Cebuano folklore lives through “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas”

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THE winning entries of “Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas,” a Cebuano story writing contest, are now available in print and online.

The launch of the book, also titled “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas”, was held in Casa Gorordo, Parian, Cebu City by Sun.Star Cebu Superbalita and Sun.Star Network Exhange (Sunnex), with the support of Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

Featured are 10 winning entries, as well as a story written by Sun.Star Cebu Superbalita’s language consultant Lamberto Ceballos; Ang Buaya ug ang Bitin by Elaine O. Versoza; Si Kan, ang Agta nga Dangas og Agtang by Fred Fuentes Monternel; Gikaibgan sa Dili Ingon Nato by Nilo S. Ejercito; Ang Gikalisangang Dakit sa Catmondaan by Glecerio P. Ares Jr.; Ang Linaw sa Naukban by Christian Q. Salta; Ang Kamatayon ni Leon Kilat by Rey Briccio A. Alesna; Ang Kahoy nga Bolbolan by Ailee M. Anoba; Pung-olanan sa Ulo by Carla Mae Sumalinog; Kasugiran ni Maria Tang-an o Maria Cacao by Judith L. Abellanosa; Kinsa si Carmen Rubia? by Homer V. Landiza; and Ang Kapitan ni Maria Cacao by Ceballos.

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“The book complements the ongoing cultural heritage movement and the town history project of Cebu Province. We now have a source of stories written by local writers which describe our local culture and these stories are published for the first time. Our children will now be able to read a book not about Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast but about beautiful local stories of Cebuano myths and tales,” said Dr. Madrilena dela Cerna, head of the UPVCC-Central Visayas Studies Center.

The stories can also be accessed via the contest site, and Smart’s Doon Po sa Amin (, and Smart Schools Program websites ( and

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The launch of “Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas” kicks off a series of activities in celebration of Superbalita’s 15th anniversary and coincides with the Children’s Month celebration.

Hence, Smart invited pupils of Buagsong Elementary School and children from the PLDT-Smart GK Village in Budlaan, Cebu to listen to some of the stories narrated by Cebuano celebrities Budoy and Chai Fonacier.

The children are beneficiaries of Smart’s summer reading tutorial, storytelling and feeding program also known as “Read-to-be-Smart”.

“Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas” is an initiative by the Sun.Star Group of Companies to promote the use of Sugbuanong Binisaya as a language and to help preserve indigenous culture by documenting oral transmissions of traditional beliefs, myths, tales and practices of Cebuanos in a book. (PR)