Tiempo Literary Pieces Highlight ‘Taboan’

Tiempo Literary Pieces Highlight ‘Taboan’

A discussion of the works of the late couple Dr. Edilberto K. and Dr. Edith L. Tiempo, founders of Asia's longest running writing workshop, the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, is the highlight on campus of the literary festival dubbed Taboan on February 7 to 9. 

Taboan is a project of the National Commission for Cultural and the Arts geared towards promoting Philippine literary arts within the month of February, declared as the National Arts Month. This month's theme is “Celebrating Icons”.

The late Tiempo couple is highly regarded in Philippine history for their contribution in expanding the reach of Filipino culture through literature. They served as mentors to writers who are considered among the today's “greats” and remain an inspiration for the youth to pursue their passion in creative writing. In 1999, the country conferred on Dr. Edith L. Tiempo the highest award of National Artist in Literature.

Around 150 established and budding writers will be attending the event which lined up special events at different venues in Dumaguete City and a series of parallel sessions on different themes with notable writers as speakers.

For the Silliman event on February 8, alumna and multi-awarded writer Merlie Alunan will be the keynote speaker. On the panel will be Leoncio Deriada, Christine Godinez Ortega, Ralph Semino Galan and Dominique Cimafranca, with Karlo Anthonio Galay David as moderator.