May 6, 2008
PETA announces new theater courses
Thinking of enhancing your creativity in your community theater group or the classroom? Enroll now at PETA’s specialized courses for community cultural workers and educators!
THEATER FOR DEVELOPMENT 1: Community Theater
(Community cultural workers ages 17 and up)
Experience the PETA Integrated Theater Arts (ITA) approach through creative group processes with special sessions on community situational analysis. Immerse yourself in necessary production processes with focus on different theater forms culminating in a play production.
THEATER-IN-EDUCATION 1: Creative Pedagogy
(Formal and non-formal educators)
Rev up your teaching competency by maximizing creative methodologies, approaches and philosophies in the teaching of arts and academic subjects whether in formal or non-formal education. Demonstrate your teaching technique by using artistic disciplines as engaging tools of learning. Design your creative lesson plans as your final output.
THEATER-IN-EDUCATION 2: Asian Theater
(Theater artists and cultural workers ages 17 and up)
Immerse yourself in the discussions and analyses of the rich culture of Asian countries, their theater history, art forms and world views. Discover their influences to artists, dramatists and theater pedagogues from all over the world. Be more conscious of their nature and qualities that have influenced your own artistic expressions.
Reserve your slots now! Call us at 4100821 or 7256244 and look for Julie Bautista. You may also direct your inquiries through mobile number 0928-5078368 or this email address. All courses will be conducted from May 12 to 16, 2008, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Course fee is PhP 3,500 per participant.
March 14, 2008
Success for Pagpupugay 2008
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
On its second year, Ang Pagpupugay sa Pambansang Alagad ng Sining was once again successful. Bringing the five living National Artists for Literature to various cities across the country, Pagpupugay is the centerpiece program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Philippine Arts Festival. The brainchild of UP Institute of Creative Writing Center director Vim Nadera, it aims to bring our great writers closer to the reading public.
Edith Tiempo, the first and only female National Artist for Literature, spoke at the Marcelo B. Fernan Cebu Press Center, DECS Compound, Lahug Cebu City on February 7. Her lecture was entitled “Enhancing the Poetic” and the Cebu Arts Council “performed” some of her poems for the audience composed mainly of students and teachers.
Virgilio S. Almario went to the UP Visayas Auditorium and spoke on “Sino ba ang Filipino?” The February 13 lecture also featured a performance of UP CAL Dean Almario’s poems by students of the UP Visayas. An audience estimated at 1,000 was there for the rare treat.
The University of Makati Grand Theater saw Alejandro Roces gracing its halls on February 20. Mr. Roces spoke on music and the audience was fortunate to enjoy the performance of UST Lithurgikon Choir.
UP ICW Board of Advisers member Bienvenido Lumbera was hosted by Laoag Ilocos Norte National Highschool. His lecture was “National Artist for Literature Mula sa Rehiyon Naman!” The Dulaang UP performed excerpts from the gargantuan Lumbera musical “Hibik at Himagsik ni Victoria Laktaw.”
Last but not least, F. Sionil Jose visited Ateneo De Naga and spoke on “Literature as Memory, as Ethics.” The CCP Tanghalang Pilipino performed excerpts from Mr. Sionil Jose’s novel Pragress.
The five events were ably coordinated by the UP ICW, also the coordinator of panitikan.com.ph and the country’s premiere writing workshop, the UP National Writers Workshop.
February 16, 2008
3,000,000 hits for Philippine literature
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
February, the month of hearts, is also the month for Philippine Arts. For many years now and all month long, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts rolls out various programs across the country via its Philippine Arts Festival, formerly known as the National Arts Month.
Two years ago, www.panitikan.com.ph was launched at the Rizal Park . A joint project between the NCCA, the UP Institute of Creative Writing and the Likhaan Foundation, it sought to become the definitive portal which disseminated Philippine Literature in the Internet, catering to students, teachers and researchers. A few days before its first year of being online, panitikan.com.ph received its 1,000,000th hit. Now, a year after that, the website has received its 3,000,000 th hit.
The numbers, by no means a small feat, mean that it had doubled its daily hits over a one year period from 2,000 to a little over 4,000 hits. An interesting figure is how hits rise during weekdays and fall slightly during weekends. This could very well mean that students and teachers are accessing the site for research and information during those times.
Vim Nadera, UP ICW director and the man behind the website, was more than pleased with the figures. "What was initially a dream is now a reality; and not just a virtual one. We hope panitikan.com.ph will live up to everyone's expectations as the country's portal to Philippine literature." Eva Garcia-Cadiz, its former coordinator, would love to see more support for the site, seeing how important the site can be as an online resource.
Nadera and the website staff members are ecstatic about the 3,000,000 hits. The project has generated sustained interest all over the globe. Its success bodes well for Philippine Literature as it continues to augment and alter in the frontier of cyberspace.
February 16, 2008
Applications for the Sertipiko sa Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino in UPD now open
Applications are now open for the Sertipiko ng Malikhaing Pagsulat at the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas at UP Diliman.
(1) Photocopy of high school report card, GWA 80 (1st - 3rd year High School and 1st - 3rd quarter 4th year; the student must have an average of 85 in Filipino and English),
(2) collection of creative works (any of the following: 5-10 poems, 3-5 short stories, 1 novel or novelette, 1 play, 3-5 stories for children, 1 teleplay or screenplay, 3-5 essays; all works should be in Filipino),
(3) Recommendation from a former teacher in literature, Filipino and/or creative writing. Application period is from February 18 up to March 18. Applicants will be oriented on February 22, 5:00 pm. The qualifying exam will be held on March 24. For more information contact Jayson Petras and Elyrah Salanga at 924899.
January 21, 2008
Alitaptap membership application open
Have you attended the ARTIST workshop (Acting ad Reading Techinques in STory Telling) of Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines? Do you have spare time to do volunteer work with Alitaptap Storytellers? Would you like to be an official member of Alitaptap? Are you willing to attend a once a month meeting with the following activities?
a. Storytelling Tip for the month (learn from this)
b. Story Performances (Watch two stories being performed or you perform)
c. Ongoing/Upcoming Projects (Lead or be a part of a project)
d. Booking for Performance (Sign in as a volunteer performer)
e. Bonding activities
Are you willing to be an official member of Alitaptap?
If you say yes to all these, come and join us on February 9 for membership orientation at The National Library from 8:30 am -12:00 nn.
If you have not attended the ARTIST workshop, you may come and attend to orientation too. However you need to attend our next workshop to be officially registered as a member.
Please pass this email to your friends who may be interested. For queries and confirmation, please contact us at 0917-5392630, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.storytellersphilippines.com.
December 14, 2007
Rene O. villanueva laid to rest
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
Rene Villanueva's remains were cremated last Sunday, December 9, 2007, at the Sanctuarium in Quezon City . He was 53 years old. He had suffered a stroke on December 2 and fell into a coma at the Philippine Heart Center. He is survived by wife Anna Marie and four daughters.
Renato O. Villanueva became an Associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing. He also taught at the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikang Pilipino, where he quickly gained terror-status and a reputation for speaking his own mind. One of the truly literary greats, Villanueva was a Palanca Hall of Famer, with a record number of most wins (29) tucked under his belt. His other awards include the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Literatura); Pinakamahusay na Alagad ng Sining sa 2005 Gawad Chanselor sa UP, Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines 1989 and hailed as one of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 1992.
Awards aside, Villanueva will forever be known as the creator of Philippine TV classic Batibot. Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing were more popular than Big Bird and Cookie Monster in the 80s and 90s. The gravel-voiced monkey and the eternally benign gigantic turtle were just some of Villanueva's puppet creations; Ging-ging and Manang Bola also entered the popular consciousness of Filipino children. The saliency of having brown-skinned and native characters replace Western characters were noted by local and international thinktanks.
His works value individualism and delve into dark themes like incest and militarization. The classic "Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit" narrates the crusade of Butsiki, a prim and proper pig who opposes social, if not biological, expectations. His essays/memoirs are collected in the twin volumes Personal and (Im)Personal.
At the recent UP Writers Night, poet Romulo Baquiran read Villanueva's "Huling Habilin." With his usual acerbic wit, Villanueva described his ideal wake: one of the nights had to be reserved for videoke tributes. He wanted a closed coffin, to be decked out in powder blue clothes and not much crying. At another tribute, children's story writer Luis Gatmaitan called Villanueva a dear friend and a national treasure.
Playwright, teacher and literary stalwart, Villanueva will be missed by students, colleagues and readers of his unforgettable works.
December 14, 2007
Who are the best young poets in the Philippines?
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
Philippine PEN recently launched At Home in Unhomeliness: An Anthology of Postcolonial Poetry in English . Edited by Dr. Neil Garcia and published by the UST Publishing House, the volume contains 82 poems by 29 of the Philippines best young poets writing in English.
Says Garcia in his Introduction : "(T)hese poems , like the rest of Philippine literature in English, will in fact be largely incomprehensible when decontextualized from the histories that engendered them- particularly, the violent histories of colonization that the Philippines , as a geopolitical and indeed national reality, has endured."
The poets featured are: Michael Balili, Ronald Baytan, Catherine Candano, Jose Wendell Capili, Jennifer Carino, Mark Cayanan, Mikael de Lara Co, Conchitina Cruz, Carlomar Arcangel Daona, Raymond John de Borja, Cecille La Verne de la Cruz, Lourd Ernest de Veyra, Israfel Fagela, Marc Gaba, Ralph Semino Galan, Ramil Digal Gulle, Sid Gomez Hildawa, Joy Icayan, Mookie Katigbak, Kris Lacaba, Paolo Manalo, Arvin Abejo Mangohig, Allan Pastrana, Dinah Romah-Sianturi, Rafael San Diego, Michelle Sarile, Angelo Suarez, Joel Toledo and Lawrence Lacambra Ypil.
December 14, 2007
Notes from the madhouse: Writers Night 2007
By Arvin Abejo Mangohig
I knew I had made the right decision not to drink at all at any Writers Night when I heard the usually unflappable Cristina Hidalgo, one of my favorite professors, call out to Gemino Abad over the discombobulating din what was to be my quotable quote for the night: It's a madhouse!
Last December 8, the madhouse was the UP Bulwagang Rizal, its patients congregating at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan. Tanduay had already set up their booth for free booze, Figaro theirs for free coffee, the UP Writers Club for (not-so-free) beer. It was a great honor to find out that National Artist Virgilio Almario preferred Pales over Lights. Anvil Publishing sold books, Purefoods sold hotdogs, and the friendly neighborhood isaw guys sold innards.
The reputation of many writers, particularly their mental stability, has never been seen in a favorable light. Thus, the terse Hidalgo conceit. Thus, I, being a writer myself, would have to agree with that popular opinion. It was mad crazy to jampack all those activities in one day, (no, more like eight hours): The Read or Die Komiks Exhibit opening, the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award ceremonies, an informal commemoration of departed literary great Rene O. Villanueva, the UP Institute of Creative Writing's LIKHAAN Journal launching and finally Writers Night 2007. That on top of The Philippine PEN convention somewhere else in the city and the UP Diliman CAL Alumni Homecoming somewhere else in the campus. UP ICW director Vim Nadera instigated the jampacking.
The UP Writers Club, one of the organizers of the event, managed to squeeze in a very loud, aurally and visually, fashion show (Goth and anime won over Pinoy jologdom, to my extreme disappointment) and a raffle draw for an Ipod shuffle, which yours truly won (to my extreme joy).
Performers, poetry readers and UP students attracted by the lights and sounds weaved in and out of the black walls of the Ylagan. Outside, writers reminisced about good and better times, coerced richer acquaintances to buy them books and cookies and belched cigarette smoke into each other's faces.
Fellows from past UP National Writers Workshops and Creative Writing majors have come to see the annual event as a homecoming to the madhouse, taking advantage of the free food from the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award catering ( Pichi-pichi! Puto!! Kutsinta!!!) and ogling at perennial favorites Tanduay girls in white miniskirts.
It was past midnight. Lourd de Veyra was unceasingly shouting Gin Pomelo at the audience. The horn section was jazz mad crazy. Two guys shadowboxed to the beat of Radioactive Sago Project's hits. One actually hit himself. Some of my friends had decided to go to Rene Villanueva's wake. The thought breathed into me a minute of sobriety. We decided to go home, that other inescapable madhouse.
The UP Academic Oval, jeepless and orange, is mad pretty at night.
December 11, 2007
Textbook on stagecraft to be launched soon
Steven Fernandez’s Making Theatre: The Craft of the Stage will be available soon. It narrates experiences pooled from over three decades of production practice creating theatre. The subject fills the need to create productions in inadequate conditions such as ours and treats production as art, science and business.
The book focuses on making use of available resources including physical spaces, artists, organizers, and technology. These resources combine to transform local subjects and aesthetics on the stage. Besides sharing techniques of directing, the book includes parts on how to organize, produce shows in various genres, sell, and appropriately transcreate indigenous materials for theatre.
This test edition will be used by Mr. Fenandez’s Stagecraft classes at the MSU-IIT in Iligan. It starts a series of resources devoted to developing the performing arts outside of the mainstream and empowering our artists in the fringes to be even more productive. Copies are available at the introductory price of P250.00. Making Theatre is published by the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) Inc.
Steven Fernandez is an award-winning playwright and artistic director.
November 18, 2007
UP ICW and Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Awards announce 2007 shortlist
By Arvin Abejo Mangohig
A brilliant debut for any artist goes a long way. The Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award is probably the only award that recognizes the first published works of Filipino writers. The exclusivity alone that the award confers is much coveted. What more then the weight of acknowledgement from the established writers on its panel of judges. The award is coordinated by the UP Institute of Creative Writing and was established by the family of Gonzalo Gonzalez, former UP President.
Dr. Jose Neil Garcia, Dr. Jaime An Lim and Prof. Vicente Groyon, himself a winner of the award, have come up with the shortlist for 2007 (only works in English were screened, as the award switches between languages every year). The shortlist follows: Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar and Science Solitaire: Essays on Science, Nature and Becoming Human by Maria Isabel Garcia (ADMU Press), Barefoot in Fire by Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis (Tahanan Books), Love, Desire, Children etc by Rica Bolipata-Santos (Milflores), From Inside the Berlin Wall by Helen Yap (UP Press) and Kapwa: The Self in the Other by Katrin de Guia (Anvil).
This year's winner will be announced on Writers Night in UP Diliman. The annual gathering will be held at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Bulwagang Rizal on December 8, Saturday. The program will start on 6 p.m. Gizela Gonzalez-Montinola herself will be on hand to award the P50,000 check and certificate to the winner. UP ICW director Vim Nadera and the ICW associates will also be present to witness the winner's debut in the literary scene.
