Cebuano folklore lives through “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas”

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THE winning entries of “Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas,” a Cebuano story writing contest, are now available in print and online.

The launch of the book, also titled “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas”, was held in Casa Gorordo, Parian, Cebu City by Sun.Star Cebu Superbalita and Sun.Star Network Exhange (Sunnex), with the support of Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

Featured are 10 winning entries, as well as a story written by Sun.Star Cebu Superbalita’s language consultant Lamberto Ceballos; Ang Buaya ug ang Bitin by Elaine O. Versoza; Si Kan, ang Agta nga Dangas og Agtang by Fred Fuentes Monternel; Gikaibgan sa Dili Ingon Nato by Nilo S. Ejercito; Ang Gikalisangang Dakit sa Catmondaan by Glecerio P. Ares Jr.; Ang Linaw sa Naukban by Christian Q. Salta; Ang Kamatayon ni Leon Kilat by Rey Briccio A. Alesna; Ang Kahoy nga Bolbolan by Ailee M. Anoba; Pung-olanan sa Ulo by Carla Mae Sumalinog; Kasugiran ni Maria Tang-an o Maria Cacao by Judith L. Abellanosa; Kinsa si Carmen Rubia? by Homer V. Landiza; and Ang Kapitan ni Maria Cacao by Ceballos.

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“The book complements the ongoing cultural heritage movement and the town history project of Cebu Province. We now have a source of stories written by local writers which describe our local culture and these stories are published for the first time. Our children will now be able to read a book not about Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast but about beautiful local stories of Cebuano myths and tales,” said Dr. Madrilena dela Cerna, head of the UPVCC-Central Visayas Studies Center.

The stories can also be accessed via the contest site, and Smart’s Doon Po sa Amin (, and Smart Schools Program websites ( and

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The launch of “Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas” kicks off a series of activities in celebration of Superbalita’s 15th anniversary and coincides with the Children’s Month celebration.

Hence, Smart invited pupils of Buagsong Elementary School and children from the PLDT-Smart GK Village in Budlaan, Cebu to listen to some of the stories narrated by Cebuano celebrities Budoy and Chai Fonacier.

The children are beneficiaries of Smart’s summer reading tutorial, storytelling and feeding program also known as “Read-to-be-Smart”.

“Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas” is an initiative by the Sun.Star Group of Companies to promote the use of Sugbuanong Binisaya as a language and to help preserve indigenous culture by documenting oral transmissions of traditional beliefs, myths, tales and practices of Cebuanos in a book. (PR)

Winners of the story writing contest


Click on the links to see full story (PDF)

Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas (cover)
Talaan sa mga Sulod
Pagpalambo sa Sugbuanong Tradisyon/Katuyoan ning Proyekto
Nagpaluyo sa Mugna


1 Ang Buaya ug ang Bitin

(Ni Elaine O. Versoza)

2 Si Kan, ang Agta nga Dangas og Agtang

(Ni Fred Fuentes Monternel)

3 Gikaibgan sa Dili Ingon Nato

(Ni Nilo S. Ejercito)

4 Ang Gikalisangang Dakit sa Catmondaan

(Ni Glecerio P. Ares Jr.)

5 Ang Linaw sa Naukban

(Ni Christian Q. Salta)

6 Ang Kamatayon ni Leon Kilat

(Ni Rey Briccio A. Alesna)

7 Ang Kahoy nga Bolbolan

(Ni Ailee M. Anoba)

8 Pung-olanan sa Ulo

(Ni Carla Mae Sumalinog)

9 Kasugiran ni Maria Tang-an o Maria Cacao

(Ni Judith L. Abellanosa)

10 Kinsa si Carmen Rubia?

(Ni Homer V. Landiza)

11 Ang Kapitan ni Maria Cacao

(Ni Lamberto Ceballos)

So: Goodbye, Snow White; Hello, Maria Cacao

ONCE upon a time, the stories of Leon Kilat and Maria Cacao were told by word of mouth. The thing with oral stories, you could smell the sour breath of the storyteller.

In the new millennium, Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] and Smart took care of the unwanted smell, not by giving mouthwash to the storyteller but by compiling selected Cebuano folklore in one Bisaya storybook.

The storybook “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas” is as Bisdak as it can be. The folklore is about a place in Cebu or a Bisaya character, written in the Bisaya language by a Bisaya and illustrated by a Bisaya.

Snow White is not in the book; neither are Hansel and Gretel. There is no mention of castles or cherry blossom or fireplace, which kids in many of Cebu’s public schools have never seen or can identify with. The book does mention pigs, carabaos, chickens, rivers and trees such as manga, acacia and bolbolan and other stuff familiar to anyone living in Cebu.

“Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas” is a Bisaya storybook. Its 11 stories are easy to read; all are written in simple and conversational Bisaya, illustrated in color, and thankfully short.

Some, like “Ang Buaya ug ang Bitin” that tells about the legend of Buayahan in Medellin, are humorous. Others, like “Ang Kahoy nga Bolbolan,” have a scary plot. (more)