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A student performs a spoken word poetry during the event. Photo by Ernest John Ulep.

Advocacy campaign features local artists, products

A spoken word poetry event for singles on Valentine’s Day was organized by Third Year Mass Communication students at Beer Garden ni Allen, Bonifacio Street, Davao City.
The event was named Panaghoy sa Bugnaw’ng Kagabhi-on and is part of an advocacy campaign called PUKAW: Awakening out local scene.
It featured spoken word poetry about romance written by literature clubs in Davao.
The performances were by Davao Writers’ Guild, The Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors (SALEM), and The Pseudonyms Davao.
As Pukaw focuses on the local scene, local products and merchandise were sold at the venue.
They also featured Original Pinoy Music (OPM) sung by local bands such as the Sabay sa Alon and Simera.
The event received positive and negative feedbacks from the audience. Ermily Derecho, a student from Ateneo de Davao University, explained that the spoken word poetry was overall great. However, certain aspects of the art were lost.
“The event was very energetic and lively. Sa spoken word wala kaayo na appreciate kay saba ang mga tao pero overall, gwapo gihapon nga naa sila’y platform to present,” she said.
The event was headed by Princess Taroza. In which, according to her, Panaghoy sa Bugnaw’ng Kagabhi-on is a night for a cause.
The funds raised will be used for another major event which will be a bazaar containing merchandise by local artists in culmination of Pukaw.
“Our culminating event will be a local market having local merch from artists, budding entrepreneurs around Davao and even Mindanao,” she said.
Taroza invites everyone to promote products and artists from Davao and Mindanao.
“What is normal right now is buying stuff online and from the malls. Most of the people don’t know that we also have those products coming from local artists with the same standards,” she shared.
The culmination of Pukaw will be held on March 9. The venue is yet to be announced.

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