Young Cordillerans launch poetry journal

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Friday, February 18, 2011


TWENTY-THREE young Cordillerans will launch their first collection of literary masterpieces in different languages of the region on Saturday, February 19.

Ubbog Cordillera Young Writers Inc. president Sacha Weygan said the collection comes into fruition after many years of continued workshops from members who write poetry and fiction in different indigenous languages.

All in their 20s, the writers collected their best works in Kankanaey, Ibaloi, Ilocano, Ifugao, Filipino and English and hand-made them into a book.

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Among the writers featured in the anthology are Sacha Weygan, Junley Lazaga, Gawani Domogo, Allan Cariño, Janice Bagawi, Florenda Pedro, Melvin Magsanoc, Rachel Pitlongay, Richard Kinnud and Freda Dao-ines.

Also included in the first edition are works of JM Agreda, Rocky Cajigan, Jennifer Bandao, Hector Kawig, Aby Weygan, Charisse Acquisio, Nivea Urdaus, Napoleon Paris, Rochelle Jador-mio, Jerema Bito, Peter de Jesus, Rommel Pidazo and Chris Yniguez.

The group will launch the first edition of the Ubbog Journal on February 19, Saturday at Mt. Cloud Book Shop in Casa Vallejo, Baguio city as part of the Ipitik, the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts to be held in the city.

Dubbed by the authors as an anthology that springs from moments of deluge and drought translated into words, the book is hand-made through traditional book-binding technique and made with cloth cover.

Ubbog was founded in April 2007 by fellows in the First Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop joint-project of the University of the Philippines Baguio and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Copies of the book at special discounted rates will be available during the launch while regular rates at P120 per copy available at the exhibit grounds of the PIAF at Rose Garden, Burnham park. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 19, 2011.

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