MANUNGOD SAKO


Kristian Sendon Cordero, 25, writes poetry, fictions and essays. He has authored three collections of Bikol, Rinconada and Filipino poetry, Mga Tulang Tulala: Piling Tula sa Filipino, Bikol at Rinconada (published in 2004 and was reprinted in 2007), Santigwar: Mga Rawitdawit sa Bikol asin Filipino (2006) and Pusûánon: Mga Bersong Bikol with selected translations by Marne L. Kilates and H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr. (2007) all published by Goldprint Publishing House in Naga City.

 

A graduate of Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, he received writing fellowships from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and Aquinas University of Legazpi in 2003 and 2004. 

 

He has been published in various literary journals, magazines, e-zines and anthologies like the Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Ani, Homelife, Burak, UP Literary Folio, Dapitan, Montage, Matanglawin, poets’ picturebook, High Chair, Latay sa Isipan (edited by Cirilo Bautista and Allan Popa, UST Press: 2007). Cordero has won several regional and national literary awards including the first Premio Tomas Arejola Para sa Literaturang Bikolnon for Bikol poetry in 2004, Homelife National Poetry Contest (Second Prize for the years 1999, 2005, 2007 and Grand Prize Winner for 2004), Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his fiction in Filipino, the Filipinas Institute of Translations’ annual search for the Word of The Year/Salita ng Taon (2007) and the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award in 2006. Cordero’s book was the first book of poetry and a regional publication to win the said award given by the heirs of the Madrigal-Gonzales and the UP Institute of Creative Writing.

 

He is an active member of Kabulig-Bikol and Sumaro Bikolnon Inc., two cultural groups based in the region. He has been invited in many public readings, lectures, writing workshops and cultural events to discuss, share and promote the on-going revival of interest on Bikol Studies.

 

As one of the staunch promoters of Bikol language and literature, he has been featured in Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism for its issue on literacy and national literature.

 

Cordero has also received the Outstanding Alumni Award by the University of Saint Anthony, a special citation from the local government of Iriga City, the Melchor Villanueva Centennial Awards for Bikol Literature in 2007 and recently, an honorable mention in the 2008 Gawad Collantes for Essay and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Writers’ Prize for Poetry.

 

He teaches Humanities, Sociology and Creative Writing in Ateneo de Naga University and writes a regular column for Bicol Mail. His current research projects and interests are in Bikol Marian devotions and practices, folk beliefs, photography, linguistic and literary studies in Bikol languages and migration studies.

 

He is preparing his first collection of stories and a debut novel.