May 26, 2008
Adarna Book Sale and Upcoming Events
Back-to-School SALE at the Showroom
Spend a little, learn a lot, and have fun buying books at our showroom from May 15 to June 15. We'll be offering 50% to 70% discount on selected copies. Each day, one featured item has a very special rate!
The Adarna House Showroom is open Mondays to Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and is located at 2/F FSS Bldg., 20 Scout Tuason cor. Scout Castor Sts., Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Storytelling sessions for June
For the month of June, watch our stories come alive! Catch the storytelling sessions of Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Read-Along on the second and fourth Saturday of the month of June. Call PDI Read-Along at 897-8808 local 329. We will also be having a storytelling session at Hooked on Books on June 28, in partnership with Purefoods Hotdogs. Hooked on Books is located at 138 Ching Santos Building, Katipunan Ave, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. You may reach Hooked on Books at 911-2149.
We’re going places!
Our showroom is not the only place where you can find Adarna House books at a discount. Head over to one of our sales booths this month: May 22 to 24 at Mission Ministries in Starmall, May 24 at the University of Asia and the Pacific, and May 30 to 31 at the Philippine Daily Inquirer Office in Makati. Call Genesis at 3723548 local 101 for details.
Free field trip to the MIBF
This year, we’re giving three (3) schools free field trips to the Manila International Book Fair! The MIBF field trip will include storytelling sessions, book-signing with an author and an illustrator, free entrance to the Fair, and partial transportation. The MIBF will be held at the SMX Convention Center (beside Mall of Asia).
Those interested may choose from a morning or afternoon slot on the days of September 12, 15, and 16. Contact Genesis now and ask about our Katuwang program! 372-3548 local 101 / email@example.com / 0917-3722639
May 26, 2008
5 play set for PETA's 41st Season
The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) presents 5 exciting new plays in its 41st Theater Season.
Opening the season in July, Soxie Topacio directs Nic Tiongson’s NOLI AT FILI DEKADA 2000 (DOS MIL). The play is set in a small town in the Quezon province where the small town politics and social mores become the backdrop of Rizal’s novels. Performances are slated for July 18 to August 24, 2008, Fridays to Sundays at 10am and 3pm.
TOSCA (August 29 and 30, at 2:30pm and 7:30pm) is an adaptation of Puccini’s classic opera piece. PETA sets its interpretation during the Japanese occupation and Tosca becomes the battle ground of Japanese Imperialism, patriotic love and selfish greed.
Christine Bellen’s MGA KUWENTO NI LOLA BASYANG and BATANG RIZAL are back to back presentations of the Children’s Theater productions for September to October. Lola Basyang features three of Severino Reyes’ folktales: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong, Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Hari and Ang Prinsipeng Duwag, tackling the mythical journeys into self discovery and value formation. Batang Rizal revisits the notions of heroism and love of country from the point of view of a child. Shows will be on September 19 to October 12, 2008, Fridays to Sundays at 10am and 3pm.
SAAN BA TAYO IHAHATID NG DISYEMBRE? is the featured play from November 14 to December 7, with Friday performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday performances at 10am and 3pm. The third of Tony Perez’s trilogy on friendship love and compassion, the play, directed by Nonon Padilla is about the unbreakable love and bonding between best friends and among family members, despite complications of betrayal, jealousy and anger.
The season ends with ADAPTING THE EUROPEAN MASTERS in a pseudo festival that will showcase an end to a ten month project that will take at least forty of our artist be they writers, directors and actors into the study of European playwrights. Shows from February 6 to March 15, 2009, on Fridays at 2:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 3pm.
Season subscription is available for only PhP1,000.00. Each subscriber will be entitled to one (1) entry pass to all productions at the Theater Center plus privileges including discounts for up to two (2) companions, regular mail or e-mail updates on the latest happenings in PETA, a subscriber ID and acknowledgment in the souvenir program of all productions.
For more details, contact the PETA Marketing and Public Relations office at The PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive , New Manila, QC with telephone numbers 4100821 or 7256244, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Schedules may change without prior notice.
May 18, 2008
Eros Atalia to attend book signing
VPE Publishing will host a book signing for author Eros Atalia. This will be on May 24, 3 to 6p.m. at the Cubao Shoe Expo in Quezon City, near Puregold Supermarket and SM Cubao.
The event is open to the public. For more details, you may contact 0922-8771975.
Eros Atalia is a faculty member at the UST. His book, Taguan-Pung at Manwal ng mga Napapagal, a collection of flash fiction, was published by the UST Publishing House in 2006.
April 19, 2008
NDBD hosts Villafania lecture
The National Book Development Board, Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo and the Ortigas Foundation Library will host a lecture by Santiago B. Villafania. This will be at the Ortigas Fopundation Library, 2/f Ortigas Building, Ortigas corner Meralco Avenues, Pasig City on April 26 at 10 a.m.
Dr. Crisanta Nelmida-Flores of the University of the Philippines will be the guest speaker.
Villafania is the author of Malagilion Sonnets tan villanelles.
April 2, 2008
UP writers to hold forum in UP Baguio
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
A stellar list of panelists will be in UP Baguio on April 11, 2008 to discuss New Trends in Philippine Writing. They are Virgilio Almario, Jun Cruz Reyes, Vim Nadera and Charlson Ong. They will be at the UP Baguio AVR from 2 to 5 p.m.
The UP Institute of Creative Writing Associates will be in town for the 47th UP National Writers Workshop to be held at the Igorot Lodge in Camp John Hay, Baguio City from April 6 to 13, 2008.
The fellows are: (Fiction in English) Tara Sering, Luis Katigbak, Ian Casocot; (Poetry in English) Ana Maria Katigbak; Vincenz Serrano; (Creative Non-Fiction in English) Rica Bolipata Santos; (Drama in Filipino) Nicolas Pichay, Rodolfo Lana Jr.; (Poetry in Filipino) Roberto Añonuevo, Frank Cimatu; (Fiction in Filipino) Abdon Balde Jr., Allan Derain.
In keeping with how the UP ICW has been at the forefront of writing, it has reformatted the workshop and raised the bar for other workshops to emulate. Fellows are now in mid-career, having published books and won major national awards. They present works-in-progress to their peers and the ICW associates.
The forum on Philippine writing will be held just before the workshop ends on the 13th. As any workshop fellow would know, writers interacting with each other create literal bursts of energy, very much like stars working off and against each other. The panelists will shed their light on new writing in the country, an event that their fans and students should not miss.
For more details on the forum you may contact the UP ICW at 922-1830 or call/SMS Ms. Eva Cadiz at 0927-924-5242.
March 13, 2008
Palm Sunday puppet show
Watch Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio’s Papet Pasyon, the Philippines’ 1st and only children’s senakulo in puppetry, for free. This will be on March 16, 2008, Palm Sunday, 3:00 & 5:30 pm at the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Teatro Papet Museo, 64 Mapagkawanggawa St., Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Landmarks are Holy Family School and Aqua Gel Water Station (along Maginhawa St.) and fronting Talleres de Nazaret (on Mapagkawanggawa St.).
For details call 921.9773, 929.0895 or 918.903.2040
March 11, 2008
LIRA Lecture: Kababaihang Makata
Bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Kababaihan, inihahandog ng Linangan sa Imahen Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) ang isang panayam ukol sa Panulaan ng mga Kababaihang Makata. Ang panayam ay gaganapin sa Marso 16, 2008, Linggo, 9:30 ng umaga sa Room 201 ng College of Arts and Letters (CAL) Building sa University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City.
Ang pangunahing tagapagsalita ay si Bb. Nikka Osorio, isang kasapi ng LIRA. Nagtapos siya ng AB Literature sa De La Salle University at kasalukuyang kumukuha ng MA Filipino sa Ateneo de Manila University.
Ang panayam ay libre at bukas sa publiko. Kung may katanungan ukol dito, makipag-ugnayan kay G. En Villasis sa cell no.: 0922-4596365.
Isa lamang ang panayam na ito sa mga serye ng mga gawaing handog ng LIRA bilang ambag sa lalo pang pagpapaunlad ng panulaan at panitikang Filipino.
February 29, 2008
UP Press Bookstore Diliman’s 5th Anniversary Sale
The University of the Philippines Press (UPP) Bookstore in UP Diliman is turning five years old this March. And we are sharing our joy with loyal patrons by holding a month-long sale. Visitors to UPP Bookstore - Diliman will enjoy discounts of up to 80% on UPP titles (even our latest titles will be sold at a 20% discount) and 5% on non-UPP titles. Similar sales will also be held in other UPP Bookstore branches in Baguio, Cebu, and Davao.
UPP Bookstore - Diliman is at the ground floor of Balay Kalinaw, Guerrero corner Dagohoy Streets, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Store hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. A lunch break from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is observed. For inquiries, call (02) 920-2313.
UPP Bookstore’s regional branches, operating hours, and contact details are as follows.
UPP Bookstore - Baguio
2/F Isabelo de los Reyes building, UP Baguio, Baguio City
Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 12:00 a.m., 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
UPP Bookstore - Cebu
1/F Arts and Sciences Building, UP Cebu College, Lahug, Cebu City
Tuesday and Friday, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
UPP Bookstore - Davao
2/F Terraza Milesa Building, Anda corner Rizal Streets, Davao City
Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 - 12:00 a.m., 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
February 26, 2008
NBDB Book Club to discuss sudden fiction anthologies
The NBDB Book Club will be reading two volumes of the country’s best collection of sudden fiction stories.
Written by the finest writers of this generation, Mga Kuwentong Paspasan and Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (both volumes published by Milflores Publishing) contain 30 stories in Filipino and 41 short stories in English. Both volumes are edited by Vicente Garcia Groyon.
The book club meeting will be held on March 15,Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Ortigas Foundation Library. Award-winning writer Tara FT Sering will moderate the discussion.
Mga Kuwentong Paspasan and Very Short Stories for Harried Readers are available at National Bookstore branches for P290 each.
For more details about the NBDB Book Club, please call 926-8238 or 631-1231 local 222 and 228.
Everyone who has read the featured books is invited to come. Admission is free.
February 22, 2008
Poet Marne Kilates to discuss writing poetry
The UP Institute of Creative Writing in cooperation with Powerbooks and Read Or Die present the third series of Write Or Die: Writers Write lecture-workshops. The discussions will be held every weekend from November 2007 to February 2008 in different Powerbooks branches and will be moderated by some of the best writers in the country. The purpose of the workshops is to promote the Gawad Likhaan: The University of the Philippines Centennial Literary Prize.
The workshops has three areas: Fiction (November 2007-December 2007), Non-Fiction (January 2008), and Poetry (February 2008).
Noted Bikol poet and translator Marne Kilates will be speaking on writing poetry in English on February 23, 2008 (Saturday) in Powerbooks Greenbelt from 2PM to 4PM. The talk is free and open to the public.
Marne Kilates is a member of the Board of Directors of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and is an Associate Fellow of the Philippine Literary Arts Council (PLAC). He has also won several Palanca Awards and the 1998 SEA (Southeast Asia) WRITE Award given by the Thai royalty. For more information please contact us at email@example.com.
February 16, 2008
New rock musical at the CCP
EJ: Ang Pinagdaanang Buhay nina Evelio Javier at Edgar Jopson is a rock musical presented by Tanghalang Pilipino Cultural Center of the Philippines . The playdates will be:
Feb 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, March 01, 07, 08, 2008 8:00 PM
Feb 16, 17, 23, 24, March 01, 02, 08, 09, 2008 3:00 PM
This will be at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
This unique rock spectacle is written by Ed Maranan and directed by Chris Millado. Legendary OPM Band The Dawn will perform the music.
EJ: Ang Pinagdaanang Buhay nina Evelio Javier at Edgar Jopson is both eulogy and exaltation, an exhortation to never forget, a celebration of two human beings who enriched our country's history, and whose ideas and beliefs will surely stand the test of time.
Ed Maranan writes plays, poems, essays, short fiction, and children's stories. His play Ang Panahon ni Cristy was written when he was a political detainee in Camp Bagong Diwa during the martial law era. It won the Carlos Palanca first prize for full-length drama in 1978. He also wrote a 'drama historico,' Tolentino, about the life and times of the Katipunan's revolutionary playwright Aurelio Tolentino, staged at the CCP's Bulwagang Gantimpala under the direction of Tony Espejo.
His other plays include Ang Unang Pagtatanghal ng Dulaang Pugadsisiw Bilang Pagdiriwang sa Pandaigdigang Taon ng mga Bata, Ang Alamat ng May-I and Ang Tagapagligtas among many others. His play EJ: Ang Pinagdaanang Buhay nina Evelio Javier at Edgar Jopson, was commissioned by Tanghalang Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines .
February 6, 2008
The NBDB Book Club reads The Kite of Stars
The NBDB Book Club invites you to its first book club meeting for the year on
February 15, 2pm here at our new office at the 2nd floor of the NPO Bldg., EDSA
cor. NIA Northside Road in Diliman. Kicking off our 2008 list of must-reads is Dean Francis Alfar's highly-praised debut collection The Kite of Stars and Other Stories published by Anvil.
The Kite of Stars is a wondrous collection of 16 stories of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and things in between from the same author who brought us the award-winning novel Salamanca.
Dr. Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo says of Alfar, "Surely one of the most unusual
writers to burst on the literary scene in the last decade or so is Dean Francis
Alfar, who may have introduced the term 'speculative fiction' to Filipinos. This
first collection of short stories is so obviously from the same hand that
wrought the funny, magical Salamanca, the hand of a warlock dreaming dreams of
unnamed stars. Readers would do well to step into the dreams."
Mr. Dean Alfar himself will be coming over to join our discussion. The book club will be moderated by another award-winning writer Tara FT Sering.
The Kite of Stars and Other Stories is available at all Powerbooks and
National Bookstore branches for P280.
To confirm your attendance, pls. call the NBDB Secretariat at 926-8238. Look for Dianne Mendoza or Grace Santos.
January 21, 2008
UP ICW hosts Man Asian Literary Prize executive director in lecture, discussion
The UP Institute of Creative Writing will host Peter Gordon, Executive Director of the Man Asian Literary Prize. The event will be at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, January 24 at the AV Room, 2nd floor, Rizal Hall (Faculty Center), UP Diliman. Gordon will be in the country to promote the prize among Filipino writers and to speak on “International Opportunities for Filipino Writers.”
The Man Asian—informally known as the “Asian Booker”—was established in 2006 and recognizes the best unpublished novel in English or English translation by an Asian. Dr. Jose Dalisay Jr.’s novel Soledad’s Sister made the shortlist of the inaugural prize, which drew 243 entries from all over Asia. The deadline for the 2008 Man Asian is March 31.
Gordon will speak about the prize and on literary publishing in Asia in general. The UP ICW is inviting all interested writers, translators, publishers, teachers, and students to attend the lecture-discussion, which will also feature Dr. Dalisay and fellow novelist and columnist Alfred “Krip” Yuson.
Peter Gordon is a founder and former Director of the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival (held each March in Hong Kong), founder and editor of the Asian Review of Books, and publisher at Chameleon Press. He writes a weekly column in the Hong Kong daily The Standard and is chairman of the Russian Interest Group at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
For more details on the Prize: http://www.manasianliteraryprize.org/. For details on the lecture, contact Eva Cadiz at 922-1830.
January 13, 2008
UP ICW sponsors Read or Die Workshop with Maria Isabel Garcia
The UP Institute of Creative Writing in cooperation with Powerbooks and Read Or Die present the second series of Write Or Die: Writers Write lecture-workshops. The discussions will be held every weekend from November 2007 to February 2008 in different Powerbooks branches and will be moderated by some of the best writers in the country. The purpose of the workshops is to promote the Gawad Likhaan: The University of the Philippines Centennial Literary Prize.
The workshops will have four areas: Fiction (November 2007-December 2007), Non-Fiction (January 2008), and Poetry (February 2008).
Maria Isabel Garcia, winner of the 2007 National Book Awards for Essay for her book "Science Solitaire" (Ateneo Press) and acclaimed science columnist of the Philippine Star, will kickstart the Non-Fiction series on January 12, 2008 (Saturday) in Powerbooks Greenbelt from 2PM to 4PM with a discussion on science writing. The talk is free and open to the public.
For more details please contact Read Or Die at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://write-or-die.org.
December 14, 2007
UP Press year-end blast
The University of the Philippines Press ends the year on a high note by staging Paglulunsad 2007: Ikatlong Yugto at Pasasalamat.
Everyone is invited to this grand book launch cum cocktail party happening on December 14, 2007 at the Balay Kalinaw in UP Diliman campus, Quezon City .
The event will highlight six important factors in UP Press, as follows:
- launch of the third installment of book titles for 2007
- introduction of UP Press' new Editorial Board
- announcement of the UP Centennial Books project
- the celebration of UP Press authors who won or became finalists of this year's National Book Awards by the Manila Critics Circle
- the five-year anniversary of UP Press bookstores
- launch of the new UP Press website
The event will start at 6 p.m. Food, music and books will be abundant in this year-end celebration. It is also a way of thanking UP Press patrons and partners.
Ikatlong Yugto will complete the 2007 roster of titles. Some of the titles in this third installment include the following:
- Best Filipino Stories: The NVM Gonzalez Awards 2000-2005 edited by Gemino Abad and Gregorio Brillantes
- Cordillera in June by Ben Tapang
- Defiant Daughters by Rina Corpuz
- Forcing The Pace: The Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas: From Foundation to Armed Struggle by Ken Fuller
- Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Issue I edited by Jose Dalisay Jr.
- Mannahatta Mahal: Collected Expatriate Poems by Luis Cabalquinto
- Mostly in Monsoon Weather by Marne Kilates
- Sexuality and the Filipina by Lilia Quindoza-Santiago
- Sawikaan 2006: Mga Salita ng Taon edited by Robert Anonuevo and Galileo Zafra
Some of the authors will be present in the event. Balay Kalinaw is at the corner of Guerrero and Dagohoy streets, UP Diliman, Quezon City (near Ilang-Ilang Residence Hall). Dress code for the party is smart casual.
For confirmation of attendance or for more information, please contact: Ms. Libay Linsangan Cantor (UP Press Special Projects Assistant) 0918 249 5377; 920-6863; email@example.com
December 11, 2007
Pasko ng Komiks in UP Diliman
As part of the U.P. College of Arts and Letters "Linggo ng KAL" event on December 6-14, the U.P. Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing (UP-ICW) and Read or Die sponsor Pasko ng Komiks or PASKOM symposium on December 11 (Tues), 9am at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
PASKOM will discuss the relevance of comics arts in contemporary Filipino life. Four related topics, which foreground new perpectives on a growing popular arts tradition, will be discussed, namely "Komiks in Philippine Culture and History," "The Study and Collection of Komiks," "Women in Komiks," and "Creating Komiks."
In the morning , Pablo Gomez, Patrick Flores, Gerry Alanguilan, Glady Gimena, Dennis Villegas, and Orvy Jundis will talk on the two first topics. Then in the afternoon, the women artists—Sherry Baet, Ofelia Concepcion, Vivian Limpin, Elizabeth Chionglo, Joannah Tinio-Catinglo, and Gilda Olvidado—will talk about how the feminine and comics arts intertwine toward a liberative cause.
Still later in the day, comics creators Carlo Vergara, Andrew Drilon, Andrew Villar, Carlo Pagulayan, Randy Valiente, Jonas Diego, Melvin Catinglo, Rey Tiempo, KC Cordero and Victor Balanon will unravel the energy and inspiration behind their works.
The day long discussion will be synthesized and commented upon by Bobby Yonzon (Mango Comics), Emil Flores, Joey Baquiran, and Lawrence Mijares.
Prior to the symposium, a comics exhibit, featuring the actual works of contemporary and past comics artists will be on show beginning December 8. It will be set at the Galleries 1 & 2 of Bulwagang Rizal, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman.
PASKOM is made possible through the support of National Books Development Board, Powerbooks, Mango Comics, WikiPilipinas, New Worlds Alliance, Read or Die, Komikera, Subway Productions, and the U.P. College of Arts and Letters.
Comics fans, students, and teachers are welcome to attend the symposium and see the exhibit which will run until December 14. For details, call Ms. Eva Cadiz at 9221830.
December 1, 2007
Writers Night set for December 8
Writers Night on December 8 at the Bulwagang Rizal in U.P. Diliman promises to be more than a chance to meet the idols of Philippine literature. If one stays on long enough, one will actually see many of them do poetry performances. Or sing. Yes, many writers are singers. And band members too. So expect this December affair to be a party experience that will be just as fun and memorable as the previous writers night.
