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Emmanuel Barrameda, a two-time Palanca Awardee and a member of Surte launched its first book titled ‘Pwera Bisita’, a collection of short stories that reflects Catandunganon culture and aims to promote island-literature in Catanduanes.

Among the major supporter of the book launch is Provincial Local Government Unit of Catanduanes headed Governor Joseph C. Cua who shouldered the venue for the launching at Victor Hall, Virac Town Center, Virac, Catanduanes, last September 22, 2018.

Adem Nalu Rubio, the president of Surte, a literary homegrown literary group thanked the governor for his support in the development of local literature in the island.

The local chief executive in his message delivered by Nikko Franco Templonuevo, Assistant Information Officer, said that it is a privileged for him to support the group and the launching of the book ‘Pwera Bisita’ in particular given that it is a jargon commonly used in the ferry( in which Gov. Cua owns), the mode of transportation going out of the province and going in the province.

Barrameda, a citizen of Virac, won his first Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature last 2014, on 3rd Place with the short story ‘Nando’, and won 2nd in 2016 with short story ‘Bangkera’.

The governor has expressed his commitment in helping Surte and its advocacy that touches the soft elements of society.

Furthermore Governor Cua also encourages writers to write more about Catanduanes for this is a way to promote the island as a whole.



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