TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- With over 30 entries for each category thus far, the first-ever Cagayan Arts and Creative Writing Awards is still expecting more entries before the Aggao nac Cagayan celebration this June.
This despite the contest experiencing some “birth pains,” Lawyer Mabel Villarica-Mamba said during a press conference in the capitol on Monday, June 11.
Mamba, who is in-charge of the contest, said the competition needs more promotion for the coming years in order to net more number of participants.
“We’re hoping that we will have more [entries] kasi inextend naman natin yung deadline. We will have more. Pero sa ngayon natutuwa na rin kami sa mga entries lalo na yung dun sa art awards kasi this is the first ever that there is an art award in Cagayan,” the lawyer said.
In an earlier interview last month, Mamba said the art competition is open to professional or amateur artists. Participants can submit any artwork including paintings, drawings, sculpture, or installation arts.
Meanwhile, the creative writing contest will be competed in by senior high school or college students from private or public schools of the province. Contestants must submit a fiction short story in English about the heritage and nobility of the Cagayano.
“Dito pa lang madidiscover natin na marami talagang Cagayano na may itinatagong talento na ngayon ay ipinapakita natin sa buong mundo, gayundin sa creative writing,” the first lady of the province said.
Mentioning former Board Member Jenerwyn Bacuyag, who used to write Ilocano poems, as the brains behind the creative writing awards, Mamba said they are open to the idea of holding an Ilocano writing contest in a future celebration of Aggao.
The provincial government said the contests aim to highlight the rich culture and heritage of the province through arts and written literature, encourage and award local artists, and promote Cagayano pride. Northernforum.net