Enchong Dee, Rocco Nacino + More Read Poems by Bikolano Poets

They're written in English or Filipino.

(SPOT.ph) Along with the rest of the world, artists everywhere are coming up with the most creative ways to continue in delivering their art to people in quarantine. Musical concerts are done via live streaming, theatrical productions are carried out by dramatic readings on Zoom, and artworks are exhibited on virtual galleries. Naga-based bookstore and cultural hub Savage Mind, for their part, keeps poetry alive by engaging Bikolano readers and artists even in these trying times. Himati, their newest project, is an online series where performers—whether TV actors or theater artists—read poems by Bikolano writers. The first video went live on April 1.

As of writing, videos of poetry readings hosted on Savage Mind's Facebook page include: Iriga City-born Jaime Fabregas reading Day on the Farm by Luis Dato, who was a poet and politician from Baao, Camarines Sur; Lui Quiambao Manansala, who hails from Bacacay, Albay, reading a piece by Juan Rafael Belgica Jr., also an Albayanon; and Naga-born Enchong Dee, reading an ekphrastic poem by Masbateño poet and TV writer Enrique Villasis. Videos by Rocco NacinoMax EigenmannChristian Bables, Dexter Doria, Sandino Martin, Angeli Bayani, and Sue Prado are expected to go live in the coming days.


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In an article by Tito Genova Valiente on Business Mirror, the idea of asking celebrities to participate in the online poetry reading came up as Kristian Cordero, founder of Savage Mind, wanted to "develop reading and generate a love of literature and books." One way to engage the public is by putting familiar faces on their screens.

For more episodes, follow Savage Mind on Facebook.

Main images from Enchong Dee's Instagram page and Rocco Nacino's Twitter page

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