The Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), the oldest and leading organization of poets in Filipino and Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations awardee, has released its biennial president’s report* listing its recent organizational activities and achievements.
The report covers the years 2011-2012 under the leadership of the previous batch of LIRA officers headed by Phillip Kimpo Jr., who was reelected to his third term last February. Joining him in the current leadership are Louie Jon A. Sanchez (vice president), RR Cagalingan (secretary), Kriscell Largo Labor (treasurer), and Christa I. De La Cruz (public relations officer).
LIRA was founded in 1985 by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario (aka Rio Alma). Headlining LIRA’s accomplishments listed in the report are its two flagship projects, namely the LIRA Poetry Clinic, an eight-month training program that immerses its “fellows” in lectures, workshops, and volunteerism activities; and its “Sining ng Tugma at Sukat” outreach program, which has taught literature, language, communication skills, and cultural heritage appreciation to almost 1,300 teachers and students from more than 200 schools in 22 towns.
Writers wishing to enroll in LIRA’s June-November clinic and parties interested in hosting LIRA’s outreach program in their respective towns may send their inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit its lit reading nights held every third Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at Conspiracy Bar, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
*Delivered during the LIRA General Assembly at CAL-201, University of the Philippines-Diliman last Feb. 9, 2013.