A Higaonon is set to launch his novel entitled “Batbat Hi Udan” on February 27, 2009, 1 PM at the Bukidnon State University in Malaybalay City. The author of the book, T.S. Sungkit Jr., is a recipient of a National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) prize in 2007.
T.S. Sungkit Jr., a certified Higaonon, won the NCCAWriters’ Prize 2007 for his Cebuano novel “Mga Gapnod sa Kamad-an.” In a blog entry posted in the Bukidnon Bloggers network page, he wrote:
Batbat Hi Udan is the first novel written by a Higaonon. It is also the first novel which is set in Bukidnon. It is written in Filipino but it also uses a significant number of Binukid words.
Batbat Hi Udan was first launched in Los Baños, Laguna last February 11, 2009. The event was attended by more than 100 guests from the academe and the Los Baños community. Batbat Hi Udan received a warm welcome during the event. UPLB Chancellor Rey Velasco even dubbed it to be the Filipino version of the Lord of the Rings!
If you’re interested to get a copy of “Batbat Hi Udan,” you may send an email to the author via this address: anijunmudanudan (at) yahoo (dot) com You may also visit his blog. Of course, you may come on February 27, 2009 and attend the book launch.
Everyone is invited to this book launching event. Let’s all support a talented Bukidnon writer!