by: Ysabel Patricia M. Zabella
Multi-awarded scriptwriter Ricky Lee was the principal speaker in the 2nd Quezon Literary Festival at the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation with “Alab Panitikan: Ikalawang Silip sa Panitikang Kalilayan” as theme on April 25.
The theme derives from the national theme of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Alab Panitikan, celebrated March 15.
Lee is the scriptwriter of classical Filipino films Himala, Moral, Anak, The Flor Contemplacion Story, and Rizal, among others. He is one of the country’s master storytellers. The occasion was also a re-launching of his third novel, Bahay ni Marta.
Featured writer in the Quezon Literary Festival was Dr. Hilarion Silvaña, former faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School and a prolific writer and composer.
The Quezon Literary Festival was conceptualized to inspire and motivate young Quezonian writers to pursue their craft. It is also celebrated in honor of Fr. Horacio de la Costa, the first Filipino Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines and a Quezonian writer, born in Mauban, Quezon.