Writeshop on Local Tongues
THE THIRD Writer's
Workshop on Three Romblomanon Languages was hosted by RDL-CLEAR Sibuyan
Chapter at Cantingas River Resort, Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon on
March 1-3, 2006. Around forty writing fellows from Romblon and Tablas
islands as well as those coming from the nearby towns of San Fernando
unleashed their literary prowess in a series of lectures and workshops
about creative writing.
The workshop is a
continuation of RDL-CLEAR’s commitment to preserve the local languages
whose frequency of use is gradually dissipating in many parts of the
province. Noemi M. Romero, RDL-CLEAR Sibuyan Chapter President was
relentless in hosting the workshop despite oppositions and problems
arising during the preparatory activities. The organization was able to
tap the support of RSC Sibuyan administration, faculty and students and
the local government of San Fernando that gave rise to the convenient
accommodation accorded to live-in participants.
The ambience of the
chosen venue, the Cantingas River, one of the cleanest inland bodies of
water in the country, was just appropriate in freeing the genius among
young Romblomanon writers. Although majority of the participants were
from Sibuyan, the diversity of the group was not sacrificed as asi and
onhan delegates easily sunk into the Sibuyanon culture.
Lectures on poem,
feature, short story and one-act play writing were delivered by the
experts in the locality. Mr. Nicon Fameronag, a famous young Romblomanon
impressed the crowd with his spontaneous thoughts and lingos that are
difficult to fathom. He lectured on how to write poems creatively.
The masterpieces of the
participants across different genres were reproduced and compiled. Each
participating school was given a copy. Some of the selections will be
published on-line in the future issues of Sanrokan News Magazine.
“It’s been a long a time
nga kita gabinulagay and now that we have found each other, waya na
makapabuyag sa aton. Let us continue cultivating and fertilizing what we
have. Asi, onhan and ini differ only in spelling but our souls are
entwined. Only a true breed Romblomanon can love these islands more,”
The following are this
year’s writing fellows: Reynald Andres, Cirilo D. Balao Jr., Joema R.
Capinig, Waynah Lou V. Dacayan, Jessie G. Eleuterio, Ish Fabicon, Mark
Anthony Fallaria, Nicon F. Fameronag, Randy M. Garcia, Sunshine S.
Iquiña, Aiza May Lara, Diana Grace Magallon, Godwin O. Marcelino, Kaye
Ann M. Osunero, Jica Fern Perez, Jasmin R. Rada, Mary Ann M. Ravalo,
Alwayne F. Refe, Erwin R. Rey, Ma. Carmensita J. Riva, Ma. Lovely B.
Romano, Barbara G. Romero, Leslie Rose B. Rutor, Mary Rose Rutor, Rick
Brennan Rutor, Juana May Sato, Donna Bel F. Sy, Sharmie Nicole B.
Tansingco, Ma. Klim Vicentuan, Kia Camaelle R. Viñas and Rolly Viñas.