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  • A literary colossus

    first_imgIn the spring of 2009, Sheldon Pollock ’71, Ph.D. ’75, the Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies at Columbia, was sitting in a Cambridge café with Sharmila Sen ’92, executive editor at large at the Harvard University Press. “I took out the proverbial napkin,” said Pollock. The two sketched out what would be needed to publish his longtime dream: a series of volumes on classical Indian literature.Why not 500 books over the next century, they thought: poetry, prose, philosophy, and literary criticism — and later science and mathematics? These largely unseen works, some of which date back more than two millennia, had in the last century shrunk to a canon available almost solely in Sanskrit.Such a visionary series could bring to light again the heart of the longest continuous multilanguage literary tradition in the world, one that represents the most languages, at least 20 of them. The many languages of the Indian subcontinent, both living and dead, are a musical linguistic litany that includes Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Marathi, Sindhi, Hindi, Tamil, Persian, Telugu, Urdu, Panjabi, and Bangla.Why not a new series? A model format was already in place. The Loeb Classical Library, launched at Harvard University Press in 1911, now comprises more than 525 handsome volumes in Latin and Greek, along with solid English translations on facing pages. “Back when I was 19 or 20,” said Pollock during a phone conversation, “I very much thought a classical library for India along the lines of the Loeb was a terrific idea.” He called the series an object of “wishing and longing” for decades.Wishing, longing on a napkinSen remembers the same day, when wishing and longing was sketched out on that café napkin. “Shelly told me about the idea,” she said. “I liked it very much. It was exciting to us both.” Sen, who was raised in Kolkata and has a Ph.D. in English from Yale, was aware of a publishing precedent, the Clay Sanskrit Library published by New York University Press, which stopped at 56 volumes.Its benefactor, investment banker John P. Clay, a onetime honors student at Oxford who studied Avestan, Sanskrit, and Old Persian, died in 2013. (Pollock was co-editor and then editor of the Clay Library.)A new library of Indian classics, Sen said, would represent all the old languages, including Sanskrit. It would feature attractive and literary translations into English. And it would use the appropriate Indic script on the left-hand page. (The Clay series uses transliterations in Latin script.)The napkin was full. The idea was good. But where might the money come from to bring it to life? The project, which Pollock described as “the most ambitious ever taken on by an American university press,” needed an endowment, said Sen. “The marketplace doesn’t support these kinds of books.”Enter Rohan Narayana Murty, with whom Sen and Pollock met in the fall of 2009, when Murty was a Harvard Ph.D. student in computer science. “We had one meeting,” she said. It was enough to convey the series idea and the money it would require. Immediately apparent, she said, was that “this was something very important to Rohan.”Murty is the scion of a wealthy business family in Bangalore, India, with a history of educational philanthropy. His father is the information technology industrialist N.R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys. His mother is the polymath computer scientist, social worker, and author Sudha Murty, India’s best-selling female author, with 136 titles to her credit.Rohan Murty, now on leave as a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows, knew about the Loeb series, of course, said Sen, and wondered why there wasn’t a version for Indian literature. During his graduate studies at Harvard, Murty took a break from distributed computing and opportunistic wireless networks to delve into courses in the Department of South Asian Studies with Parimal G. Patil, professor of religion and Indian philosophy.Then came the conclusion of what Sen called “a series of happy accidents,” beginning with that napkin sketch. In 2010, Murty founded the Murty Classical Library of India with a gift of $5.2 million to Harvard.Hope to publish 500 titlesThe first five volumes of the series came out in January. (Pollock, general editor of the new library, is part of a four-person editorial board.) Within the next century, insiders hope that the MCLI, as they call it, will publish at least 500 titles.“In many cases, you’re getting the first translation” of a work, said Sen, “and the first modern critical edition.”It’s a massive undertaking. “The world of classical Indian learning is very small,” said Pollock, but at least 40 more volumes have been commissioned already. No one has turned down an offer yet to be part of the MCLI, he said. “It’s quite an extraordinary opportunity for us classical Indian scholars.”The participants hope the series will introduce a vast corpus of literature, thought, and science to fresh audiences across the world. The languages represented in the series will appear in their original script, or in Latin script where appropriate. (Every new Indic font can be downloaded free, for non-commercial uses, once the font has appeared in print.)The cursive Indic fonts appear fanciful and fascinating to the average reader of English, resembling a decorative collection of lexical pictures. But Pollock thinks that a new generation of Indian-language scholars will emerge as they are intrigued by the appearance of these pre-modern languages in their original scripts. He said that learning the scripts and translations will be helped by the ease of reading from one side of a page to the other.In a future electronic edition of the works, said Pollock, a scholar will be able to “toggle between scripts,” smoothing the way to compare one old script to another.The volumes, present and planned, include a lesson in geography. The languages reflect places beyond modern-day India. They represent an area far larger than Europe — stretching west to Afghanistan, east to Myanmar, and north and south from Nepal to Sri Lanka.