November 1, 2007
Dr. Jose Dalisay Shortlisted in 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize
Five authors made the shortlist for the award. Jose Dalisay Jr., Reeti Gadekar, Jiang Rong, Nu Nu Yi Inwa and Xu Xi are the five authors selected for the shortlist by the judging panel for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, the first regional prize for a work unpublished in English. The winner of the prize will be announced on Saturday 10 November, 2007 at a ceremony in Hong Kong .
The five shortlisted works were chosen from a long list of 23 are:
- Jose Dalisay Jr., Soledad 's Sister
- Reeti Gadekar, Families at Home
- Nu Nu Yi Inwa, Smile As They Bow
- Jiang Rong, Wolf Totem
- Xu Xi, Habit of a Foreign Sky
Dr. Dalisay is an Associate of the UP Institute of Creative Writing and teaches at the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature.
November 1, 2007
4th Lamiraw Workshop Fellows Named
The 4 th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop is slated on November 8-10, 2007 at TTMIST, Calbayog City , Samar . This year's NCCA fellows from Samar, Leyte and Biliran are Reynaldo Garnace, Lemuel Zaldariaga, Joderic Navarette, Genevieve Tasan, Leonilo Lopido, Cheenee Gahuman, Nica Daguman, Jerry Gracio, Arthur Macabasag, Nimfa Quirante, Luciano Abia, Sunray Balasbas, Hermie Sanchez, Jaime Sagayap, Nemesio Baldesco, Isabel Eman, Joel Monteron, Reah Rosales, Jhoanna Arocha, and Francis Senolos.
Based on the approved MOA, the said NCCA fellows will avail themselves of free registration, accommodation, food, and workshop materials and their works will be critiqued by the following panelists: 1) Prof. Merlie Alunan, grand slam winner of Don Carlos Palanca Awards; 2) Dr. Victor Sugbo, Waray literature scholar and UP Tacloban faculty; 3) Dr. David Genotiva, seasoned literary critic and editor of PAGSUBAY-the Official Publication of the Graduate School of Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU); 4) Mr. Dante Rosales, graphics artist and member of Ibabao Arts Council of Calbayog; and 5) Mr. Voltaire Oyzon, faculty member of Leyte Normal University and Champion of the 2007 Waray Poetry Contest sponsored by Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino
The workshop is a joint project of Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology (TTMIST) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Tag: NEWS, WORKSHOPS
October 17, 2009
Mannahatta Mahal: poet expat's latest opus from UP Press
The University of the Philippines Press is proud to release award-winning poet Luis Cabalquinto's latest book of poetry.
Entitled Mannahatta Mahal: Collected Expatriate Poems, the collection boasts of 77 poems describing New York life as livid, lucid, lively, sometimes lonely, and, more importantly, larger than life—as seen through the poetic lenses of a Filipino living and working in the Big Apple.
A poem entitled "September Eleven" decidedly marks the start of the poet's latest inner and outer journeys, and eventually goes within and beyond that important event in any New Yorker's life. Here, we see Cabalquinto zoom in on the details of the streets, the people, the stores, the arts, the surroundings, even the birds and bugs that most take for granted on a busy day or active night. But as he points to these things, he pulls out to reveal meditations, ruminations and spirited thoughts about these observations. While there seems to be a default disconnection associated with life in New York, Cabalquinto is quick to point out its opposite, as he tells us of small pleasures one gets from the seemingly simple or mundane that fuels the fires of the soul, such as experiencing an outdoor classical music concert or quick restaurant meetings with dear old friends one has not seen for the longest time.
As another award-winning poet, UP College of Arts and Letters professor emeritus Gemino Abad, says of the collection, "With Cabalquinto, we enter the very heartland of poetry, its revels and revelations—there, a steady hand on the pulse of language, poise and vibrancy of expression, a clear-eyed venture into the heart's secret wagers, a maturity of insight touched at times with humor and tenderness."
Born in Magarao, Camarines Sur on January 31, 1935, Cabalquinto earned his BA in Communication at UP Diliman. He pursued further communication studies in Cornell University at Ithaca, New York under a Fulbright-Hays grant in 1968. It was in Cornell where he immersed himself fully in the world of poetry and fiction writing under the tutelage of notable literary writers. Cabalquinto was encouraged to focus on poetry when small press journals in the US began publishing his work. He also received multiple writing fellowships and awards such as the New York University Academy of American Poets poetry prize and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship award in poetry.
Since then, Cabalquinto's works have appeared in local and international publications such as Caracoa, Philippines Free Press, Philippine Graphic, Manoa, Asiaweek, and American Poetry Review, to name a few. He has been published in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, France and even in the Czech Republic.
Mannahatta Mahal adds to Cabalquinto's already impressive list of books which include The Dog-eater and Other Poems (1989), The Ibalon Collection (1990), Dreamwanderer (1991), Bridgeable Shores (2001) and Moon Over Magarao (2003).
In 2006, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) awarded Cabalquinto the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas for poetry. According to UMPIL, the award is given to "living Filipino writers who have contributed outstanding works in any language currently used in the Philippines and who have dedicated their lives and talents to the development, propagation and promotion of any Philippine literature."
Indeed, with Mannahatta Mahal, the UP Press continues to support outstanding works by writers like Cabalquinto in its mandate of championing talented Filipino artists.
Manahatta Mahal is available in the Philippines at the University of the Philippines Press Book Stores in Diliman, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao; Fully Booked; Solidaridad; Popular Bookstore; select Powerbooks and National Bookstore branches; and other distributors in Metro Manila and the provinces. In the USA, University of the Philippines Press books are distributed by the University of Hawaii Press and Philippine Expressions Bookshop. For more information on our titles, please visit http://press.up.edu.ph.
Tag: NEWS, BOOK LAUNCH
October 9, 2007
UPV-CWP alumni reap Gawad Komisyon honors
Two of the alumni of the UPV Creative Writing Program, Voltaire Oyzon and Dominador Pagliawan, won first prize and third prize, respectively, for this year's Gawad Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino Patimpalak sa Panulat, Waray poetry category.
With the theme, “Maraming Wika, Matatag na Bansa,” Mr. Oyzon's entry was An Maupay ha mga Waray ug Iba pa nga Siday while Mr. Pagliawan's was Pamasyada ha Cebu.
For decades, Filipinos have become used to the idea of "Isang Bansa, Isang Wika," but recent studies have emerged, pointing to its political incorrectness. Acknowledging the significance of other languages, the contest opportunely opens writing about the diversity of language, culture and ethnic identity.
“I chose to write in my beloved Waray language because I simply cannot afford to forget,” Mr. Oyzon said. “Forgetting is a form of death. I cannot afford my language to die. If the Waray language dies, it is tantamount to saying that the Waray people never existed at all.”
In line with the Buwan ng Wika celebration, the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) laid down its project, the Gawad Komisyon 2007, which supports the state policy of promoting the right of citizens to affordable quality education and the enrichment of country's historical and cultural heritage based on Republic Act 7722 or the "Higher Education Act of 1994."
Meanwhile, Prof. Merlie Alunan, the program director of the UPV-CWP and a six-time Palanca awardee, placed second in the Gawad Komisyon 2007 for poetry in Cebuano with her entry Witik-witik sa Hangin ug Ubang Balak.
Established as a grand proposal by Prof. Alunan in 2000 during UPV Chancellor Ida Siason's term, the UPV Creative Writing Center has for seven years now spurred the growth of literature in the Visayan languages, pushing these languages from the margins into the mainstream consciousness of the Filipinos.
The creative writing workshops provide a venue for Visayan literary artists to write in the local language and encourage study on the southern literary tradition, hence making UPV a center of excellence in the area of culture and the languages, and ultimately contributing to national cultural development.
