern Mindanao was conferred the "Makata ng Taon 2019" award by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) during the commemoration here of the 231st birth anniversary of the prince of Filipino poets, Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar on Tuesday. MJ Tumamac of General Santos City bagged the award for his poem, “Mga Mungkahi ng Pagdanas ng Dahas sa Maitum”, that tackled poverty, injustice, tribal war, and killings in the countryside, among some social issues. Maitum is a municipality of Sarangani province.
Yadu Karu's Blog
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy