About Romy Cayabyab

Founder & Publisher, emanila group of websites

Interpretative poetry reading: “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”

At emanila, we join the Filipino nation in commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio.

Our website, The Filipino Australian, has also joined the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney and a group of Sydney-based artists, community leaders and radio broadcasters to celebrate ~ through a radio festival and screening of the film “Paglilitis ni Bonifacio” ~ the life and works of the Father of Philippine Revolution.

Bonifacio’s patriotic poem “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa” is one of the featured works.

There are also voice recordings (podcasts) and an interpretation of the testimonies of the Katipuneros who were witnesses during Bonifacio’s trial by a military court which sentenced Bonifacio and his brother, Procopio, to execution.

To listen to the interpretative reading of “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”, please click the play button. For other poems, including Francisco (Baltazar) Balagtas’ “Sa Loob at Labas ng Bayan Kong Sawi”, please click here.

Artistic director Dr Mars Cavestany provides the voice in this media.

Revisiting “Grammar, spelling, and poetry”

It’s time to revisit what I wrote last February about proper grammar and correct spelling in poetry.

In that post, I wrote: “Unfortunately, creative writing is mistaken for a license to dispense and ignore good grammar and correct spelling. Especially these days where most writings are done online and Twitter- and Facebook-based communication is popular, some writers tend to think that good grammar and correct spelling are already things of the past.”

I also wrote:

Lack of knowledge of grammar rules cannot be hidden in poetry, experimental or otherwise.

We still like to view poetry as an area which requires writer’s knowledge of grammar and spelling. Lack of knowledge of grammar will show in the writer’s poems – as being amateurish. And as we all know, the present, or rather a mistake not corrected now, has a tendency to haunt us down in the future.

So, here is the point: Aside from spelling, make sure that before you experiment, you have a good grounding of the rules of grammar. As they say: “Learn how to walk first, before you start running.”

How did emanilapoetry contributors and readers respond to my statements? And how was the post received by others outside emanilapoetry?

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Note: This post was originally posted at Romy’s blog A Matter of Sharing.