In his speech at the September awarding, Mr. Oyzon asserted, “I will continue writing in my beloved Waray because it is my only connection with the past and the future. Waray identity, or any cultural identity for that matter, is a summation of all its people's memory. For language is a repository of a people's memory. And it is only through memory that the past, the present and the future can be together. Forgetting in the form of neglect fragments the national memory. Loss of our national memory is fragmentation of our country. A lost memory lasts forever. I chose to write in my beloved Waray and will continue writing in my beloved Waray for I cannot afford to forget.”
The awarding ceremony was held last August 31 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila.
Tag: NEWS, CONTESTS
October 8, 2007
Bikol literary awardees named
In a simple yet formal ceremonies on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at the St. Vincent de Paul Auditorium of the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga City , six writers were honored as this years awardees of the prestigious literary award for Bikol, the Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon (PTALB).
Distinguished fictionist Abdon M. Balde Jr. and Bikol cultural promoter and scholar Leonor R. Dy-Liacco were conferred Lifetime Achievement Award for their respective contribution to Bikol culture and arts. Balde, a native of Oas, Albay, is known for his novels that portray life in his native region. His works, which include Mayong, Hunyagong Bato, and Calvary Road among others, have won for him the Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature and the National Book Award. Dy-Liacco, on the other hand, is known for her extensive collection of treatises and research works on Bikol culture and history. These works can be found in several anthologies of her works.
In the poetry category, Victor Dennis T. Nierva's "Antisipasyon asin iba pang rawitdawit (Anticipation and other poems)" together with Jaime Jesus Borlagdan's "Ini, an mga buhay ta (These, our lives)" came out tied as grand prize winners, besting among ten finalists. The poems of Nierva and Borlagdan are quiet and serene observations of things and images that are found in Bikol.
The board of judges declared no grand prize winner in the fiction category. However, Marissa Reorizo-Casillan's "Abaniko" was declared as honorable mention. There were only two finalists in the fiction category.
This year's grand prize winner for the essay category is Judith Balares-Salamat's "Ringgaw nin Imahinasyon, Kawat sa Pagtukdo (Creativity of Imagination, Fun in Teaching)" which also won for the writer the prestigious Parasurat kan Taon (Writer of the Year). Salamat's essay was a discourse on the imaginative efforts of a public school teacher in order to provide the best possible instruction for her students.
The ceremony was graced by Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo and some members of the city council. Representatives from various academic institutions, students and professors alike, were also present in the occasion.
PTALB is sponsored by the Arejola Foundation for Social Responsibility which also spearheads the annual Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat-Bikol.
Tag: NEWS, CONTESTS
October 7, 2007
Four writers and a great mentor honored in UMPIL Congress
Living Filipino writers who have contributed outstanding works in any language currently used in the Philippines can win UMPIL's Gawad Balagtas. In 1988, among its first recipients were Francisco Arcellana, Teo S. Baylen, Godofredo S. Reyes, and Edith L. Tiempo.
This year's winners are Charlson L. Ong (fiction in English), Joaquin Sy (essay and translation in Filipino and Chinese), Jose R. Munsayac (fiction in Filipino), and Prescillano Nisperos Bermudez (fiction in Iluko).
They were conferred the title in the 33 rd National Congress on August 25, 2007 at the Pulungang Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, University of the Philippines, Dioiman, Quezon City.
The Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez-the award for outstanding literature mentors-is given to the renowned Ateneo philosophy professor Roque Angel Ferriols, S.J. because his teaching "shaped the consciousness and soul of countless students, many of whom have become leading lights in Philippine literature."
Charlson L. Ong received his AB Psychology degree from the University of the Philippines in 1977 and currently teaches at the UP's Department of English and Comparative Literature. He is conferred the award for "his eminently distinctive novels and stories edged with satire and mordant humor,.piquant in their examination of the Filipino and Chinese cultures merging in the Filipino ethos."
Joaquin Sy acquired his AB Pilipino degree from the University of the Philippines . His books include Tamad nga ba si Juan? (1991 & 1997) and Lagalag sa Nanyang (translation of Bai Ren's novel, 2007). His works "continue to tear down the wall between the Filipino and the Chinese, while presenting a caring and nationalist view of race and economic life."
Jose R. Munsayac hails from San Miguel, Bulacan. He won the Centennial Award for Literature for his novel Ang Aso at Ang Pulgas, Ang Bonsai at Ang Kolorum (1999, UP Press). His novels "plumb the wellsprings of the Tagalog language and ply with surgical precision the writer's tool in scrutinizing politics, history, and life."
Born in Burgos , Isabela province, Prescillano Nisperos Bermudez was a former employee of the National Media Production Center and the Philippine Information Agency. His novels include Dagiti Billit Tuleng (The Sparrows) and Dagiti Pundador (The Founders) which are "remarkable in their search for meaning in the world and human love, while being magical in their evocation and imagery."
Guest of Honor, Copyright Talk
The Congress' guest of honor was the Honorable Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan who talked about "Literature and Writers' Welfare." He committed himself to raise the national political discourse, with help from the writers' sector, and promised to develop a legislative plan that will benefit Filipino authors.
The lecture on copyright by Atty. Louie Calvario from the Intellectual Property Office was most enlightening for everybody. Ms. Debbie Gaite's sharing about the experience of FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in collecting music royalties inspired the writers to chart a similar economic copyright windfall.
New set of UMPIL officers
As finale of the Congress, UMPIL members elected its new set of officers. V.E. Carmelo D. Nadera Jr. was voted as Chairman. The other members of the Executive Board are Jun Balde, Vice Chairman; Celina S. Cristobal, Secretary-General, Rebecca T. Añonuevo, Treasurer; and Ruby Gamboa Alcantara, Auditor .
The Board of Directors are Romulo P. Baquiran Jr., Karina Africa Bolasco, Wendell Capili, Michael M. Coroza, Juan S.P. Hidalgo, Marne Kilates, Mario I. Miclat, Fidel Rillo, Frank Rivera, Beverly W. Siy, and Joaquin Sy.
Chairman Nadera says he will gear the organization in the next three years toward things close to the author's heart, like mutual support in the creative production and life issues.
- Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr.
The 2nd Philippine Graphic/Fiction
Calling all Filipino writers, artists,
and just about anyone with a wild imagination!
Neil Gaiman invites you to join this nationwide
writing competition to seek out excellent work
in two categories: comics and prose fiction.
The deadline for submission of
entries is on October 31, 2007.
Over P300,000 in prizes, including
P100,000 grand prize for the first place winners!
1st Prize - P100,000
2nd Prize - P30,000
3rd Prize - P15,000
1st Prize - P100,000
2nd Prize - P30,000
3rd Prize - P15,000
guidelines and official
September 8, 2007
Writers, Senator Mar Roxas, and
Palanca family join hands for Philippine literature
On its 57th year, the Carlos Palanca
Memorial Awards for Literature, the country’s
premier literary awards, honored this year’s
winners in 18 categories in the awards ceremony
held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City with
Senator Mar Roxas as the guest speaker.
Senator Mar Roxas who has been
described as “one of the young leaders in
politics and business who will bring Asia and
the Pacific to the forefront of world affairs”
is known for his advocacies on quality education,
livelihood programs, information technology, consumer
welfare, and good governance.
Sen. Roxas was conferred with the
Palanca Awards’ Gawad Dangal ng Lahi during
Multi-awarded playwright and poet,
Nicholas B. Pichay, became the 20th Palanca Hall
of Fame awardee after winning his fifth first
prize with his Filipino full-length play entry,
Tres Ataques de Corazon.
