The Bikol word for short fiction is “osipon,” from the root word osip/usip which could mean a tale, to tell, also to tell on or squeal, gossip, accuse, and complain about.
Twenty-two such osipon, contemporary Bikol short stories, are now in a volume entitled Hagong: Mga Osipon, edited by Paz Verdades M. Santos and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr., published by the Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) Press. The editors believe that the stories will most likely resonate, hagong, among Bikol readers as they recognize their own stories and lives in these.
The AdNU Press, in coordination with the university’s Department of Literature and Language Studies and the Center for Arts and Culture, is launching Hagong on Feb. 13, 2013, 4 pm, Fernando Hall, AdNU.
The Press will also be launching the second, illustrated edition of Antisipasyon asin iba pang Rawitdawit sa Bikol by Victor Dennis Nierva, Philippine National Book Award for 2008. Both books are the university press’s offering for Arts Month. Nierva was also book designer for Hagong.
The writers included in Hagong are well-known and awarded poets and fictionists: Richard Madrilejos, Eduardo Uy Jr., Jaime Jesus U. Borlagdan, Rizaldy Manrique, Kristian Cordero, Francisco Peñones Jr., Juan Escandor Jr., Edgar Ramores, Jeffrey Regullano, Irmina Volante-Torres, Jason Chancoco, Niles Breis, Bernardo Aguay Jr., Marissa Reorizo-Redburn, Honesto Pesimo Jr., Ju. Rafael Belgica Jr., Estelito Jacob, Gerardo Peralta, Eden Elizan-Velarde, and Jay Salvosa.