Friday, April 11, 2008
Text message poetry contest announces winners
By Perry Gil S. Mallari, Reporter
In the age of mobile phone, text messages have become an integral part of
Filipino life. Just recently, young poets prove that Short Message Service
(SMS) can be a medium for lyricism. The Filipinas Institute of Translation,
Inc. (FIT) finally reveals the winners of its month-long text-poetry contest
dubbed as “Katext Mo Sa Katotohanan [Your Text Mate For Truth].”
The winners are: Danilo de la Cruz, Jun Balde, Frank Rivera, Raul Funilas, and
Adjani Arumpac (first week); German Gervacio, Mario C. Lamar, Raul Funilas,
Fernando Gonzales, and Alexander Martin Remollino (second week); Virgilio S.
Dionisio, Frank Rivera, Rener, Concepcion, Noel T. Fortun, and German Gervacio
(third week); and Rener Concepcion, Arthurb Casanova, Jondy M. Arpilleda, and
Noel T. Fortun (fourth week).
The competition was unique because it harnessed the popular concept of SMS
vocabulary and humor, something that every Pinoy can relate with. A number of
poets who participated have also demonstrated that it is possible to blend the
concept of texting with the traditional poetic form of dalit that uses quatrain
of monorhyming eight syllabic lines. The majority of the entries tackle the
pressing issue of corruption in the country.
The panel of judges, which was chaired by National Artist for Literature
Virgilio S. Almario, includes Vim Nadera, and Joey Baquiran.
Thousands of texters sent entries via SMS from as far away as Hong Kong and Guam
while hundreds more opted to use the e-mail.
On April 24, the winners will be honored in an awarding ceremony to be held at
the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon