Doc Penpen’s Universal Family: Pentasi B World
By: Ed Cordevilla
Doc Penpen’s Pentasi B Poetry Collector’s Edition also gave birth to a non-profit international umbrella organization of currently more than 9,000 top-caliber poets from around the globe, namely, the Pentasi B World Friendship Poetry or also widely known as Pentasi B World.
Among the members of Pentasi B World are some of the founding leaders, movers and shakers of the literary world based in various countries, including Prof. Ernesto Kahan, president of Israeli Association of Writers – Spanish Branch, World Academy of Arts and Culture –USA, former Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (1985 Nobel Peace Prize), Vice President for Literature for Culture and Peace; Nobel Peace Prize nominees Ariadne Sawyer, Maria Miraglia and Muhammad Shanazar; India Highest Civilian Awardee (PADMA SHRI) Vishnu Pandya; India Poet Laureate Dr. Lanka Siva Rama Prasad; Canada Poet Laureates Candice James and Ashok K. Bharhava; Canada Lifetime Achievement Awardee Richard Doiron; India Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Epic Poetry Filipino poet in English Edwin Cordevilla; Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Literature Filipino poet in English Felix Fojas; Rabindranath Tagore Poetry Prize Awardees Swapna Behera, Janet Kvammen, Reshma Ramesh, Moinak Dutta, RajBabu Gandham, Malakshmi Borthakur, and Vinita Agrawal; Founder & Directors of Turkey’s most prestigious KIBATEK Literature Organization, Feyyaz Saglam and Leyla Isik; retired US Senator James Pasqual Bettio and former Ghana State Minister Abdul-Rashid H. Pelpuo; and honorary members Kofi Annan, the seventh United Nations Secretary-General; Ghana Presidents, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and India Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi (Pentasi B World Immortal Poet of the Masses Awardee) among others.
Pentasi B World has successfully staged a series of international poetry festivals in British Columbia, Canada in 2012; Los Angeles, California, USA in 2012; Philippines in 2013; Turkey in 2014; Italy in 2016; Ghana, Africa in 2016; Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, India in 2017; and Morocco also in 2017. The next Pentasi B World Poetry Festival is slated in Mainland China in 2019 to be sponsored and hosted by Pentasi B World Featured Poet and World Golden Voice of Poetry Awardee, Sophy Chen.
It is worth noting that the highly successful 2014 Philippine World Pentasi B Festival was attended by poets, writers and artists from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, Canada, India and Africa despite the raging super-typhoon Yolanda at that time. Furthermore, the overwhelming media hype Yolanda made internationally, didn’t stop the other international members and delegates worldwide from giving their unwavering support to the poetry festival during and after Yolanda’s unbelievable onslaught that left thousands of Filipinos dead.
Like a rainbow amidst the tragedy, the 2014 Philippine World Pentasi B Festival rose like a covenant, as it reverberated with camaraderie, peace and hope for humanity. The festival was spearheaded by the National Library of the Philippines and held successfully at the Marble Hall of the National Museum in Manila.
INDIA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE FOR PHILIPPINE EPIC POETRY