So: Bisaya storybook about Cebu folklore

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)

Sun.Star Superbalita padayong nanawat og entry sa bangga

NAGPADAYON ang pagpanawat sa mga entry sa bangga sa pagsuwat og sugilanong Bisaya sa Sugbuanon nga kasugiran (folklore) alang sa tagsa ka tawo (individual) ug mga tunghaan nga nagbase sa Sugbo.

Ang bangga, gitawag og “Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas,” usa ka hiniusang proyekto sa Sun.Star [Cebu] Superbalita, Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), Smart Communications Inc. ug sa University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

Ang estorya kinahanglan nga suwaton sa yano (simple) nga Sugbuanong Binisaya sa 900 ka mga pulong o 5,000 ka karakter nga dunay espasyo (space), mag-asoy kalabot sa Cebuano nga kasugiran nga inila sa usa ka lugar sa Sugbo, naa sa usa ka dapit nga naggamit og mga simbolo nga makit-an lang sa lugar nga gigikanan, ug wa pa gyud mapublikar.

Dunay duha ka mga kategoriya ang bangga: tagsa ka tawo (individual) ug tunghaan. Lima ka mga entry ang pagakuhaon gikan sa matag kategoriya.

Sa individual nga kategoriya, ang nia gyud nagpuyo karon sa Sugbo mao ray makaapil. Kinahanglan siyang mo-submit uban sa iyang entry og certification sa iyang pagpuyo sa lugar gikan sa barangay captain. (more)

Story writing contest on Cebuano folklore on

A BISAYA story writing contest about Cebuano folklores is now open to individuals and schools based in Cebu.

The contest, called “Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas,” is a joint project of Sun.Star [Cebu] Superbalita, Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), Smart Communications Inc. and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

The story should be written in simple Sugbuanong Binisaya in 900 words or 5,000 characters with space, should tell about a Cebuano folklore popular in a certain place in Cebu, should have a setting or locale that uses symbols indigenous to the place, and has not been published previously.

The contest has two categories: individual and school. Five entries will be selected from each category.

In the individual category, only a current resident of Cebu province can join. He is required to submit, along with his story entry, a certification of his residency by the barangay captain. (more)

Read story in Bisaya.

Festival unites Sogoranons

IT WAS aimed at showcasing Sogod’s rich cultural heritage and natural wonders but the town’s first Panagsogod Festival did more than that.

The festival, Sogod Vice Mayor Lissa Marie Durano said, united Sogoranons and bound them closer together.

View photos of Panagsugod Festival

Activities and preparations for the month-long celebration, which culminated on July 25 in time for the feast of town patron St. James the Apostle, made Sogoranons work hard together to see the realization of their dream.

The vice mayor said she was especially happy with other town officials and employees who cooperated with her to make the celebration successful.

The festival, aptly carrying the slogan “Ang Sinugdanan” (The Beginning), started with street dancing and a parade.

After, the street dancers had a showdown at the town’s reclamation area.

Tribu Magbubukid, represented by dancers from the Carmen National High School and sponsored by the Association of Barangay Councils, was declared grand champion in the competition.

Kulturang Sogoranon won first place and the Best in Musicality award; Pundok Bulawanong Sogoranon placed second and bagged the Best in Costume and Best in Street Dancing awards, while Pundok Calumboyan was picked for third place.

Named Festival Queen was Miss April Rica Lumbab, 20 years old, of Northeastern Cebu Colleges.

Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI (5th district, Cebu) and Governor Gwendolyn Garcia wee present in the celebration. Provincial Board members Agnes Magpale and Rosemarie Durano were also there.

Vice Mayor Durano said the festival is among a series of activities aimed at promoting Sogod as a tourist destination. (MVG)