CLOCKWISE from left: Roeder Camañag, Alma Miclat, Jesse Lucas, Al Gatmaitan, Banaue Miclat Janssen, Delphine Buencamino.
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Maningning Miclat poetry awards, Kammerchor Manila choral concert at CCP
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:30 AM August 31, 2015
MANINGNING Miclat Art Foundation Inc. (MMAFI) is holding its 7th biennial poetry awarding ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
The CCP event will feature the announcement of the winners of the Maningning poetry contest in Filipino, English and Chinese. It will also feature Kammerchor Manila, grand prize winner of the 42nd Festival of Songs Olomouc 2014 of the Czech Republic.
Highlight of the evening is the performance entitled “Ginugunita Kita,” featuring 10 poems in English, Filipino and Chinese by the late Maningning Miclat set to music by multi-awarded composer, Jesse Lucas, who himself shall interpret them on the piano.
Rendering the songs is Maningning’s younger sister, soprano Banaue Miclat Janssen, with opera singer Al Gatmaitan and Delphine Buencamino. Music is by cellist Renato Lucas. Interactive visual art will be provided by artist Nasser Lubay.
Finalists of the poetry contest are: Carlos Afable, Jasmine Nikki Paredes and Marie La Vina (English); and Christian R. Benitez, Reparado Bangot Galos III and Mark Joseph N. Rafal (Filipino).
Jurors: Gémino H. Abad, Marjorie Evasco and Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta (English); and Rebecca Anonuevo, Luna Sicat-Cleto and Rogelio G. Mangahas (Filipino).
The Chinese winner of the Maningning Yun He Award is Pan Wei Li from Guangdong province. She will come to the Philippines to receive her award.
Yun He was the pen name of James Na, a poet and former literary editor of the local Chinese newspaper, World News, who passed on two years ago. He published the 15-year-old Maningning’s Chinese poems in the daily in 1987 and collected them into her first book of poetry, “Wo De Shi (My Poems).”
Grand winners will each receive P28,000, a Julie Lluch sculpture trophy and books including “Voice from the Underworld” by Maningning Miclat, “Beyond the Great Wall” by Mario, Alma, Maningning and Banaue Miclat, “Secrets of the Eighteen Mansions” by Mario I. Miclat and “Fairground: A Literary Feast” by 40 top poets and writers in the country.
“Ginugunita Kita,” under the direction of Roeder Camañag, is copresented by Talent Factory Inc. and Artists Playground.
Sponsors are Huatong Xinli Flooring Co., Cornelio Faigao Memorial Annual Playwrights’ Workshop in Drama and Performance, Emerson Network Power, Electronics Security Systems Corp. and Eagle Express Lines.
Tickets are available at CCP Marketing Department (8321125 loc 1806), CCP Box Office (832704) and Ticketworld (8919999). E-mail [email protected].