The event starts off at 5:30 pm with the awarding ceremony of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan. This award honors authors whose maiden publications merit an auspicious introduction to modern day readers. Among the sterling nominees are Dean Francis Alfar's Salamanca (novel); Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis's Barefoot in Fire (creative non-fiction); Maria Isabel Garcia's Science Solitaire: Essays on Science, Nature and Becoming Human (essays); Rica Bolipata-Santos's Love, Desire, Children, Etc (essay); Helen Yap's From Inside the Berlin Wall (essay); and Katrin De Guia's Kapwa: The Self In The Other (essay).
After the awards, partying begins with performances by invited guests Cesare Syjuco, Heber Bartolome, DJ Alvaro, dancer/choreographer Myra Beltran, zitar player Joey Valenciano, ventriloquist Ony Carcamo, experimental artist Jeena Marquez, Romancing Venus, and poets Marne Kilates and Teo Antonio.
Then, everyone will be in for a surprise as daring writers join a mock fashion show staged by campus groups UP Quill, UP Speca, UP Ugat and UP Writers Club. All in the spirit of carnivalesque play.
Friends and guests of writers, as well as readers and fans are welcome to attend the 2007 Writers Night. For details, call Ms. Eva Cadiz at U.P. ICW, 9221830.
November 23, 2007
Tanghalang Ateneo Stages The Death of Memory
Tanghalang Ateneo goes contemporary Filipino in The Death of Memory, the second production of the company’s 29th season. Written by Glenn Mas, it is a Palanca-prize winning play and an awarded thesis production of the Catholic University of America. Tangahalang Ateneo’s Staging would be the play’s Philippine opremiere production.
In the play, four people are trapped in a nowhere land where time has topped, and with no memory how they got there, and no ides on how to get out. Eah one carries a painful and violent memory- sexual abuse, abandonment, murder- that assaults them at unpredictable moments and ties them to this purgatorial prison.
Ralph Quiblat and Brian Sy alternate as the newcomer Juan, while Rachel Quong and Margarita Paje play the Keeper, the ethereal guardian of the nowhere land. The rest of the faculty cast is Randy Solis, Dianne Laserna, Miguel Lizada and Angela Serrano. In turn, the rest of the student cast is composed of BJ Crisostomo, Regina Francisco, Nicolo Magno and Gianna Villavicencio.
Director Ricardo Abad and porduction designer Salvador Bernal depart from their Asian motifs to create an abstract world that is replete with surreal and violent images. Joining them are choreographer Matthew santamaria, lighting designer Jonjon Villareal, and sounds and graphic designer Reamur David. Kastski Flores, finalist in Cinemalaya 2007, incorporates film images of the character’s memories.
The Death of Memory runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 4 to 8, and 11 to 15 at 7 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. shows on Dec. 1, 8, 15 at the Rizal Mini-Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University. For inquiries call Sheila Concina at 0915-5715665 or the Rizal Mini-Theater at 426-6001 local 5121. The play is for mature audiences only.
From The Philippine Star, November 19, 2007
November 18, 2007
Ang Bagong Libro: The Exhibit
Read Or Die and Goethe Institut Manila present "Ang Bagong Libro," an art exhibit featuring re-interpreted covers of Filipino books by Filipino artists using their chosen media. The purpose of the exhibit is to foster an intersection between Filipino literature (and writers) and Filipino art (and artists) through the medium of book cover design as art.
We are encouraging Filipino artists of all artistic stripes and affiliations to participate. If you are interested in submitting artwork for the exhibit please take a look at our guidelines .
The exhibit will open on January 25, 2008 at the Goethe Institut, 4-5/F Adamson Centre, 121 Leviste St. , Salcedo Village , Makati City.
November 1, 2007
UP Gawad Likhaan: Write Or Die lectures in Powerbooks
The UP Institute of Creative Writing ,in cooperation with Powerbooks and Read Or Die, present the first series of Write Or Die: Writers Write lecture-workshops. The workshops will be held every weekend from November 2007 to February 2008 in different Powerbooks branches and will be moderated by some of the best writers in the country. The purpose of the workshops is to promote the Gawad Likhaan: The University of the Philippines Centennial Literary Prize.
We especially encourage people who are non-professional or non-academe-based to attend the workshops and submit their works to the Gawad Likhaan. Teachers are welcome to bring their students. No reservations are needed.
The workshops will have four areas: Fiction (November 2007-December 2007), Non-Fiction (January 2008), and Poetry (February 2008).
The schedule for the Fiction workshops is as follows:
November 10, 2007
2PM - 4PM
Jun Cruz Reyes
November 17, 2007
2PM - 4PM
Amelia Lapena Bonifacio
November 24, 2007
2PM - 4PM
December 1, 2007
2PM - 4PM
Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Eva Garcia-Cadiz at 922-1830.
November 1, 2007
Komedya Fiesta 2008
In celebration of the UP Centennial, the College of Arts and Letters, in cooperation with the Office of the Chancellor and OICA, presents Komedya Fiesta 2008.
The Komedya Fiesta 2008 is a month long event which aims to present, create an awareness, and increase the understanding of and appreciation for the komedya. The komedya is a colorful theatrical tradition whose plot revolves around the social, political, and religious conflicts between the Muslims and Christian heroes. It is usually presented in festivals with the support and patronage of the communities. This theater form has its origins in the theatrical traditions of Spain and Mexico in the 16 th -18 th century. It reached the Philippines through the Hispanic Christianization of the Philippines . This is precisely the reason why many of the plots have Hispanic leitmotifs. While komedya performances will be the principal event, Komedya Fiesta 2008 will also feature an international conference, an exhibition, and a colloquium to provide scholars, cultural researchers, artists and production teams a venue for sharing ideas.
The existence of active komedya/moro-moro groups in a number of regions in the Philippines today warrants an intensified effort to assert the significance of this centuries-old theater tradition. Although the komedya, which is also referred to as moro-moro among the Tagalogs and Ilokanos; linambay among the Cebuanos; moros-moros among the Ilonggo's; palo-palo among the Ivatan, is still performed to this very day and draws a following, it enjoys limited exposure.
As one of the traditional theater genres that is fully developed and which has dominated the Philippine theater for over 300 years across regions, the komedya truly deserves a serious examination. It is sad that after substantial studies conducted by some scholars in the early eighties, no significant event has been initiated to further the studies nor promote the understanding of and appreciation for this form on a national level. As a theater form, it is significant to study its performance conventions, production process, and organizational practices that make it possible to survive to this day. In the same light, the persistence of this tradition ensues an interest to look more closely at the manner and processes of transmission of this tradition from one generation to the next. It is in this light that the first national festival is conceived.
The festival seeks to celebrate the komedya as a significant legacy in the continuing history of the Philippine Theater. More significantly, the effort, talent and creativity that have been manifested by several komedya groups all over the country to make this tradition survive for more than three hundred years is definitely worth celebrating.
The celebration primarily aims to encourage the academic study and research on the komedya and other traditional theater forms in the country. It will also examine how the disciplines of theatre and performance studies, including related fields, struggle with questions of globalization. This event can be a platform for discussions across disciplines in the Arts and Humanities, History, Philippine Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Tourism and others. It will also provide a venue for sharing expert knowledge about traditional performance practices across a broad spectrum of perspectives. In the process, this exchange will hopefully develop among scholars and researchers a theoretical grasp of the relationship between performance and culture in the context of globalization and transnational mobility.
Komedya Fiesta 2008 will be composed of the following:
As a pioneering effort to hold the festival on a national scale, the research component plays a significant role in substantiating all the major events of the festival. An updated information on the existing komedya troupes, their performance practices as well as their organizational management processes is necessary to create a better understanding of this form. The information will govern the nature and substance of all the festival events.
As the flagship component, regular performances will be held every Friday for the whole month of February 2008. Each performance will have "entreme" or front act performances prior to komedya performances. It may include a balagtasan, an amateur singing contest, magic, circus etc. Since the komedya's running time varies from 1 ½ hours to several days, a further study on how to regulate the performance period is necessary. Nevertheless, there will be one komedya group to perform each night.
C. International Conference and Workshop
The two-day gathering will include the presentation of academic papers in the morning and workshops on the different aspects of komedya productions in the afternoon. The conference hopes to tackle the current state of this tradition in the Philippines and in some parts of the globe.
This component is a month long exhibition that features modern works, installations and other contemporary visual arts expressions on the komedya. The exhibit will also include a historical overview of its origin, assimilation, indigenization and diffusion of komedya tradition in the Philippines . This exhibit will highlight the data on the existing komedya groups, komedya performances, production process and the maintenance of the organization. The panels of text will be punctuated by the presentation of significant komedya material elements like orihinal (scripts), props, costumes, shields, headdress etc.
The half day colloquium will be a discussion among all the comediantes , production team and accompanists that comprise the groups. The discussions will center on the strengths, weaknesses of the groups and their recommendations for the future of the komedya on a national scale. This component hopes to establish a network of komedya groups of the country.
F. Special Events
1. Opening Ceremonies
This event will usher in the entire celebration by a parade of all komedya players along major streets in UP. They will be accompanied by marching bands. The Opening Ceremonies will have a program that will officially announce the opening of the festival. All the performing groups will be presented to the public. The UP officials, the officials of major stakeholders as well as important organizations in UP are also part of the parade. Fireworks display will highlight the Opening Ceremonies.
2. Serenata ng mga Banda
Marching bands play an important role in any komedya performance. To give prominence to this role, a "serenata ng mga banda" will be held on selected afternoons within the festival period.
3. Auxiliary Events
The auxiliary events will feature activities that help create the "fiesta" atmosphere. They include a singing contest, jugglers, magic tricks, mime performances, higantes on a stilt, fire eaters (if allowed), and circus among others.
4. Closing Ceremonies
This event focuses on a video presentation of the week that was. This is the time when the participating groups will sit down as guests. The highlight of this event is the mass playing of different participating bands. Hundred voices will render pieces relevant to komedya. Choral Groups will render musical pieces relative to komedya. The highlight of the program is the singing of UP HYMN by hundred voices.
Target Date of Implementatio: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 27-29, 2008
Venue: The Ampitheater, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
November 1, 2007
The 12th Biennial Symposium on the Literatures and Cultures of the Asia Pacific Region
November 22-24, 2007
Department of English and Comparative Literature
University of the Philippines
The Asia Pacific region has been the site of the enthusiastic production of literature and other cultural texts for the last fifty years but many of these productions have so far been just a token presence in the anthologies and scholarship outside the region. Even within the region, knowledge of each other's literatures and cultures is minimal. Current theories have helped address the imbalance by privileging " Third World " or "postcolonial" texts, by exposing processes of containment, co-optation and mediation, and by suggesting solutions such as retrieval, negotiation and recuperation.
REWOR(L)DINGS: CONTESTATIONS AND RECONFIGURATIONS IN THE LITERATURES AND CULTURES OF THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION seeks to up the ante by questioning the paradigms that have forced the writer and scholar in this region to retrieve, negotiate and recuperate, contesting the worlding that has relegated the region to the margins. It will explore possibilities of re-mapping culture so that no center has single dominance, and every center retains a fidelity to its people's history and culture without negating a colonial past or current global imperatives.
Specifically, the conference will explore breaking away from popular paradigms for the creation and analysis of literature and culture. It will review concepts ubiquitously present in current discourse-globalization, for instance, and postcoloniality with its panoply of accompanying terms, such as hybridity, diaspora, dialogic. It will invite new discourses that promote reconfigurations and new visionings, e.g. the creation of "moving"/ "untranslatable" identities, translation as a globalizing force. It will cite regional realities that should inform this new cartography and the ways by which the writers, especially those in the "new" genres, have responded to them. It will encourage the creative writers to share their process of resolving contradictions between art and subjectivity. Writers, translators and scholars will be expected to draw from traditions and currrents in their cultures, and through the power of the word and the image, re-world this region's literature and culture.
Topics that will be of interest are the following:
- Literary Theory: Windows from the Pacific
- Europe-Asia: Dis/Connections
- Re- Searching Language and Literature: Methods of Research
- In/Trans-nation: Issues of Translation
- The Past in Present: Myths and Folklore in Literature
- Gendering the Word: Gender and Literature from Another Perspective
- Narratives of Self-Fashioning
- Literary Fetish(es)
- Borders and Borderland Cultural Landscapes and Mindscapes
- "Untranslatable"/"Moving" Identities
- Asia-Pacific Literature in the Global Market
- Memory and Narratives of Terror and Displacement
- The Word in/and Cyberspace: Re-imagining the self in cyber community
- English and the Linguistic Realities of the Asia Pacific Writer
- The "New Genres"
- Children's Literature: Stirrings and Movements
- Speculative Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- What's Chic about Chick Lit?
- The Literary Blog
- The New Gothic Literature
- Literature and Anime
- Narratives of the Game/Gaming (Video games storylines)
The network's conferences usually allow only a minimum number of non-paper readers to participate. For this symposium, a considerable number of non-paper readers will be invited to participate in the conference. These participants will come from various local tertiary institutions which may benefit from an international conference on Asia Pacific literatures and cultures.
October 7, 2007
British Council and U.P. Likhaan sponsor Reading Workshops
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
What do literature teachers do during their spare time?
The British Council has Alan Pulverness to offer. The internationally acclaimed reading specialist will deliver five lectures in the Philippines for free between October 19 and 27 and the UP Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing will host him on October 26, 9am to 5pm, to talk about "Teaching Language through Literature: Reading Across Cultures" at the UP College of Arts and Letters Audio-Visual Room, Faculty Center, UP Diliman.
Alan Pulverness is a freelance teacher trainer, materials writer, and an Associate Trainer with the Norwich Institute for Language Education. His areas of special interest are culture and the teaching of literature. He has a degree in Comparative Literature and Applied Linguistics from the University of East Anglia . He has edited and advised for several new volumes on new fiction and worked on an award-winning course on Macbeth.
Pulverness was part of the Reading Reputations, 20th annual British Council Conference on the teaching of literature and Animating Literature, the British Council regional seminar held in Prague , among others.
In the Philippines , his itinerary includes:
- 19 October "Using Literature in Teaching Content Areas" In-Service Training for Teachers - Cluster 1 ( Luzon );
- 22 October "Using Literature in Teaching Content Areas" In-Service Training for Teachers - Cluster 1 (Visayas-Mindanao);
- 25 October "Theory and Practice in Language and Literature: A Revisit and Re-vision" with Council for Department Chairs in English and the College English Teachers' Association;
- 26 October "Teaching Language through Literature: Reading Across Cultures" with the UP Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing
- 27 October "Boogie by the Book (main lecture): Teaching Language through Literature: Reading Across Cultures"
For more information and confirmation of the lectures, please contact Eva Garcia-Cadiz at 922-1830 or the British Council at 914-1011 to 14 or e-mail the British Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit British Council website.
October 7, 2007
DLSU hosts Ka-Tribo Ko
The Harlequin Theatre Guild, the official theater organization of De La Salle University-Manila, is going to have a week-long exhibit entitled "Harlequin Week: Ka-Tribo Ko" in line with the world's celebration of Indigenous Peoples month. The event shall culminate in a concert featuring some of the Philippines ' brightest luminaries in world music.
The exhibit will run from Monday, October 15, 2007 until Friday, October 19, at the Yuchengco Building Lobby, DLSU-Manila campus, and the culminating activity will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium on October 19, from 7pm to 9pm. Admission for the exhibit is free, while tickets for the culminating activity is available for 100 pesos for students, 120 for general patrons.
October 7, 2007
Pangasinan Language and Culture Conference
The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the Dr. Jose De Guzman Tamayo Foundation, Inc,.in cooperation with the Pangrehiyong Sentro sa Wikang Filipino, Pangasinan State University (Bayambang Campus) and the Ulupan na Pansiansia'y Salitan Pangasinan, cordially invite you to a conference on "Revitalizing the Pangasinan Language and Cultural Heritage."
WHAT: A two-day conference devoted to paper presentations and discussion pertaining to the Pangasinan language and cultural heritage; Pangasinan history and historiography; the literary and folkloric legacy of its people, and the state of literacy and education in the province. A literary contest known as the Gawad Komisyon 2007 (Wikang Pangasinan) shall also be held.
AIMS: The conference aims to:
- bring into focus the linguistic, socio-cultural, and educational practices of the people of Pangasinan;
- reflect on how these practices influence, and are affected by, the regional, national, and global cultures;
- chart the directions for research and creative work in Pangasinan cultural studies, advocate for policy changes and draw up long-term and medium-term programs in the cultural, educational and linguistic fields; and
- forge linkages and foster cooperation with the various stakeholders in pursuit of these plans and policy advocacies;
WHEN and WHERE: November 8 and 9, 2007 at the Urdaneta City Cultural Center , 2nd and 3 rd floors;
WHO ARE INVITED: The conference is open to academic institutions; teachers; students; educators and other professionals; cultural workers and tourism officials; provincial, city and local government leaders and administrators; religious and lay leaders; and individuals.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Abstracts of papers may be submitted to the program committee until October 18, 2007. The abstract should be less than 400 words; be original; and adhere to the conference theme and/or deal with related topics. Notice of acceptance of abstracts shall be on or before October 26, 2007. Paper readers to be entitled to honoraria must submit their full papers on or before November 2, 2007.
FEES: Regular Registration fees: P750.00 for 2 days, inclusive of lunch and snacks. P500.00 for graduate and undergraduate students.
The Gawad Komisyon 2007 (Wikang Pangasinan)
The Gawad Komisyon 2007 (Pangasinan) is a literary competition in the short story and poetry categories. The contest is administered by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, but the prizes are provided for by the Dr. Jose De Guzman Tamayo Foundation. The contest rules are:
- The contest is open to all, excepting KWF employees;
- Entries must be original (not translations from other languages); have not won a major prize in other contests; and have not been published.
- The entries must not bear the name or any identifying feature of the author and must be accompanied by a separate form that can be secured from the organizers or can be downloaded at http://wika.pbwiki.com/Mga+Pormularyo
- Length. For poetry (anlong), the entry must be a collection of seven to 10 poems. For short story, it should be from 10 to 20 pages long, double spaced.
- The prizes shall be as follows: first prize: PhP15,000 + plaque, which shall be known as the Gantimpalang Tamayo; second prize: PhP10,000 + plaque; third prize: PhP8,000 + plaque; three (3) consolation prizes: PhP2, 000 + certificate. Non-winning authors shall be entitled to a certificate of participation.
- Only one (1) entry per category per individual shall be accepted;
- The deadline for submission on entries is on October 19, 2007. The winners shall be announced during the cultural night of the conference on November 9, 2007.
THE ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS: The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino is the official language agency of the Republic of the Philippines created by Republic Act No. 7419. The Dr. Jose De Guzman Tamayo Foundation, Inc. is a private institution whose projects are designed to identify, safeguard, preserve and revitalize the cultural and literary heritage of the Pangasinan people. The collaborating organizations are the Pangrehiyong Sentro sa Wikang Filipino (Pangasinan State University-Bayambang Campus) and the Ulupan na Pansiansia'y Salitan Pangasinan, an organization of Pangasinan writers and cultural artists.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the KWF office: (02)736-25-21 c/o Crispa or Elvie; the DJGT Foundation, Perpetual Help University, Malasiqui Office c/o Rhia, 09193721808/(075) 536-34-12; the ULUPAN office, United Way Building, Alvear St., Poblacion, Lingayen, Pangasinan, (075) 541-0863; the Pangasinan State University c/o Mary-Ann, 09205971505, email@example.com.
October 7, 2007
Call for Papers for the 1st International Theatre Conference on Komedya
UP College of Arts and Letters in celebration of the centennial of the University of the Philippines is announcing the KOMEDYA Fiesta 2008, a celebration of tradition, culture and performativity. Part of this grand activity is the 1 st International Theatre Conference focused on Komedya and Moro-Moro . The conference aims to interrogate komedya as a Philippine traditional theatre form; reevaluate its nature and elements; rediscover the past (history) through this theatre form; and historicize its continuum and dynamics. The conference will be held on February 27 - 29, 2008 at the College of Arts and Letters Building and Bulwagang Rizal, University of the Philippines , Diliman, Quezon City . The theme of the conference is Komedya: Revisiting the Past for the Possibilities of the Future. The conference has the following objectives:
- to gather a community of Philippine Performance Studies scholars interested and / or focused on komedya ;
- to provide opportunity for presentation and discussion on researches among academic scholars and practitioners in the theatre and performance studies in the Philippines ;
- to theorize on the present state of komedya as part of Philippine Performance Studies discourse through the series of researches and / or presentations;
- to exchange information among scholars and practitioners in the theatre and performance studies regarding this traditional theatre form; and
- to build networks among scholars and practitioners for future collaboration in research, academic exchange and performance praxis.
Who should attend the conference?
