THE RATHER bland charter day rites at the Plaza Quezon (which, according to DWNX this morning, is on its way to being renamed Plaza Arejola after the Sanggunian yesterday adopted outgoing Councilor Julian Lavadia's proposal for the name change) was redeemed by the colorful, star studded book launch of "Sabi ni Levy" that followed at the Raul S. Roco Library by around midday.
The book is a collection of Liberato "Levy" Aureus's column pieces which have been appearing in Bicol Mail since it resumed publication in June 18, 2003, coincidentally Naga City's new birthdate.
And who is Tio Levy? According to the Mail website:
Levy S. Aureus, the Editorial Consultant, is an old Bicol Mail hand, government bureaucrat, 10-year electric coop director and one-time president, humorist and expert in both English and Bicol languages.For the Aureus clan and the city as a whole, the occasion is significant in many ways:
- Naga's first postwar city mayor is the famed guerilla leader Leon Sa. Aureus, who also founded Bicol Mail in 1953. (In 1960, the Mail was awarded as “the best edited provincial newspaper of the Philippines” before its closure during Martial Law.)
- Levy is the late mayor's nephew, whom he took under his wings when he left native Mercedes, Camarines Norte for Naga City.
- It was printed by Goldprint Publishing, which is owned and managed by Nilo Aureus, Levy's cousin; incidentally, the printing press is the same publishing outfit behind Kristian Cordero's Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book award-winning Mga Tulang Tulala.
A sample cut:
Kadto an pagmisa kan padi talikod sa tawo asin eyes-to-eyes na nakaatubang sa Diyos. Ngunyan atubang na sa tawo asin talikod na sa Diyos tanganing mahiling kun siisay an dai nagtatao nin limos!It was Bicol wit at its finest, which is what "Sabi ni Levy" sought to capture in its pages.