“It’s completely transformative,” said Patil of the new series. “It makes it possible to take courses in classical Indian literature” as readily as courses in the classics of ancient Greece and Rome.With a horizon of a century hence, “this is a project for people’s children and grandchildren,” said Patil, who chairs the MCLI’s oversight board. Executing the idea meant challenges, including “good readable English translations,” rather than some past renderings that were scholarly but dull, he said. “You didn’t want to read them for pleasure. You can’t see the beauty.”Sampling the first five volumes turns up English translations that are exuberant and thrilling, and that illustrate literature’s uncanny ability to make the foibles and obsessions and heartbreak of the past echo those of the present. “What does being a woman have to do with it?” a Buddhist nun wrote in a poem 2,600 years ago. “What counts is that the heart is settled / and that one sees what really is.”A launch event at HarvardSince the first books appeared, Pollock and Sen have attended a series of events to launch the new library, including three in India and one in London. The fifth and final launch event is slated for Thursday (March 5) at the Harvard Art Museums. “Shelly’s old professor will be there,” said Sen. That is 79-year-old Glen W. Bowersock, who Pollock recalled canceled a class during the antiwar tumult at Harvard in May of 1970, after reciting a sympathetic line from the historian Tacitus.“These works are not just for scholars,” said Sen. They follow the model established for such libraries by James Loeb himself, Class of 1888, who wanted to be a professor of classics. Because he was Jewish, the doors to academe were closed to him in that era. Instead, Loeb funded the classics library that bears his name and was designed to appeal both to scholars and the public.“He wanted this knowledge of classical literature to extend beyond university walls,” said Sen. The same will be true of the MCLI, she added.In India, paperback versions of the MCLI will retail for the equivalent of $3 to $5, depending on the volume’s size. “We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to sell books in India,” she said, in ways “that are affordable to students.”Sen did her honors thesis at Harvard on James Joyce. She and Murty “know our Shakespeare and Milton and Wordsworth, our Emerson and Thoreau,” she said. Both wanted to fill in the gaps of available classics from their own culture. “Maybe for future generations in India,” she said, “it will be part of the standard curriculum.”The curriculum throughout India covers English literature, said Pollock. “Nowhere in India are Indian classical texts a normal part of the course of study.”In an interview with an Indian newspaper last fall, Murty said the MCLI would fulfill a dream of his own for India, “to bring a colossal Indian past to its present.”Volume 1 of the MCLI, in Panjabi, is “Sufi Lyrics” by Bullhe Shah, an 18th-century practitioner of this mystical poetry tradition. He wrote not long before the British conquest of Panjab in the 1840s, the beginning of a colonial cultural wave that submerged much Indian literature. The verse is pan-religious, and threaded with humor and optimism. “This flower bed of earth is wonderful,” Shah writes in one verse. “Earth goes strutting along, my friend.”Volume 2 is “The History of Akbar,” the first of seven planned volumes. It’s a grandiose 16th-century rendering in Persian of the life of the Mughal emperor Akbar, who presided over an era of religious tolerance. His bloodline, author Abu’l-Fazl asserts, began with Adam; Akbar’s birth was accompanied by miracles; and his life was suffused with divine light. (“That Akbar is related to the sun,” he wrote, “is obvious.”) This work, a model for historical prose in its day, has appeared in English translation only once.Volume 3, the most slender, gets a lot of attention for being a translation of what is likely the first collection of women’s writing in the world. “Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women,” written in the Pali language by elder Buddhist nuns in the fourth century B.C.E., is also the oldest work among the first five volumes.Details of “The Story of Manu” by Allasani Peddana. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerPali, the ancient language of Buddhism, disappeared from mainland India in the sixth or seventh century, along with manuscripts in the original Indic script, said Pollock. Pali works survived in other languages and are still studied in Buddhist communities outside India. In the West, these poems are commonly printed in Roman typeface. Many had been widely translated, but “this is the first translation of this book that really works,” he said.The poems, often cast as advice to younger women, are morally acute, closely observed, and keenly social meditations on sex, children, aging, and death. The language of these women has a characteristically Buddhist bluntness in the face of impermanent life. One verse reads:Once my thighs were beautiful,Like the trunk of an elephant,Now because of old age,They are bamboo sticks.Volume 4, appearing for the first time in English, is “The Story of Manu” by Allasani Peddana, who called himself the originator of Telugu poetry, though such poetry had existed 500 years before. But Peddana did something new, however. His work is more lyrical and sound-driven, and it recreated Telugu poetry as a private experience instead of a shared public reading. Peddana used prose when verse no longer seemed rich enough, and he was a naturalist in an age when close observation of nature was prized. “They’re rough and fat,” he wrote of wild boars. “You want to know how strong they are? / They bend back thick stalks of bamboo / with their snouts, as if they were flimsy as maize.”Volume 5, the thickest, is “Sur’s Ocean: Poems from the Early Tradition” in the style of Surdas, the poet laureate of the Braj Bhasha language at the end of the 16th century. Within in less than 100 years, by one account, there were 125,000 such poems, an “ocean” of Sur that one scholar drained to a minimalist canon of about 5,500 works. Four decades in the making, the volume of 433 poems appears here for the first time in English. (Pollock drew on scholarly works done or nearly done for two of the first five MCLI volumes. The others were specially commissioned.)Holding the Surdas genre together were tales of Krishna, the cowherd deity of Hindu tradition. He is one of many figures familiar to Indians in everyday storytelling, though largely unavailable in printed literature. The MCLI, said Patil, will fill in gaps between common imagery in India and the works that gave rise to it.Outside South Asia, MCLI volumes will be welcoming for a wider English-language readership, said Pollock. Each will have an annotated, footnoted, well-introduced guiding apparatus, which is important for understanding old literature so new to so many readers. At the same time, “the hope is that many of these books will be shocks of unfamiliarity,” said Pollock, and will require “the reader’s willingness to be completely surprised.”last_img read more