- Researchers, academics and consultants with research interests on Philippine Theatre and Performance Studies (specially those who specialize in komedya studies)
- Administrators of academic programs in Philippine theatre, dramatic literature, speech communications and performance studies
- Theatre practitioners - actors, directors, artistic staff, production staff and stage staff who specialize and / or perform komedya
- Graduate and post-graduate students in theatre, performance studies and related fields
- Publishers of journals and / or academic textbooks in Philippine Theatre and Performance Studies
- Students in theatre arts, arts studies, art education, performance studies and related disciplines
The conference will invite papers on either completed research or a preliminary report on a research in progress. Best papers will be competitively selected and authors will be acknowledged with plaques and certificates.
General Interest Sessions: The conference will feature several plenary sessions that will include panel presentations and / or forums focusing on:
- Komedya: The Literary Form
- Komedya as Community / Folk Theater
- Komedya and the Hispanization of the Islands ( Philippines )
- Komedya, Christianity and Islam
- Komedya and History
- Komedya, Aesthetics and Sensibility
- Komedya: Translations, Negotiations and Adaptations to Modernity
- Komedya: Deconstruction and Reconstruction
- Musical Elements in Komedya
- Dance and Movement in Komedya
- Performance/s of Komedya in Other Regions and Other Languages
- Production Management Process
- Any other papers related to the theme of the conference
Submission Guidelines (for the abstracts):
- One page abstracts (typed double spaced) not exceeding 500 of proposed papers should be submitted for the final selection process.
- Submit abstracts by email to the conference secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline for the submission of abstracts is on October 15, 2007 .
- Paper Review Committee will conduct a refereed screening of abstracts. Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed by the conference secretariat within 3 weeks after the abstract is received.
- Once the paper is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for and present the paper at the conference.
Submission Guidelines (for Final Papers)
- Full paper submission is allowed for the final selection process.
- Full papers for review need to be edited as per the final paper format.
- Submit full papers for review by email to the conference secretariat, email@example.com
- Deadline of full paper submission for a refereed screening process is November 30, 2007 .
- Once the paper is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for and present the paper at the conference.
- Completed Full Papers will be professionally published in the conference proceedings (with ISSN number).
- Papers will only be published in the conference proceedings if at least one of the authors registers and attends the conference.
Call for Workshop Presentations
Workshop Presentation is another highlight of KOMEDYA Fiesta 2008 and the 1 st International Theatre Conference focused on Komedya. Practitioners of komedya are invited to submit workshop presentation proposals. Also, practitioners of some aspects of komedya like arnis instructors, poets specializing in awit, playwrights , choreographers and/or dancers of paso doble, batalya and the likes may submit proposals.
What aspects of komedya may be workshopped?
- Movement in komedya
- Footwork and swordfighting in komedya
- Voice and Diction in komedya
- Writing a komedya
- Writing an awit
- Writing a song for komedya
- Any other possible workshops related to komedya
Workshop presentations will be given 120 to 180 minute sessions.
Submission Guidelines (for workshop proposals):
- One page proposals (typed double spaced) of proposed workshops should be submitted for the final selection process.
- Include in the proposals, objectives of the workshops, materials needed, strategies and proposed number of participants.
- Submit proposals by email to the conference secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline for the submission of proposals is on October 30, 2007 .
- Workshop Review Committee will conduct a refereed screening of proposals. Facilitators of accepted proposals will be informed by the conference secretariat within 3 weeks after the proposal is received.
- Once the proposal is accepted, at least one of the facilitators must register for and present the workshop at the conference.
Registration forms will be available very soon at the UP College of Arts and Letters website, www.kal.up.ed.ph . Early Bird Registration Fee (on or before February 1, 2008 ) of research presenters and workshop facilitators is Php 2,000.00 for local participants and USD 90.00 for foreign participants. Non-presenters' early bird registration fee is Php, 2,500.00 for local participants and USD 100.00 for foreign participants. Regular registration (after February 1, 2008 ) of research presenters and workshop facilitators is Php 3,000.00 for local participants and USD 100.00 for foreign participants. Non-presenters' regular registration fee is Php 3,500.00 for local participants and USD 120.00 for foreign participants. Student participants must attach a copy of student ID and certificate of studentship to the registration form. Student registration fee is Php 1,500.00 for both local presenters and non-presenters and USD 50.00 for both foreign presenters and non-presenters.
For inquiries, email the conference secretariat, Prof. Sir Anril P. Tiatco at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
British Council and UP ICW hold performance poetry workshop
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
Poetry, both a spoken and written art, is actually a performance medium. Readings and others multimedia performances bring poetry closer to a generation reared on MTV, youtube, and blogs.
The British Council, in cooperation with the Likhaan: University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing, will be holding performance poetry workshops as part of its Animating Literature project. London-based Francesca Beard will gather a select number of young Filipino writers to train in UP Diliman and UP Baguio, in coordination with its deans - National Artist Virgilio Almario and Elizabeth Calinawagan respectively. They in turn will spread the expertise Beard will share to others, especially elementary and high school teachers, who would like to venture into performance as art.
ICW Director Vim Nadera, himself a noted performance poet, is delighted at hosting Francesca Beard once again. She caused quite a stir during her last visit two years ago, and this second one, Nadera hopes, will be more fruitful and more artistically fulfilling. The British Council wasted no time in contacting the ICW -- for the latter's Literatour -- a program offered to literature teachers and students alike. Beard will be training performance poets at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto of the UP Diliman's Faculty Center (September 26-28) and UP Baguio's College of Arts and Communications (September 30-October 2) for the seminars.
For details, please contact Eva Cadiz at 9221830.
Francesca Beard was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia . She grew up in Penang and now lives in London. She is also a lyricist and a workshop facilitator. She has traveled the world and toured in Azerbaijan , Bulgaria , Colombia and the Philippines, which she considers advanced in performance poetry comparatively.
August 25, 2007
Poetry symposium, jazz concert
in Baguio slated
The Baguio Writers Group in cooperation
with Baguio Country Club and Smart Communications
Inc. presents a poetry symposium on “To
Do or to Be: How to Make a Poem” on Sept.
15, Saturday, 2-5 p.m. at the Wolfson Room of
Panelists include Marjorie Evasco, Sid Hildawa,
Marra Lanot, Francis and Priscilla Macansantos,
Edgar Maranan and Alfred Yuson.
In the same evening the writers group will host
an invitational concert, “Jazz for Tonight,”
at 7 p.m. at Par 7 of the Country Club. Featured
performers are Jacqui Magno, Gou de Jesus, Richard
Cariño, Desiree Caluza, Butch Cando, Egay
Buñing, Joanifer Abubo, Enrico Subido,
Ivan Cruz and On-Call.
Seats are limited. To reserve call or text 0927-989-0191.
August 5, 2007
"Transpormers" at the
UP Press Bookstore
Three young writers in Filipino
will read their latest works at the UP Press Bookstore
Diliman on August 17. Vladimeir Gonzales, Carlos
Piocos, and Mykel Andrada will be featured in
the afternoon program titled "Transpormers."
Included in the works to be performed are pieces
that are anime-, love-, and political killings-inspired.
"Transpormers" will be held at the rear
veranda of the UP Press Bookstore Diliman at the
ground floor of Balay Kalinaw, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The reading
begins at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
"Transpormers" is part of the series
of monthly readings at the UP Press Bookstore
Diliman, which started in May with a reading of
new stories by Anna Sanchez, Mary Jessel Duque,
Francezca Kwe, and Marie Aubrey Villaceran. This
was followed by a chapbook launching and reading
by High Chair poets Marc Gaba, Misandel Arguelles,
and Jose Beduya. July featured Paolo Manalo reading
poems he wrote at in the USA and Scotland. In
September, Conchitina Cruz will be reading her
Transpormers is part of the UP Press's activities
in celebration of Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa. For
more information on these and other UP Press events,
call (632) 9282558 local 110.
National Artist Jose to give lecture
National Artist for Literature
Francisco Sionil Jose will grace the Ortigas Foundation
Library on August 16, 2007 to give a lecture entitled,
“History as Literature.”
The lecture will be held on Thursday,
August 16 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. For
more information please call 631.1231 local 222
or email email@example.com.
F. (Francisco) Sionil José,
founded the Philippine Center of PEN, an international
organization of poets, playwrights, essayists,
and novelists. His work includes eleven novels,
five books of short stories, a book of verse,
a collection of stories for children and four
books of essays. He has received numerous fellowships,
honorary Ph.D’s and awards, which include:
the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Award (1980); the
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Centennial
Honors for the Arts (1999); the National Artist
Award for Literature (2001); and the Pablo Neruda
Centennial Award (2004).
August 5, 2007
Pistang Panitik 2007
After success of last year’s
"Pistang Panitik," LIKHAAN: The U.P.
Institute of Creative Writing, in partnership
with the Book Development
Association of the Philippines, Prime
Trade Asia, Anvil
Publishing, the National
Book Development Board and Read
Or Die, will mount "Pistang Panitik 2007"
at the World Trade Center from August 30, 2007
to September 2, 2007 to coincide with the 28th
Manila International Book Fair.
"Pistang Panitik" was
conceived by UP ICW Director Vim Nadera as a literary
festival where readers and writers alike can meet
and greet. This year’s "Pistang Panitik"
is much more ambitious as it spans over the 5
days of the Manila International Book Fair.
Araw ni Bienvenido Lumbera
AUGUST 30 (Thursday)
Function Rm A
KRITIKO: Dr. Roland Tolentino,
Dr. Rod Nuncio, at Dr. Rosario Torres Yu
TAGAPAGTANGHAL: Bb. Susan Magno
MULA SA MAMBABASA: Kristin Mandigma & Marianne
Araw ni Francisco Sionil
AUGUST 31 (Friday)
Function Rm A
KRITIKO: Dr. Neil Garcia, Dr.Ophelia
Alcantara Dimalanta at Ferdie Lopez
TAGAPAGTANGHAL: Under Siege
MULA SA MAMBABASA: Mia Sereno & Israel Realin
Araw ni Virgilio Almario
SEPTEMBER 1 (Saturday)
Function Rm B
1:00- 3:00 p.m.
KRITIKO: G. Roberto Añonuevo,
Prof. Mike Coroza at G. Rogelio Mangahas
TAGAPAGTANGHAL: Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika,
MULA SA MAMBABASA: Kristel Autencio, Renita Norada
Araw ni Alejandro Roces
SEPTEMBER 2 (Sunday)
Function Rm A
1:00- 5:00 p.m.
KRITIKO: Dr. Isagani Cruz, Prof.
Lito Zulueta, at Prof. Danton Remoto
TAGAPAGTANGHAL: Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines
MULA SA MAMBABASA: Rachel Teng, Karen Inocencio
& Paolo Cruz
Araw ni Edith Tiempo
PANAUHIN: G. Alfred Yuson, Dr.
Gemino Abad, Prof. Ralph Galan
TAGAPAGTANGHAL: Ony Carcamo
MULA SA MAMBABASA: Pamela Punzalan & Mia Marci
Visit the "Pistang
Panitik 2007" website for the schedules
and updates, or call the UP ICW at 922-1830.
June 25, 2007
UP Centennial Commission launches
The UP Centennial Commission is
formally launching the Gawad Likhaan: The University
of the Philippines Literary Prize on Friday, June
29, 2007, 3:45 pm at the Bulwagang Recto, Faculty
Center, UP Diliman. This Contest is administered
by The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP-ICW)
as part of the celebrations of the UP Centennial
There are six awards, each one
worth P200,000, for original, book-length works
in 3 genres in either English or Filipino: the
novel or short story, poetry, and creative nonfiction
or sanaysay. Only one prize per genre in either
language will be awarded.
The complete rules are available
at the UP-ICW office in UP Diliman. They will
also be uploaded on the UP-ICW
website and on www.panitikan.com.ph,
the literary portal hosted by the UP-ICW.
All entries to the contest are
to be submitted to the Board of Judges, Likhaan:
The UP Institute of Creative Writing, Faculty
Center, UP Diliman. Deadline for submission is
Monday, March 31, 2008 at 5 pm. The names of the
winners and the members of the board of judges
will be announced in June 2008.
The UP-ICW is also sponsoring two
other events taking place on the same day as the
launch. First is the inauguration of the UP Likhaan
Centennial Lecture Series, commencing with the
lecture of Dr. Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, titled
“Fiction as Response to History: Philippine
Fiction in English.” At 6 pm on the same
day, the UP Press will launch at Balay Kalinaw,
UP Diliman, among ten other titles, The Children’s
Hour, a two-volume anthology of stories on childhood
by Filipino writers in English, edited by Gémino
H. Abad and Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo.
June 25, 2007
First National Conference on Literature
The UP Departamento ng Filipino
at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (UP DFPP) will be sponsoring
the first-ever Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Panitikang
Pambata (National Conference on Literature for
Children) with the theme “Tungo sa Gintong
Panahon ng Panitikang Pambata” (Towards
the Golden Age of Literature for Children) on
July 25-27, 2007 at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty
Center, UP Diliman. The national conference will
feature paper presentations by both established
and young literary critics, creative writers,
and visual artists for children led by renowned
UP scholar Dr. Rosario Torres-Yu. Topics include
interpretation and interpellation of Filipino
aesthetics, historical and regional narratologies,
educational and informational praxes, the culture
of reading, media, diaspora, sexual politics,
folklore, ethnography, peace talks, and poverty
and revolution, – all in relation to literary
production for children. Keynote speech will be
delivered by critic and National Artist for Literature
Virgilio S. Almario. The said conference will
also feature workshop talks by illustrator Jose
Miguel Tejido, Adarna House publisher Ani Rosa
Almario, and renowned writer for children Prof.
Rene O. Villanueva. For inquiries about conference
fees, reservations and the like, contact Dr. Eugene
Y. Evasco (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and/or Prof. Will P. Ortiz (email@example.com).
You may also contact UP DFPP (9244899).
June 12, 2007
Portrait of the City: The Literary
Imagination and the City We Live In
literary exhibit of places in the city that have
inspired great works of literature
“To begin with, it is impossible
to write of Pasay without feeling — one
thinks of it with love and repulsion and sorrow.”-Kerima
Polatan from The Rise and Fall of Pasay, Author’s
Choice, Selected Writing of Kerima Polotan
See how words can take you to places
and make you feel the city throb with emotion;
realize the beauty in the bustling chaos. Experience
the works of Philippine authors come alive in
this unique exhibit.
As part of the celebration of the
11th Philippine Book Development Month, the National
Book Development Board (NBDB), in partnership
with the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), is
mounting a literary exhibit entitled, “Portrait
of a City: The Literary Imagination and the City
We Live In”. The exhibit will feature the
places around the metropolis that have inspired
great works in Philippine literature, from Rizal
all the way to young contemporary writers. The
exhibit is free at the Glorietta III Park, from
June 27 to July 1, 2007, and at the Trinoma Mall
from July 4-8, 2007.
To further enhance the literary
experience, on June 30, there will be a Portrait
of the City tour, wherein an actual tour will
be held visiting the places in Makati, Pasay,
and the City of Manila. Starting and ending at
the exhibit at the Glorietta Park, participants
will experience the written word come alive in
this one-time, one-of-a-kind tour. The tour will
be guided by reading enthusiast Ms. Joanna Abrera
Powerbooks is the official bookseller
of the exhibit. The books will be on display for
sale during the literary exhibit at the Trinoma
To join the Portrait of the City
tour, please call the Filipinas Heritage Library
at 892-1801, look for Ms. Sheila Cayton. The Portrait
of the City tour costs five hundred pesos (P500)
per head to cover transportation and meals. Limited
seats available. Guided tours of at the exhibit
itself will be available on June 28 to 29 at the
Glorietta III Park and July 5 and 6 at the Trinoma
Mall at these times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and
For schools and teachers interested
in guided tours of the exhibit itself for their
students, or for the schedule of events during
the Portrait of the City exhibit please call the
NBDB at 928-0048 and look for Mr. Jun Briola.
March 22, 2007
LIRA hosts Lila
Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at
Anyo (LIRA) and Ortigas foundation invite you
to Lila: Handog sa Buwan ng Kababaihan,
a series of multimedia exhibits, film showings,
lectures, book fair, and performances
in celebration of Women's Month. This will
be at the Ortigas Foundation Library, 2nd floor
of the Ortigas Building along Ortigas Avenue from
March 24 to March 30. The exhibit features
pieces by Vivian Limpin, Maningning Miclat, Maureen
de la Cruz, Beverly Siy, Raul Funilas, and Vim
Nadera. Lectures of different aspects of
womanhood and literature will also be given by
Rebecca Anonuevo, Luna Sicat Cleto, Betty Uy Regala,
and Kora Dandan. The ribbon-cutting will
be on March 24, at 1:30pm. This event is
free and open to the public.
March 22, 2007
Filipino Program launches a Philippine
A two-day Philippine literature
festival to celebrate Filipino writing and writers
will take place on April 12 & 13, 2007 at
the University of Hawaii Manoa campus and the
Philippine Consulate General of Hawaii.
Initiated by the UH Filipino and
Philippine Literature Program, the festival will
convene writers from the Philippines, the US mainland
and Hawaii. The first day is called "Pagtatagpo:
Filipino Writers Summit", a roundtable discussion
on the direction of Philippine writing in the
United States. The panelists include Ma. Josephine
Barrios, a well-known playwright, poet and novelist
from the Philippines; R. Zamora Linmark, distinguished
visiting writer from the UH Department of English
and author of Rolling the Rs ; Ninotchka
Rosca, New York-based international human rights
activist and author of the award-winning State
of War ; Marianne Villanueva, San Francisco-based
short story writer and author of Mayor of
Roses ; Michelle Cruz Skinner, Punahou teacher
and author of Mango Season ; and Francis
Tanglao-Aguas, a playwright/stage performer and
author of the collection, Purple.
The authors will be met by local
writers and UH aspiring writers/performers on
April 12, 2:00-5:00 pm at the QLC Student Services
412 in the Manoa campus. Among the invited local
writers are Amalia Bueno, Michael Cueva, Elynia
Mabanglo, Aurelio Agcaoili, Amado Yoro, Khalil
Apuzen, Nilda Boland, Felino Tubera, Jovita Zimmerman
and many other young writers from the University
of Hawaii campuses.
To celebrate writing, the festival
will have a musical literary event on the 13th,
6:00 to 9:00 pm at the lanai of the Philippine
Consulate General of Hawaii. The evening will
showcase performances of invited writers and contributors
to the third volume of the Katipunan Literary
The festival aims to (1) create
an avenue of discourse amongst writers and aficionados
of Filipino ancestry about the state of the art,
problems of invisibility and publication opportunities
open to would-be writers; (2) discover diversity
in fostering literary writings in a multi-lingual
setting (Filipino, English, Ilokano or Pidgin);
(3) foster the appreciation of Philippine literature
through the writings of Filipino and Filipino-Americans;
(4) encourage and show appreciation to Filipino
and Filipino American students of the UH System,
local Filipino American writers of Hawaii and
the US mainland through poetry reading, storytelling
and performance arts; and, (5) inspire young Filipino
American writers by finding role models for them
through the presence of renowned writers.
One of the organizers of the festival,
novelist/poet R. Zamora Linmark commented that
this festival "will reconsider Filipino diasporic
Dr. Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo, coordinator
of the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program,
hopes that "the festival will address issues
in writing, publishing and promotion of Philippine
literature in the United States. What could be
done to abrogate that so-called invisibility of
Filipinos in literature? How can young people
be inspired to write or read? How can the Filipino
community be involved in its own literacy? These
are only some of the questions that can be asked."
Lester John Hael, editor of the
Katipunan Literary Journal (Volume III) and literature
festival coordinator, said that he volunteered
to work in this project because he believes that
"This will build a bridge between authors
and aspiring writers to foster the appreciation
of Philippine literature." He also hopes
that participants "will become cognizant
of the direction of Filipino and Filipino American
literary writing in Hawaii and the US Mainland."
He even added, "The Hawaii situation is different
because there are writers who write in Filipino,
Ilokano and Pidgin. Those writers should also
Various offices and community organizations
pulled their resources together to make this festival
happen. At the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus,
the sponsors are: the Center for Southeast Asian
Studies, Center for Philippine Studies, Department
of Asian Studies, Department of English, Department
of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures,
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literatures,
Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies
Initiative and Diversity Fund Initiative. Assistance
from the Filipino community comes from Filipino
Association of University Women (FAUW), Filipino
American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH)
and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association
(UPAA). Some individual donors include Teresita
Ramos, Gigi Graulty, Margie Pascua and Cristina
March 22, 2007
Free puppet show on Palm Sunday
will present Papet Pasyon on
April 1, Palm Sunday, 3 and 5:30 PM. This will
be at TACT (Tita Amel Children's Theatre) 64 Mapagkawanggawa
St., Teachers Village, Q.C. [near Holy Family
School along Maginhawa St.] Admission is free.
