Filipino Poetry and the National Language

Found out from Bebang Siy about a seminar on teaching the national language with the help of Filipino poetry.

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And this is what was released by En Villasis (+63.922 459 6365 |

In commemoration of Buwan ng Wika 2008, a seminar on poetry and the Filipino language will be held on 27 August 2008, Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the TARC (Thomas Aquinas Research Complex) Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, University of Sto. Tomas.

Entitled Tulawikaan, the event will feature a series of fora with writers and experts from Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA), an organization of poets writing in the Filipino language established in 1985. The speakers include noted poets and academics Prof. Vim Nadera, Jr. of UP Diliman/UST, Prof. Michael Coroza of the Ateneo de Manila University/UST, Prof. Romulo Baquiran, Jr. and Dr. Lilia Antonio of UP Diliman.

The seminar will focus on poetry as a vehicle for teaching the Filipino language. Among the topics that will be discussed are the history of the Filipino language, syntax, linguistic variety, and alternative approaches and methods for encouraging students' creativity through literature. It is open to teachers, language professors, researchers, writers, and other scholars of the Filipino language.

The seminar fee is P800 per participant (including seminar kits, certificates, lunch and snacks). A discounted rate of P700 is available to those who pre-register and make their payments on or before August 18. For more details, please contact En Villasis (0922-4596365), Dai Miranda (0926-7135021), or Bebang Siy (3814592) or email

Tulawikaan is presented by LIRA and the Department of Languages of the University of Sto. Tomas, in celebration of Buwan ng Wika 2008.

Interesting, right? You've probably seen in the past how music, poetry, rhythm and rhyme can help drive lessons deeper into a person's memory. Perhaps this is one way of using poems to help a person understand and learn a language.

[ First posted on 07/30/2008 by Manuel Viloria ]

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