  • Watch Why Norm Lewis is Phantom & Discover That Michael Jackson Wanted to Be

    first_imgSoon-to-be-Phantom Norm Lewis was picked as World News with Diane Sawyer’s “Person of the Week” April 4 and if we were excited about the Tony nominee starring in Broadway’s longest-running show before, we’re counting down the hours now. As Andrew Lloyd Webber says in the video below, Lewis’ first performance alongside Sierra Boggess on May 12 is going to be “like an opening night all over again.” Watch the first African American to play the role on the Great White Way rehearse with the legendary composer and also Phans note a little-known fact about the musical that Lloyd Webber reveals: Michael Jackson at one point wanted to play the titular role. The Phantom of the Opera View Comments Related Shows from $29.00 Star Files Norm Lewislast_img read more

  • Governor Douglas to attend Global War on Terror Memorial groundbreaking

    first_imgGovernor Douglas will join with the families of fallen Vermonters, veterans, state leaders and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of Vermont’s new Global War on Terror Memorial at the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. During the ceremony the Governor will also present a Gold Medal of Remembrance to the child of a Vermonter who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation fighting in Global War on Terror.  The Gold Medal of Remembrance is issued by the White House Commission on Remembrance.      WHAT:           Memorial Day Groundbreaking Ceremony for Vermont’s Fallen Heroes Global War on Terror Memorial             WHEN:           Sunday, May 30, 2010 – 3:00 p.m.              WHERE:        Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 487 Furnace Road, Randolph Centerlast_img read more