TACT also will hold a Puppet-making
workshop for kids & adults. This
will be at April 24-28, 2007 2 - 5 pm @ TACT.
For details, text/call 0918-9032040.
March 15, 2007
Publish Asia 2007
Ifra Asia is pleased to announce
that Publish Asia 2007 will be held in Manila,
Philippines from March 27th - 28th 2007, this
will be Publish Asia's 7th year running in the
To encourage all local Philippines
publishers, Newspapers, Institutions (Mass Communication,
Journalism etc), Media & Publishing Association
and Suppliers to attend, Ifra is offering a very
attractive and special rate to all.
The theme of this year's conference
is: Re-Inventing for Today's Business, Creating
for Tomorrow's Challenges
The topics cover four core concerns
of the publishers:
1) Business Strategy
2) Digital Media
3) Advertising Strategy
4) Circulation, Readership & Audience
Highlight on speakers and topics
High calibre speakers from across
the world will share their strategies
and success stories:
* A Strategy for Integration
David O Valdes, Executive VP and COO, Philippine
* Strategy for Staying Ahead: Product
Siddharth Kothari, Director, Rajasthan Patrika
* Search Engine Strategies for
Jo Christian Oterhals, Head of Development, VG
*The Brand Positioning of The Times
Ravi Dhariwal, CEO-Publishing, The Times of India
* Launching a Community Site: www.stomp.com.sg
Chew V Ming, Executive Content Producer, STOMP,
* Mobile Publishing
Saurav Sen, Head of Business - Telecoms &
Internet, ABP Pvt Ltd
Attached registration form for
you and your team's review. We hope that you will
consider and take this opportunity to send your
senior management and staff to attend and benefit
from this Conference.
Ifra Asia Pte Ltd
Phone: +65.6562-8440, Direct: -8446
February 19, 2007
UP Press’ Paglulunsad 2007:
The University of the Philippines
Press launches nine new titles this February 23
at Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines
, Diliman. Paglulunsad 2007: Unang Yugto is the
first in this year's series of mega-launches.
Program begins at 6pm followed by book-signing
The titles to be launched are Edith
L. Tiempo's Six Poetry Formats and the Transforming
Image: A Monograph on Free Verse; Cristina
Pantoja Hidalgo's Over a Cup of Ginger Tea:
Conversations on the Literary Narratives of Filipino
Women; Antonio Enriquez's Samboangan:
The Cult of War; Zosimo's Quibilan, Jr.'s
Pagluwas; Bagets: An Anthology of Young Adult
Fiction, edited by Carla Pacis and Eugene
Evasco; Textual Relations by Ramil Gulle;
The Path of the Success of Cooperatives,
edited by Eugenio V. Mendoza and Eulogio T. Castillo;
A Guide to Families of Common Flowering Plants
in the Philippines by Irma Remo Castro; and
Manila Men in the New World by Floro
These new titles will be available
at 20% discount at the launch.
February 12, 2007
National Arts Month literary projects
If one keeps an open eye while
stuck in traffic these cold days, one can see
the colorful tarpaulins hanging on street lights
announcing the National Arts Month. It is February
once again, time for the National Commission on
Culture and the Arts to unleash its many projects
in arts, music and of course, literature. The
NCCA has furnished panitikan.com.ph the schedule
of programs for its National Arts Month projects
Pagpupugay, PELIKUSINA: A Menu of Photography,
Film and Video and Indie Sine. Panitikan.com.ph
itself was launched in last year’s Arts
Admission to all events is free.
PAGPUPUGAY SA PAMBANSANG ALAGAD
NG SINING SA LITERATURA 2007
February 15, 9am
Lipa City Youth and Cultural Center, Lipa City,
Paksa: Ang Lipa sa Aking Paglikha
Magtatanghal: Dulaang UP
F. Sionil Jose
February 23, 1:00pm
Presidencia (Rosales, Pangasinan)
Paksa: Fiction in the Philippines
Magtatanghal: Tanghalang Pilipino
February 28, 2pm (tentative)
Holy Angel University Plaza San Jose Main Building,
Paksa: Ang Tula Bilang Pagbuhay ng Pambansang
Magtatanghal: Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation
A Menu of Photography, Film and Video
TANGHALANG LEANDRO LOCSIN
National Commission for Culture and the Arts,
633 Gen. Luna St. , Intramuros, Manila
Feb 7 1:30-6pm / Edison Films
and Isang Maicling Pelicula ng Indio
Feb 8 1:30-6pm / Magkaibang Lahi and
Rigodon by Sari Lluch Dalena and Keith
Feb 9 1:30-6pm /Ang Ating Pag-Ibig by
Enrique Moreno and Faces of Love by Eddie
Feb 12 1:30-6pm /Artista and Lasponggols
by Sigfrid Barros-Sanchez
Feb 13 1:30-6pm /Terror is a Man and
Sa Ilalim ng Cogon by Rico Ilarde
Feb 14 1:30-6pm /Historia de Un Amor
and Mga Pusang Gala by Ellen Ongkeko
Feb 15 1:30-6pm /Stardoom by Lino Brocka
and Pepot Artista by Doy Del Mundo
Feb 16 1:30-6pm /Short Films and Digital shorts
Feb 17 1:30-6pm /Still Lives by Jon Red
with Videolog by Tad Ermitaño
Feb 18 1:30-6pm /Bakit Dilaw ang Color ng
Rainbow? By Kidlat Tahimik and Todo Todo
Teros by John Torres
Feb 23 1:30-6pm /Biglang Yaman and 35mm
Man with Film Toque with Tado and Roxlee
Feb 25 9:30am / Heremias by Lav Diaz
ROBINSONS GALLERIA INDIE SINE
Feb 14 Opening Films
6:30pm / 9:30pm /Pilipinas Custom No Touch
by Joe Climaco and Rekados by Paolo Herras
1:30pm / 4pm / Sarungbanggi by Susanna
de Guzman and Sarongbaggi by Emman Dela
6:30pm / 9:30pm / Bakit May Pag-Ibig Pa? by
Ishmael Bernal/ Celso Ad Castillo and North
Diversion Road by Dennis Marasigan
1:30pm / 4pm / Waywaya by Lamberto Avellana
and Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong by
Mes de Guzman
6:30pm / 9:30pm / Death Row by Joel Lamangan
and Bunso by Ditsi Carolino
1:30pm / 4pm / Death Row by Joel Lamangan
and Bunso by Ditsi Carolino
6:30pm / 9:30pm / Sarungbanggi by Susanna
de Guzman and Sarongbaggi by Emman Dela
1:30pm / 4pm / Kaming mga Talyada by
Lino Brocka and Maximo Oliveros by Aureaus
6:30pm / 9:30pm / Kaming mga Talyada
by Lino Brocka and Maximo Oliveros by
1:30pm / 4pm / Madrasta by Olivia Lamasan
and Mudraks by Margaret Guzman and Arah
6:30pm / 9:30pm / Waywaya by Lamberto
Avellana and Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong
by Mes de Guzman
1:30pm / 4pm / Bakit may Pag-Ibig Pa?
by Ishmael Bernal/ Celso Ad Castillo and North
Diversion Road by Dennis Marasigan
6:30pm / 9:30pm / CLOSING FILMS TO BE ANNOUNCED
**Titles are subject to change.
For inquiries, contact Kristine 0927-4799193
January 30, 2007
Homecoming tributes to National Artists
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
Living and breathing literature
legends will be coming to their hometowns for
the entire month of February. From Silliman to
cagayan de Oro and Batangas to Pampanga and Pangasinan,
National Artists Edith Tiempo, Alejandro Roces,
Bienvenido Lumbera, F. Sionil Jose and Virgilio
Almario are set to be celebrated by the places
which shaped their childhoods. Music, dances and
tributes from other writers will be part of each
program. Each National Artist will also deliver
lectures on topics close to their hearts.
Part of the National Commission
on Culture and the Arts’ National Arts Month,
Pagpupugay sa Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan
is coordinated by the Pambansang Samahan sa Wika
Inc. and the UP Institute of Creative Writing.
National Artist Edith Tiempo will
share her expertise in poetry in her talk entitled
“Sharpening the Two Poetry Basic”
at the Luce Auditorium, Silliman University, Dumaguete
City on February 2.
A talk on “Short Stories”
will be delivered by National Artist Alejandro
Roces at the Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro
City on February 3.
National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera
will share his reminiscence of his hometown in
“Ang Lipa sa Aking Paglikha.” It will
be held at the Cultural Center of Lipa, Lipa City,
Batangas on February 15.
Hometown influence is also the
center of National Artist F. Sionil Jose’s
talk entitled “A Hometown as Literature.”
This will be held at the Rosales Presidencia in
Rosales, Pangasinan on February 23.
National Artist Virgilio Almario
will explain the functions of poetry as history
in “Ang Tula Bilang Pagbuhay ng Pambansang
Gunita” at the Holy Angel University, Angeles
Pampanga on February 28.
January 30, 2007
International Conference at ADMU
In February 1 to 3, 2007, the
Philippines plays host, through the Ateneo de
Manila University, to Reading Asia, Forging Identities
in Literature: Policy, Research, and Practice.
This international conference locates the ground
where literature and the region's concern for
plural yet pronounced Asian identities interact
as concurrent discourses. It looks at the reading
experience across Asia---what Asia reads, the
languages and forms in which its literatures flower,
the collective interests that the region projects
on the literary screen, and intriguing analogues
of culture, politics, and the postcolonial struggle
that Asia gleans from literature.
Through cultural encounters in
literature, the conference pursues how Asia manages
new expressions of ethnic diversity while closely
guarding its mainstreams of tradition, belief,
and practices. Panel presentations focus on examining
the role of language and translation, forms of
spoken and written English in the classroom, emerging
genres and new voices in the region. Special attention
to Asian approaches to the principled practice
of literature makes Reading Asia the apt venue
for policy makers, researchers, educators, and
artists in exchanging notes on how literary studies
leads to the responsible management of Asia's
Plenary speakers include Suchen
Christine Lim (Singapore), Nobuko Takagi (Japan),
Romesh Gunesekera (UK), Soledad Reyes (Philippines),
and Bienvenido Lumbera (Philippines).
Please address all queries to Isabel
Pefianco Martin, the conference director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Department of English, telefax (632) 426-6120.
This conference is co-sponsored
by the British Council of the Philippines, Japan
Foundation, Philippine Airlines, and Anvil Publishing,
Second Annual Book Harvest: Year
of the Pig
You are invited to a mass launch
of Bikol Books on Friday 16, 2007 at the Museum
of Legazpi (at the back of the city hall of the
City of Legazpi, Plaza Peñaranda, Old Albay).
The book to be sold are books about
Bikol (by authors of any nationality) and/or by
Bikol authors (on any subject, in any language),
the lieks of Maren Kilates, Elmer A. Orodoñez,
Zeus A. Salazar, Luis Cabalquinto, Francisso V.
V. Peñones, Jr., Merlinda Bobis, Abdon
M. Balde, Jr., Kristian S. Cordero, Malcolm W.
Mintz, Ma. Lilia F. Realubit, Estelito B. Jacob,
Raffi banzuela, Norman G. Owen, Juan Rafael Belgica,
Jr., Marianne Moll, Paz Verdaddes Santos, Bienvenido
N. Santos, Eduardo Olagure, Luis C. Dery, Merito
B. Espinas, Paulino Lim, Socorro Federis Tate,
Higino Ables, Jose Jason L. Chancoco, Edgar E.
Escultura, Juan V. Pancho, G.B. Calleja, Azucena
Grajo Uranza, Delfin Fresnosa, Francisco Mallari,
Jason Lobel, William Tria, Carlos Ojeda Aureus,
Jose Calleja Reyes, Elias M. Ataviado, Noe de
los Santos, James J. O Brien, and many more. A
veritale one-stop shop.
Get to know the writers. No speeches,
no ceremonies, no special guests. Instead, there
will be roses, beer, baduya. And peotry will be
read. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
January 25, 2006
Tribute to Edith Lopez Tiempo
National Artist for Literature
Edith Tiempo will be honored on 2 February 2007,
10 a.m. at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium,
Silliman University, Dumaguete City.
The tribute is part of Pagpupugay
sa Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan
series, a program that brings National Artists
to their hometowns. Sponsored by the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Likhaan:
The University of the Philippines Institute of
Creative Writing, and the Silliman University
Department of English and Literature, the Silliman
leg of the series tribute features dances by the
Silliman University Kahayag Dance Troupe, based
on literary pieces written by the Tiempo. It will
also feature tributes by writers Ernesto Superal
Yee, Myrna Peña-Reyes, Cesar Ruiz Aquino,
Bobby Flores Villasis, Ian Rosales Casocot, and
Vim Nadera Jr. Tiempo will deliver her lecture
“Sharpening the Two Poetry Basics”
as the tribute’s centerpiece.
National Artists Alejandro Roces,
F. Sionil Jose, Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio
Almario will also be feted in their own Pagpupugay
programs. Cagayan De Oro, Batangas, Pangasinan
and Angeles, Pampanga will see their homegrown
artists be feted.
For more details, e-mail Ian Rosales
Casocot at email@example.com.
here for panitikan.com.ph’s feature on our
January 22, 2007
Chromatext Reloaded at the CCP
Some sixty Filipino poets and writers
from here and abroad, representing several generations,
get together for a rare visual cum textual art
exhibit billed as “Chromatext Reloaded”
from January 25 to February 28 at the CCP Main
Gallery. The show turns a page from the Chromatext
I & II shows in the 1980s that assembled visual
artworks by poet-members of the Philippine Literary
Arts Council (PLAC).
This time curated by Sid Gomez
Hildawa, Jean-Marie Syjuco and Krip Yuson, "Chromatext
Reloaded" by PLAC & Friends celebrates
the 25th anniversary of PLAC, with its founders
Jimmy Abad, Cirilo Bautista, Ricky de Ungria and
Krip Yuson leading the poet-exhibitors.
Their works — from holographs
to photographs, illustrations with poems to oil
paintings, sculptural installations and video
— will be joined by those of other distinguished
writers, among them National Artists Edith L.
Tiempo and Virgilio Almario, Raul Ingles, Gilda
Cordero Fernando, Tita Lacambra-Ayala, Sylvia
Mendez-Ventura, the late Lilia Amansec, Ophelia
Dimalanta, Merlie Alunan, Marjorie Evasco, Butch
Dalisay, Pete Lacaba, Cesare A.X. Syjuco, Jun
Cruz Reyes, Juaniyo Arcellana, RayVi Sunico, Danton
Remoto, Frank Rivera, Margot Marfori and Sid Gomez
From abroad, PLAC members and friends
have sent in their contributions, such as from
David Cortes Medalla in London and Eric Gamalinda,
Nick Carbo, Luisa Igloria, Eileen Tabios, Zack
Linmark and Melissa Nolledo-Christoffel s in the
U.S.A. From Baguio City, the participating poet-artists
include Butch Macansantos, Babeth Lolarga, Del
Tolentino and Frank Cimatu.
Special guest artists who happen
to be close friends to writers, if not writers
themselves, include National Artists Napoleon
Abueva and Benedicto Cabrera (Bencab), Danny Dalena,
Pandy Aviado, Manny Baldemor, Rock Drilon, Fil
Dela Cruz, Jean-Marie Syjuco, Judy Sibayan, Heber
Bartolome, Beaulah Taguiwalo, Erlinda Panlilio,
Bheng Dalisay, Marivic Rufino, Lorena Javier,
Raul Funilla, Boy Yuchengco, Gerry Cornejo, Pancho
Villanueva and Igan D'Bayan.
Among the younger generation of
poets and writers joining the exhibit are Jovi
Miroy, Vim Nadera, Fran Ng, Lourd de Veyra, Jessica
Zafra, Sarge Lacuesta, Joel Toledo, Ana Escalante
Neri, Ginny Mata, Carlomar Daoana, Mookie Katigbak
and Angelo Suarez.
Performance art, readings and musical
works will highlight the exhibit opening at 6pm
on Thursday, January 25, to which the public is
invited, as well as the closing ceremonies at
7pm on February 27.
Copies of the revived poetry journal
Caracoa and special commemorative editions of
CD albums featuring the recorded readings of PLAC
poets will also be on sale for the duration of
the exhibit. Gallery hours are from 10am to 6pm
daily, except Mondays and holidays. Admission
is free. For particulars, call 8323702.
* * *
FULL LIST OF "CHROMATEXT
Gemino H. Abad
Virgilio S. Almario
Cirilo F. Bautista
Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.
Fil Dela Cruz
Ophelia A. Dimalanta
Hilario M. Francia
Sid Gomez Hildawa
Luisa A. Igloria
Jose F. Lacaba
R. Zamora Linmark
David Cortes Medalla
Vim Carmelo Nadera
Melissa Nolledo-Christoffel s
Judy Freya Sibayan
Ramon C. Sunico
Cesare A.X. Syjuco
Ricardo M. de Ungria
Lourd de Veyra
Alfred A. Yuson
January 22, 2007
Panawagan para sa mga papel para
sa Unang Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Panitikang
Iniimbitahan ng Departamento ng
Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas ng Unibersidad
ng Pilipinas ang mga mananaliksik, mag-aaral,
at iskolar na lumahok sa Pambansang Kumperensiya
sa Panitikang Pambata na natakdang isagawa sa
Hulyo 25-27, 2007. Ito ang kauna-unahang pagtitipon
ng mga edukador, manlilikha, kritiko, at mga nagmamalasakit
sa aklat pambata upang suriin at pag-aralan ang
nasabing anyong pampanitikan.
Inaanyayahan ang lahat na magpadala
ng abstrak ng isinasagawang pananaliksik at pag-aaral
para mailahok sa isinasagawang programa. Layunin
ng kumperensiya ang mga sumusunod: (1) mapaunlad
at mapagyaman ang iba’t ibang aspekto sa
produksiyon ng panitikang pambata; (2) matukoy
ang mga kasalukuyan at panghinaharap na hamon
sa produksiyon ng panitikang pambata; (3) maging
lunsaran ng mga rekomendasyong pampatakaran tungo
sa lalong ikasisigla ng produksiyon ng panitikang
pambata; at (4) makabuo ng sandalan (network)
ng mga organisasyon at indibidwal na magtataguyod
sa panitikang pambata.
Sakop ng kumperensiya ang mga sumusunod
1. Paglikha at Pagsulat ng mga
2. Kritisismo at Kasaysayang Pampanitikan
3. Pagtuturo ng Panitikang Pambata
4. Produksiyon ng Panitikang pambata (e.g. ilustrasyon,
5. Salaysayan sa Iba’t Ibang Midyum
6. Aralin ukol sa Bata, Kabataan, at Pagkabatang
Mangyaring magpadala ng isa hanggang
dalawang talatang abstrak ng isasagawang pananaliksik
at pag-aaral bago o sa ika-7 ng Pebrero, 2007.
Aabisuhan ang mga mapipiling aplikante sa ika-24
ng Pebrero, 2007. Nararapat na linawin ng abstrak
ang isasagawang proyekto, ang materyales na susuriin,
at ang gagamiting framework sa proyekto. Pipiliin
ang mga abstrak na may bagong kontribusyon sa
pag-aaral ng panitikang pambata sa Pilipinas.
Mangyaring ilakip ang inyong pangalan,
institusyong kinabibilangan, maikling tala sa
sarili, email address, at iba pang impormasyon.
Ang mga mapipiling aplikante ay
nararapat isumite ang kanilang papel sa ika-9
ng Mayo, 2007.
Isumite ang mga abstrak sa firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 10, 2007
UP ICW welcomes 2007 with Panayam
The UP Institute of Creative Writing
opens 2007 with the return of its Panayam lecture
series. Scheduled for the first quarter of the
year are lectures from multi-awarded writers Jun
Cruz Reyes, Rene O.Villanueva and Charlson Ong.
January 25, 2007, 2p.m.
May Kuwento ang Tula
Jun Cruz Reyes
February 9, 2007, 2p.m.
Saan Nagpupunta ang Araw
Rene O. Villanueva
March 9, 2007, 2p.m.
Writing the Other in Philippine
The lectures will be held at the
Pulungang Claro M. Recto at the Faculty Center,
Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman, Q.C.
January 10, 2007
Mads Lacuesta retrospective at
the UP Film Institute
This January, the UP Film Institute
Cine Adarna presents a retrospective on some of
the classic works of Amado L Lacuesta , Jr., noted
Jan 23, 7PM Gala
Working Girls (1984
Direction: Ishmael Bernal
Jan 24, 2PM
Segurista (1996 Neo
Direction: Tikoy Aguiluz
Jan 24, 5PM
Balweg: the Rebel Priest
(1987 Viva Films)
Direction: Butch Perez
Jan 24, 7PM
Mumbaki (1996 Viva Films)
Direction: Butch Perez
Admission is free. Please spread
the word to family and friends, and support Philippine
For synopses and other details,
January 3, 2007
Call for papers to the first Tamaraw
conference on Philippine children’s lit
The Tamaraw Conference on Philippine
Children’s Literature invites applications
from scholars who are engaged in research on children’s
literature to attend the First Conference on Philippine
Children’s Literature on April 9-10, 2007.
