BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, Aug. 20 (PNA) – The Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) gave recognition to seven local literature writers, who gave honor not only to the province, but also to the local dialect.
ESSU’s Center for Language and Culture organized an exhibit on Tuesday, featuring the works of the said writers, aiming to inspire the college students to be writers especially in local literature.
ESSU president Edmundo Campoto said that the university should not only be good in technology, education and agriculture, but in the humanities as well.
“For me, these writers are local heroes. People who do not literally fought for freedom but did something which would be a heritage to the province are enough to be considered heroes,” Campoto said.
Jonas Palada, director of ESSU’s Center for Language and Culture said during the exhibit that Eastern Samar writers can also compete with other writers regionwide and even nationwide.
“They should indeed be given award because we can certainly say that their writings are treasures of our province. They made us realize that our dialect must stand out, not be forgotten, but cherished,” Palada said.
While the awardees and their families were very thankful for the recognition, as they believed that writing local literature was one way of promoting nationalism.
“Pen is mightier than the sword. I believe that writers can really influence the society through writing,” Campoto said. (PNA)