In a move that cements Ilocano as one of the major languages that will play a significant role in the recently approved mother tongue-based Multilingual Education (MLE) policy of the Department of Education (DepEd Order No. 74 s.2009), GUMIL Filipinas, under the leadership of Pres. Elizabeth M. Raquel, released the following:
GUMIL Filipinas (GF) or Gunglo Dagiti Mannurat nga Ilokano iti Filipinas ken iti Ballasiw Taaw, the premier association of Ilocano writers with chapters in the different Ilocano-speaking provinces in the country as well as overseas, launches its official website, http://gumilfilipinas.com, August 22, 2009 at the residence of Judge Vivencio Baclig in Quezon City (http://www.ustream.tv/flash/video/2032109).
gumilfilipinas.com features news about the organization and its chapters, its activities and new publications. It also contains literary pieces written by bona fide members of the association, as well as essays and features about writing in general and the Ilocano literature in particular.
GF also re-launches its official newsletter, Balikas . Edited by award-winning Ilocano writers, Balikas is an eight-page tabloid-sized quarterly that features news about GF activities, Ilocano literary pieces written by GF members, as well as features and essays on the Ilocano arts and culture.
The GF Editorial Committee which oversees both the website and the newsletter is now accepting articles for publication. Preferred articles for publication in Balikas are original and unpublished Ilocano works, especially poems, essays, and news and pictures related to GUMIL. For the website, the committee accepts published Ilocano poems, short stories, and essays about Ilocanos and GF.
For details, please contact Ariel S. Tabag, Editorial Committee chair, at mobile number 0918-7458792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Sherma E. Benosa)