Jacinto’s writing prowess, sculpted in bronze

MANILA, To give due recognition to the relevance of Emilio Jacinto's writings, his bronze statue will be unveiled on Peregrinasyon Jacinto (Jacinto Pilgrimage) on 17 April 2017, 8 am, Magdalena town, Laguna.

The statue, created bu Priscillano Vicaldo Jr., features a contemplative Jacinto bearing his work, Liwanag sa Dilim. The 6-foot statue will find its home in Magdalena, Laguna, the place where he died at age 24 because of malarya.

Besides being a trusted general of Andres Bonifacio's Katipunan, Jacinto (15 Dis 1875-16 Abril 1899) was recognized as the Brains of the Katipunan because of his pen's ability to affect and influence readers with works like Liwanag at Dilim, Pahayag, at Mga Aral ng Katipunan ng A.N.B., better known as the Kartilya ng Katipunan.

Found in the Kartilya are the moral and ethical principles of the Katipunan. Bonifacio also wrote his version of it, the Katungkulang Gagawin ng mga Z.Ll.B., but he gave way when he found Jacinto's work to be superior because of its exact and metaphoric qualities.

The statue is a project of the NCCA, KWF, and Magdalena. It is part of NCCA and KWF's thrust to increase the giving of importance to Filipino writers who shaped a nation's consciousness and identity.

Vicente Sotto of Cebu, Isabelo de los Reyes of Ilokos, and Iluminado Lucente of Leyte, all venerated writers hailing from the regions, are the next proposed writers to be "monumentalized."

The pilgrimage is part of the celebration of National Literature Month, now on its third year, with the theme Banyuhay: Panitikan.

Interested parties are free to join the pilgrimage. For registration, please call 736-2519 and look for John Enrico C. Torralba or Roy Rene S. Cagalingan. Emails may also be sent to komisyonsawikangfilipino@gmail.com.

Source: Philippines Information Agency

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