Scholars working on children’s
literature are invited to submit abstracts based
either on work in progress that is at an advanced
stage, or on completed work.
The conference is an unprecedented
opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with
researchers and writers from all over the country
as well as chosen panelists, experts, and fellows
to the Second Tamaraw Writeshop for Children’s
Registration expenses will be covered
by the organizing committee for those whose abstracts
are accepted for presentation. Other travel costs
shall be at the presenter’s end.
Applicants should submit a 200-word
abstract of their paper no later than 10 February
2007. Successful applicants will be notified by
25 February 2007. The abstract must clarify the
substantive issue which your paper will address..
Please include your name, institutional
affiliation, email address and other contact information.
Those selected have to submit full-length papers,
of around 5,000 words in length, by 5 March 2007.
Please send abstracts to email@example.com.
Contact Person: Winton Lou G. Ynion
January 3, 2007
Gantimpala Theater Foundation
to stage Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero plays
From Gantimpala Theater Foundation
(GTF), the theater company that staged the 2006
ALIW Awards Best Play (non-musical category) F.
Sionil Jose’s The God Stealer/ Nick Joaquin’s
The Queen’s Jewel, comes Forever/Call Me
Flory, another twin-bill of Filipino plays in
English written by National Artist for Theater
Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero under the direction of ALIW
Awards Best Director Tony S. Espejo.
The cast from the Actors Company
includes Roeder Camañag (Ernesto/Federico);
Monica Llamas (Maria Teresa/Matilde); Kimberly
Diaz (Consuelo/Osang); Wilma Doesnt and Lailanie
Ann Tejuco (alternately portraying Florencia Aragon
de Caracoles also known as Flory); Billy Parjan
and Vincent Reyes Kuipers (alternately portraying
Oscar); Abner Delina (Ernesting); Troy De Guzman
(Gordon) and Jude Sypongco (Capote).
Helping Espejo bring the 50’s
glamour of Forever and the psychedelic feel of
Call Me Flory are J. Dennis Teodosio (playwright
for additional dialogues and characters); Joey
Nombres (Lights Designer); Roobak Valle (Set Designer);
Albert Figueras (Costumes Designer); Glenda Alday
(stage manager) and Pamela Hundana (production
The production is a collaborative
artistic venture with the National Parks Development
Committee (NPDC). Color Care and Everbilena support
the 29th production season of Gantimpala.
Performances are slated in 2007
starting Jan 25, (10am/2pm); January 26 (9am/12nn/3pm);
January 28(10am/2pm); and February 3-4 (10am/2pm)
at the AFP Camp Aguinaldo Theater in Quezon City.
For tickets and booking information, call 899-5745/896-3503;
for outreach tours/ sponsorships, call 528-0603/536-5860.
December 11, 2006
College Editors Guild alumni gathering
The College Editors Guild of the
Philippines (CEGP) will be having its alumni gathering
on December 16, 2006 at the residence of Former
Senator Helena Benitez in Mira-Nila, # 26 Mariposa
St., Cubao, Quezon City. The gathering dubbed
as Diamond Anniversary Grand Alumni Reunion is
a celebration of the CEGP on its 75 years of existence
The CEGP is the oldest and the
widest existing youth organization in the Philippine
history. It is known as the national center for
the advancement of campus press freedom and excellence
in campus journalism.
For inquiries, please call Telephone
number (02) 5243927 (CEGP office) or mobile numbers
09182433779 (Jose); 09198577170 (Rowie); or visit
the alumni gathering blogsite www.cegpdiamond.blogspot.com
December 4, 2006
READ OR DIE UPDATES
PINOY READERS' CHOICE AWARDS
The shortlists for the Pinoy Readers'
Choice Awards have been released. As it is, we've
couple of significant revisions to the awards
1) We've added a category for Best
Komiks (or Best Comic Book) as a way or showing
our support to the Philippine comic book industry
and to promote the idea that komiks is worth reading.
The shortlist for this category was created by
We would like to thank Mr. Gerry
Alanguilan for his encouraging feedback when the
subject of hosting a comic book category for the
Pinoy Readers' Choice Awards was broached.
2) We have removed the category
for Young Adults/Children's Literature. Instead,
we will be giving out a separate award--the Gawad
Kabataan Para Sa Panitikan (or the Young Filipino
Readers Award)--for this genre. The Gawad Kabataan
is an award for children's literature
in the Philippines the results of which will be
decided--as in the case of the Pinoy Readers'
Choice Awards--by the children and young people
who read them.
While the mechanics, procedures,
and nominations list for the Gawad Kabataan will
be launched during RodCon,
the actual results for the awards will not be
released until RodCon 2008. More information to
While several readers did send
nominations for the Pinoy Readers Choice Awards,
a lot more confessed to their inability to actually
come up with options. So this year's shortlist
is less a popularly constituted list of nominations
and more of a reading list/pre-emptive survey
of what Filipinos read and/or must read. We did
include nominations submitted through the website,
but the character, so to speak, of the final lists
is our responsibility. We hope that next year's
shortlists will be entirely composed of reader
Please support the awards through
voting for a nominated Filipino author. The links
to the shortlists also contain the polls and voting
We are working with partner bookstores
and publishers so that books included in this
shortlist will be featured specially in RodCon-affiliated
venues by December. Furthermore, we will be holding
discussion forums on the nominated books in RodCon-affiliated
venues. More information to follow in our next
newsletter. Otherwise, please visit our website.
Look out for author interviews, more detailed
profiles, and excerpts from/previews of the nominated
"Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?" by Lualhati
"Ermita" by F. Sionil Jose
"Salamanca" by Dean Alfar
"Smaller and Smaller Circles" by F.H.
"ABNKKBSANPLAKo?" by Bob Ong
"Public Lives: Essays In Selfhood and Social
Solidarity" by Randy David
"Rizal Without The Overcoat" by Ambeth
"Twisted" (Volume 1) by Jessica Zafra
"Dust Devils" by Virgilio Almario
"Hunos" by Allan Popa
"Minatamis at Iba Pang Mga Tula ng Pag-Ibig"
by Joi Barrios
"Sunlight On Broken Stones" by Cirilo
"After Eden" by Arnold Arre
"Pugad Baboy" (Volume 1) by Pol Medina
"Wasted" by Gerry Alanguilan
"ZsaZsa Zaturnah" by Carlo Vergara
Once again, the results for the
awards will be decided by vote (online and text,
though the latter option is still under negotiation).
If you have questions about the
awards, please email us. You may also post your
reactions in the Pinoy Readers' Choice Awards
ANNOUNCING: PORTRAIT OF
THE FILIPINO AS READER
As part of our goal to promote
reading and readers in Philippine society, Read
or Die is hosting a
photography competition and exhibit called "Portrait
of the Filipino as Reader." Through visual
media, we want to showcase the different faces
of the Filipino as a reader in a world which challenges
our definitions and perceptions of literacy and
what it really means to read.
If you want to join the photography
competition, please read the guidelines or contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNOUNCING: Call for illustrations
for READ THIS!
Read or Die will print customized
postcards with illustrations from volunteer artists.
These postcards will be given away for free to
convention attendees to fill out with book recommendations
for their friends and family members, or they
can choose names from a directory of fellow readers
requesting postcards. Stamps will be available
in the convention so that attendees can mail the
postcards right then and there.
We are encouraging Filipino artists
to submit their illustrations. Artists whose works
are chosen for the postcard exchange will be notified
through email and phone by December 31, 2006 and
will receive free two-day passes to the convention
as well as RodCon goodie bags. Illustrations will
be duly credited.
If you are interested in helping
out with the postcard exchange, please read our
December 4, 2006
RESIL MOJARES BOOK LAUNCHED
"Brains of the Nation"
by Dr. Resil Mojares was launched last Thursday,
November 30, at the Social Development Complex
AVR, Ateneo de Manila University campus in Loyola
"Brains of the Nation"
looks closely at the lives and works of Pedro
Paterno, T.H. Pardo de Tavera, and Isabelo de
los Reyes, as Dr. Mojares portrays a generation
that created the
self-consciousness of the Filipino nation.
it traces the production of modern knowledge,
the book explores the historical conditions that
shaped the emergence of a modern Philippine intelligentsia
and the unfinished, strange,
wondrous itineraries diverse intellectuals took
in engaging Western knowledge and dealing with
the local realities of the country from, of, and
for which they tried to speak.
Dr. Mojares is Professor Emeritus
at the University of San Carlos in Cebu, and is
author of several books on history and culture.
"Brains of the Nation: Pedro
Paterno, T.H. Pardo de Tavera, Isabelo de los
Reyes and the Production of Modern Knowledge"
is now available at Solidaridad (523-0870), Popular
Bookstore (372-2162), branches of Fully Booked
(756-5001) and at the Ateneo Press (426-5984;
The Ateneo de Manila University
Press is located at Bellarmine Hall, ADMU Campus,
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines.
They can be reached through telephone at (632)
426-6001 loc. 4610, or through email@example.com.
December 4, 2006
ANVIL EVENTS FOR DECEMBER
Want to have a literary Christmas?
Anvil Publishing, Inc. is holding a Christmas
booksale from November 30 - December 9, 2006.
Get the lowest prices on Children's books, Pocket
books/Novels, Reference books/Dictionaries, Rare
Filipiniana titles and Cookbooks
They are open weekdays: 12nn-6pm
and on weekends/holidays: 9am - 5pm at 8007-B
Pioneer St. Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. For more
inquiries, please call 637-51-41.
Young Blood 3 will be launched
on December 9, 2006. A seminar will be held from
1-5 p.m. and the Book Launching proper will be
on 6 p.m. This will be at PowerBooks, Greenbelt
4. Fans of the Inquirer column and the reading
public are invited.
LIRA 21: Gabi ng Tula
Ang ika-21 na anibersaryo ng Linangan
ng Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) ay idaraos
sa Disyembre 5, 2006 sa Conspiracy Bar (sa Visayas
Ave., tapat ng istasyon ng Shell) sa Lunsod ng
Quezon, 6-9 ng gabi.
Kaalinsabay rin sa pagdiriwang
ang paglulunsad ng Ang Una Naming Siglo, kalipunan
ng isang daang tula ng dalawampung fellows na
sumailalim sa anim na buwang palihan ngayong taong
Ang LIRA ay itinatag ng Pambansang
Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan, si Virgilio Almario
(aka Rio Alma), noong 1985. Taun-taon itong nagsasagawa
ng palihan para sa mga nagsisimulang makata. Kabilang
sa mga nagbibigay-panayam ay ang mga batikang
makata tulad nina Mike Coroza, Bobby Anonuevo,
Becky Anonuevo, Joey Baquiran, Vim Nadera at iba
pa, na mga produkto rin ng LIRA.
RodCon 2007 is a two-day literary
convention organized by Read or Die. The convention
seeks to bring together readers, writers, publishers,
government and school organizations and book dealers
to highlight the importance of reading and literacy
in building an open world for every Filipino through
books. All proceeds of the event will be donated
to AHON Foundation in conjunction with UNICEF.
The event will take place on February
3 and February 4, 2007 at the Hotel Intercontinental
(Ayala Avenue, Makati City). The convention will
be open from 9AM to 8PM daily.
For more information about the
convention, please visit our website at: http://read-or-die.org/rodcon/
For more information about Read
or Die, please visit the club website at: http://read-or-die.org
Convention weblog: http://rodcon2007.blogspot.com
November 20, 2006
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
Aside from the Lantern parade and
Christmas day itself, one of the biggest events
of December is Writers Night. Sponsored by the
UP Institute of Creative Writing and co-organized
by the UP College of Arts and Letters and the
UP Writers Club, Writers Night brings together
writers, artists and musicians in a night of literary
revelry, reuniting and re-bonding.
December 8 will once again be a
red letter day and night for literature lovers.
The Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award will
be holding its sixth annual ceremony at 2 p.m.
at the Claro M. Recto Hall. A book forum featuring
all the nominated authors will be held before
the announcement of the winner. The Best First
Book Award is sponsored by the family of Gonzalo
Gonzalez. This year’s board of judges are
Rene Villanueva, Malou Jacob and Luna Sicat-Cleto.
After the awarding, Writer’s
Night will start at the Hardin ng mga Diwata,
Bulwagang Rizal grounds at 6 p.m. The venue may
be quite novel to those who were not present last
year and to those who are used to going to the
Balay Tsanselor. But the open air atmosphere and
the nervous anticipation of getting rained out
made for quite different dynamics. One had to
shout over the musical numbers and sit on either
grass or cement.
Last year’s Night benefited
the family of the late National Artist N.V.M.
Gonzalez. This year, the ICW will also be charging
a minimal entrance fee for its projects.
For more details, call 922-1830.
November 20, 2006
Conference on media piracy and
intellectual property in South East Asia
Many Filipinos still remember the
"Asian Edition" - a scheme during the
Marcos years, when American textbooks were reprinted
locally and without paying royalties to the original
publishers. Now, "Asian Edition" serves
as title for a conference that will look at the
phenomenon of media piracy in South East Asia
today. Music, movie and software piracy is one
of the most prominent media issues of the digital
millennium. In the Philippines it has started
a whole underground economy and currently seems
to change the way movies and other media products
are distributed and consumed products here and
in other South East Asian countries.
The goal of the workshop is to
contribute to an informed discussion of media
piracy and issues of Intellectual Property in
the age of digital reproduction. Instead of portraying
piracy exclusively as a crime against artists
and distributors, the proposed workshop will look
at piracy as a social, cultural and economic phenomenon.
And it will discuss new concepts of addressing
ownership of Intellectual Property, such as Creative
Commons and Open Source. Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel,
Visiting Professor at the University of the Philippines,
organizes the conference.
Participants include filmmaker
Raymond Red, Hamburg-based artist Cornelia Sollfrank,
sociologist Raul Pertierra, media scholar Rolando
Tolentino, Berlin-based writer Volker Grassmuck,
and filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz.
The conference will be held at
the UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City, CMC Auditorium on November
24, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and is sponsored
by the Goethe Institute, Manila, and the UP Film
For more information visit www.asian-edition.org
November 13, 2006
NCCA presents 3rd NEO-ANGONO Public
The National Commission for Culture
and the Arts, tutoK Karapatan (Human Rights Watch),
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
and NEO-ANGONO Artists Collective present the
3rd NEO-ANGONO Public Art Festival (Publikhaan:
Making Human Rights Issues Public) on November
More than 250 artists and performers from Angono,
Manila, Southern Tagalog, Cebu and Mindanao will
participate in the art festival which features
poetry, mobile prints, mural, paintings, art installations,
kinetic sculpture, time-based works, artists talk
and symposium, performance art, exhibits, interactive
and collaborative works, site-specific works,
storytelling, film showing and video screening,
shadowplay, sign intervention and concert.
“The annual NEO-ANGONO Public Art Festival
celebrates the seven artistic idioms. It is an
art expression and experience that is wedded in
the local community and Angono people,”
says Richard Gappi, the group’s president.
Here is a part of the art festival schedule:
DAY 1: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER
(Send-a-text Poetry about Human Rights) by
poetry groups Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika
at Anyo (LIRA), Kilometer 64, Kamakatahan
Poets, Timog Poetry Collective and Neo-Angono
“Writings on the Wall”
(Poetry-Dikit Project) by LIRA, Kilometer
64, Kamakatahan Poets, Timog Poetry Collective
and Neo-Angono poets
“Imprints in Motion”
(Mobile Poetry and T-shirt Project) by LIRA,
KM 64, Neo-Angono poets, Kamakatahan poets,
Timog Poetry Collective with design and print
by Aaron Bautista
Artists Talk and Symposium
initiated and presented by URS-Angono Student
Council and URS-Angono Petroglyphs writers
featuring UP Institute of Creative Writing
Director and Prof. Vim Nadera (“Ang
Makata at Manlilikha sa Panahon ng Panggigipit”)
and UP Prof. Bomen Guillermo (“The State
of Philippine Art and Culture in a Globalized
“Tagayan ng Diwa”
poetry, music and performance by LIRA, Kilometer
64, Kamakatahan, Timog Poetry Collective,
NEO-ANGONO poets, G2 and the Bundoocks, Tequila
Sunrise and others at Banana Hemp Republic,
Col. Guido Extension, Barangay San Roque
DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER
“Terrible Sound Brigade”
street performance by UGAT-LAHI with Lemurian
children from Pasay City, Kamakatahan and
Timog Poetry Collective at Angono town proper
November 13, 2006
Public reading of Carlos Bulosan's
America is in the Heart
2006 marks the 60th year of the
publication of Carlos Bulosan's America is
in the Heart. The semi- autobiographical
masterpiece unflinchingly chronicled the oppressive
poverty that drove him from his homeland, the
brutality of the immigrant experience of the 1930s-40s
and the struggle for full humanity of the marginalized
In celebration of this literary
invites you to a public reading and open mic of
passages from the book and other Bulosan writings
on November 16, 2006 (Thurs), 7-9 p.m., Bistro
70s, # 46 Anonas St., Proj. 2, Quezon City.
Please invite your friends as admission
is free. You can sign up to do a reading at the
Bistro 70s on the same day or email firstname.lastname@example.org
before the event.
November 6, 2006
All the books you can watch
Apart from its ongoing screenings
for The Banquet starring Ziyi Zhang as
opening salvo for the 2nd semester of the current
school year, UP Film Institute unveils more films
to your heart’s content.
In fitting commemoration of the
National Book Month that falls in November, the
UP Film Institute presents a string of noteworthy
films derived from a variety of literature including
classics and contemporary gems as well as bestsellers,
cult favorites and true curio pieces. Screening
schedule listed accordingly by date, time and
title is as follows: November 2006
Nov 8 Wed
2 & 7 p.m. Kama Sutra
5 p.m. The Pillow Book
Nov 9 Thu
2 p.m. Nowhere in Africa
5 p.m. Maybe Baby (Sex Bomb)
7 p.m. The Misadventures of Margaret
(The Story of O)
Nov 11 Sat
5 p.m. Nowhere in Africa
7:30 p.m. Kama Sutra
Nov 13 Mon
2 p.m. Nowhere in Africa
5 p.m. Wide Sargasso Sea
7 p.m. The Lover
Nov 14 Tue
2 p.m. Nowhere in Africa
5 p.m. The Naked Eye (La mirada del
7 p.m. Live Flesh (Carne tremula)
Nov 15 Wed
2 p.m. Five Children and
5 p.m. Whore (Yo puta)
Nov 16 Thu
2 p.m. Nowhere in Africa
5 p.m. Jan Dara
7 p.m. Whore (Yo puta)
Nov 18 Sat
2 p.m. Jan Dara
5 p.m. Carmen
Nov 20 Mon
2 p.m. Nanny McPhee
5 p.m. Pride & Prejudice
7 p.m. Nanny McPhee
Nov 21 Tue
2 p.m. Pride & Prejudice
5 p.m. The Devil Wears Prada
7 p.m. Pride & Prejudice
Nov 22 Wed
5 p.m. The Keys to the House
(Le chiavi di casa)
7 p.m. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Nov 23 Thu
5 p.m. Fierce People
7 p.m. The Keys to the House (Le chiavi
Nov 25 Sat
2 p.m. Carmen
5 p.m. The Naked Eye (La mirada
Always watch UP Film Institute
screenings and be kept informed of all UP Film
Institute’s forthcoming attractions. Be
especially alert of added screenings day by day.
Program is subject to change without prior notice.
For queries, interested parties
may call cinema hotline 9263640, 9262722 (telefax).
Or e-mail email@example.com
and be most actively part of the country’s
first established online film community.
November 4, 2006
A night for poetry sa Bahandi
Itinanghal na Performers of the
Night ang grupong Pulot-Pukyutan ng PCU (Philippine
Christian University) noong 19 Oktubre 2006 sa
A… Takam… isang Gabi ng Pagtula sa
Bahandi. Binasa nila ang "Ako ay si Takaw"
na isinulat ng makatang si Raul Funilas. Sa 16
Nobyembre 2006, magaganap ang susunod na Bahandi
Poetry Night, alas-7 ng gabi sa Bahandi Nakpil
corner Agoncillo Sts., Malate, Manila (sa likod
Inaanyayahan ang lahat na magpasa
ng tula kay Bebang Siy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
sa o bago ang ika-14 ng Nobyemre para sa mini-folio
na ipapamahagi sa gabi ring iyon. Ang tema ay
sembreak bilang pagdiriwang ng bakasyon ng mga
estudyante. Puwedeng nakasulat sa anumang wika
ang tula basta’t may salin sa wikang Filipino
o Ingles kung ito ay rehiyonal o wika ng ibang
Paalala: ang lahat ng matatanggap
na tula para sa folio ay kailangang basahin o
itanghal sa Bahandi Poetry Night. Magtext sa 0919-3175708
o tumawag sa 4362188 para sa inyong mga tanong
October 31, 2006
Dulaang UP presents Hamlet Redux
For its 31st season, Dulaang UP
will stage Hamlet Redux, a translation of one
of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by National Artist
for Theater Rolando Tinio. Tony Mabesa directs.
