The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) will host a series of webinars in April to celebrate this year’s Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month), which will be anchored with the theme “Muling Pagtuklas sa Karunungang-Bayan.”

Scholars and experts in literature, culture, and Philippine studies will partake in the webinar series.

The series will commence with a brief lecture discussing this year’s theme to be addressed by Dr. Felipe M. De Leon Jr., Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Music (NCCA-NCM).

The first webinar will be held on April 4 with the topic “Lokal na Kasaysayan sa Pagpapatibay ng Pambansang Identidad (Local History in Strengthening National Identity)” with Dr. Emanuel Calairo as the host.

Dr. Calairo is currently a commissioner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). He is also the concurrent Chairman of the Committee on Historical Research and the Vice Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Sub-Commission on Cultural Heritage (NCCA).

The second topic, “Pagsisinop at Muling Pagsulat ng Karunungang-Bayan: Pagpapalakas ng Lokal na Panitikan sa Pagbubuo ng Panitikang Pambansa” is scheduled for April 11 and will be discussed by Dr. Eugene Y. Evasco, who is a writer, editor, translator, and collector of children’s books. He is currently a Full Professor at the UP College of Arts and Letters.

This will be followed by the series’ third leg, which is scheduled for April 18. Commisioner Abraham P. Sakili will address on the topic “Wikang Katutubo, Wikang Tagos-puso: Buod ng Damdamin at Karanasan ng Mamamayang Muslim.”

Commissioner Sakli is a Representative of Muslim-Mindanao Languages and a professor from the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is also the author of the book “Space and Identity: Expressions in the Culture, Arts and Society of the Muslims in the Philippines.”

Meanwhile, the fourth and final phase of the series, “Mga Wikang Katutubo sa Pagbuo ng Pambansang Panitikan,” will be held on April 25 and will be discussed by Commissioner Angela Lorenzana, PhD.

Dr. Lorenzana has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Bikol Language in the KWF. She is also a member of the Bicol University College of Education (BUCE) and Graduate School (BUGS) faculty. In August last year, Dr. Lorenza has successfully launched a book entitled, “Introduction to Bikol: A Bikol-Legazpi Language Book (Breakthrough Level) for Filipinos and Foreigners.”

Those interested in participating the webinar should contact the Sangay ng Edukasyon at Networking at 85473188 or email [email protected] with any questions or clarifications. KWF will issue an e-certificate to attendees of the aforementioned webinar.

To make the series more accessible, KWF will webcast the webinars on its official Facebook Page. Individuals that are interested should tune in at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on the scheduled day of the topics.###