The list of winners for this year’s
Palanca Awards, half of which are first-time winners,
1st – Miguel G. Alcarazen
2nd – Marlon G. Manuel (Kolono)
3rd – Renei Patricia E. Dimla (Katay)
Dulang Ganap Ang Haba
1st – Nicolas B. Pichay (Tres Ataques De
2nd – Edward P. Perez (Apuntador)
3rd – Rodolfo C. Vera (Ang Mga Huwad)
Dulaang May Isang Yugto
1st – Christopher D. Martinez (Our Lady
2nd – Jose Dennis C. Teodosio (Baka Sakali)
3rd – Lateya P. Bucoy (Ellas Inocentes)
1st – Annalyn L. Leyesa (Bahay-Bahayan)
2nd – Ma. Jovita E. Zarate (Sa Hulo't Libis
Ng Aking Bayan)
3rd – Maribel Bagabaldo-Frasure (Stet)
1st – Anna Larisa Victoria U. Vega (Ang
Huling Ngiti Ng Pagkalinga)
2nd – Mary Anne Jelli E. Gaza (Isang Siglo,
Isang Dekada't Isang Taon)
3rd – Kathleen Teresa M. Ramos (Tatawa Na
1st – Carlos M. Piocos III (Corpus)
2nd – Rebecca T. Añonuevo (Paglingon
Sa Pag-Asa At Iba Pang Tula)
3rd – Renato L. Santos (Sosy, Atbp....)
Maikling Kuwentong Pambata
1st – Sheila Gonzales-Dela Cuesta (Junior)
2nd – Joachim Emilio B. Antonio (Ang Ampalaya
Sa Pinggan Ni Peepo)
3rd – Michael M. Coroza (Imibisibol Man
1st – Allan Alberto N. Derain (Paputian
2nd – Jerome B. Gomez (Desperately, Susan)
3rd – Dana Batnag (D Bampyr Chronicles...O
Kwento Ng Mga Tao Sa Bayang Walang Hope)
Maikling Kuwento - Cebuano
1st – Merlie M. Alunan (Pamato)
2nd – Ferdinand L. Balino (Absent, Ma'am)
3rd – Noel P. Tuazon (Kundat Sa Unang Gugma)
Maikling Kuwento - Hiligaynon
1st – Peter Solis Nery (Candido)
2nd – Felino Salem Garcia, Jr. (Sa Hingapusan)
3rd – No Winner
Maikling Kuwento - Iluko
1st – Noli S. Dumlao (Dadapilan)
2nd – Bernardo D. Tabbada (Ti Danapidip
Nga Addang Ni Manong Rod)
3rd – Aurelio S. Agcaoili (Alimpapatok Iti
Panawen Ti Ariangga)
1st – Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza (Pure)
2nd – Glenn Sevilla Mas (Games People Play)
3rd – Cynthia Lapeña-Amador (The
1st – Debbie Ann Tan (Time Waits)
2nd – Joshua L. Lim So (Portraits)
3rd – Allan Lopez (Battery Park)
1st – Mikael de Lara Co (Hands For A Fistful
2nd – José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes (Imaginary
3rd – Dinah Roma-Sianturi (Geographies Of
1st – Angelo R. Lacuesta (Flames)
2nd – Douglas James Limpe Candano (Dreaming
3rd – Crystal Gail Shangkuan Koo (Benito
Salazar's Last Creation)
Short Story For Children
1st – Lakambini A. Sitoy (The Elusive Banana
2nd – Dean Francis Alfar (Poor, Poor Luisa)
3rd – Ian Fermin R. Casocot (The Last Days
1st – Wilfredo O. Pascual, Jr. (Lost In
2nd – Rosalinda Lejano-Massebieau (Culture
Shocked: A Story of Recovery)
3rd – Allan J. Pastrana (The Lady's Train)
1st – Cristina Gratia T. Tantengco (Humor,
Faith, Bayanihan and Kayod: Survival Tools For
The 21st Century Filipino)
2nd – Juan Emmanuel P. Batuhan (Sterling
3rd – Hannah L. Co (Adaptability)
Established in 1950 to honor Don
Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to
serve as an incentive for Filipino writers to
craft their outstanding literary works; to serve
as a repository of Filipino literary masterpieces,
and its dissemination to the public especially
September 8, 2007
National Book Awards Winners
Best Book in Cultural Studies:
at Pag-unlad ng Dulaang Pambata sa Pilipinas,
by Arthur P. Casanova. UST Publishing House.
- Treading Through:
45 Years of Philippine Dance, by Basilio
Esteban S. Villaruz. University of the Philippines
Press and Philippine Folklife Museum Foundation.
( Isagani R. Cruz)
Best Book in Theology/Religion:
- God Was Not
in the Wind: An Evolutionary Understanding of
Popular Religion in the Philippines, by
Jimmy A. Belita, C.M. Adamson University Press.
(Isagani R. Cruz)
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Prize for Best Book on Business/Economics/Finance:
- Coconut: The
Philippines’ Money Tree , by Renato
M. Labadan. RM Labadan and Associates and University
Research and Resource Development. (Isagani
R. Cruz and Amado T. Tetangco, Jr.)
Best Book on Sports:
- Pacific Storm:
Dispatches on Pacquiao of the Philippines,
by Recah Trinidad. Anvil / Inquirer. (Juaniyo
Best Book on Plays:
- Mga Premyadong
Dula, by Lito Casaje. De La Salle University
Press. (Juaniyo Arcellana)
Best Cookbook/Best Book
on Food: (both nominees win)
- The Governor-General’s
Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period
Recipes, 1521-1935 , by Felice Prudente
Sta. Maria. Anvil.
- Potluck, Hidalgo
Bonding: A Family Heritage Cookbook, edited
by Jaime C. Laya and Adelaida Lim. Anvil. (Juaniyo
Best Book of Essays:
- Science Solitaire:
Essays on Science, Nature, and Becoming Human,
by Maria Isabel Garcia. Ateneo de Manila University
Press. (Alfred A. Yuson)
- The Manila We Knew, edited by
Best Book in the Social
- Adios, Patria
Adorada: The Filipino as Ilustrado, the Ilustrado
as Filipino, by Alfredo Roces. De La Salle
University Press. (Alfred A. Yuson)
Alfonso T. Ongpin Prize
for Best Book on Art/Architecture: (2
- Ani: The Life
and Art of Hermogena Borja Lungay, Boholano
Painter, by Marjorie Evasco. UST Publishing
from the Heart: ArtPetron, The First Five Years,
by Alice G. Guillermo. Petron Corporation. (Alfred
A. Yuson & Maribel Ongpin)
Best Children’s Book:
- Bad Kings,
by Gilda Cordero Fernando. Anvil. (Danton R.
- Beyond the
Great Wall: A Family Journal, by Mario
I. Miclat. Anvil.
- Kapitan: Geny
Lopez and the Making of ABS-CBN, by Raul
Rodrigo. ABS-CBN Publishing.
- Myself, Elsewhere,
by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil. Nakpil Publishing.
(Ruel de Vera)
Juan C. Laya Prize for
Best Book of Fiction in a Foreign Language:
- Banyaga: A
Song of War, by Charlson Ong. Anvil.
- The Jupiter
Effect, by Katrina Tuvera. Anvil. (Danton
R. Remoto & Ma. Regina L. DeGracia)
- The Manila
We Knew, edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio.
