WE, FILIPINOS, have another reason to celebrate; one of our own has been recognized for poetry. Caroline Nazareno, Ceri Naz to her friends and numerous followers, is a poet, journalist, public speaker, linguist and educator. Noticed for having raised the bar of her art, she was invited as a featured poet at Vancouver Word On The Street and World Poetry Canada and International. She was likewise an active participant in Poetry Reading at World Poetry Night Out New Westminster, in British Columbia, Canada.
Two years ago, World Poetry Canada and International (WPCI) honored Ceri Naz with the “Certificate of Appreciation for the International Peace Festival 2011”. WCPI was founded by Ariadne Sawyer, a distinguished published poet and author whose advocacy of promoting world peace through poetry has fostered brotherhood among peoples of all colors, creeds, and races. In the same year, Poetry Around The Globe, an organization headed by Lucia Gorea, Ph.D., an award-winning poet, widely published writer, literary translator and English/ESL professor, presented Ceri Naz with the “Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Poetry” as a World Poet.
Her poems enraptured World Poetry Canada and International Peace Festival 2013, a prestigious gathering of poets from across all continents. Bolstering her already strong credentials, the convention adjudged her “World Poetry Empowered
Graduating cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, major in General Science, at Pangasinan State University, Ceri Naz pursued higher studies in journalism, public speaking and leadership. She earned her postgraduate studies in Administration and Supervision at Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, gained her creative writing workshops and trainings at University of the Philippines-Diliman, and storytelling at Philippine Normal University in coordination with the Philippine National Library. She has been a member of Division of Quezon City Schools Press and School Paper Advisers Association.
At Glendale, California, Ceri Naz was co-anchor of Manny Calpito’s Hulahok and OTUSA.TV, an internet television. As co-founder of Doc PenPen B. Takipsilim’s “2011 ‘’i’’ Inspire The World Friendship Poetry Event” held in Cloud 9, Antipolo City, Ceri Naz was instrumental in the success of said event.
On 2012, her stirring poem, “where peace can be’’, was published at the New York-based blogsite of well-known poet, Romeo Dela Valle, and on March 2013 the same poem saw print on World Poetry E-Anthology.
Her poem, ‘’pandora escapes unto my hands’’, so impressed Haris Adhikari, editor of Misty Mountain Review, an e-magazine based in Nepal, that the latter featured it on May 2012. Another poem, “the song my heart sings”, invited the attention of the publisher of KIRAZ HABERTRAK Magazine, the cultural oasis of elite Turkish poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and art lovers, and published it on its July 2011 issue.
At the “Leaders & Writers Convergence 2013, Boracay”, an event for practising and wannabe writers, Ceri Naz was one of the resource speakers. Currently, she writes for the Philippine Canadian Inquirer, Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star.
by Jobb Gosamo