Mogpog, Marinduque – With the theme, “Muling Pagtuklas sa Karunungang-Bayan, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Book Development Board (NBDB) is spearheading the annual celebration and festivities of the National Literature month in consonance with the Proclamation no. 968 signed in 2015.
Following the quincentennial of the Battle of Mactan and Circumnavigation of the world, this year’s theme focuses on encouraging the revitalization and interest of contemporary generation with folklore, folk literature, folklife and ways especially the folk stories and folk knowledge with all shapes and shades.
Given the impact of the pandemic, Covid19 has reshaped and reconfigured the way of celebrations, the migration to online and other platforms have been the way forward to carry on the National Literature Month festivities since 2020.
The NCCA Philippine Cultural Education Program has provided generous endowment to MSC for the Graduate Diploma in Cultural Education, now on its Third Batch. Likewise, the MSC Sentro ng WIka at Kultura has received support from KWF for the conduct of Tertulyang Pampanitikan and Pangwika during the celebrations of National Literature and Language month respectively. And finally, the NBDB has granted the request to put up a Book Nook at MSC Extramural Study Center at Brgy. Capayang, Mogpog, Marinduque. The Book Nook Marinduque would soon be rolling out their continuation of storytelling series this summer and during the indigenous peoples and children’s month with the NBDB’s Hibla Lokal Filipina. Incidentally, MSC is celebrating its 70th foundation day by June 21, 2022.
This year, there is a lot in store from the NCCA, KWF and NBDB literary programs this upcoming month. On the part of the Marinduque State College (MSC) Sentro ng Wika at Kultura (SWK) with the MSC Litera Club and BA Communication students who are taking up Communication Elective 4: Creative Cultural Development is on the verge of their pilot episodes on Alfred Marche’s Expedition and Padre Clemente Ignacio’s collection. The BA Communications students who took up Bridging Course on Creative Writing or Malikhaing Sulat would be presenting their literary folio with the mounted scripts for the stage (Baliktanaw), radio (Liham) and film (A day in my life). Likewise, the highlight of the Tertulya sa Panitikan by April 21 and 22 is the well-watched recorded play “Multo ng Isla” of the MSC Theatre Guild in commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the Boac mining spill.