  • Live Outside and Play RovR Products Giveaway

    first_imgRules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.WIN ONE MORE ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST! I would like to receive updates from BRO, and prize partners straight to my inbox!* denotes required field Everyone needs a good cooler for their adventures. We’ve loved the RovR Rollr 80 with it’s smart compartment to keep food dry, while still ice cold inside the cooler. It also comes with a variety of nifty accessories, like a cupholders, cutting board and ability to attach it to your cruiser bike. You know you want one. Sign up today for a chance to win a RovR!last_img read more

  • HFSC members champion reg relief in CHOICE hearing

    first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Members of the House Financial Services Committee expressed many questions about the one-size-fits-all regulatory climate under the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as the effect on consumers and community financial institutions Wednesday during a hearing on the Financial CHOICE Act. Details on the Financial CHOICE Act were made public last week by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the committee chair, and contains some positive and negative provisions for credit unions.CUNA wrote a letter for the record of the hearing, outlining the positive aspects of the bill, listing the concerns and proposing a number of changes that President/CEO Jim Nussle said would help credit unions more fully serve their members.Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the effect of Dodd-Frank burdens means “the smaller the institution, the greater the disadvantage,” which is a problem he said he hopes is remedied.Royce introduced a bill in January, along with Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Don Young (R-Alaska) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), that would exempt loans made for the purchase of non-owner occupied, 1-4 unit dwellings from a credit union’s member business lending cap.last_img read more

  • British blame leaky drain for foot-and-mouth outbreak

    first_img The existing drain has been relined and manhole covers have been sealed, pending the construction of a new drainage system for the laboratories, DEFRA reported. In an epidemiologic report that accompanied the findings, DEFRA officials wrote that a surge of rainfall on July 20 and two of the following days could have compromised the drainage system. “This effluent might have contained ‘packets’ of virus contained in the cellular debris, which was discharged from the vaccine production containment facility,” the report states. DEFRA officials had previously linked the outbreaks to a leak from FMD laboratories near Pirbright where a commercial vaccine producer and a government-funded research institute share a facility. The reports released today were produced by the government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and independent consultant Brian Spratt, a professor of molecular microbiology at Imperial College in London. DEFRA today also published its response to the reports, outlining several steps it will take to remedy problems at the Pirbright facility and prevent similar problems at other facilities that work with pathogens. DEFRA epidemiological report “Even in these extraordinary circumstances, this should not have happened and must not happen again,” Benn said. “That is why we are taking every possible precaution to prevent this from happening again.” Final HSE report on FMD outbreakhttp://www.hse.gov.uk/news/archive/07aug/finalreport.pdf The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) today released two final investigative reports on FMD outbreaks in late July at two farms in Surrey, which led to the slaughter of 570 animals. The outbreaks were the first in Britain since 2001, when widespread FMD outbreaks devastated the country’s cattle industry. Debby Reynolds, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, said in the press release that she was satisfied that FMD had been eradicated from Surrey and that the 10-km surveillance zone and other remaining restrictions would be lifted at noon tomorrow. Sep 7 HSE press release on final FMD reporthttp://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2007/e07032.htm Aug 7 CIDRAP News story “Report: Lab leak likely caused UK foot-and-mouth outbreak”center_img However, DEFRA said in the press release that it would go beyond the HSE recommendation and require the laboratories to use additional heat treatment systems and other preventive measures to sterilize the waste within a high-containment area. The department said it would not remove licensing restrictions from the labs until such systems are in place. See also: DEFRA also announced it ordered a review the government’s regulatory framework for animal pathogens and advised other laboratories to ensure they are following procedures already in place to avoid similar pathogen leaks. Construction trucks at the Pirbright site, which were not washed or disinfected before leaving the area, could have picked up contaminated soil on their tires and wheel wells and transferred the FMD virus to roads near the first farm that reported FMD cases, the report said. Sep 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Britain’s recent outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) were likely caused by faulty wastewater drains at a laboratory facility, which contaminated soil that was then spread by trucks to a nearby cattle farm, British authorities announced today. Hilary Benn, secretary of state for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, said in a press release today that the reports reveal that experts aren’t absolutely certain about how the outbreak occurred and haven’t identified a single cause. Genetic sequencing tests on virus samples from both of the affected farms suggested that the infection at the second farm came from the first farm, the investigators found. Though officials said faulty drain pipes were probably to blame for the FMD virus leak, investigators also found other problems at the Pirbright facilities, including several biosecurity breaches, such as inadequately monitored worker and vehicle movement and incomplete recordkeeping. The HSE report recommended that DEFRA review the practice of using chemical treatments to sterilize liquid waste containing high-risk pathogens. Investigators reported that when the Pirbright lab workers dispose of liquid waste, they flush it into a discard tank with citric acid wash, then pump the fluid into an effluent tank where it is mixed with sodium hydroxide to kill the virus.last_img read more

