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Bauang Municipality hosts TABOAN 2017

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Bauang Municipality will be hosting TABOAN 2017 on November 27-29, 2017 at Marand Resort and Spa, Baccuit Sur, Bauang, La Union.
Taboan is a Visayan word which means “market place”. It is the meeting of the minds of different writers as they interact with each other and with their audiences. This is the 8th Taboan or National Writers Festival.

National artist of the Philippines Bienvenido Lumbera will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Butch Dalisay will discuss “Celebrating Arguilla”; Manix Abrera will tackle “Humors and Resilience in Philippine Literature during the plenary. Parallel sessions with topics “Surviving War: The Politics of Witnessing and Recollection”, “Local Color, Global Tones: A Discussion on Harnessing Cultural Identities” and “Caps and Lower Case: Negotiating Content, and Increasing Professionalism in the Workplace of Writers” will be on March 27, 2017.

N.A. Bienvenido Lumbera tackles “Rediscovering Arguilla”, Jun Cruz Reyes talks on “Local Color in Modern Philippine Literature”, Mary Jane Ortega in her “Japanese Occupation of la Union” and National Artist Francisco Sionil Jose with “Reflections on Arguilla. A Lecture-Workshop on Teaching Literature: Poetry by Dr. Isidro Cruz, Fiction - Dr. Luna Cleto, Drama- Ms. Haidee Palapar, Creative Non Fiction- Dr. Priscilla Macansantos, Dr. Hope Yu.

Gunglo ti Mannurat nga Ilocano (GUMIL) National and from La Union, elementary teachers and secondary teachers teaching literature, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and National Commission for Literary Arts (NCLA) will be present during this 3-day event.

Dr. Juliet Mallari, Festival Director is managing the smooth flow of the event in coordination with Bauang LGU. She said, “I chose Bauang to be the venue. I found the town very peaceful, the people friendly and accommodating. Besides Bauang has beautiful tourist spots it can offer.”

Mayor’s Night will be sponsored by Bauang Local Government Unit headed by Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. de Guzman III on November 27, 2017, 7:00 P.M. in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Poetry reading and a Bucanegan by GUMIL will be presented. A cultural presentation to be performed by Baggak Municipal and Youth Choir, Don Eulogio de Guzman Memorial National High School’s Anklung and Rondalla Ensemble, Coro Eulogiano, its dance troupe, Eulogio Clarence de Guzman Memorial Vocational National High School and Sacred Heart School will be entertaining guests, artists coming from the different parts of the Philippines. Baggak Band will play while dinner is served.

Governor’s Night sponsored by the Province of La Union, spearheaded by Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III will be held at Diego Silang Hall. Governor Ortega will be reading the excerpt of “How My Brother Leon Brought Home His Wife” in English. A representative from GUMIL will be reading the Ilocano excerpt.
The Festival will culminate with a Pasagad Tour around Bauang. The tour will start with the unveiling of Manuel E. Arguilla’s cultural marker at the town plaza, then at his home at Nagrebcan, Bauang ending at Lomboy Grape farms for a crochet demonstration, pick and pay activity and observing the production of grape wine.

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