The University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), launched early this month a Cordillera-wide literary competition believed to be the first of its kind in the region's literary history as entries are to be written in either of the following Cordilleran languages: Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Bontoc, Ifugao, and Kalinga.
Dr. Elizabeth Calinawagan, Dean of the University's College of Arts and Communication (CAC) and organizer of the event, noted that previous regionwide literary contests had largely privileged English over the indigenous languages. Calling for the need to continue enshrining Cordilleran languages in the academe, she explained that the competition is part of UPB's commitment to the preservation and enrichment of the various shades of Cordilleran language and culture. She added that it is also in line with the UP System's Centennial Celebration, as well as with UNESCO's declaration of 2008 as the "International Year of Languages." UP Baguio considers Cordillera Studies as one of its "niches."
Not everybody can participate in the poetry and short story writing contest, however. Only those from 18-30 years old may join. Other requirements are as follows:
1. Entries must be originally composed in any of the languages noted above.
2. Works already published in any regional or national publication and/or awarded in other contests cannot qualify for the competition.
3. Entries in poetry must be composed of two to three poems, and not to exceed five pages in its entirety.
4. Entries in the short story should be not less than five nor more than 10 pages.
5. Only 1 entry per category will be accepted.
Deadline of submission is on 31 October 2008.
Aside from receiving cash prizes, winners will be privileged to be part of an NCCA writers' workshop early next year.
Interested? Get in touch with Junley Lazaga of UPB-CAC -- email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telefax: (074) 444-8393.