A WORLD TREASURE FOR GLOBAL HEALING
By: Ed Cordevilla
The ultimate purpose of poetry is to warm the heart, to stimulate genuine love towards one’s fellow human beings.
In this day and age of technological disruptions and unabated capitalism, poetry has to evolve to keep pace and sustain its place in the ocean of civilization. Otherwise, it may lose its significance in a fast-paced world, where populations suffer from short-attention span, as they are pampered and spoon-fed with instant gratification via various trends in fast delivery systems. It is at this historic juncture, one name has been consistently appearing in recent years on poetry’s global stage.
The name is Doc Penpen. Who is Doc Penpen? He was conferred the title, Driisya Kavita Chakravarty (King of Visual Poetry), during the 2017 India World Poetree Festival held in Sitara Hotel, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, India. As the program literature states, the honor was given to Doc Penpen “in recognition of his valuable contributions to World Literature, Promotion of World Peace, and for his legendary philanthropic services in the fields of Literature, Education, Philosophy, and Visual Poetry.”
Note that the title was given to him by more than 100 poetry organizations in India and poetry organizations from 23 different countries all over the world.
Previous to this momentous event, he was awarded as the Father of Visual Poetry in British Columbia, Canada in 2012 in the presence of the Philippine Consulate in Canada represented by Vice Consul Melanie Balisi Diano and Philippine Consul General Jose Ampeso; honored as Visionary Poet in Vancouver, Canada in 2012; acclaimed as the Father of Philippine Visual Poetry by the Otusa Foundation in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2012 with courtesy call to the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California; dissertated, adjudged, and re-affirmed as the Father of Visual Poetry, spearheaded by the National Library of the Philippines, at the Marble Hall of the National Museum in 2013 with Hon. Yolanda Jacinto, NLP Assistant Director, giving the opening remarks before the various national and international delegates; recognized as Gorsel Siir Babasi (Father of Visual Poetry), in Turkey in 2014 in the presence of Prof. Ahmet Nihat Berker, president of the state-of-the-art and premier Sabanci University (Prof. Berker is a Turkish scientist, theoretical chemist, physicist and emeritus professor of physics at MIT); acknowledged and revered as Il Padre Della Poesia Visuale (Father of Visual Poetry), at the University of Bari, Italy in 2016 in the presence of Rector Prof. Antonio Felice Urrichio; conferred the title Anyuinsem Agya (Father of Visual Poetry) at Dubois Center, Accra, Ghana, Africa in 2016 attested by and in the presence of State Minister Hon. Abdul Rashid Pelpuo, Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, and Highest Priest of the Ga State Numo Akwaa Mensai III; and acknowledged and recognized as Innovative and Spiritual Father of Poetry, in Morocco in November, 2017.
Furthermore, Doc Penpen is set to be honored with two more lifetime achievement awards, Father of Global Humanitarian Poetry and Father of Visionary Poetry, at UNIVERSITY OF GHANA on September 29, 2018, organized by Dr. Hon. Waheed Musah, founder of HAFRICAN PRINCE ART WORLD, and with special invitations to University Chancellor Hon. Kofi Anan and in the presence of former Ghana President John Dramani Mahama, current Ghana President Nana Akufo Adu.
Doc Penpen’s Universal Family: Pentasi B World
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, Kristaq F Shabani, 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.
BY: EDWIN M. CODEVILLA
INDIA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE FOR PHILIPPINE EPIC POETRY