  • Seoul mayor’s death renews #MeToo debate in South Korea

    first_imgAs South Koreans mourn the death of a popular mayor, his complex legacy has cast a fresh spotlight on hurdles faced by sexual harassment victims seeking justice, even as the country’s feminist movement gains momentum.Park Won-soon, the longtime mayor of the capital Seoul who had championed women’s rights, was found dead on Friday, days after one of his former secretaries filed a complaint alleging he had sexually harassed her.Feminist campaigners have said the case, which follows similar abuse allegations involving powerful figures, highlights deeply entrenched sexism in the socially conservative nation. Park, 64, left a note apologizing to “everyone”. Police did not give a cause of death, but said there was no sign of foul play, while a representative of his family warned of action against those who spread “groundless statements”.The Gender Equality and Family Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.On Wednesday, the Seoul metropolitan government said a committee to include women’s rights and legal experts would investigate the sexual misconduct allegations.”[The city] will guarantee the fairness and objectivity of the probe,” spokesman Hwang In-sik said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.’Second class’Park’s death came after several other high-profile cases.The mayor of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city, stepped down in April after acknowledging unnecessary physical contact with a female staffer. In June, a Korean triathlete was found dead after alleging she had been abused by her coach.This month a South Korean court refused a US extradition request for a man who had completed an 18-month jail sentence for running a global dark web child pornography site.South Korean women are increasingly vocal and speak out against sexism, with tens of thousands taking to the streets in recent years to protest over the proliferation of hidden cameras targeting women.The government has taken action to crack down the crime and vowed to improve gender equality in society, but feminist groups say recent cases show there is still a long way to go.”Korean women are still treated like second-class citizens,” said Kwon Soo-Huyn, president of the Korea Women’s Political Solidarity, a campaign group.”The fact that the victims have to risk their entire life to find justice shows how low the level of gender equality is in South Korea and how tough it is to get justice,” she added.Park, who was seen as a potential presidential candidate, was known for his advocacy work for women’s rights and his death has ignited intense debate.As a lawyer in the 1990s, he won one of South Korea’s earliest cases on sexual harassment, and had praised women for their courage after accusations were leveled against powerful figures for sexual wrongdoing amid the #MeToo movement.At a press conference on Monday, just hours after the mayor’s funeral, Park’s accuser – whose identity has not been disclosed – expressed her desire for fairness and equality.”I dream of a world where I can live as a human being,” she said in a letter released through her lawyer. Topics :center_img But rather than bring closure for the accuser, Park’s death will lessen her chances of winning justice, and further highlights how difficult it is for women to successfully challenge men in positions of power, they say.”He didn’t just kill himself. He extinguished any chance for the victim to seek justice,” said Ju Hui Judy Han, a gender studies expert at the University of California who grew up in Seoul.”It is simply not true that #MeToo voices are strong enough to bring down perpetrators of sexual violence in positions of power,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Abusers are “rarely” brought to justice and when they are, they are given lenient sentences, said Han, citing the case of a former provincial governor jailed in 2019 for molesting an aide.last_img read more