Rolando S. Tinio was a playwright,
actor, poet, translator, teacher, and critic.
His book Kristal na Uniberso won the National
Book Award. Among his many works for the theater
are Larawan, the musical, Ang Mestisa, Ako, Ang
Kiri, Ana Maria and the komedya Orosman at Zafira.
He was known for translating Western classics,
which includes the works of Shakespeare, Ibsen,
Sophocles, Chekhov and Puccini into Filipino.
He led theater groups Ateneo Experimental Theater
and Teatro Pilipino to new heights with his artistic
vision and intellectual approach. He was conferred
National Artist status in 1997.
The play dates are:
November 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30
November 25, 26 - 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
December 1, 6, 7, and 8 - 7 p.m.
December 2, 3, 9 and 10 - 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
October 25, 2006
Notice to Philippine Center of
International PEN Members
A regional PEN conference on
Literature in the Chinese World will be
held in Hong Kong February 2 to 5, 2007.
Free accommodation is available to early registrants.
must take care of their own transport. Those interested
must get in
touch immediately with the PEN office for registration
forms which must be sent in before November 15,
Meanwhile, the PEN Board meeting is scheduled at
5:00 pm, Saturday, October 28, 2006.
contact data of PHILIPPINE CENTER OF INTERNATIONAL
PEN are as follows: 531 Padre Faura Street, Ermita,
Manila; tel: 523-0870, fax: 525-5038, email: email@example.com
October 16, 2006
After the successes of the revamped
UP National Writers Workshop and the panitikan.com.ph,
the UP Institute of Creative Writing has slated
“Literatour: Pagtuturo ng Kontemporanyong
Dula.” Set for 24 November 2006 from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m., it will be held at the Claro M. Recto
Hall, Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman.
This groundbreaking seminar will
equip literature teachers and drama enthusiasts
with the necessary tools to teach drama to high
school students. Literatour is in line with the
UP ICW’s many projects that spread literature
throughout the country.
The seminar will have National
Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera as keynote
speaker. Drama veterans Rene O. Villanueva and
Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio will deliver their lectures
in the afternoon session. Excerpts from the plays
of Villanueva and Bonifacio Ilagan will also be
The launch of the Likhaan Book
of Drama, co-edited by Villanueva and ICW
director Vim Nadera, will be held right after
The seminar fee of P1,000 already
includes a reading kit, lunch and one copy of
Likhaan Book of Drama. For more details
and registration, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 922-1830. Look for Eva or Vic.
October 16, 2006
UST-CCWS to hold creative writing
The University of Santo Tomas Center
for Creative Writing and Studies (UST-CCWS) is
holding a seminar-workshop on creative writing
for the faculty members of UST. Participating
colleges are the Faculty of Arts and Letters,
Education, Engineering, Commerce, College of Fine
Arts & Design, Architecture and Pharmacy.
The two-day activity will be held
from Oct. 19 to 20 at the workshop rooms of the
UST-CCWS. The lecturers are UST-CCWS director
Dr. Ophelia Dimalanta, senior associate Dr. Cirilo
Bautista, and Michael Coroza.
The objective of the activity is
not really to teach creative writing as a profession,
considering that the participants belong to different
disciplines and field of expertise, but simply
to bring creative writing to their awareness as
a possible tool and aid in their academic experience.
For information about UST-CCWS
events, call Ana Nicolas at 405-1611 local 8281
or e-mail email@example.com.
October 11, 2006
Bahandi poets of the night &
upcoming poetry reading
Sina Ana Karina Casiding at Alexander
Martin Remollino ang napiling mga makata ng gabi
sa Poet Writes for Human Rights Bahandi Poetry
Night noong 21 Setyembre 2006. Tungkol sa karapatan
ng babae ang tula ni Ana. Babae. Kay Alex naman
ay tungkol sa malaon nang terorisasyon na ginagawa
ng ilang kasapi ng militar.
Sa 19 Oktubre, magaganap ang susunod
na Bahandi Poetry Night, alas-7 ng gabi sa Bahandi
Nakpil corner Agoncillo Sts., Malate, Manila (sa
likod ng PWU). Inaanyayahan ang lahat na magpasa
ng tula kay Bebang Siy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
sa o bago ang ika-17 ng Oktubre para sa mini-folio
na ipapamahagi sa gabi ring iyon. Ang tema ay
pagkain bilang bahagi ng pagdiriwang ng International
Food Security Day sa buwang ito. Puwedeng nakasulat
sa anumang wika ang tula basta’t may salin
sa wikang Filipino o Ingles kung ito ay rehiyonal
o wika ng ibang bansa.
Paalala: ang lahat ng matatanggap na tula para
sa folio ay kailangang basahin o itanghal sa Bahandi
Poetry Night. Magtext sa 0919-3175708 para sa
inyong mga tanong ukol dito.
September 20, 2006
Author McLerrran Flies to the
American children’s book
McLerran will hold a writing workshop in the
country on November 11 at the Filipinas Heritage
Library. The day-long event, hosted by the Society
of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators,
(SCBWI) will cover everything from Ms. McLerran’s
personal journey as an author, to the writing
process, to critiquing and revising manuscripts.
The event will also see the launching
of the special Philippine editions of Ms. McLerran’s
The Mountain That Loved A Bird.
Registration fees vary. For more
information please on the event please contact
Beaulah Taguiwalo at email@example.com
or 0917-787-4956, or Dominique Garde Torres (Nikki)
August 28, 2006
Farewell, Paolo Manalo
at Conspiwriters' Tuesday
Tomorrow night, Conspiracy Garden
Cafe will play host to Despedida, a poetry
reading by the fellows of the 45th UP National
Writers Workshop. This event will also be a sort
of send-off party for poet Paolo Manalo, also
a workshop fellow, who will leave the country
next month to study abroad.
The program will run from 7 to
9 in the evening.
Upcoming events during Conspiwriters'
Tuesdays are as follows September 5 (Artpaper
Re-launch), September 12 (Novo Concert 1), September
19 (Novo Concert 2) and September 26 (TCF).
Conspiracy Garden Cafe is located
at 59 Visayas Ave., Project 6, Quezon City, across
the street from a Shell gas station. For inquiries
August 8, 2006
celebrate literature, culture in ‘Kabanggihan’
by Vic Nierva
CONSPIRACY Garden Café along
Visayas Avenue will speak Bikol on the evening
of Tuesday, August 15 as Bikolano writers come
together and celebrate their native culture. In
a fete dubbed as “Kabanggihan: rawit-dawit,
awit, orolay-olay, asin iba pa (Bikol Writers
Night),” a long list of writers will be
around to read their works while a handful of
Bikol songs will also be presented.
rawit-dawit, awit, orolay-olay, asin iba pa”
is held annually, and is a part of Likhaan: U.P.
Institute of Creative Writing’s project
called ‘Conspiwriters Tuesday.’ The
main program starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm. Books
and other published materials by Bikolano authors
will be on display at the venue.
For inquiries, please contact Likhaan:
U.P. Institute of Creative Writing at (02)9221830,
look for Mr. Vic Nierva, or send text message
August 3, 2006
Creative writing centers
celebrate ‘Pistang Panitik’
by Vic Nierva
AS PART of the 27th Manila International
Book Fair which will be held on August 30 to September
3, 2006, Likhaan: U.P. Institute of Creative Writing
(UP ICW) with Anvil Publishing Inc., will initiate
a festival that will bring the country’s
foremost creative writing centers together in
a ‘literary Woodstock’ called ‘Pistang
Set on the last day of the fair (Sept 3), Pistang
Panitik is a gathering featuring poetry readings,
performances, talks, book signings, and other
literary events which will be presented by each
participating creative writing center from 1pm
Newly conferred National Artist for Literature
Bienvenido L. Lumbera will grace the event
as its special guest and his address at 7pm will
be the highlight of the festival.
Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Institute
for Literary Arts and Practice (AILAP), headed
by Dr. Benilda Santos; De La Salle University’s
Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center,
headed by Prof. Malou Jacob; University of Santo
Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Studies,
headed by Dr.
Ophelia Alcantara-Dimalanta; and UP-ICW, headed
V.E. Carmelo Nadera, Jr. have signified to
participate in the festival.
‘Pistang Panitik’ will be held at
the Function Room A, World Trade Center, Roxas
Boulevard, Pasay City.
July 20, 2006
Literature Festival in Rome
by Jo. Florendo Lontoc
University Professor Emeritus Gemino
H. Abad, renowned poet, literary critic and
anthologist, has been invited by the Province
of Rome's cultural association, Akkegorein, to
be one of the poets featured for the third Mediterranean
Intercontinental Festival of Literature and Arts
to be held in Rome from July 10 to 26.
Abad will read his poems with other
poets in the town of Cerveteri and the University
of La Sapienza. His poem "The Pope Expels Certain
Saints" will be exhibited in a Roman public square
with other poets' works and included in an anthology
of poems on Rome. He will also deliver a public
lecture at the University of Rome La Sapienza.
The cultural event gathers poets,
writers and artists from the Mediterranean and
nations and those who, while not from the Mediterranean,
"recognize themselves ideally and expressively
in the dialogical and multicultural values of
a common Mediterranean identity."
Abad is best known for his anthologies
A Native Clearing, A Habit of Shores
and Man of Earth. He is also on the
board of advisers of the UP
Institute of Creative Writing.
Source: UP Newsletter
July 20, 2006
Florante at Laura
Opens Gantimpala's 29th Season
Gantimpala Theater Foundation together
with the National Parks Development Committee,
opens its 29 th season with the komedya version
of Francisco Balagtas' Florante at Laura .
GTF artistic director Tony S. Espejo
pointed out one of the many reasons this production
is special: "We bring to fore two great men of
Philippine arts and culture as the famous Filipino
love story now uses the literary version of National
Artist Virgilio S. Almario, and we incorporate
the movements of the komedya from San Dionisio,
Parañaque, Nabuan, Isabela and Batanes
as researched and documented by our newly proclaimed
National Artist for Dance, Ramon Obusan.
Florante at Laura performances
are slated July 23 (6:00 p.m., Concert at the
Park Open-Air Auditorium, Manila); July 28-30
and Aug. 5-6 (10 am/2 pm, AFP Theater Camp Aguinaldo,
Quezon City); Aug. 11-13 (10 am/2 pm, SM Southmall,
Las Piñas City) and Aug. 19 (Expo Filipino,
Clark, Pampanga). For more information, call 899-5745/896-3503.
Source: PDI, July 17,
July 17, 2006
Ars Poetica and Rites
of Passage Returns
Two of the best plays from last
year's Virgin Labfest, Ars Poetica and Rite of
Passage, will be restaged at the CCP Tanghalang
Huseng Batute, starting on the 21st of July and
running up to the end of the month.
Ticket prices are set at PhP 400.00
for regular patrons and PhP 200.00 for students.
Ars Poetica, written by
Eugene Evasco and Chris Martinez, and directed
by Arlo de Guzman tells the story of two poets:
One is the teacher, consummate and antiquated.
The other is the student, bold and brilliant.
One night, they search for the muses. As the master
and protégé try to capture the elusive
words, their rivalry threatens to drown them in
a torrent of suppressed envy. Who will emerge
the victor? Or will their hunger for the ultimate
honor of literary nobility drive them to madness?
The production features Soliman
Cruz, Ony de Leon and Cris Pasturan in significant
Meanwhile, Glenn Mas’ Rite
of Passage is directed by J. William Herbert
Sigmund Go and features Acey Bryle Aguilar, Bryan
Correa, Nazer Salcedo, Sheenly Gener, Rosswil
Hilario, Isabel Martinez, Noel Taylo, Dianne Torres.
Set in a quiet barrio in Antique,
the play opens with a painful ritual that propels
its reluctant protagonist into manhood. As he
is seduced by the promised pleasures of sex, he
bravely confronts his past in a bid to take control
of his future, and the truth can be as overwhelming
as the lurid images of scantily-clothed women
For tickets and schedules, feel
free to call TANGHALANG PILIPINO 832-3661; 832-1125
locals 1620 / 1621; (0920) 953-5381; (0920) 953-5419;
or TICKETWORLD 891-9999.
July 17, 2006
Womyn’s Night sa Penguin
Iconic Penguin Café/Gallery,
the only relic of a once-bohemian Malate, turns
into a safe and cozy space for women who just
want to chill out, have good (but cheap) drinks
and food while listening to alternative groovy
and thought-provoking music by today's truly talented
crop of young women musicians.
Guys are welcome, too, as long
you support or embody these ideals.
Musical performances by Isha (jazz
artist from Candid Records Philippines) and Carol
Bello Bandidas (Pinikpikan's Carol Bello heads
this all-female group with former Agaw Agimat
guitarist Teta Tulay, UP-based musicians Dibayn
Leaño and Kwame Biasbas, former UP Kontra
Gapi member Jhen Gamboa, and Malou Matute who
also plays percussion for Cynthia Alexander and
Open mic follows. Feel free to
read your literature or perform your composition.
Got an announcement to make or a manifesto to
share? Tara! Sell your stuff and ideologies. It's
a grand marketplace of ideas.
Intellectual and courageous wares
are very much needed, especially in this day and
Entrance fee of PhP 150.00 gives
you one free drink. The women behind Komikera
comics will sell their stuff. Women-focused/ women-produced
works are also welcome. Grab a table and make
it your stall. It's that relaxed.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more inquiries.
Penguin Café is located
at Remedios in Malate (along the newly opened
Remedios Circle, look for Changku Resto in one
corner. Penguin Café is two doors down
that place. Hard to miss.)
July 11, 2006
All Set for The 27th
Manila International Book Fair
For more than twenty-five years
now, the Manila International Book Fair has been
attracting thousands of booklovers to its grand
event. Authors and artists walk along side literature
lovers and over a hundred local and foreign exhibitors
to peruse, mingle and discuss matters on the book
industry in the Philippines.
Recognizing the great drawing power
of such an event. UP Institute of Creative Writing
Nadera has organized "Pistang Panitik" a literary
showcase of the country's foremost university
presses like the UP Press, UST Publishing House,
DLSU Press and the Ateneo Press.
Set for the last day of the fair
(September 3), Pistang Panitik will gather the
writers from the different schools
The book fair is organized by Primetrade
Asia, Incorporated in partnership with Asian Catholic
Publishers, Inc., Book Development Association
of the Philippines, Philippine Booksellers Association,
Inc. and the Publishers' Representatives Organization
of the Philippines.
For more information, log on to:
or e-mail email@example.com.
June 28, 2006
Nationalism and Literature at
The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas
(UMPIL) and the University of Santo Tomas Center
for Creative Writing and Studies (UST-CCWS) would
like to invite interested parties in a forum entitled,
"Nationalism and Literature," which
will be held on 4 July 2006, from 3 to 6 pm, at
the ground floor of St. Raymund's Building, UST-CCWS
Three prominent literary critics,
namely, National Artist for Literature Dr.
Bienvenido L. Lumbera, Dr. Soledad S. Reyes
of Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Ramón
G. Guillermo of University of the Philippines
will each deliver a paper addressing various concerns
and controversies surrounding writers as well
as artists in the Philippines ranging from popular
literature to nationalist ideology to Filipino
The forum is the first of a series
of collaborative efforts between UMPIL and UST-CCWS,
and is made possible through the assistance of
College of Arts and Letters Dean Dr.
Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta, an eminent poet
and critic herself.
June 28, 2006
Virgin Labfest 2006 at the CCP
After the sensational hit of last
year’s Virgin Labfest, the Cultural Center
of the Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino and the
Writers Bloc, in cooperation with the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts, proudly present
its second edition of untried / untested / unpublished
/ unstaged works, from July 7 to 16, 2006 at the
CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.
This year’s festival features
fifteen new plays culled from the year-long regular
series of readings by the Writers Bloc, and penned
by some of the country’s finest breed of
vibrant and prolific playwrights:
July 7, 2006 (Friday) 8PM
A glimpse of Virgin Labfest 2
featuring three new works from the roster.
II. Like a Virgin
July 8, 2006 (Saturday) 3 & 8 PM
(previously staged works directed
by the Dulaang Sipat Lawin Ensemble & J.
William Herbert Sigmund Go feat. the Dulaang
Sipat Lawin Ensemble)
Dulaang Sipat Lawin’s PRAGRES
A musical adaptation of F. Sionil
Jose’s story. Set during Martial Law,
a provincial senior clerk is sent through an
arduous affair of going to Manila to seek the
endorsement of her promotion. As she encounters
one bureaucrat after another, she drowns in
incompetence and corruption.
Alfonso Dacanay’s FIRST
SNOW OF NOVEMBER
Palanca-winning play based on
Bienvenido Santos’ The Day the Dancers
Came. A Filipino expat in Chicago longs for
home. When a group of Filipino dancers arrives
for a performance, he is determined to invite
them to a night of bonding and reminiscing.
But how does one win the hearts of complete
strangers when he himself is a stranger in a
Rody Vera’s ANG UNANG
The legend of the aswang: Ang
unang aswang ay naulilang sanggol na sumuso
sa dugo ng bangkay niyang ina. Ang kaniyang
tanod ay ‘sang pusang itim, ‘sang
asong may pangil at ‘sang baboy ramong
nagpasuso sa kanya. Nang ang unang aswang ay
magdalaga, sinipingan siya ng ‘sang binata,
at nang magbunga’y kinain ang sariling
supling. Ang lahat ay tumuro sa kanyang pagkabata,
wala ni isang nagbintang sa binata.
III. Hora de Peligro
July 9, 2006 (Sunday) 3 & 8 PM
J. Dennis Teodosio’s BAKA
(directed by Catherine Racsag featuring Nanding
Josef & Joel Garcia)
One dreary midnight, a grandfather
eagerly convinces his grandson to push their
luck further. A noon time show promises instant
fortune and taking a chance at it won’t
harm them. Their talk gives them high hopes
until fate plays its trick the next morning.
Is dreaming risky?
Layeta Bucoy’s ANG
ANAK NI GLORIA
(directed by Tess Jamias featuring May Bayot
& Mayen Estañero)
In order to avoid prostituting
herself again, Gloria clings to her Dutch boyfriend’s
promise to take her to Holland. But after failing
to send her money, Gloria begins to think that
her lover has abandoned her. When he resurfaces,
she moves heaven and earth to convince him that
the dark, ugly, Pinoy-looking baby is his.
Rogelio Braga’s MAGANDA
PA ANG DAIGDIG
(directed by George de Jesus III featuring Ama
A family tries to cover up a
crime committed at the height of EDSA Dos Revolution.
After finding a way to dispose the remains of
a dead boy, the family faces a new challenge:
how to free their conscience of the committed
crime, as the mother of the dead boy arrives
for a tête-à-tête with them.
IV. DespArate Voices
July 13 & 14, 2006 (Thursday & Friday)
Nicolas Pichay’s TRES
ATAQUES DE CORAZON
(directed by Vincent de Jesus featuring Eric
Bisa, Andoy Ranay & Jef Dee)
Three short monologues about
three characters dealing with triple blockages
in the heart.
Rody Vera’s THE RETURN
(directed by Rody Vera featuring Mailes Kanapi)
God is playing a joke that nobody
understands, and nobody’s laughing. God
sends Flor Contemplacion back to earth to console
Gwen, a Filipina who is also accused of a grisly
murder in Singapore while Flor’s twin
sons are also imprisoned for selling drugs.
Flor brings along a microphone to sing and lull
Gwen to sleep, as her two sons also sleep in
prison. Some joke!
Rene Villanueva’s ISANG
DAKILANG MAMAMAYAN NG REPUBLIKA
(directed by Regina Ronquillo featuring Mae
Sa Recto, nagtitinda ng banana
cue si Lola, exasperatingly over weight at laging
mamantika. Sa kanya naiwan ang tatlong apo,
anak ng anak niyang nakapag-asawa ng adik. Ang
bunsong apo ay laging nagkakasakit at wala siyang
perang pampagamot. Akala mo melodrama ito, wrong
answer! More like a suspense thriller pa!
