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Aldo ning Amanung Sisuan Part 1

Two brand-new books on Kapampangan poetry were launched last Saturday as part of the provincial celebration of the Aldo ning Amanung Sisuan.

The books are Kasapunggul a Sampaga Part II, published by US-based writers association Academya ning Amanung Sisuan International (ANASI), and Kawatasan: Obrang Poeta Laureado, published by the Center for Kapampangan Studies of Holy Angel University.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo joined Renato Alzadon, the Ari ning Parnaso or king of Kapampangan poets, in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies that highlighted the book launching held at the Holy Angel University Theatre.

Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan and Bacolor Mayor Jomar Hizon also attended the affair, along with Board members Monina Laus and Trina Dizon.

In her speech, Governor Pineda exhorted the audience to express their pride in their culture by speaking Kapampangan. She regaled them by reciting a Kapampangan poem she herself has composed, which she said is dedicated to the province she loves.

For his part, Robby Tantingco, Director of the Center for Kapampangan Studies, called for the strengthening of Kapampangan identity as a stepping stone for the strengthening of our Filipino identity.

According to Erlinda Cruz, head of the Pampanga Language Council, the Provincial Government gave its all-out support in the three-day celebration of this year’s Aldo ning Amanung Sisuan, which culminated in last Saturday’s book launching.

Earlier, a Kapampangan polosa contest and a lecture-workshop on Multi-Lingual Education (MLE), which mandates the use of Kapampangan and other native languages in classroom instruction, were held at the Capitol.

Alzadon and other US-based Kapampangan poets flew in to the country to take part in the celebration.

The books feature the works of Kapampangan poets, many of whom are in their 70s and 80s, according to Tantingco.

“We want to make sure that their legacy is preserved, and that they know that it’s preserved, so that it will give them peace of mind and a sense of fulfillment, which is important when one is already in the sunset of his life,” Tantingco said.

Date Posted: 08-27-2010