by - August 26, 2019

In time for Buwan ng Wika celebration this August, SM Center in this town became a venue of the timely gathering of new generation poets hailing from different towns in Bulacan.

Dubbed as “Kenyo: Tagalog Spoken Word” the event celebrated the evolution of Filipino Literature through time, in the form of Spoken word competition. Considered as an oral art, and a medium for self-expression, spoken word is a current form of Filipino poetry described as the dynamic use of words with a corresponding intonation, usually recited loud and clear in different styles and routines before an audience.

A joint project of SM Center Pulilan, National Commission for the Culture and the Arts- Philippine Cultural Education Program and Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation, Inc., Kenyo: Tagalog Spoken Word, gathered 13 participants hailing from different towns in Bulacan. Each took the stage to express their original spoken word compositions following the theme “Hugot ng Makatang Bulakenyo, Tatak Pilipinong Positibo”.  

A home to National Artist for literature Virgilio Almario aka Rio Alma, culture heroes like Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas) and José Corazon de Jesus (Huseng Batute), among others, Bulacan is known for its rich culture and history, making such occasion a meaningful one for Bulakenyos. Through such, spectators had a glimpse of genuine spoken word art and were able to ponder on certain issues that were raised during the competition including youth, family, love, education, political, social issues among others.

The competition aims to strengthen art and literature that which represents Bulakenyos, and to document as well the present situation of the society through the works of art that will come out of the competition.

Hailed as winners were Claire Ann Castro of Malolos as Champion, followed by Emmanuel Custodio of Malolos and Jcel Grace Albania of Calumpit as 2nd and 3rd placers respectively. Part of their award is the achievement of the Simbolikong Laurel ng Pagiging isang Makata.

Meanwhile, SM City Baliwag commemorate Buwan ng Wika with an Interpretative play and Poetic competition dubbed as Gintong Aral Sa Oldietorium” an event participated by at least 155 Senior Citizens from selected Barangays in Baliwag.

Finally, City Youth Katropa Dance Showdown and City Youth Spoken Words Poetry were among the lineup of this year’s Buwan ng Wika at SM City San Jose Del Monte.

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