Creative writers, literature teachers and students, and literature buffs of Cebu converged at the Taboan 2016: Pagbinayloay last December 23, 2016 at the Robinson’s Galleria Cebu.
Taboan 2016 Cebu paid homage to Dr. Erlinda K. Alburo for her contribution to Cebuano arts, letters and culture. A discussion on writing Cebuano in the 21st century with Missing Felimon frontman Lorenzo “Insoy” Niñal, Travel Blogger Jona Baranzuela Bering and Writer Januar E. Yap moderated by Joanalyn Gabales, was one of the highlights.
Taboan 2016 Cebu also featured performance poetry from members of creative writing groups Mga Anak sa Dagang (MAD), the Women in Literary Arts-Cebu Inc. (Wila), Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang (Bathalad), and University of the Philippines Cebu’s Tinta.
Taboan is a national event started by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) with the vision of conveying together writers from the regions. Taboan 2016 Cebu is a satellite activity organized by the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos, in collaboration with Robinson’s Galleria Cebu and Mga Anak sa Dagang (MAD).
Other Taboan satellites were in Laoag City, Manila, Quezon Iriga and Naga Cities, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, and Iligan City. Taboan’s theme this year is “Pagbinayloay (Exchange),” highlighting the event’s role of enabling the exchange of ideas and works of creative writers in the country, according to Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, literary arts coordinator for NCCA Central Visayas. The Taboan poster design features the mythological sarimanok bird, the iconic sites of Bukidnon: the hills and trees and the Monastery of Transfiguration.