Sorsogon Kasanggayahan honors writer-artist in lecture series

Reynaldo "Tootsie" Jamoralin. Image grab from Sorsogon Arts Council facebook page
Reynaldo “Tootsie” Jamoralin

SORSOGON CITY – He used to organize the annual Sorsogon Heritage Lecture Series for more than a decade; this year, he was honored and his works were highlighted in an afternoon of exposition of his meaningful and relevant contributions to enrich Sorsogon’s colorful culture and history.

Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC) once again conducted the annual Sorsogon Heritage Lecture Series in celebration of the Kasanggayahan Festival 2012 as a fitting honor to the man who started it all.

“Dubbed as PAG-ANI: Si Tootsie Nan Saiyang Mga Gibo (HARVEST: Tootsie and His Works), this year’s heritage lecture focused on the contributions of the late Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC) President Reynaldo Jamoralin in the field of arts, culture and history of Sorsogon,” SAC OIC President Ella Gajo-Jamoralin said.

The lecture was held Wednesday, October 10 at the Governor’s Training Hall, Sorsogon Provincial Capitol.

According to Gajo-Jamoralin, five panelists featured Jamoralin’s works on specific fields of interest, including University of the Philippines Professor/Anthropologist Francisco Datar who delved on Jamoralin’s researches on history; Bicol University Professor and playwright Julio Mendoza discussed Jamoralin’s stage plays; Poet and Palanca Awardee Francisco Peñones Jr. highlighted Jamoralin’s literary masterpieces; Maria Leny Felix reminisced Jamoralin’s struggles as an activist and, radio commentator; and newsman Ramon Diño expounded Jamoralin’s commitment as a print and broadcast journalist.

Started in early 1990s, SAC under the leadership of Jamoralin, launched the lecture series, the first-of-its kind in Sorsogon to serve as a venue for exposition of studies, researches, and seminal papers about Sorsogon’s history and culture. After more than four years bout with paralysis due to stroke, Jamoralin died on March 12, this year at the age of 66. [Joseph John J. Perez]


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