GLOBALLY ACKNOWLEDGED FATHER OF VISUAL POETRY TAKES ANGELES CITY AND CAINTA TOWN BY STORM !!
By Jose Rizal M. Reyes
Dr. Epitacio Tongohan (3rd from the right, first photo), our Keynote Speaker during the book launching of Bards from the Far East: Anthology of Haiku and Kindred Verses held in Angeles City, Pampanga. My mom and sis were watching our Pampanga proceedings in Cainta via celfon technology. And they were immensely impressed and entertained by the stylistic attire and artistic manner of Doc PenPen Bugtong Takipsilim (pen name of Dr. Tongohan). I was anxious to know how they viewed my performance as speaker (due to my past misadventures in this speaking thingy) but, to my chagrin, all they were asking me about was who Doc PenPen is! Me, whether I like it or not, I have to admit the oozing charm, charisma, amiability and commanding personality of Doc PenPen. These qualities were quite evident last night. Doc PenPen is not just a master organizer and manager of people. He is also a consummate performer, reciting both his poetic lines and poetic passages of other poets with artistic flair and uninhibited feeling. The Bards from the Far East are in the stage of finding our footing at the national level. But Pentasi B is already well established at the international scene. Thank you very big, Doc PenPen for enlivening the Bards Affair last night in Pampanga. I feel free to confide in public that we were surprised with the large-framed awards we got, even as Carolyn was smiling mischievously or something that the award/certificate we prepared for you was dwarfed in comparison.