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Benguet writers promote own culture through their IP books

Benguet, Cordillera – Three authors from Kabayan, Benguet recently released a book of indigenous poems to promote the culture, tourism, and local languages in the province.

Dr. Ryan Camado Guinaran, Silver Abag Pilo, and Jomar Guinsiman Lesino held the book launching for “PuLaG: Poems of Home” at Ben Palispis Hall at Benguet Provincial Capitol on December 20.

The three authors are members of Benguet Indigenous Youth Arts Guild (BIYAG) creative writing organization which work to promote the culture of Benguet through writing with unique and artistic style.

About the book

The book contains literary works of Benguet culture and tourism written in ‘Ibaloy’ and ‘Kalanguya’ with English translations.

The three authors explained that the book aims to use poetry to introduce traditional customs and promote local tourist attractions in Benguet while preserving the two main languages in the province, the “Ibaloy” and “Kalanguya”.

“This book, we, three proud sons of the municipality and the province, share our culture, places, values, and lived experiences through poems in Ibaloy (Ba-diw) and in Kalanguya. This is our humble contribution to celebrating Benguet culture and the arts and our response to the dearth of CARiana (Cordillera Administrative Region) publications,” the three stated in the foreword of their book.

To help promote the book, Governor Melchor Diclas sponsored and graced the book during its launching.

Diclas commended the authors for dedicatedly and passionately writing the book in local languages.

Meanwhile, four BIYAG creative writing fellows also launched their books along with the Pulag: Poems of Home on the same day.

Richard Giye introduced his debut book “The Visiting Moth: Collection of Select Stories and Essays”; Jovener Soro, “Mga Sulatin ni Manasseh”; Ronald Fernandez with his “Silhouettes of Dead Stars over the Cordillera Range”; and Amelita Wansi, “Supernovial”.


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