Nationwide Literature Education Series Visits Tarlac

STS 2013 lowres

The literary and youth volunteer group Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), in partnership with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will hold the 25th edition of its nationwide seminar-workshop series, “Sining ng Tugma at Sukat” (STS; Art of Rhyme and Meter) at the Tarlac State University – Lucinda Campus, Tarlac City, Tarlac on August 27, 2013.

STS Tarlac will be held in partnership with the local hosts, namely the Tarlac State University and its Sentro ng Wika at Kultura.

Started in 2008, the STS is a nationwide education outreach program that has toured 24 towns and has served 1,591 people, mostly public school teachers and students. It aims to help advance literature, language, patriotism, and the beneficiaries’ communication skills through the teaching of native literary works and forms.

For 2013, the STS program is part of the larger project titled “Sulong: Dangal ng Filipino,” which includes day-long seminar-workshops on the “Sagisag Kultura” (cultural icons of the Philippines) and the National Orthography. Albay and Capiz were the first beneficiary provinces for 2013, and Tarlac will be followed by Naga City in Camarines Sur and Cauayan in Isabela. More towns in Visayas and Mindanao are slated for STS visits.

Founded in 1985, LIRA is a nationally recognized, volunteer-run, education NGO; the oldest organization of poets in Filipino; and one of the country’s premier literary groups. In pursuance of its mission of advancing literature, language, and patriotism, the organization holds a yearly five-month-long poetry clinic held for the most part in UP Diliman. The STST is an effort to bring part of this clinic outside of Metro Manila.

In 2011, LIRA was declared as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in Malacañang Palace by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, making LIRA the first literary group in the TAYO Awards’ nine-year history. In 2012, LIRA was named by the National Outstanding Volunteer Awards as the National Capital Region’s outstanding volunteer organization.

Heading the STS Tarlac team as its lecturer is the award-winning poet and novelist Dr. Edgar C. Samar of the Ateneo de Manila University. The program is directed by Phillip Kimpo Jr., LIRA president, with the help of Beverly W. Siy, immediate former president and creator of the STS.

Kimpo and Dr. Cherubim Valerio are the coordinators for STS Tarlac. Parties interested in helping or participating in the program can contact the STS team at


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