In celebration of the first Literature Month, Davao Writers Guild, in partnership with the Young Davao Writers, conducted Kumbira last April 17 at People’s Park.
Promoting literature in all forms and genres, the said event was opened to the public at 4:30 p.m. and was participated by several writers and artists. The event showcased Mindanao-published and independently published books, comics, storybooks and several Mindanawon literary works through the various booths in the event. Books authored by Mindanao writers were also sold. An exhibit was made to show Mindanawon myths through several illustrations and brief narratives.
Davaoeño writers read and performed their works shortly thereafter. Among them were Palanca-awardees Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, who read an excerpt from one of her recent essays, and Dr. Macario Tiu, who read his Cebuano short story Alad. Students from the University of the Philippines Mindanao also performed and read their pieces.
“Kumbira was great because it enabled us to reconnect to our culture and appreciate Mindanao Literature,” said Ericka Gadat, president of the Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors.
Kumbira – Binisaya for ‘feast’ – is in line with the country’s first celebration of National Literature Month as declared by Presidential Proclamation 968.