18 December 2006 – A tambuli was sounded to mark the beginning of the launch of the book, Ten: Coming Home and Nine More Short Stories written by eminent scholar and feminist, Dr. ALBINA PECZON-FERNANDEZ.

 

The tambuli is just one of the elements that made his book launching unique. At the beginning of the program, the national anthem was sung both in Tagalog and Kapampangan.

 

Dr. Carol Sobritchea, the director of the UP Center for Women’s Studies and Dr. Vina Paz, the chairperson of the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas gave their thoughts about the book. Mr. PJ Nepomuceno of The Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies of the Holy Angel University in Pampanga praised the book and encouraged more writers to write and study about Pampanga.

 

Colleagues and friends of the author read excerpts from the book, among them former Dean of the Asian Center, Dean Aurora Roxas-Lim, Dr. Lilia Quindoza-Santiago, Ms. Jenny Llaguno and Ms. Odine de Guzman.

 

The author’s brothers, Jose and Benigno Peczon joined her in delighting the audience with their rendition of an old Pampango folk song.

 

The stories in the book were written between the late 1950s and the present is not only literary but is also filled with interesting insights into the Pampango culture. The glossary at the back is a useful took for scholars of Kapampangan studies. After the program, while guests feasted on native Kapampangan delicacies, Kapampangan folksongs and kundimans were playing in the background. –ECLagrama

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