Bicolana writer to speak about folk infrastructure and governance

Susog Salog
Susog Salog
"How can ordinary folk infrastructure collaborate with government and industry infrastructure in the caretaker responsibility for the survival of rivers as resource, livelihood, community, and culture?"

This is the question that Bicolana writer and academic Merlinda Bobis will answer in a lecture this morning at the Ateneo de Naga University at 9 o'clock in the morning.

The lecture, "Susog Salog: Creative Critical Empathy Towards Re-thinking River Response and Governance" is organized by the Ateneo de Naga University, the Institute of Bicol History and Culture, the Center Culture Arts Literary Committee, and the City Government of Naga.

Merlinda Bobis is a multi-awarded Philippine-Australian writer who was born in Legazpi City, Albay. She studied at Bicol University High School, Aquinas University, the University of Santo Tomas, and the University of Wollogong.

Her literary works are noted for their integration of the local Bicol culture into the contemporary experience. Said works include the novels Fish-hair woman, The Solemn Lantern Maker, Banana Heart Summer; the short stories "White Turtle," "The Kissing;" and the poetry collections Rituals: Selected poems, and Summer was a Fast Train without Terminals.