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PIA staff bags first place in 2012 Waray Poetry contest
By: Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu
Tuesday 18th of September 2012
TACLOBAN CITY Leyte, Sept 17 (PIA) –- A staff of the Philippine Information Office – Eastern Visayas won the top prize in the Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Para Han Siday (Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Literary Award for Poetry).

Leonilo Lopido, a Waray editor for the PIA, was announced winner by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the Leyte Normal University.

Among his poems for the contest include Ha Langyaw (In foreign land), Paglanat (Pursue), Mga Pakiana (Questions), Huna-Huna (Reflection) and Pagsapi-I (Possession).

Lopido will receive a plaque of recognition and cash prize of P15,000.

Meanwhile, Ma. Evangelina Lumen-Pundavela from La Paz, Leyte won second prize and Jhonil C. Bajado from Maydolong, Eastern Samar got the third place..

The second and third place winners will receive plaques of recognition and cash prizes of P10,000 and P5,000, respectively.

This year’s judges were Prof. Merlie Alunan, Dr. David Genotiva and Dante Rosales.

The “Pasidungog,” which is now on its third year, honors the memory of the late Eduardo Makabenta Sr., a renowned Waray poet who also translated Rizal’s two novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, into the Waray dialect

Makabenta also published the first Waray-English Dictionary. He was born on October 13, 1885 in Carigara, Leyte. He died in 1973.

Voltaire Oyzon, Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Para Han Siday coordinator, said the awarding ceremony will be on October 13 at about 6 p.m. at the HRDC, Alba Hall of the Leyte Normal University. The said awarding is in line with the 127th anniversary of the Waray poet.(PIA 8)
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