Anvil. (Ruel de Vera)
Best Book in the Sciences:
- A Guide to
Families of Common Flowering Plants in the Philippines,
by Irma Remo Castro. University of the Philippines
to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (
C.A.M.), by Victoriano Y. Lim. University of
Santo Tomas Publishing House. (Ruel de Vera)
Best Edited Book:
- Great Scott!:
The New Day William Henry Scott Reader,
edited by Bezalie Bautista Uc-Kung. New Day.
(Ophelia A. Dimalanta, Chair)
Best Book on Education:
True: 100 Years of Scholastican Education, 1906-2006,
edited by Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz, Paulynn
Paredes Sicam, Karina Africa Bolasco, and Ma.
Ceres P. Doyo. St. Scholastica’s College.
(Ophelia A. Dimalanta, Chair)
Best Book on Film/Film
Filming of Literature: Sources, Contexts and
Adaptations, by Joyce L. Arriola. University
of Santo Tomas Publishing House. (Ophelia A.
Best Book of Short Fiction:
Pagdating sa Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong
Kasisindakan, Aklat 1 / Malagim ang Gabi sa
Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong Kasisindakan,
Aklat 2, by Tony Perez. Anvil.
by Zosimo Quibilan Jr. University of the Philippines
Press. (Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist)
Best Book of Poems:
- Gagamba sa
Uhay: Kalipunan ng mga Haiku, by Rogelio
G. Mangahas. C&E Publishing.
by Jerry B. Gracio. University of the Philippines
Press. (Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist)
- The Colonial
Odyssey of Leyte, 1521-1914, by Manuel
Artigas y Cuerva, translated by Rolando O. Borrinaga
and Cantius J. Kobak. New Day.
- Gagamba sa
Uhay: Kalipunan ng mga Haiku, by Rogelio
G. Mangahas, translated by Marne L. Kilates.
C&E Publishing. (Virgilio S. Almario, National
Juan C. Laya Prize for
Best Book of a Fiction in a Vernacular Language:
by Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr. University
of the Philippines Press.
- The Governor-General’s
Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period
Recipes, 1521-1935, by Felice Prudente
Sta. Maria, designed by Guillermo Ramos. Anvil.
Publisher of the Year:
September 8, 2007
Finalists for 4th Premio Tomas
Two essays, two short stories and
ten collections of poetry are in contention for
top honors in the Region’s most coveted
This was announced recently by
Carlos Arejola, chairman of the Bicol-wide Premio
Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon. The
literature award is named in honor of the Bicolano
nationalist writer and patriot, and a leading
member of the Propaganda Movement and the Malolos
Cited in the essay category are:
“Ringgaw nin Imahinasyon, Kawat sa Pagtukdo”
by Judith Balares-Salamat of Pili, Camarines Sur”
and “An Dalan nin Pakikisumaro” by
Adrian V. Remodo of Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.
The finalists for the fiction category
are: “Abaniko” by Marissa Reorizo-Casillan
of Naga City and “An Kris” by Irene
L. Taniegra of Pili, Camarines Sur.
The ten poetry collections cited
this year are as follows: “Ini, an mga buhay
ta” by Jaime Jesus Borlagdan of Tabaco City;
“Tinalbong ko su Tibabong” by Ryan
B. de los Reyes of Baao, Camarines Sur; “Mga
Tigsik” by Aida B. Cirujales of Naga City;
“Agbay a Oras Sana” by Eurely P. Arroyo
of Buhi, Camarines Sur; “Paradakop kan Pangiturugan”
by Marissa Reorizo-Casillan of Naga City; “Hapiyap
kan Kalangitan” by Jerico Rebadeo of Calabanga,
Camarines Sur; “Rawitdawit Haleng Camaligan”
by Jhonald A. Caballero of Camaligan, Camarines
Sur; “Sa Banal asin sa Mga Tampalasan”
by Adrian V. Remodo of Lagonoy, Camarines Sur:
“Lagatak sa Riles kan Tren”by Christine
P. Cordez of Milaor, Camarines Sur; and “Antisipasyon
asin iba pang mga rawitdawit” by Victor
Dennis T. Nierva of San Fernando, Camarines Sur.
The said finalists will receive
the PTALB Diploma of Merit on September 19, this
year at the St. Vincent de Paul Auditorium of
the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga City. The
best entries, to be named in said occasion, will
receive P2,500 and the PTALB gold medallion. A
grand prize winner shall then be chosen from the
among the category winners and will be conferred
the title Parasurat nin Taon (Writer of the Year)
and receive P10,000 cash. The public is invited
to the awarding ceremonies.
The Arejola Foundation for Social
Responsibility, the prime mover of the annual
literary tilt, also spearheads the Juliana Arejola-Fajardo
Workshop sa Pagsurat-Bikol and the Aldaw ni Ludovico
outreach program. The latter commemorates the
1900 ascension of Gen. Ludovico Arejola as over-all
commander of Ambos Camarines during the Filipino-American
September 8, 2007
UMPIL elects new Board Members
The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas
(UMPIL) elects new set of officers during its
33rd National Writers Congress on 25 August 2007
at the Pulungang Recto, College of Arts and Letters
Building , University of the Philippines Diliman.
Prof. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D.
Nadera Jr., the director of Likhaan: U.P. Institute
of Creative Writing, succeeds poet Roberto Añonuevo
as the new Chair of the Board that include Engr.
Abdon Balde Jr. (Vice Chairman); Ms. Celina Cristobal
(Secretary General); Dr. Rebecca Añonuevo
(Treasurer); and Dr.Ruby Gamboa Alcantara (Auditor).
Other members are Prof. Romulo Baquiran, Ms. Karina
Bolasco, Prof. Wendell Capili, Prof. Mike Coroza,
Mr. Marne Kilates, Dr. Mario Miclat, Prof. Charlson
Ong, Mr. Fidel Rillo, Mr. Frank Rivera, Prof.
Beverly Siy, and Mr. Joaquin Sy.
UMPIL held its first meeting in
1974 at the Social Security System Building in
Quezon City. Organized to unite Filipino writers
and promote Philippine literature, UMPIL's first
set of officers were Adrian E. Cristobal, chairperson,
J.V. Cruz, vice-chairperson, and Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil,
secretary-general. Its first major project was
hosting the Afro-Asian Writer's Symposium held
on 3 Jan-3 Feb 1975 in Manila.
September 8, 2007
2007 Pinoy Haiku Contest Winners
to stoop low,
With the knees bent to savour
The beauty of moss.
| Gian Carlo B. Dizon
||Take heart, brother toad—
Who knows what you'll be next day
Even grasses bloom
|Rodrigo G. Langit
||And the monsoon kissed.
Bliss, the meadows yearning cheek
Blooms with palay seeds.
Rosario M. Sanvictores
|Fallen brown blossoms
Of dainty sampaguitas
Crowned the mighty loam
|Jenny Ann C. Aniban
|The two alnos trees
That protect the house from wind
Are thirty years now
Nenita C. Davila
|Early morning dew
On top of banana leaf
Reflects rising sun
Ma. Georgina dJ. Verdolaga
Pinned on mother nature's breast
Sweet breath of morning
|Ma. Concepcion Josefa H. De
||Planting time has come
Barren mountain growing green
Rain soaks thirsty ground
|Reynaldo A. Duque
Hahalik sa alabok.
|Eddie O. Oguing
||Lilim ng punong mangga.
Wala mang unan,
T'yak mananaginip ka.
|Reynaldo Bienvenido R. Duque
||Sa kawayang lawiswis,
|Louise Vincent B. Amante
||Kung halaman sa paso'y
Mundo nati'y may buhay.
