A book drive to benefit the libraries of Lunas, Caohagan and Kaluangan Elementary Schools, held at the recent Cebu Literary Festival, yielded over 500 books from individual donors and from big publishing houses like Anvil Publishing and Ateneo de Naga University Press.
“We are glad to be part of this effort to bring the best of Philippine writings to our communities in the Visayas. We believe that books like bridges are indispensable structures in any developing country,” says Kristian Cordero, deputy director of the Ateneo de Naga University Press. He was in Cebu to launch Jun Dumdum’s new book of poetry “Eighty-Four Words for Sorrow” as well as introduce a catalog of new books published by the Jesuit university’s publishing arm. Andrew Buenaviaje, who heads the non profit group iLearners Inc. is grateful for this partnership with Cebu Literary Festival, now on this second year. “Cebu is really lucky to have an avenue to celebrate literature. And attendees not only learn from the event but also get to impart knowledge and share by donating their pre loved books to the people who badly need literacy support. Books donated during the event would be a great addition to the libraries of our adopted schools; and the children’s books would surely delight the pupils from pre-elementary to grade 2 which we will be reading to them during our Reach-out-and-Read Program. Heartfelt gratitude to the people behind LitFest, it’s attendees who dropped by our table and donated and publishing houses Anvil and Ateneo de Naga University Press,” says Andrew.
Cebu Literary Festival is organized by Little Boy Productions and Cebuano Studies Center. Featured this year were noted historian Resil Mojares, poets Jun Dumdum, Merlie Alunan, Nikay Paredes, Tim Tomlinson, and Larry Ypil, writers Jessica Zafra, Bambi Beltran, Insoy Ninal, Ian Casocot and Jona Bering, and performance artist Carlos Celdran. More information at the Facebook page of the Cebu Literary Festival.