Iloko creative writing course takes off at DMMMSU

SAN FERNANDO CITY – A new course on Iloko creative writing was launched recently at the Don Mariano Marcos State University-Open University System here.

University President Ernesto R. Gapasin and OUS Director Concepcion O. Bederio said the course kicked off with an opening program with the theme, Ti Literatura Iloko: Pangrugian a Mangadal ken Mangipateg at the OUS Function Hall at 8:30 a.m. on July 14, 2007.

Award-winning Iloko writer, staunch advocate and noted Hawaii Fil-Am Observer columnist Ariel S. Agcaoili, was the guest of honor and speaker.

Agcaoili also coordinates for the Ilokano and Philippine Drama and Film Program of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu and president of the Nakem Conferences International.

The training course is composed of six modules: Introduction to Iloko Creative Writing; Learning the Basics of Iloko Grammar; How to Write an Iloko Short Story; How to Write an Iloko Poetry; How to Write an Iloko Feature and How to Develop Saribitniw.

The strategy of the course as a distance learning package is multi-mode, multi-media, modular instruction with face-to-face interaction. Enrollees will not only benefit from learning Iloko creative writing, but would further help develop Iloko literature’s continued evolution.

The pioneering Ilokano resource persons include Dr. Ariel S. Agcaoili, Juan S. P. Hidalgo, Jr.,  Manuel S. Diaz and Djuna R. Alcantara. Two young blood lecturers shall join the pool of resource speakers in the later part of the course.

This is a joint undertaking of the DMMMSU-Open University System and the Sir Pelagio Alcantara Development (SPADE) Foundation in cooperation with GUMIL San Fernando City and GUMIL La Union.

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