Antonio C. Go
||Mahirap o mayaman,
Isang araw, isang b'wan
|Khay B. Estares
||Ahas! Doon sa lawa.
Manghuhuli ng isda.
|Olive A. Rillo
||Dinggin huni ng ibon!
Awit nya'y hudyat.
Pagsibol ng luntian.
|Vener R. Serafico
||Butil na itinanim
of Japan in the Philippines
August 11, 2007
"Miskol" is 2006 word of the year
"Miskol" is word of the year, besting eleven other entries to the 2007 Sawikaan: Salita ng Taon conference held in UP Diliman last August 2-3, 2007. Filipino language scholars, teacher delegates, and students chose the three winning words that include "roro" and "friendster."
Ateneo de Naga professor Adrian Remodo, miskol paper presenter, said the missed call practice among Filipinos is a world away from the New York usage. While the latter is nothing more than a missed business talk, miskol is enmeshed in the paramdam psychology of Filipinos. That split second ring on one's phone connotes "Buhay pa ako. Magparamdam ka naman." (I am still alive. Please get in touch soon.)
Akin to last year's "lobat", miskol is borne out of the Filipinos' going gaga over cell phone communication. But we claimed the technology and put it to uses peculiar to us. Language plays an important role in this cultural hijacking. We also say "Miskulin mo ako" to register a new cell number, find a misplaced phone, or simply to brag about a newly downloaded ringtone.
The runner up words, roro and friendster are almost as significant as the number one term. Roro is short for roll on-roll off or the inter-island, cross country transport system designed to spur national progress. Kristian Cordero, the Bikolano writer/presenter, said it is a relevant term as it implicates the archipelagic and waterworld transhistory of the Philippines. A political meaning also adheres to this word as the Macapagal administration highlights it as part of its developmental campaign. "Will we take the roro boat trick seriously?," Cordero asked.
Another phenomenon that gripped Filipinos in recent years is Friendster, the cyberspace personal site that connects friends and would be friends. Originally a date search program, more than five million Filipinos appropriated it as substitute to eyeballing and as a kind of conquest of the space/time barrier. Ateneo de Manila's Boom Enriquez said, Friendster and other cyperspace interlinks create a "third space" for the stressed-out yuppies. It is a place where one can present one's true or invented identity and forget the vulgarity of real life.
Other words that played important roles in contemporary Filipino life include sutukil (short Visayan sugba-tula-kilaw), videoke, make over, telenobela, extra judicial killing, party list, abrodista, oragon, and safety.
Equally productive were the panel discussions on Filipino as global language by professors Florentino Hornedo and Ruth Elynia Mabanglo and the lectures on Mexican and French language development by Ambassador Erendira Araceli Paz Campos and First Secretary Georges-Gaston Feydeau. The participants learned insights relevant to the Filipino language advocacy.
Last year's conference papers are now available in book form, Sawikaan 2006 (Roberto T. Añonuevo and Galileo Zafra, editors. Quezon City:University of the Philippines Press, 2007) which was launched during the conference. National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio S. Cao and book illustrator Pandi Aviado attended the event. They also opened the illustration exhibit held at the venue's adjoining gallery.
Sawikaan underscores the primary role of language in how we Filipinos perceive and make sense of the world. The roster of entries to this year's conference patently proves this. Sawikaan 2007 is funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Blas Ople Foundation, and spearheaded by the Filipinas Institute of Translation (FIT). The UP President's Office, UP Diliman Chancellor's Office, and the UP College of Arts and Letters were also important sponsors. Visit http://www.sawikaan.net for more information.
August 5, 2007
2007 Man Asian Literary Prize - Longlist Announced
Adrienne Clarkson named Chair of the panel of
Hong Kong, 20 July 2007
– The Administrative Committee for the 2007
Man Asian Literary Prize has today announced
the longlist of works for this inaugural prize
Tulsi Badrinath, The Living
Sanjay Bahadur, The Sound Of Water
Kankana Basu, Cappuccino Dusk
Sanjiv Bhatla, Injustice
Shahbano Bilgrami, Without Dreams
Saikat Chakraborty, The Amnesiac
Jose Dalisay Jr., Soledad's Sister
Reeti Gadekar, Families at Home
Xiaolu Guo, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
Ameena Hussein, The Moon in the Water
Nu Nu Yi Inwa, Smile As They Bow
Jiang Rong, Wolf Totem
Hitomi Kanehara, Autofiction
N S Madhavan, Litanies of Dutch Battery
Laxmi Narayan Mishra, The Little God
Mo Yan, Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out
Nalini Rajan, The Pangolin's Tale
Chiew-Siah Tei, Little Hut of Leaping Fishes
Shreekumar Varma, Maria's Room
Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, Seeing The Girl
Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Pichaikuppan
Xu Xi, Habit of a Foreign Sky
Egoyan Zheng, Fleeting Light
This longlist of 23 unpublished
works of Asian fiction in English will be reviewed
and evaluated by the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize
judges, who will announce a shortlist of works
in October 2007. The winner will be announced
on Saturday, 10 November at an awards ceremony
in Hong Kong.
The judging panel for the 2007
Man Asian Literary Prize is: Adrienne Clarkson,
former Governor General of Canada (Chair); André
Aciman, New York-based author and scholar, and
Nicholas Jose, writer, scholar and former Cultural
Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in China.
The 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize
longlist was chosen from among 243 submissions
received from all over Asia. Approximately two-thirds
of the submissions came from South Asia; the largest
single group of submissions was from India. The
rest came from throughout East Asia. The Prize
received submissions from well-established as
well as first-time authors, and entries included
translated works as well as works originally in
The longlist was produced by a
joint committee of senior faculty from the University
of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong
Kong, overseen by Professors Christopher Hutton
and David Parker, Chairs of the respective English
Peter Gordon, Chairman of the Man
Asian Literary Prize, said: “This first
year's submissions exceed our expectations both
in quantity and breadth. We are very pleased at
the reception this inaugural Prize has received
throughout the region and to see submissions from
almost every country in Asia. Submitting a new
work to a new Prize can be a courageous act, especially
for unpublished authors, and we are grateful to
all the au thors who took part.”
Man Group plc is the sponsor of
the Man Asian Literary Prize. Man Group also sponsors
the annual Man Booker Prize and the bi-annual
Man Booker International Prize.
February 12, 2007
hits and counting
By Arvin Abejo Mangohig
The Internet is the temple of the
temporal. What you’re staring at your computer
right now isn’t real, a solid object, an
actual physical thing. It is ethereal. A website
is here today, gone tomorrow. Blogs, pages, entire
portals disappear into the netherworld of servers,
databases, connectors and mainframes. Megabytes
of data pour into homes The Matrix-like but awaken
no Neos and Trinitys. Only a few sites survive;
those who have built up their brand names, those
who have amassed regular visitors, those which
Just a few days shy of its birthdate
(February 11), panitikan.com.ph notched up its
1,000,000 hit on February 5, 2007. The visitor
may have been from the Philippines. Or he or she
could have been from China, Japan, the United
States of America or Qatar. The mega-hit passed
unbeknownst to him. It was actually history in
Panitikan.com.ph began in the last
few months of 2005 but had been envisioned by
Vim Nadera long before he was UP ICW director.
Proposals and website designs were hewn and crafted
by its hopeful staff even without the guarantee
of the project actually pushing through. Finally,
in December of that year, the National Commission
on Culture and the Arts gave the nod.
