By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
SAN FERNANDO CITY, April 26 (PIA) – Ilocano writers all over the Philippines kicked off the golden anniversary countdown of GUMIL Filipinas (Gunglo dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Filipinas) or Ilokano Writers Association of the Philippines during the group’s 49th national convention at the Union Christian College (UCC) here.
Cagayan Provincial Board Member Vilmer Viloria, the newly-elected president of the GUMIL Filipinas for 2017-2019, told Wednesday that after the kick off activity on April 23, several activities promoting the cultures of the Ilokano language are lined up.
“We have programmed workshops on Ilokano writings for short story, feature story, stage play, poem, and other literary works,” Viloria said.
GUMIL Filipinas is one of the most active groups of regional writers in the Philippines that was organized on October 19, 1968 in Baguio City with the prominent writer, Arturo M. Padua, then municipal mayor of Sison, Pangasinan, was elected president. The pioneer officers of the group had taken their oath of office before President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The group has hundreds of active writer-members in provincial, city, and municipal chapters as well as in overseas chapters in the mainland U.S. and Hawaii, Hongkong, and in Greece.
According to Viloria, the GUMIL Filipinas was created to provide a forum in which Ilokano writers can undertake common and cooperative efforts to improve their craft of writing literary, historical, research, and other works.
The group will enrich Ilokano literature and cultural heritage as phases of the national identity by encouraging the members to concentrate on writing extensively and intensively about the social, economic, cultural and other aspects of growth and development among the Ilocanos through literature, history, and research.
“GUMIL Filipinas is also aiming to publish books of poetry, short stories, essays, novels, historical accounts, research and critical studies, and other writings and to assist each member in pursuing their writing career and in fulfilling his life as a member of Philippines society,” added Viloria. #