On 16 February 2022, as part of the UP Tacloban’s celebration of the National Arts Month, Asst. Prof. Antonino De Veyra, Director of Leyte Samar Heritage Center, led a virtual discussion with guest speakers Dinah Roma (poetry), Tim Montes (fiction), and Carmie Ortego (creative nonfiction).
The talk, titled “Huruhisgutay/Tsika-LIT: Panuratan ha Panahon han Pandemya”, featured award-winning writers from Eastern Visayas, and focused on how writing during crisis can both assuage anxiety and inspire hope.
While the COVID-19 pandemic was at the forefront of the discussion, the writers also spoke more broadly about writing in times of disaster – such as after Typhoon Yolanda.
Joining the talk through Zoom and Facebook Live were over 160 participants.
[Written by Pauline Joyce J. Lacanilao]