HYDERABAD, INDIA - The Philippines showcased its rich traditions in literature, culture, and the arts as the Guest Nation during the 7th Edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) 2017 from January 27 to 29.

The 7th Edition of the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) 2017 is organized by the Hyderabad Literary Trust in association with the Government of Telangana with the support of several academic, literary, cultural organizations and publishing houses. It was launched at Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet on January 27.

Philippine Ambassador to India Ma. Teresita C. Daza was the Guest of Honor while Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi, an eminent Hindi poet and cultural figure of India, was the Chief Guest.

Philippine Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza talked about the cultural connections between the Philippines and India in terms of religion, language and arts. On the other hand, Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi delivered a keynote address and spoke on the importance of literature in the world's current political scenario.

Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr., Director of the Philippines International Literary Festival and a UNESCO Fellow, led a 12-member Philippine delegation of writers, artists, and academicians who participated in the panel discussions and readings, lecture demonstrations, workshops and cultural program. The Filipino writers and artists presented the rich mosaic of art and culture of the Philippine archipelago.

A collection of Filipino art and culture with an impression of Philippine history and literature was exhibited in a show entitled Karmic Harvest.

Hyderabad Literary Festival is a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual event that regularly draws over a hundred writers, artists, academicians, scholars, publishers from India and other countries. The first Hyderabad Literary Festival happened in 2010. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs