By Ian Ocampo Flora
The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) has launched a formal writing competition, not in the national language but in Kapampangan.
The Gawad Komisyon 2007 launched by the KWF in relation to the celebration of the Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa is a national competition for formal writing focusing on different major languages in the country.
It aims to break the misconception that the KWF is only concerned with the local language, officials said. One of the major categories of the competition is Kapampangan poetry writing.
The competition also aims to excite the interest in Kapampangan literature and discover new talents. There would be a Lupon sa Tagisan King Poesia that would evaluate each entry. The UP Clark was assigned as to collate all entries in the region, deadline of which is on July 27, 2007.
Other categories include Tausug (Essay), Hiligaynon (Poetry and Short Story Writing) and Bikolano (Essay) to name a few. These categories are aimed at promoting the local language and discover new talents. The Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa is set on August 1-31 of this year.