Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) launched its fourth book as part of its 30th anniversary celebration in December 2015 at The Oracle Hotel and Residenes.
Titled LIRA 30: Tatlong Dekada ng Makatang LIRA, the book features various Filipino poems by member poets in the past 30 years, from 1985 to 2015.
LIRA president Aldrin Pentero and vice president RR Cagalingan presented the first copies of the book to National Artist and LIRA founder Virgilio Almario, book editor Fidel Rillo, and book designer Michael Gallego at the event.
Poems in the book tackle a wide range of topics, from thoughts on the weather (“Matapos ang ulan, umiinit/ Ang daigdig, nanlalamig/ Ang ating mga puso” from Matapos ang Ulan, Umiinit by Jerry Gracio), greater entities (“Kung katahimikan ay humahaginit/ Sa silid, sa isip, sa mundong nagulat./ Ang Walang Hanggahan, siyang nakikinig” from Naririnig Kaya by Rebecca Anonuevo), crossing of old paths (“Mas mahalaga na nga siguro ang dating hindi mahalaga/Dahil nagkita tayo at hindi mo naman ako nakilala,/Mas mabuti pang hindi na lamang tayo nagkita” from Dahil Hindi Tayo Nagkita by Giancarlo Abrahan), and old, traditional advice (“Bilin ni Tiya Ana,/ ubusin ang inyong tapsilog,/ huwag magtira kahit kapiranggot./ Kumain nang masigla para maging malusog/ at nang ang inyong katawan ay hindi mahulog” from the poem Ang Bisita by Beverly Siy).
To get a copy of the book LIRA 30 and for further questions and information on LIRAhan and the organization, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Mia Lauengco at 0999-6173476.
Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo is a nationally recognized, volunteer-run, education NGO that seeks to promote literature, language, and patriotism. LIRA is the oldest organization of poets in Filipino and one of the country’s premier literary groups. It is founded in 1985 by National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario (Rio Alma).