‘The Cebu We Know’: WILA celebrates 24 years - Weekend

‘The Cebu We Know’: WILA celebrates 24 years

Women in Literary Arts – Cebu, Inc. (WILA) celebrated its 24th anniversary with the theme “The Cebu We Know” last Sept. 26 at the Sinulog Hall of the Rizal Museum and Library at Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City.
Organized on Sept. 25, 1991, WILA is the country’s only organization of women writers with a mission to promote literature. WILA conducts regular readings and literary workshops as well as other projects related to the arts.

Guests (from left) Manu Avenido, Jan Dalisay, Richellet Chan, Vic Sugbo, Leian Rama, Adonis Enricuso, Shiela Pialago, Niño Loyola, and Hope Yu
Guests (from left) Manu Avenido, Jan Dalisay, Richellet Chan, Vic Sugbo, Leian Rama, Adonis Enricuso, Shiela Pialago, Niño Loyola, and Hope Yu

The book “Bisayangdako: Writing Cebuano Culture and Arts” by founding member Dr. Erlinda Alburo was launched during the anniversary celebration. Published by the University of San Carlos Press, the book is a collection of essays that focus on a variety of topics such as Folklore, History, Literary Arts, Women Writing and others.

WILA and its members: (back) Cindy Velasquez, Malou Alorro, Dess Balota, Joanalyn Gabales, Jeneth Borlasa, Shiela Pialago, Richellet Chan; (front) Aurora Penaflor, Lilia Tio, Haidee Palapar, Hope Yu, Erlinda Alburo, Erma Cuizon, and Ester Tapia
WILA and its members: (back) Cindy Velasquez, Malou Alorro, Dess Balota, Joanalyn Gabales, Jeneth Borlasa, Shiela Pialago, Richellet Chan; (front) Aurora Penaflor, Lilia Tio, Haidee Palapar, Hope Yu, Erlinda Alburo, Erma Cuizon, and Ester Tapia

Vispop winners Jerica Teodorico and Lourdes Maglinte rendered beautiful prize-winning songs during the intermissions.

The recently elected WILA officers inducted by founding member Erma Cuizon are Hope Yu, Chair; Desiree Balota, Vice Chair; Joanalyn Gabales, Secretary; Jeneth Borlasa, Treasurer; and Cindy Velasquez, PRO. (Contributed photo)

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