AdNU professor and Bicol Mail columnist Kristian Sendon Cordero went to Jakarta, Indonesia to represent the Philippines in the 2nd ASEAN Literary festival held last 15-23 March 2015. Cordero was part of the delegation composed of National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario and Award-winning Ilonggo writer Prof. John Iremil Teodoro.
Cordero’s participation in this international literary event came as an acknowledgement of his many involvements in the arts and culture in the Bikol region. He delivered his paper on Radicalism and Moderation in Literature.
Cordero is an associate of the Ateneo de Naga University Press and is faculty member of the Department of Social Sciences. He has won various literary awards including the Palanca and most recently two National Book Awards for his poetry collections.
The festival seeks to become a medium to boost the quality of the region’s literary works while being one of the bridges to get people of literature and public in general within the region to know each other’s’ culture, arts and literary works, boosting the likelihood of ASEAN to become full-pledge community. In attendance were ASEAN’s poets, novelists, playwrights, critics, academics, scholars and artists who performed and discussed the role of literature to help the member countries in fostering a just society, as well as boosting human rights, freedom of expression and democratization. This was the first cultural event where all ASEAN countries, which share proximity, similarities in culture and literature as well as sharing history of being colonized, level of democratization and economic development, gathered in a festival as one community of literature and culture.
Cordero’s participation was made possible with a travel and accommodation grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with the support of the Office of Academic Vice President, Ateneo de Naga University and the local government of Naga City.
photo from K Cordero’s album