WHILE reading Roger Federer’s piece on Tiger Woods in Time in the Sun.Star Cebu library, a man asked for our librarian. I wouldn’t have given him much thought had he not been an American speaking in fluent Bisaya.
We had a brief but pleasant exchange. He said that since he had intended to live in Cebu, he got himself tutored in written and oral Bisaya, the kind that is easily understood and spoken.
I recall that visit as I promote a storybook project being undertaken by Sun.Star [Cebu] Superbalita with Smart Communications, the Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC) of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College and Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex).
The project is a storytelling contest that involves many things Bisaya. Foremost, the stories are about some folklore in Cebu and are to be written in Bisaya that is simple enough to interest a young grader to pick up the book and actually read it. (more)