Objects of art must be incorporated with literary works to attract more readers.
This was the message of a number of writers during a roundtable discussion at the Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati last Sept. 9.
Carlomar Daoana, UST literature alumnus, emphasized the role of social media as a useful contemporary avenue to promote art and literature.
“In terms of readership, I think the writers and artists […] are reaching this larger base of readers unlike before when we had the printed copy as the sole basis for [readers] to access the content,” he said.
Social media also provide a systematic way of sharing art and literary works to users, the former Varsitarian associate editor added.
Clinton Palanca, a contributor to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, said artworks combined with literary texts have a strong appeal to social media users.
“I think that is the form of writing that is in many ways, the most accessible and most organic in terms of what people are most willing to share and read,” he said.
Palanca cited the hashtag #artPH, through which artists across the country share their artworks online.
“I found it remarkable because it evokes ‘Filipino-ness’ and talks about different issues,” he added.
Other writers who participated in the discussion were Sarge Lacuesta, Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta and Leloy Claudio.