Happening this weekend: Virtual poetry recital celebrating PH, Europe cultures


Posted at May 29 2020 03:19 PM

MANILA -- The European Union (EU) delegation to the Philippines is set to hold a virtual poetry recital this weekend.

Dubbed "Bersong Euro-Pinoy," the event will be streamed live on the EU in the Philippines Facebook page at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. of the EU delegation to the Philippines, said in a statement that the poetry recital was revived "to provide a platform to better understand and appreciate each other's culture and to strengthen people-to-people links between Europeans and Filipinos." 

A brainchild of Instituto Cervantes, it used to be held under the framework of "Dia del Libro," gathering diplomats and literary enthusiasts among members of the EU delegation to the Philippines, EU member states' embassies, and cultural institutes. 


Hungarian Ambassador Jozsef Bencze and Polish Embassy’s Chargé d’affaires Jarosław Szczepankiewicz, who are both book authors, are set to read the literary masterpieces "Még nem éleg" (Not Yet Enough) by Vaci Mihaly, and "The Remembrance" by Julian Tuwim, respectively. 

Nine-year-old Dora Sediva, daughter of Czech Ambassador Jana Sediva, will read "ZNÁM KŘIŠŤÁLOVOU STUDÁNKU" (The Crystal Spring) by Josef Václav Sládek.

Rafael de Bustamante, political counsellor of EU delegation to the Philippines, will read some stanzas from Jose Rizal's "Mi Ultimo Adios."

Multi-awarded poets Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta and Alma Anonas-Carpio, meanwhile, will share their poems about life and living -- "On Breathe" and "Pandemic Love," respectively.

Other participants include Alessandro Milani, general manager of the Philippine Italian Association; Amiel Diaz, political and cultural affairs officer of the Czech Embassy; Javier Galvan, director of Instituto Cervantes de Manila; Emma Briffaut, education attache at the French Embassy; soprano Mary Louise Alcantara; and young Filipino poets Ralph Fonte and Kid Orit.