Poetry has long been recognized as one of the most complex literary genres due to its emphasis on the rhythmic use of words to generate imagery and the fact that it is written in verse.
To raise awareness of the genre, supporters of Filipino poetry, headed by a National Literature fellow Virgilio Almario better known by his pen name Rio Alma, A Filipino visual artist, author, poet, critic, translator, editor, teacher, and cultural manager. And one of the National Artists of the Philippines.
On November 22, Virgilio Almario will lead the first-ever National Poetry Day at the Metropolitan Theater. Together with at least 50 Filipino poets and live performances as well as the ongoing popularity of spoken word performances. The exact location of the event will also host a book launch and a poetry book fair.
With the concept “Ibalik ang tula sa puso ng madla” (Bring poetry back into the people’s hearts). The celebration also commemorates the 128th birthday anniversary of Filipino poet Jose Corazon de Jesus, who is well known for his poem “BAYAN KO.”
In the report of San Anselmo Publications, Inc. Executive Publisher Marvin Aceron, their motivation to initiate National Poetry Day came from de Jesus’ nationalism.
“Our goal is threefold: to develop the art of poetry, to increase awareness for Filipino poetry, and to honor Jose Corazon de Jesus and all patriotic Filipino poets.” Almario explained.
“Inaanyayahan namin ang mga organisasyong pangkultura at pampanitikan sa buong bansa na ipagdiwang ang Pambansang Araw ng Pagtula sa kani-kanilang lugar”. (“We invite cultural and literary organizations across the country to celebrate National Poetry Day in their locales.”) Joti Tabula, President of LIRA, stated.
Poetry has its own rules, which speak for life. The main purpose of people is to recreate the scenarios from our dreams. A thousand words cannot bring you back, nor can a thousand tears, but you cannot bring the past back because it is gone. You have no choice but to let go and move on. Poetry lovers should know that it will be challenging, However, Never abandon the idea that you can succeed.