V. Hopelessly Umaasa,
July 15, 2006 (Saturday) 3 & 8 PM
Job Pagsibigan’s THE
PALANCA IN MY MIND
(directed by Roobak Valle featuring Wenah Nagales,
Clottie Lucero, Eric Cruz & the Tanghalang
Pilipino Actors’ Company)
See how far Dory, a call center
agent, can go to have a crack at the country’s
premier literary competition. Up to the challenge,
albeit mentally-challenged herself, one can
catch a glimpse of what goes on in the minds
of aspiring winners, even the most delusional
Debbie Tan’s DRAGON’S
(directed by J. Victor Villareal featuring Marj
The prospect of losing one’s
sight is daunting but meeting someone who has
already lost it keeps life in perspective. Dragon’s
breath is a dream where inner fantasy is hope,
where oriental myth merges with reality.
Niel de Mesa’s PAG-UWI
(directed by Tuxqs Rutaquio feat. Chromewell
Cosio & Carmela Magtuto)
Undas: Dalawang taong naghihintay
sa isang dinumog na sementeryo. Isang babaeng
mainipin at isang lalaking masigasig. Ano nga
ba ang saysay ng buhay kung lagi na lang tayong
pinaghihintay ng ating mga mahal sa buhay? E,
ano nga ba ang hinihintay natin? Baka mas mabuting
umuwi na lang. Pero sayang naman ang paghihintay
kung mauuwi lang sa uwian.
VI. Naked Truths
July 16, 2006 (Sunday) 3 & 8 PM
Liza Magtoto’s HUBAD
(directed by Denisa Reyes featuring Nonie
Buencamino & Irma Adlawan)
A middle-aged couple is discontented
with their married life, so they start to engage
in sex games. As they play roles and act out
their fantasies as student-teacher, driver-master
and even cross dressing, the woman realizes
that she just wants to be accepted as she is.
Argel Tuason’s PALABAS
(directed by Rolando Inocencio featuring Noel
Escondo & Jejie Esguerra)
Sa sinehan, hinihintay ni Borji
ang isang misteryosong lalaking nakaulayaw niya
nuong nakaraang buwan, si Rey. Si Rey ay isang
sakristang umibig sa isang pari, bagay na di
nakaligtas sa mga mapang-usyosong mata ng mga
taga-simbahan. Sa pag-alis sa simbahan, anong
mga sagabal ang bumabalakid sa muling pagtatagpo
nina Rey at Borji?
Dennis Teodosio’s PAYB-SIKS
(directed by Phil Noble featuring Gerard Pizzaras
& Arnold Reyes)
Kapag may umuutang, sino ba ang
mas may power, ‘yung nangungutang o ‘yung
inuutangan? A seduction play about the politics
of money and sexual dominance.
Buy your tickets now!
832-1125 locals 1620 / 1621
June 28, 2006
2006: Ikatlong Kumperensya ng mga Estudyante para
sa Wikang Filipino.
Tema: "PAGSIPAT SA IBA'T IBANG
KALIGIRAN NG WIKANG FILIPINO."
Inaanyayahan ng Departamento ng
Filipino ng Pamantasang De La Salle –Maynila
ang mga estudyante sa antas tersyarya para sa
SALOY 2006: Ikatlong Kumperensya ng mga Estudyante
para sa Wikang Filipino.
Ang pangkalahatang tema ng kumperensya
para sa taong ito ay "Pagsipat saIba't Ibang
Kaligiran ng Wikang Filipino." Ito ay gaganapin
sa ika-8 ng Agosto 2006, 1:00 hanggang 5:00 ng
hapon sa Bulwagang Ariston Estrada, Pamantasang
De La Salle – Maynila. Layunin ng pagtitipong
ito na mabigyan ng venyu ang mga estudyante na
ibahagi at talakayin ang kanilang mgapananaw,
ideya o pananaliksik tungkol sa wikang Filipino
at mga kaugnay na isyu o disiplina.
Ang mga paksa ng papel ay maaaring
pumaloob sa mga sumusunod na sub-tema.
a. Ang Wikang Filipino sa Iba't
Ibang Disiplina at Larangan
b. Pagtuturo at Pagkatuto ng Wikang Filipino
c. Wikang Filipino: Umuusbong na Anyo at Dalumat
d. Ang Pulitika at Kultura sa/ng Wikang Filipino
e. Ang Wikang Filipino at ang Mass Media
f. Wikang Filipino sa Panahon ng Globalisasyon
Para sa mga nais magbasa ng kanilang
papel o naisagawang pananaliksik, kailangang magpadala
ng abstrak na hindi lalagpas sa 150 salita at
naka-single space, kasama ang pangalan ng awtor,
kolehiyo/pamantasang kinabibilangan, tirahan,
telepono at email address.Kapag naaprubahan ang
abstrak, ang pinal na papel ay hindi dapat lalagpas
ng labinlimang pahina, doble espasyo, sa font
size na 12 at font type na Times New Roman o Arial.
Ang mga notes, bibliograpiya o ilustrasyon ay
hindi kasama sa labinlimang pahina. Gayunpaman,
bibigyan lamang ang bawat magbabasa ng papel ng
labinlimang minuto para sa kanilang presentasyon.
Ang mga papel ay dapat orihinal.
Ang dedlayn para sa abstrak ay
sa Hulyo 14, 2006. Maaari itong ipadala sa Departamento
ng Filipino, Room 401, William Hall, De La Salle
University-Manila, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila o
sa email na firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ipaaalam ang mga natanggap na papel sa Hulyo 17,
2006. Ang dedlayn para kumpirmasyon ng paglahok
ay sa Hulyo 21, 2006.
Walang bayad ang pagdalo sa kumperensya,
magbabasa man ng papel o makikinig. Magbibigay
din ang departamento ng token at sertipiko ng
pagkilala sa mga magbabasa.
Para sa iba pang katanungan, maaaring
tumawag sa telepono bilang 5244611, lokal 552/509
at hanapin si Dr. Raquel Sison-Buban o John Torralba.
June 6, 2005
UNESCO International Theater Festival
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
(CCP) is rolling out a cornucopia of plays at
the UNESCO International Theater Festival (ITF)
2006. The festival of plays begins on May 30 and
will run until June 25.
Held in cooperation with various embassies, arts
groups and institutions, the ITF will feature
plays from Japan, Australia and the Philippines.
" The Borges Project,"
based on Jorge Luis Borges magical
short story "The Circular Ruins," is slated
for May 30-31, 8PM at the CCP Huseng Batute.
The Philippines, Belgium, Cameroon, Croatia,
Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and United States
present plays of their own.
Reduction, " a collaboration between
the Philippines and Australia, will be staged
on June 9, 8 pm and June 10-11, 3 pm at the
CCP Huseng Batute.
" The Coffee Shop
Within the Play " will run June
22-23, 3 pm at the CCP Huseng Batute. It features
a segment of Noh, a Japanese theater form still
only performed by men.
Tanghalang Pilipino's hit musical
play " Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah ,"
which tells the tale of a gay beautician who
transforms into a superwoman, will be re-staged
on June 16, 8 pm and June 18, 3 pm and 8 pm
at the CCP Huseng Batute.
" Condor Conquest of the Galaxy:
Jupiter " will be presented on
June 23, 8 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
(Main Theater). This is in cooperation with
the Japan Foundation Manila and the Embassy
of Japan as part of the 50th Anniversary of
the Philippine-Japan Friendship Year.
"Waiting For Godot" transforms into"
Godot, Wer is U? " to be staged
on June 22-23, 8 pm and June 24-25, 3 pm at
the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).
Featured actors are Paolo O'Hara, Paolo Rodriguez,
Cris Pasturan, and Bong Cabrera. This production
is jointly sponsored by Tanghalang Pilipino
Foundation, Inc., the French Embassy, Cultural
Center of the Philippines and the National Commission
for Culture and the Arts.
The ITF 2006 was last presented
here in the country eight years. For more information
on ITF performances, contact the Cultural
Center of the Philippines .
Fax No. 551-5960
June 5, 2006
International Conference on the Book
Emerson College, Boston, USA, 20-22 October
The conference will address a range
of critically important themes relating to the
book - including the past, present and future
of publishing, libraries, literacy and learning
in the information society. Main speakers will
include leading thinkers and innovators in the
areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing,
authorship and information technologies, as well
as numerous presentations by researchers and practitioners.
Publishers, librarians, academics, teachers, authors
and associated professionals are all welcome to
I would particularly like to invite
you to respond to the conference call for papers.
Presenters may choose to submit written papers
for consideration before or after the conference
in the fully refereed International Journal of
the Book. If you are unable to attend the conference
in person, virtual registrations are also available
which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing
and possible publication in the journal, and give
you access to the electronic version of the journal.
The deadline for the next round
in the call for papers (a title and short abstract)
is 15 June 2006. Proposals are reviewed within
four weeks of submission. Full details of the
conference, including an online call for papers
form, are to be found at the conference website
We look forward to receiving your
proposals and hope you will be able to join us
in Boston in October 2006.
June 2, 2006
"all-star" cast for Cesare @ Lumiere
An all star cast representing three generations
of leading advocates of Spoken Word Poetry will
take center stage at Lumiere in Makati for Cesare
Syjuco's live performance night on Friday, June
2, at 9:30 P.M.
Aptly titled Attacked From Underground,
the Lumiere date comes three weeks after the packed
performance event at the Penguin Café in
Malate, which has since become the talk of the
local art world. It will also be the third leg
of Cesare's pre-launch promotional tour for his
15-track poetry and music album to be released
later this month.
" This is an incredible new development we
didn't anticipate," says event organizer
Jean Marie Syjuco, herself a renowned performance
artist who helped pioneer the spoken word idiom.
"There's just so much new talent out there,
and it's finally coming out to be heard. It's
an exciting time … a bit of history in
the making, with a brand new audience…
and we're hoping to take this as far as it will
Cesare will perform two poems from his new CD,
A Sudden Rush of Genius, accompanying himself
on solo electric guitar. He will also be performing
with an odd selection of sound-generating children's
toys -- a well-known performance staple of his
in the past -- deploying these devices for the
first time since his standing ovation at the historic
Manila International Poetry Festival in 1985.
Also featured in the powerhouse cast are Alfred
Yuson, Ronnie Lazaro, Judy Freya Sibayan, Gemino
Abad, Maxine Syjuco, Jim Libiran, Angelo Suarez,
Jevijoe Vitug, Lirio Salvador, Tata Funilas, Bob
Balingit, Kaye O'Yek Daya, Ian Madrigal, Mitch
Garcia, Joel Toledo and Los Chupacabras, among
others. The event will be hosted by veejay Trix
Syjuco and U.P. Creative Writing Center's Vim
Lumiere is located at the site of the former Luz
Gallery, Locsin Building, Makati Avenue. Admission
is free, but space is limited. Reservations can
be made in advance through 8509254 and 8509278.
More information is also available online through
May 31, 2006
Artists to hold poetry and music
night for detained poet.
Sometime in October last year,
poet Axel Pinpin found himself writing a poem
for a political prisoner captured in the Southern
Luzon province of Batangas; only to find out several
months later that he would become a political
prisoner himself. Axel or Antoy to his many friends
is now detained in Camp Vicente Lim in Canlubang,
Laguna. He and his group called the “Tagaytay
5” were arrested by the Philippine National
Police for rebellion charges. Axel and his companions
were but the latest victims of repressive tactics
of the Arroyo administration against progressive
A BS Agriculture graduate, Pinpin
is currently serving as consultant of the peasant
organization Kalipunan ng mga Magsasaka sa Kabite
(Kasama-Ka). He was abducted by elements of the
PNP in Tagaytay City on April 28, 2006. Abducted
together with Pinpin were other Kasama-Ka members
Riel Custodio and Aristedes Sarmiento and drivers
Enrico Ybanez and Michael Masayes. It took the
PNP three days before presenting the Tagaytay
5 to the media in a press conference on May 1.
On this occasion, there were visible signs that
the detainees had suffered in the hands of their
captors: Custodio for one, had his legs wrapped
with bandages; Sarmiento on the other hand could
not walk properly; and Pinpin looked as if he
just had an asthma attack.
A Fellow of the UP Creative Writing workshop in
1999, Pinpin has made friends with fellow poets
and artists. These friends of Pinpin’s are
expressing support for their detained comrade
through a poetry and music night aptly titled
“Tugma sa Laya.”
Pinpin is among the many artists that have suffered
the brunt of dictatorial policies of the Arroyo
administration. A few weeks before the abduction
of the Tagaytay 5, musician Alexis Uy, a graduate
of the University of the Philippines in Diliman,
was illegally arrested, detained and tortured
by the military. Uy is a gifted musician who helped
organize the Artistang Pangkultura ng Mamamalakaya
sa Timog Katagalugan (APLAYA), one of the member
organizations of ARREST Gloria. Uy, who also works
as a researcher for the Kalipunan ng Samahang
Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK), was
arrested April 30 in Lucena City together with
Joey dela Rosa, also a researcher for the said
peasant organization; and 12 peasant activists
from KOMPRA-Quezon. Just like the Tagaytay 5,
they were preparing to join a caravan to Manila
for the Labor Day rally when arrested.
Tugma sa Laya is intended to gather
moral and financial support for the plight of
Pinpin and his other detained comrades. The event
is going to be held in Mag:Net Café in
Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. The program will
run from 7 to 10 in the evening. No entrance fee
will be charged but sponsorship tickets that cost
120 pesos each will be available. The proceeds
of which will be used to finance legal and medical
services that the group badly needs.
Among those who will be performing in the event
are National Artist for Literature Bienvenido
Lumbera; Nanding Josef, Actor and Artistic Director
of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; poet
Vim Nadera, Director of the UP Creative Writing
Center; Dexter Cayanes who is a Fellow of the
2005 UP Writer’s Workshop; writer and journalist
Iris Gonzales; Radioactive Sago Project vocalist
and poet Lourd de Veyra; TV Personality and SPIT
Founder Gabe Mercado; Bobby Balingit of The Wuds;
worker’s chorale from Laguna called KUMASA;
and Ma. Theresa Pangilinan, Pinpin’s fellow
Kabitenyo who is better known as the student who
stood up against GMA at her graduation.
Tugma sa Laya is being organized by Southern Tagalog
Exposure in cooperation with the Artists for the
Removal of Gloria (ARREST Gloria). A similar event
with the same title and intention is also going
to be held in Bahandi in Nakpil St. , Malate Manila
by poetry group Kilometer 64.
May 25, 2006
Mga Bagong Kasapi ng LIRA, Nanumpa;
Aplikasyon para sa 2006 LIRA Poetry Workshop,
Noong ikalawa ng Abril, pormal
nang nanumpa ang mga bagong miyembro ng Linangan
sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA). Sina Claire
Madarang, Francisco Monteseña, Romel Samson,
at Kathline Tolosa ay ilan sa mga naging kasapi
sa isang taong palihan ng LIRA na ngayon ay malugod
na ring kasama ng grupo. Sa araw na ring iyon
nanumpa ang mga bagong pinuno ng
organisasyon - si Ronald Atilano bilang pangulo,
si Raul "Tata" Funilas bilang pangalawang
pangulo, si Ergoe Tinio bilang kalihim, si Pamela
Maranca bilang ingat-yaman, at si Nanoy Rafael
bilang tagapaghatid-balita. Ang huling tatlo ay
kasama na bagong-nanumpang miyembro.
Tumatanggap na rin ng mga aplikante
ang LIRA para sa taunan nitong palihan. Ang lahat
ng interesado ay inaanyayahang magpasa ng limang
(5) tula sa Filipino kasama ang isang maikling
bio-data at 1x1 ID picture sa LIRA Workshop c/o
Dir. Vim Nadera, UP Institute of Creative Writing,
2/F Bulwagang Rizal UP Diliman, 1101 Quezon City.
Maaari ring ipadala ang mga ito sa e-mail address
bago o sa ika-30 ng Mayo, 2006.
Gaganapin ang mga palihan tuwing
Sabado at Linggo ngayong Hunyo at Hulyo sa Kolehiyo
ng Arte at Literatura sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas,
Ang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining
na si Virgilio S. Almario ang magiging direktor
Ang LIRA ay organisasyon ng mga
makatang nagsusulat sa wikang Filipino. Naglulunsad
ang LIRA ng taunang kurso at palihan sa paglikha
ng mga tula. Sa mga palihang ito nagmula ang mga
premyado at kinikilalang makata tulad nina Vim
Nadera, Romulo Baquiran, Mike Coroza, at magkapatid
na Roberto at Rebecca Anonuevo. Noong Disyembre
2005, ipinagdiwang ng LIRA ang ika-20 anibersaryo
Applications for the next LIRA
Workshop are now being accepted. Applicants are
invited to pass five (5) poems in Filipino along
with a short bio-date and one 2x2 ID picture to
LIRA Workshop c/o Dir. Vim Nadera, UP Institute
of Creative Writing, 2/F Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman,
1101 Quezon City.
Requirements can also be sent to
All applications should be in on or before May
The workshop will be held every
Saturday and Sunday this June and July at the
College of Arts and Letter in University of the
National Artist for Literature
Virgilio S. Almario will direct the workshop.
May 25, 2006
First Filipino in Writers' Festival
Writer and poet Alfred "Krip"
Yuson, representing the Philippines, is among
70 foreign writers who have been invited to participate
in what is considered to be Australia's biggest
annual literary event as it brings international
authors, editors, publishers, speakers, and philosophers
to interact together with the public through poetry
readings, debates, panel discussions, workshops,
and book signings.
Mr Yuson is the only Philippine-based
writer to participate in the Festival's history,
according to a press release from the Philippine
Consulate General in Sydney this week.
Mr Yuson has written 22 books including
novels, poems, short fiction, essays, children's
stories and biographies. He teaches fiction and
poetry at the Ateneo de Manila University, where
he holds the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair.
The Filipino author has won various
awards: the Stalwart of Art and Culture Award
in Manila in June 2003, and a Rockefeller Foundation
grant for residency at the Bellagio Study and
Conference Center in Italy in October 2003. He
was conferred the SEA Write (South East Asian
Writers) Award by the Thai Royalty for lifetime
achievement, and has been elevated to the Hall
of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards
for Literature, which is the Philippines' most
prestigious literary distinction.
Mr Yuson is also a documentary
filmmaker and scriptwriter, has won a FAMAS Award
and a Catholic Mass Media Award for a feature-length
film screenplay. He contributes a weekly literature
and culture column to the daily,
*The Philippine Star.
May 25, 2006
featured in UNESCO-ITI festival
Fire and water are the overlaying
images of Uwahig (Bukidnon for “water”)
that presents its world premiere in May 24 (Wednesday)
at the Huseng Batute studio theater of the Cultural
Center of the Philippines. The play is one of
the Philippines’ entries to the UNESCO-International
Theater Institute (ITI) 31st World Congress and
Theatre Olympics of the Nations in Manila which
the Philippines hosts for the first time.
Written and directed by Dr. Steven
Patrick C. Fernandez, UWAHIG is a collaborative
dance-theatre piece by MINDULANI, Inc., the network
of theatre practitioners in Mindanao.
This post modern play weaves folklore
in a multimedia composition. Based on the Maranao-Maguindanao
Indarapatra epic, the play deconstructs the story
of two brothers who defend the land against darkness.
Interspersed in the dance-music narrative are
several folktales notable the flood legends adapted
from the various communities of Mindanao. Images
of contemporary representations of darkness (war,
hunger, evacuation, environmental destruction)
are shaped through digital images, puppetry and
masks, music, chants, chorus, and poetry.
Collaborating with Fernandez in
the production of this opus are Felimon Blanco
of Kumbingan Ensemble who choreographs, Boots
Dumlao of Kathara Dance Theatre Collective who
designs the production, and Geejay Arriola and
the Mebuyan Peace Project who compose and score
the original music.
Performing artists are from MSU-Iligan Institute
of Technology’s Integrated Performing Arts
May 17, 2006
Philippine Entry to World Theater
The musical play "Pataya
Pat(ih)aya" is the NCR Committee on
Dramatic Arts' bet for the Philippine Theater
Festival component of the 31 st UNESCO-ITI World
Theater Congress happening from May 20-29, 2006.
U.P. professor Glecy C. Atienza
wrote the play that tackles the issues of drugs,
prostitution and the basketball ending game. Bobet
Mendoza composed the enthralling songs, which
capture the soul and sentiments of the people
trapped in the web of technology and poverty.
Erick Castro directs this collaboration of artists
and theater workers from the various groups of
the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Pangkultura sa
Kamaynilaan at Karatig-pook, Inc. (Alyansa, Inc.)
The play is scheduled on May 27,
2006, 9:00 P.M. at the CCP Little Theater through
the support of the National Commission for Culture
and the Arts.
May 17, 2006
UNESCO ITI World Congress in RP
for first time
The UNESCO International Theatre
Institute World Congress, a major cultural event
gathering theater directors, writers, playwrights
and actors from all over the world, simultaneous
with the with the World Festival of Drama Schools,
will be held in the Philippines for the first
time this summer.
