Free Brewed Coffee at Kamuning Bakery Café on “World Poetry Day”

Yes, you heard that right! Get a FREE brewed coffee from 84-year-old Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City this coming “World Poetry Day” happening on March 21,2023 by simply trading your poem!

World Poetry Day

Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung, multi-awarded poet and educator Prof. Dr. Jose “Butch” Y. Dalisay, Jr., award-winning poet and poetry therapy pioneer Prof. Vim Nadera and The Makatas trio of poets shall recite poems and speak at the annual celebration of “World Poetry Day” at Pandesal Forum on March 21, Tuesday 10 am, at 84-year-old Kamuning Bakery Café.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day on March 21 at Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City

Located at Judge Jimenez Street corner K-1st Street, Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City, the event was announced by owner and poet Wilson Lee Flores.

Poetry lovers and the public are invited. On March 21, Kamuning Bakery Café offers brewed Benguet Arabica coffee in exchange for original poem in any language from 5:30 am to 9 pm.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first adopted March 21 as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999. It then became one of the unique civic projects of writer Wilson Lee Flores when he bought and revived the historic, iconic Kamuning Bakery Café because he writes poetry in English and Filipino as well.

Vietnam Ambassador

Vietnam Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung

More about Vietnam envoy, Butch Dalisay, Vim Nadera & The Makatas as Special Guests

Diplomat Hoang Huy Chung is ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies. Vietnamese poetry originated in the form of folk poetry and proverbs. Vietnamese poetic structures include Lục bát, Song thất lục bát, and various styles shared with Classical Chinese poetry forms, such as those found in Tang Dynasty poetry.

More recently there have been new poetry and free poetry. Vietnam’s revered revolutionary and leader Ho Chi Minh was also a writer, poet, and journalist who wrote books, articles and poems in Vietnamese, Chinese and French languages.

Professor Butch Dalisay is award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter and poet; winner of 16 Palanca literary awards and the Palanca Hall of Fame Award; former Vice-President of University of the Philippines (UP); book author; columnist of Philippine Star newspaper. Dalisay earned his B.A. English (Imaginative Writing) degree, cum laude from U.P., later received an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan in 1988 and a Ph. D. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Professor Vim Nadera is award-winning poet, pioneer of poetry therapy in the Philippines, former Director of the UP Institute of Creative Writing and former Director of Philippine High School for the Arts.

Butch Dalisay,

Prof. Butch Dalisay, award winning poet, novelist, screenwriter & educator

The Makata are three poets who will showcase the 99-year-old tradition of “Balagtasan”, a Filipino form of debate done in verse which started in July 1924. Wilson Lee Flores said that next year 2024 is the centennial of the Balagtasan.

Pandesal Forum moderator and Kamuning Bakery Cafe owner Wilson Lee Flores is a poet himself, in English and Filipino languages, a real estate entrepreneur, winner of 3 Palanca literary awards and 15 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) including three CMMA Hall of Fame Awards, columnist, author of five books, economics and politics analyst, and chairman of Anvil Business Club.

For inquiries on World Poetry Day at Kamuning Bakery Café, you may contact them via Telegram or Viber 09178481818 or 09363095017 or email and

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