  • BFP-6 forms Aklan special rescue unit

    first_imgAt least 30 personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Aklan will undergo a 15-day training to sharpen their decision-making skills and hone their techniques on various rescue operations in the capital town Kalibo. PHOTO BFP SRU After the special training, thegraduates equipped with operation management capabilities and medical rescueservices are expected to respond in unfortunate incidents, natural disastersand emergencies other than destructive fires.  At least 30 firemen of the BFP-Aklanwill sharpen their decision-making skills and hone their techniques on collapsestructure rescue operations, water search and rescue, high angle and verticalrescue and vehicular accident rescue.  The BFP is responsible for theprevention and suppression of all destructive fires on all buildings, housesand other structures, forest, transportation vehicles and equipment, ship orvessel docked at piers or wharves or anchored in major seaports, petroleumindustry installation, plane crashes or other similar incidents, and theenforcement of the Fire Code and other related laws.   BFP regional director Senior SuperintendentRoderick Aguto and Provincial Fire Marshal Superintendent Nazrudyn Cablayanwill spearhead the two-week specialized training for rescue personnel, whichstarted on Nov. 28 in the Tigayon regional evacuation center.     KALIBO, Aklan – A special rescue unit ofthe Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Aklan will undergo a 15-day training toboost the “response capabilities” of firemen here. The BFP-Aklan standby-round the clockelite force is the second special unit organized in Panay Island. The firstelite rescue group was established in Iloilo City.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

  • Dinagyang Festival to make an Aliwan Fiesta comeback

    first_imgILOILO City – Dinagyang Festival willparticipate in this year’s edition of the Aliwan Fiesta, a competition of grandfestivals across the country, Mayor Jerry Treñas announced yesterday. This year’s Dinagyang champion, TribuPaghidaet of La Paz National High School, earned the privilege of representingthe festival and city in the Aliwan. Last year, the city government underthen mayor Jose Espinosa III did not showcase the Dinagyang in the Aliwanciting budgetary constraints.At yesterday’s thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Iloilo Festivals Foundation,Inc. (IFFI), Treñas said around P4 million is needed for Dinagyang’s Aliwanparticipation this summer. Treñas said the city government willallot P1 million, the IFFI may shoulder P2 million and hopefully, the Iloiloprovincial government would shell out another P1 million.center_img In 2018, Dinagyang failed to defendits 2017 Aliwan Fiesta championship crown. It was represented by the 2018Diangyang champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School whichsettled for a third place finish.Tribu Panayanon choreographer Romel Flogen blamed “budget issues.”Leyte’s Kasadyaan Festival (represented by Tribu Buraburon) was declared thechampion.Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival (represented by Tribu Mangunguma) placed second.Flogen was also its choreographer.“For the Dinagyang, I felt sad. Our limited budget limited our creativity,”said Flogen.The city government allotted P2 million for Dinagyang’s 2018 Aliwanparticipation. It was released late, according to Flogen’s co-choreographerGeorge Susvilla.A bigger budget would have made a big difference in Tribu Panayanon’spresentation, said Flogen.“Wala kita sang wow effects bala, wala spectacular parts nga mapa-wow ang tawo,” he said.Flogen was referring to arresting props that could have given Panayanon what hecalled “visual magic.”“This was what we heard from the audience after our performance at the QuirinoGrandstand. Kulang. Kun sa cake pa, kulang icing angDinagyang,” Flogen told Panay News.Preparation time was also short because the budget was released late, helamented./PN This year’s Dinagyang Festival champion, Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School, has earned the privilege of representing Iloilo City in the Aliwan Fiesta, the so-called “mother of all festivals”, in Metro Manila this summer. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more

  • Sears outruns Bethany foes for first win

    first_imgJeffrey Sears scored his first Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature win Saturday at Bethany Speedway. (Photo by Judy Staley) By Rick Staley Battling wheel-to-wheel and door-to-door, they made slight contact coming to the checkers with Sears picking up his first feature win. As Sears celebrated in NAPA Auto Parts victory lane, Mun­sen settled for second with Colton Nelson coming to the line third. Jason Nelson took the early lead with close racing in the pack behind him. Nelson continued to lead with Mitchell Morris close on his heels until Sears mounted his charge to the front, passing both for the top spot.center_img Sears bobbled slightly in turn three, allowing the always-fast and defending track champion Josh Munsen to close in and challenge for the lead with the two racing side-by-side to the checkers.  BETHANY, Mo. (July 13) – Jeffrey Sears celebrated his first-ever Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature win Saturday at Bethany Speedway.last_img read more