ITI World Congress will be held
in Manila from May 16 to May 30, 2006.
Festival Director Nick Lizaso of
the World Festival of Drama School also announced
that a workshop component, to be participated
in by foreign theater professionals, will also
take place simultaneously.
The workshop will be open to Filipino
Professor Andrey Andreyev, of the
theater Academy of St. Petersburg in Russia will
handle a workshop on Russian dramatist Anton P.
Chekhov that will include the production of his
play The Wedding Proposal , as a workshop
showcase. The workshop will be open to local playwrights,
actors and directors.
Japanese stage actress and directress
Sayoko Shirotani will handle a demonstration workshop
on Japanese Traditional Culture to be capped by
a final demonstration at the end of the workshop.
Local dancers, actors and directors are invited
to participate in this dance/movement workshop.
Professor Maria Horne from Buffalo
University of New York will also conduct a five-day
workshop that will be of particular interest to
film actors and directors, as the workshop will
focus on American Method Acting.
The 30-hour workshops will be held
from May 17 to 21 at the St. Paul University in
Quezon City with a minimum number of 25 participants
Another workshop will have US-based
international Filipino director and Onassis award-winning
playwright, Dr. Anton Juan, focusing on Creative
Theater which will discuss the creative techniques
to achieve through theater the United Nation's
Millennium Development Goals.
The development goals are envisioned
to eradicate poverty and hunger by eliminating
corruption; provide education for all; effect
environmental sustainability; empower women; ensure
material care; enable reproduction of child morality;
enforce health requirements; and encourage partnership
from development through debt relief to protect
This 30-hour workshop will be held
from May 17 to 21 at the Lyceum of the Philippines
and will accommodate 25 participants, made up
of actors, directors and writers.
A minimal workshop fee of P3,000
will be charged all participants to cover meals,
snacks and materials. Interested participants
are requested to submit their resumes on or before
May 9, 2006 at the World Festival of Drama Schools
Secretariat, St. Paul University, Quezon City.
Inquiries can be made at 726-7986 to 88, local
Indonesia Lecture Series 2006
slated by the University of San Carlos
The Department of Languages and
Literature of the University of Carlos has slated
two series by two Indonesian scholars. Dr. Faruk
will discuss "A Survey of Modern Indonesian Literature"
on May 29 to June 9. Meanwhile, Cahyaningrum Dejawati
will lecture on "Women and Gender in Indonesia"
from August 7 to 18.
Dr. Faruk is a distinguished scholar
and critic from the Fakultas Sastra, Universitas
Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the
author of several books: Strukturalisme Genetik
dan Epistemologi Sastra (1989), Pengantar
Sosiologi Sastra (1993), Petarugan Tak
Kunjung Usali (1995), Hilangan Pesona
Dunia (1999), Womem Womeni Lupus
(2000) and Beyond Imagination: Sastra Mutakhir
dan Ideologi (2001).
The series is made possible in
part by the SEASREP Foundation.
For more information, please call
9320253-1000 local 166 or contact the following
Joanalyn P. Gabales
Haidee K. Palapar
May 2, 2006
Cavite Young Writer’s Association
Kaakuhan-Kalayaan is an exhibit-theatre-play-poetry
performance-bazaar-carnival fair presentation
of the Cavite Young Writer’s Association
in cooperation with other artist groups of Cavite.
It will be held on June 12, our national day of
independence, something that Cavitenos can be
doubly proud of, because the first Independence
Day was celebrated right here in Cavite. As such,
it is a celebration of the independent status
of artists and of the self as represented in the
arts, and of the self as part of the nation.
If the theme sounds familiar, it’s
because it’s a spin-off from Alejandro Garcia
Abadilla’s Ang Ako, which is only fitting
since this is his hundreth year celebration. Abadilla’s
representations of an egocentric self, Ako ang
daigdig, is taken to another level as CYWA (and
others) digs deep into the self to come up with
glimpses, bold glances, stolen shots, paintings,
dances, music, what-have you of the self in the
carnival of the universe.
A carnival with flashing lights,
rides, poetry readings, bands and great music,
exhibits, plays, all going all at once, no holds
barred, the idea for this year’s art event
in Cavite. Of the carnival itself, of the self
in the carnival, of the carnival of the universe,
and of the carnival-like universe, seen at different
angles, and conflicting paradigms and shifts,
CYWA aims to bring out cultures, sub-cultures,
and counter-cultures of Cavite by involving artists,
fair-goers, students, the local government, and
just ordinary people who came for a show. Definitely,
this is one show, they won’t soon forget.
Using the perya as a format and
take-off for the ako, the event is deliberately
multi-layered to represent, uncover, and add more
layers to the ako, the centerpiece of the event.
Thus, the following are necessary parts of the
I. Exhibit- one tent crammed wall
to ceiling with artist’s representations
of their own ako, their kaakuhan, their daigdig.
The artworks will be pasted/ installed side by
side, thus the whole exhibit is also one big installation
of the ako. When viewers enter the tent, they
will be treated to the daigdig of the ako, as
the whole installation/exhibit will seem to engulf
them in its seamlessness. Their will also be film
installations all around the project site.
II. Theatre- the tula-dula, or
street theatre will be highlighted in this celebration.
Taking one of Abadilla’s plays and adding
a modern twist to it, the play is then made accessible
to ordinary people. Shown in the open, the tula-dula
will call people to watch, take part, and engage
in their own ruminations of Abadilla’s and
their own ako.
III. Performance Poetry- as poetry
is one of the more personal forms of art, the
performance of it will speak of the ako of the
poet, and also how s/he deals with his/her daigdig.
This is synthesized by the poetry chapbook that
CYWA will be releasing at the event.
IV. Dance- using the body as canvas,
the dancers will elucidate in mimes, gestures,
and dance their own ako, and the daigdig of their
ako. The fitting backdrop for this dance festival
is experimental music from emerging artists.
V. Music- an open-air concert of
bands coming from Cavite. Their presence would
be a sure crowd-pleaser and the music that they
play, part and parcel of the general atmosphere
of the perya. The thought that travels in sound
is also that which powers the ako.
VI. Bazaars- anything and everything
will be put up for sale, auctioned, and inspected
to within an inch of their lives. In this marketplace
of clothes, food, music, art, and ideas, people
come to buy what they need for themselves and
What we need:
I. Artists/ artist groups for the
exhibit, theatre, poetry performance, dance and
band shows and video installations. We are especially
looking for Cavite artists.
II. Volunteers who will help in the preparation
and actual project.
III. Bazaar people/ franchisers who will sell
their wares during the perya.
If you or your group is interested,
please register by contacting Ronald Verzo (Acting
Project Coordinator) at 09179417365, or Ayn dela
Cruz (Acting Secretary General) at 09209517707.
You can also e-mail email@example.com,
We hope that you can join us in this effort to
celebrate our independence, (in more ways than
one), and also to turn art into a community initiative.
May 2, 2006
in Cagayan de Oro
Gender politics is the theme of
Bak2Bak when this twin bill of one act comedies
of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG)
performs in Cagayan de Oro City for its pre-29th
Season offering. Bak2Bak are the plays Babuyan
Island by three-time Palanca-winner German Gervacio
and Isa Pang Kawing by IPAG Director Steven Patrick
Teasing yet painful, the plays
essay the “put-on” relationships between
couples. Babuyan Island is set in the Batanes
during a location shooting where a middle-aged
screenplay writer and a young sexy starlet come
to terms with their unpleasant lives.
Setting irony in high relief, Fernandez’s
Isa Pang Kawing is about a scheming couple who
weave themselves in among awkward twists and turns
in a riotous situation.
IPAG, the resident theater company
of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, casts
some of its more veteran actors: Hobart Savior
(who recently returned from a Singapore international
festival), Lara Maglinao (who’s with the
international touring group), Phoebe Gayanelo
(who’s with the national touring company
and has done work in films), and Orwel Obach (a
professional architect). Vicmar Paloma stage manages
with production management by Arlem Abanes and
technical direction by Arvin Solis. Fernandez
Bak2Bak which completed a successful
12-show run in Iligan City goes onstage May 12,
3 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. evening show at the
Grand Caprice in Cagayan de Oro.
Supporting Bak2Bak are the Liceo
University of Cagayan de Oro, the Liceo Theater
and Performing Arts, National Commission for Culture
and the Arts, Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corporation,
and the MSU-IIT.
April 28, 2006
Writing and Commitment
The Amado V. Hernandez Resource
Center (AVHRC) will be holding a roundtable discussion
on Writing and Commitment. As an institution that
promotes the writings and advocacy of the late
National Artist Amado Vera Hernandez, the Center
will work this time with the National Union of
Journalist of the Philippines to place this discussion
in light of the rising tide of repression. Speakers
will talk about their own practices of writing
and commitment in the fields of the national dailies,
campus press, academe, creative and critical work.
We will hold the discussion this
coming April 28, Friday, 1 to 5 pm at the Popular
Bookstore in Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
We hope that you will be part of
this project. For inquiries your office may call
4120909 (AVHRC office).
April 19, 2006
Book Launch and Poetry Night at
Award-winning author Tony Perez
will launch his latest book Tatlong Baro on the
22 nd of April at Powerbooks Greenbelt (2/F Greenbelt
4, Ayala Center Makati). Tony Perez fans are sure
to enjoy this latest offering from the well-regarded
author. Launch starts at 6:00 p.m.
Also lined up for April at Powerbooks
Greenbelt, Slam Poetry, a boy versus girl poetry
reading session organized by Powerbooks and the
Romancing Venus group. Slam Poetry will be held
at the Greenbelt branch on April 28, 7:00 p.m.
April 12, 2006
Filipino Author Carlos Bulosan
is topic of symposium at the US Library of Congress
The Asian Division of the Library
of Congress will hold a daylong symposium on author
Carlos Bulosan, titled "America Is in The Heart
for The 21st Century," from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Friday, April 28, in Room 119 of the Thomas
Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,
D.C. The event is free and open to the public;
no reservations are required.
The Library, in conjunction with
the Asian Division Friends Society (ADFS), is
coordinating the program as a centennial project
to commemorate the first-wave migration to Hawaii
by Filipino nationals. Our Own Voice, an online
literary journal for Filipinos in the diaspora,
is the ADFS's partner in the project to reintroduce
the writings of Bulosan to the public. Bulosan
depicted the early Filipino migrant experience
in the United States and is best known for his
book "America Is in The Heart."
The symposium's keynote speaker
will be Albert F. Del Rosario, Philippine ambassador
to the United States. The Embassy of the Republic
of the Philippines is co-hosting the event.
In conjunction with the symposium,
attendees will have the opportunity to view the
Philippine Collections on display at the Asian
Reading Room in LJ-150.
Reme Grefalda, editor of Our Own
Voice, said "We owe it to Carlos Bulosan, the
writer, to rescue his works from oblivion and
bring him to his rightful place in the literary
annals of America." By focusing on the body of
literature contributed by Bulosan, the symposium
is expected to illuminate the ideology, philosophy
and vision of an important Filipino mind who valued
the idea and ideals of America.
Noted Bulosan scholars are among
the panelists, who include E. San Juan, Philippine
Cultural Studies Center, Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza,
Rutgers University, Tim Libretti, Northeastern
Illinois University, Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA- Riverside,
Rick Baldoz, Stamford University, Jeffrey Cabusao,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Marilyn Alquizola,
San Francisco State University, Susan Evangelista
of Palawan State University, Philippines and Cynthia
Domingo, Seattle community activist.
Domingo will talk on Bulosan's
involvement with the labor movement in Seattle.
Other papers will center on a background of the
U.S. labor recruitment in Hawaii, Bulosan's life
and ideology, and Bulosan's writings. Symposium
co-sponsors include the Philippine American Writers
and Artists, Inc.; the Asian Pacific American
Labor Alliance (APALA); Arkipelago Philippine
Books, San Francisco; Carayan Press, San Francisco;
and Remedios G. Cabacungan.
The 4th Philippine Science Fiction
and Fantasy convention
Fully Booked in partnership with
the Powerplant Mall, Rockwell and the New Worlds
Alliance present "The 4th Philippine Science
Fiction and Fantasy Convention: A Dream of Infinite
Join us as we celebrate imagination,
creativity and passion through the various TV
series and movies that we all love. Help us usher
in a summer of wonder as we toast the winners
of the first ever Philippine Graphic and Fiction
Awards. Stretch the boundaries of your world by
joining us as we explore worlds that are strange
All this and many more await you
on the 21st, the 22nd and the 23rd of April at
the Rockwell Tent. Hours are from 10am to 12 midnight
April 3, 2006
The Institute of Spirituality in
Asia (ISA) is hosting ESPIRITU LIBRE! A weekend
of books, films, arts exhibit, poetry, storytelling,
crafts, free coffee, and lots of fun for everyone
at Titus Brandsma Center, 24 Acacia St., New Manila,
QC on April 8 & 9, 2006.
Those who are looking for a good
read this Lenten season and this summer time may
find here special books at a special price. Exhibitors
are ISA Publications, Ateneo Press, Logo Publications,
Claretian Publications,UST Press, Carmelite Missionaries,
Spring of Carmel, St. Elijah Student-Friary, and
Call (Merian) 723-0449/7213391
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 3, 2006
UP CWC Booklaunch and Awarding
The UP Center for Women's Studies
just held a warm and impressive awarding ceremony
of the 2006 Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Awards for Best
Theses/Dissertations this afternoon, March 29,
2006 at the UP Center for Women's Studies courtyard,
Diliman, Quezon City from 3:30 up. The Center
also launched two books and a special issue of
the Review of Women's Studies.
The awardees for the Best Dissertations
and Theses are:
1. Ronald Baytan of the College
of Arts and Letters
Ph.D. English Studies: Creative Writing
"The Queen Sings the Blues: Politics and
Pathos in the Poems of a Gay
2. Rosario de Santos Del Rosario
of the College of Arts and Letters
Ph.D. Philippines Studies
"The Ifugao 'Alim' as Gendered Discourse"
3. Victoria Narciso Apuan of the
PhD Philippine Studies
"Perceptions of Aging Among Selected Females
from the Public Sector: A
4. Samson-Gaddi, Rebecca of the
PhD Philippine Studies
"Paglalahad ng Karanasan sa Paghihilom: Paghahanap
5. Rina Angela P. Corpus of the
College of Arts and Letters
MA Art History
"Defiant Daughter Dancing: Feminist Dance
Histories of Three Independent
6. Mary Jean Justiniani-Perez of
the College of Social Work and
MA Women and Development
"Organizing and Empowering Older Widows in
an Agricultural Setting: The
Experience of the Widows Association of Canlaon"
7. Anita Khadka Karki of the College
of Social Work and Community
MA Women and Development
"Voices from Within: Experiences of Patriarchy
in Traditional Marriage
and Family Life of High Caste/Class Hindu Women
8. Michelle G.Ong of the College
of Social Sciences and Philosophy
"Mga Imahe ng Katawan ng Filipina Edad 20-30"
9. Maybelle Marie B. Padua of the
College of Social Sciences and
"The Ethos of Woman in the Philosophy of
A Gender Review of Selected Economic
Laws in the Philippines [using the
substantive equality principle of CEDAW as a framework]
by E. (Leo) D.
Battad, Milagros Isabel Cristobal Amar, Rosalinda
Flordeliza C. Vargas, Luz RaÃ±eses-Raval
and Carolyn I. Sobritchea
"Pagdadalaga at Pagbibinata":
Developmental Contexts of Adolescent
Sexuality by Maria Theresa D. Ujano-Batangan
Review of Women's Studies special
issue on Gender, Globalization,
Culture and the Economy edited by Rosalinda Pineda
March 1, 2006
LIKHAAN: The U.P. Institute
of Creative Writing, in cooperation with the UP
Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas,
will launch a CD entitled — KAAKUHAN: Mga
Tula ni AGA, Mga Tula kay AGA — of the poetical
works of Alejandro G. Abadilla (AGA) — considered
as the Father of Modern Poetry in Filipino. It
will be held at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto,
U.P. Diliman Q.C. on 10 March 2006 centenary of
his birth — 9 a.m.-12 n.n. coinciding with
the UP Portfolio Professorial Chair Lecture of
Prof. Vim Nadera, U.P. I.C.W. Director, on Abadillismo.
AGA's poems, arranged chronologically,
will be read as follows:
MGA TULA NI AGA
Bagong Taon (Roberto Añonuevo)
Adan (Romulo Baquiran Jr.)
Ito ang Awit Ko (Bayani Abadilla)
Erotika 4 (Jose Lacaba)
Ako ang Daigdig (Elynia Ruth Mabanglo)
Ako ang Daigdig (Khavn de la Cruz)
Talipapa (Ony Carcamo at Makatang Nonoy)
Awit sa Sarili (Bienvenido Lumbera)
Dilim, Mutyang Dilim (Mike Coroza)
Magsusupling Ako sa Iyong Kawalan (Vim Nadera)
Bangon Ka Na, Mutya (Benilda Santos)
Bangon Ka Na, Mutya (Virgilio Almario)
Sanaysay sa Tula (Lilia Q. Santiago)
Hindi Ako (Joi Barrios)
Banyuhay (Rafael Dante Cruz)
Parola (Rogelio Mangahas)
Hala, Umawit Ka (Malaya Abadilla)
Hindi Mo Ako Masasaktan (Rebecca Añonuevo)
Pasko Ko'y Sonatang Tinig Ma'y Wala Na (Teo
Ilang Tanagabadilla (Malaya Abadilla, Bely Ygot,
Vim Nadera, Snow Badua)
As a bonus, six of the readers
paid tribute to AGA by writing poems for him:
MGA TULA KAY AGA
Tula sa Sanaysay (Lilia Q. Santiago)
Pagkatapos ng Almusal (Benilda Santos)
Tanaga Kay Abadilla (Romulo Baquiran Jr.)
Dilim (Mike Coroza)
Ako, Babae, Ibang Daigdig (Joi Barrios)
Bangon, Bangon, Abadilla (Rogelio Mangahas)
The UP ICW will mount an exhibit
on AGA's body of work, pictures of his family
and writers-friends & other memorabilia in
coordination with University Librarian Salvación
Arlante and her staff.
Individuals and offices who may
have some such memorabilia may please send them
as donations or gifts outright to the University
Portal to Philippine Literature
aims to pave the way in cyberspace for
all art forms." So quips Vim Nadera, initiator
of what may very well be the most ambitious online
literary project in the Philippines .
Recently launched at the Quirino
Grandstand last 12 February, panitikan.com.ph
boasts of an extensive database of authors profiles
and works. As part of the National Commission
for Culture & the Arts National Arts Month
launching pad for programs, the website features
works by individual authors ranging from poetry,
fiction, drama to children's literature and creative
nonfiction. Just as important, the works are submitted
by the authors themselves.
The site design was executed by
the same artist who created the website for the
innovative indie film Pinoy/Blonde .
The panitikan.com.ph staff is
composed of literature lovers and also backed
up by the considerable resources of the UP Institute
of Creative Writing. Nadera himself, the ICW Director,
and Palanca Hall of Fame writer Jose "Butch" Dalisay
are the advisers.
Other features of the site are
the Writers Market page, a monthly calendar of
literary events, a section devoted entirely to
literature from the regions and a whole lot more.
Panitikan.com.ph is aiming to
be the definitive portal to Philippine literature
as a whole, a one-stop site that literature lovers,
students and writers themselves can keep coming
back to over and over again, just like the proverbial
February 11, 2006
Writer for Children Lara
Saguisag to Give Lecture
Prof. Lara Saguisag will give a
lecture entitled "Vs.: Expressing Conflict in
Poetry for Children" at the CAL AVR, 2 nd floor,
Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman Campus on 16 February
2006 from 2 to 5 p.m. The reactors will be Prof.
Carla Pacis, Resident Fellow of the UP Institute
of Creative Writing (ICW), and Prof. Heidi H.
Abad from the Department of English and Comparative
Literature. The moderator will be poet and critic
Prof. J. Neil C. Garcia.
Lara Saguisag is the award-winning
author of " There's a Duwende in My Brother's
Soup ," " Tonyo's Wishes " and the forthcoming
Cat Eyes . She received an MA in Children's Literature
from Hollins University and is currently finishing
her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School
in New York City . She has presented papers on
children's literature at the International Conference
on the Fantastic in the Arts in Florida , and
was a panelist in the 2005 Children's Literature
New England Institute. She is the recipient of
the CLNE Early Career Fellowship and the Rutgers
University Council on Children's Literature's
Paula Danzinger Scholarship. She is a member of
Kwentista ng Mga Tsikiting (KUTING) and the Society
of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.)
She is currently at work on a book of poems for
Teachers and students are especially
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