The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman, National Artist Virgilio Almario and executive director Rico Pableo Jr., the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), and the National Book Development Board (NBDB), headed by chairperson Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz, are spearheading the celebration of the Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas or National Literature Month.
This is the third year that the nation is celebrating National Literature Month. This year’s theme, “Banyuhay,” the Filipino word for “Metamorphosis,” emphasizes that literature, a creative endeavor, is also a political and social institution as well as a force that shapes life and everyday living. It is a vital instrument that helps us evaluate and implement right and necessary changes.
Exciting literary and cultural events are lined up for the whole month of April to stimulate the mind and enrich the soul.
Through the efforts of Almario, Proclamation No. 968 was signed in 2015, declaring the month of April as Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas or National Literature Month. The proclamation states that “Philippine literature, written in different Philippine languages, is associated with the history and cultural legacy of the State, and must be promoted among Filipinos,” and that “national literature plays an important role in preserving and inspiring the literature of today and in introducing to future generations the Filipino values that we have inherited from our ancestors.” # Source – www.dilg.gov.ph