Nationwide Literature Education Series Revisits Tarlac

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 andthe Arts (NCCA), will hold the 32nd edition of its nationwide seminar-workshop series, “Sining ng Tugma, Sukat, at Talinghaga” (STST; Art of Rhyme, Meter, and Metaphor) at the Tarlac State University, Tarlac City on February 6-7, 2014.

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STST Tarlac will be held in partnership with the local host, namely the Tarlac State University, with support from ABS-CBN Choose Philippines, the Fringe Manila arts festival, and the JP Anthony D. Cuñada Law Office.

Started in 2008, the STST is a nationwide education outreach program that has toured 31 towns and has served 2,711 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 the Tarlac leg, 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. The first Tarlac leg of the STST was held in August 2013.

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 Tarlac team as its lecturers are the award-winning writers Dr. Edgar C. Samar and Prof. Louie Jon A. Sanchez of the Ateneo de Manila University, and program director Phillip Kimpo Jr., LIRA president. Beverly W. Siy, immediate former president, is the creator of the STS.

Parties interested in helping or participating in the program can contact the STST team at

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