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Teacher from Pasil, Kalinga among featured authors in 2nd Cordillera Author's Summit


Tabuk City, Kalinga - Freedie Balansi from Pasil, Kalinga who penned the ‘Passing the Torch’ were among authors in the region featured during the second Cordillera Author’s Summit on January 6, 2023, at the Podium Hotel, Baguio City.


Said summit brings together established writers from the Cordillera and all other aspiring authors to publish motivational and self-help books and promote the art of creative writing in the Cordilleran community.

It was hosted by John 14:14 Book Publishing and was participated by 16 local authors from the different provinces of the Cordillera region.


In his book, Balansi, a teacher at Central Pasil National High School, described his life's journey, including the difficulties he had in pursuing his goal. This serves as a manual and motivates young people to work hard enough to realize their dreams.


With his writing, Balansi was conferred the ‘Most Outstanding Internal Author’ and his book placed 4th in the Book of the Year Award at the 2nd International Authors’ Summit.


These recognitions gave him the ticket to participate in said authors’ gatherings.

Other participants


Aside from Balansi, another yKalinga writer - Jeffrey Ian Addatu who authored "Fears to Faith" was also among those who were called for the event.


As for other provinces, Nora Sagayo, Joana Rizza Imado, and Kennith Mallare from Benguet along with Marichu Chil-ang, Jocelyn Cascato, and Emilia Mestito Guinumtad from Baguio City were likewise given the spotlight.


Ifugao’s representative for the event is Oscar Binay-o Jr. while Natividad Salcedo, Carmen Malabong, Allen Palaruan, Mary Jane Aluyen, and Jenny Obonan represented Mt. Province.

For Apayao, Shirley Sinawan and Rozelyn Buyucan served as their representatives.


During the summit, authors expressed their objective for writing books is to continuously inspire more people, particularly the people of Cordillera, by writing their own stories in belief that everyone’s story matters.


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