I have been reading about Kristian Cordero and how his writings have sparked a new Renaissance for Bikol literature, especially of it's own brand of poetry, the rawit-dawit.
I admit I have not been very diligent in searching for things, but chatting around anonymously with polyglots, writers, and artists of various sorts while working out an AV for "Pagkasulnop Minabangui", I felt a little more encouraged to finally sit down and search for resources about this emergent literary hero of our region.
Discovering a podcast of Cordero reading 4 poems via the PCIJ network, I feel disappointed.
YES. I feel so disappointed, that I did not seek to know of his works earlier; for, I have several times set it aside and ignored everytime I came across a link that talks about him and his writings. I have read his blogs on Santigwar previously but with a great deal of inattention, out of sloth to study words and meanings--a sentiment that is true as with the works of all the other Bikol writers.
Today while still there are words I am not quite familiar with, having listened to "Sa Paropakinabang kan mga Santos", I discover the profoundness that everybody else is speaking about. I admire how his works bear that characteristic Bicolano humor and wit that reflects contemporary reality and a distinctly Catholic religious sense, wielded in a simple yet compelling arrangement of words and ideas: a wisdom which I used to only hear from conversing elders and priests in our churches.
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