Nationwide Literature Education Series visits Dapitan

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 27th edition of its nationwide seminar-workshop series, “Sining ng Tugma, Sukat, at Talinghaga” (STST; Art of Rhyme, Meter, and Metaphor) at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte on October 5-7, 2013.

STST Dapitan will be held in partnership with the local hosts, namely the JRMSU and the Pangrehiyong Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (PSWF) Region IX, with support from the JP Anthony D. Cuñada Law Office.

Started in 2008, the STST is a nationwide education outreach program that has toured 26 towns and has served 1,792 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 STST 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. Legazpi City (Albay), Roxas City (Capiz), Tarlac City, and Naga City (Camarines Sur) were the first beneficiaries for 2013. Dapitan will be followed by four more towns in the southern Philippines.

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 STST Dapitan team as its lecturer is the award-winning writer 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, Ms. Sandor Abad, and Mr. Roy Cagalingan are the coordinators for STST Dapitan. Parties interested in helping or participating in the program can contact the STST team at

You may also visit Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at, Anyo through Facebook (/palihangLIRA) or Twitter (@makatangLIRA).

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