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Writers’ group invites poets to extol Guimaras

September 2, 2006

By Hazel P. Villa

ILOILO CITY — After the environmentalists, it’s now the poets’ turn to extol the beauty of Guimaras, or rant and rave over what the August 11 oil spill has wrought.

The Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute of the University of San Agustin is calling on the country’s creative writers to come up with poems “celebrating and lamenting the beauty of the beaches and the seas around Guimaras, and other sea wonders in the Philippines.”

John Iremil Teodoro, the Institute’s coordinator, said the chosen poems will form an anthology with the working title, “Poems for Guimaras” to be published by the University of San Agustin Publishing House.

The royalties will go to the rehabilitation of Guimaras province now reeling from the effects of the Solar-1 oil spill, according to Teodoro, a Palanca award winner.

The deadline for submission of entries is on Jan. 15, 2007, with the book launching to be held in the oil-smeared Naoway Island, Guimaras on April 2007.

The poems may be written in English, Filipino, or any of the Philippine languages. Poems in the vernacular must be accompanied with English or Filipino translation.

Teodoro and a board of referees made up of nationally acclaimed poets will edit the anthology.

Submissions may be e-mailed to libroagustino@usa.edu.ph or iremil@usa.edu.ph.

Manuscripts may also be sent to the anthology editor at UCRP, University of San Agustin, General Luna St., 5000 Iloilo City, Philippines.

(For details, click Poets, Sept. 2, 2006.)

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