“His publications are sought after by many in the academe and literary circles not just in the region but throughout the country,” disclosed Noel G. de Leon, founder and publisher of Kasingkasing Press. “These are much anticipated titles that will surely have a big impact on how Ilonggos treasure their linguistic and literary heritage, and how Hiligaynon is being taught and used as a regional language.”

Often regarded as the ‘Father of Contemporary West Visayan Literature’, the vast majority of young writers in the region have gone through his tutelage in the many writing workshops and seminars he has either co-organized or participated in over the years. A seventeen-time recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, many of his works have been published in literary anthologies and magazines both locally and internationally. Throughout his teaching career, Deriada has been a staunch advocate for the use of local language inspiring many of his protégées to become distinguished writers in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon apart from Filipino and English. Also touted as the region’s brightest hope for a National Artist Award for Literature, he received the prestigious Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Panitikan) from the Cultural Center of the Philippines last year showing little sign of slowing down or retiring from his craft.

 LEONCIO P. DERIADA Book Launch SATURDAY . FEBRUARY 27 . 4 PM THE MANGO TREE RESTAURANT 28 Guzman St., Mandurriao, 5000 Iloilo City Presented by Kasingkasing Press and Hubon Manunulat In cooperation with Produkto Lokal Weekend Fair and Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc.