Kristian Sendon Cordero, faculty member of Social Sciences Department and head of the Literary Division of the Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts, is one of the recipients of the Ten Outstanding Bikol Artists for 2013. The awarding rites was held on February 27, 2013 in Legazpi City, Albay. Governor Joey Salceda chaired the board of judges that selected Cordero as one of the recipients.
Not yet in his 30s, Cordero is described by many as the “enfant terrible” of Bikol contemporary writings. A poet and fictionist, he has authored four collections of poetry and co-edited a volume of Bikol poetry. This year, he is set to release three collections of poetry in Bikol and Filipino which won the Palanca and the NCCA Writers Prize. The said collections will be published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House and Ateneo de Manila University Press.
Cordero also served as one of the keynote speakers for UMPILAN’s first edition, which focused on Bikol Literature, held last January 28, 2013 at the Natividad Galang Fajardo (NGF) Conference Room, Horacio de la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The event was organized by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL, or Writers Union of the Philippines), in partnership with the Kagawaran ng Filipino and the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices of the Ateneo de Manila University. The second edition of UMPILAN will cast the spotlight on Ilokano Literature.