Event to highlight Cebuano literary giant


            A tribute to writer, composer and musician Msgr. Rodolfo Villanueva, a.k.a Renato Madrid, will be held on April 8 at 1-7PM at Robinsons Galleria Cebu. Paying homage to him are Cebu’s five major literary organizations: MAD (Mga Anak sa Dagang), NoMADS, TINTA, WILA (Women in Literary Arts), Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang (BATHALAD), and some local artists. Also present will be Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and USC Professor Emeritus Dr. Resil Mojares who will share about Msgr. Villanueva’s life and works.

            Msgr. Villanueva is author of two novels: Devil Wings and Mass for the Death of an Enemy, and the short story collection, Southern Harvest. He has composed many prize-winning songs.

            After the tribute will be the launches of Tampu: Writing and Influence in Cebuano Literature edited by Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu with her Cebuano Literature class, Dila Ilab-ilab Black Hole by Bathalad writers Josua Cabrera, Noel Villaflor and Jeremiah Bondoc. Karla Quimsing’s book Pansit Poetry will also be launched. Copies of the said titles will be available for purchase at the venue.

            The event is part of Dandaniw 2016, a nationwide activity sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in celebration of the National Literature Month. “Dandaniw” is the Iluko word for poetry. Simultaneous poetry, prose readings and performances will be held all over the Philippines on April 8.  

            Dandaniw 2016 in Cebu is organized by the USC Cebuano Studies Center in partnership with Robinsons Galleria.

            For inquiries you may contact Laurinne Ganados or Julius Cesar Cudera at (32) 4066079, or e-mail cebuanostudies@gmail.com. You may also go to the Dandaniw Facebook  event page and the Cebuano Studies Center website at www.cebuanostudiescenter.com.





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