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“Tikum Kadlum” is National Book Awardee for Poetry

“Tikum Kadlum,” the first title in the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay, which was published by the University of the Philippines Press in December 2014 was given the National Book Award for Poetry Category (Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a) by the National Book Development Board and Manila Critic’s Circle.  

 The book was edited by Dr. Alicia Magos, Professor Emeritus of UP Visayas, and was translated in Kinaray-a by Anna Razel L. Ramirez and Analina Caballero Salvador.

Just like the rest of the titles in the epics, “Tikum Kadlum” is chanted in long narratives using the archaic Kinaray-a language. It was translated in the nearest current Kinaray-a, Filipino, and English to be understood by readers around the world. “Tikum Kadlum” was chanted by  Gamaba Awardee Federico Caballero and his sister Teresita Caballero. 

The first title in the series of 13 accepted for publication by the UP Press, “Tikum Kadlum” (Black Dog) tells about the hunting spree of Datu Paiburong, the cutting of the prized buriraw nga kawayan (a yellow-colored variety of bamboo), and the heavy payment demanded by the man-eating monster, Makabagting, from Datu Paiburong for the crashing of his prized burugsak (gold bell). 

The piece is the output of 25 years of research done by Dr. Alicia Magos and Anna Razel L. Ramirez at the mountains of Central Panay. It was recorded, tediously transcribed, translated and crossed checked to finally come up with documentation of Panaynon literature. Preparation of the manuscript of the book was made possible through the UP Visayas Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension and a Grant for Book Writing to Dr. Alicia Magos by the UP Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. It was accepted for publication by the UP Press in 2014. The publication is under the pre- and prior-informed consent of the Panay Bukidnon through the National Commission of the Indigenous Peoples – Region VI and a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of the Philippines.

Others who contributed to the publication include Eliodora L. Dimzon (Overall Coordinator for Publications), Prof. Ma Joji Tan, Teresita Quezon, Agnes Españo-Dimzon, Liby Norman Limoso, Ramon Ramirez, and Gemma Almodiel.

The book can be purchased at the University of the Philippines Press, UP Diliman and is available in EBook at Itunes, Google Play and Barnes and Nobles.

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