organization celebrates 49th anniversary
August 22, 2018
CEBU CITY – Bisaya
writers’ organization celebrates 49th anniversary Bathalan-ong Halad
sa Dagang (BATHALAD) celebrated their 49th anniversary through the
launching of “BATHALANDONG”, a repository of published works at Palm
Grass the Cebu Heritage Hotel on August 18.
The collection of 18 books
by acclaimed bisaya writers such as Adonis Durado, Josua Cabrera,
Myke Obenieta and more old and young members of BATHALAD will be
available both for free reading and for sale at the hotel’s library
restaurant Kapihan ni Lumaya.
The festivities were
started with poetry readings from well-known bisaya poets Lamberto
Ceballos (Sun Star), Rolando Morallo (Sun Star,), and current
BATHALAD vice-president Jae Mari Magdadaro (Bisaya Magasin). Former
BATHALAD president and one of its oldest members Ernesto Lariosa
first reminisced on how the organization changed throughout
generations before performing an awe-inspiring bisaya poem. His son,
a spectacular poet like Ernesto, also performed in the open mic
Formed in 1969 by
brilliant bisaya poet Dr. Melquiadito M. Allego, Jr., BATHALAD is
now home to both old and young writers from the region. President
Karla Quimsing said that BATHALAD’s doors are open to new members of
all ages, gender, sexuality, and even those outside of Cebu but all
across the bisaya-speaking regions.
As Cebu’s only heritage
hotel, Palm Grass supports the growth of our local literary talents
like BATHALAD. Apart from literary works, books on Cebuano history
and culture are also available for sale and free reading at the
Kapihan ni Lumaya library restaurant.
Guests may also enjoy
native drinks at the Kapihan like the Kape Mais and native teas like
dulaw (turmeric) and tanglad (lemon grass).
Palm Grass aims to engage
all Cebuanos, especially the youth, to learn and explore about
Cebu’s colorful and valiant heritage.