More than three hundred author
profiles, five hundred literary works, and countless
news articles later, panitikan.com.ph got its
millionth visitor on a Monday, the weekday which
has the largest percentage of visitors. It was
only a matter of time. Just this year, the website’s
record high reached over 8,000 hits a day, up
by 2,000 from last year’s record.
Up for project renewal this year,
the website plans to expand to Visayas and Mindanao
even as it attempts to record the comings and
goings of Filipino literati and more anthologize
literary works and. This push to augment and expand
bodes well for Philippine literature as panitikan.com.ph
strives to be its face in the chaos and ephemera
of the Internet. Posterity and certainty are values,
in the realm of the Internet, which are all the
more sought after.
February 12, 2007
First two legs of Pagpupugay
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
National Artists for Literature
Edith Tiempo and Alejandro Roces recently wrapped
up their Pagpupugay hometown legs last February
2 and 3 respectively.
Tiempo was honored at the Luce
Auditorium in Silliman University. The Silliman
University Kahayag Dance Troupe interpreted Tiempo’s
works. Poets Cesar Ruiz Aquino, Ian Casocot and
Matilde Hescock read their favorite poems of hers.
Tiempo also delivered the keynote speech “Sharpening
the Two Poetry Basic.” Over eight hundred
people were there to witness the tribute to the
well-loved poet and critic.
Alejandro Roces was honored at
the Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro. “Of
Cocks and Roces,” by the Integrated Performing
Arts Guild as directed by Steven Patrick Fernandez,
was presented, an obvious nod to Roces’
more popular work. The SRO crowd also enjoyed
Roces’ lecture on Philippine Short Stories.
NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez
was on hand to deliver a special message.
The Pagpupugay sa Pambansang Alagad
ng Sining sa Panitikan is a project of the National
Commission on Culture and the Arts, the UP Institute
of Creative Writing and Pambansang Samahan sa
Wika Inc. Virgilio Almario, Bienvenido Lumbera
and F. Sionil Jose are set to deliver their own
lectures in their hometowns.
January 25, 2007
Filipino poets wins again
Luisa A. Igloria has just won first
prize in the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize with
poet-essayist Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate2004-2006,
as judge. Her poem "Venom" won USd 1,000
and will be published along with the finalists
in the North American Reviews's "National
Poetry Month" March-April issue.
Patrick Rosal’s poem “The
Blue Room” meanwhile, was also selected
as one of the “Best
of the Net 2006."
Rosal has come out with poetry
collections published by Persea Books: Uprock
Headspin Scramble and Dive, winner
of the 2003 Asian American Writers' Workshop Members'
Choice Award, and My American Kundiman.
His poem appeared in Boxcar
Poetry Review, and was chosen for 2006 Best
of the Net Anthology of Sundress Publications.
Paul Guest was judge.
Meanwhile, Joel Toledo continues
his winning streak. He won first and third prizes
in the 2006 Meritage Press Holiday Poetry contest.
His "Atonement" and "Contact"
gained him the gold and bronze finish. Last year,
he also won the NCCA Writers Prize for Poetry
and garnered an Honorable Mention in the 2005
Meritage Press Poetry Prize.
Michelle Bautista, a Filipino-American
poet, selected the winning poems. They will be
published in Meritage Press' online
magazine next month.
January 12, 2007
Marc Gaba wins Boston Review contest
Boston Review (http://bostonreview.net/),
a political and literary forum, has announced
Marc Gaba as the winner of its ninth annual poetry
contest. His winning works appeared in the Review’s
November/December 2006 issue. C.D. Wright will
Marc Gaba attended the University
of Iowa for his Masters of Fine Arts degree. He
is a Palanca award winner and is a member of the
High Chair group. Gaba currently teaches creative
writing at the UP Diliman.
for his enlightening interview with Conchitina
Cruz. Click here
for his review of Allan Popa’s book Samsara.
January 12, 2007
Adarna Books promo
Adarna House has launched a great
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a chance to win one of 5 digital reproductions
of Adarna storybook artworks. Draw date: Dec.
4. Promo runs until supplies last.
November 30, 2006
Free gift and christmas sale at
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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/
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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 15, 2006
Author wins PBBY-Salanga Prize
the second time
The Philippine Board on Books for
Young People awards the 2007 PBBY-Salanga Prize
to Jeanette Patindol, for her story entitled "Tight
Times." The winning story is about a child
who learns about dealing with changes in the family
as her father loses his job.
This year’s honorable mention
winners are Mae Astrid Tobias for "Tatay's
Photographs," Emerson Bengco for "Ang
Makulay na Mahika ni Tito Mona," and Lorna
Billanes "The Goodbye Balloon."
Patindol shall be awarded a medal
and P25,000 in cash at the National Children’s
Book Day celebration at the Cultural Center of
the Philippines in July 2007.
Jeanette Patindol previously won
the PBBY-Salanga Prize in 2004 for her story entitled
"Papa’s House, Mama’s House."
She lives in Bacolod and has been a fellow of
several writing workshops, the most recent of
which is the 5th Barlaya Writing for Children
Workshop held at the Ateneo de Manila University
last September. She would like to write more quality
stories for children, those which focus on addressing
real life challenges and help build character
and spirit at the same time.
For inquiries about the contest,
contact the PBBY Secretariat at telephone number
372-3548 loc. 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
before the event.
Joel Toledo wins Bridport Prize
Joel Toledo won 2nd place in the
Bridport Prize, a contest for poetry and short
story writing. His poem “The Same Old Figurative,”
a sinuous lyrical meditation, impressed poetry
judge Lavinia Greenlaw and earned him 1,000 British
pounds (over Php 94,000).
The awarding ceremonies will be
held on November 18 at the Bridport Arts Center
in Dorset. Official results of this year’s
contest will be published on November 19 in the
contest’s website (http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/).
The contest debuted in 1973 and has Andrew Motion
as one of its previous winners.
Toledo’s entries so impressed
Greenlaw that his other poems also garnered him
third and runner-up prize in her winner’s
list. The British Council sponsored Philippine
entries, 120 of which were submitted to contest
organizers. “Figurative” bested over
5,600 poems. A total of 10,500 entries for poetry
and short stories from all over the world were
Joel Toledo is a Creative Writing
graduate of UP Diliman. He also won this year’s
NCCA Writers Prize.
for the full text of “The Same Old Figurative.”
With reports from The
UP Newsletter and The Philippine Star.
October 31, 2006
Best First Book Award 2006 names finalists
by Vic Nierva
Two fiction books and three poetry
collections were named finalists of the annual
Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA),
the Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing
(UP-ICW) and the Madrigal-Gonzalez family announced
on Thursday, October 19.
Included in the shortlist are fiction
books Iskrapuk (UP Press) by Allan Derain and
Pangangaluluwa at Iba Pang Kuwento (UP Press)
by Jimmuel C. Naval; and poetry collections Mga
Tulang Tulala: Mga Piling Tula sa Filipino, Bikol
at Rinconada (Goldprint Publishing House) by Kristian
Sendon Cordero; Order of the Poets: Poems in English
and Filipino (Akdang Bayan) by Jaime Dasca Doble;
Ibang Daan Pauwi: Mga Tula (University of Santo
Tomas Publishing House) by Manolito Sulit.
The winner will be announced on
December 8, 2006, after a book forum with the
finalists at 2 p.m. Both will be held at the Pulungang
Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
The winner will receive a cash prize of P50,000.
The Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First
Book Award, established in February 2001 and administered
since then by the UP ICW, is the only award-winning
body in the Philippines that recognizes first
books by new authors published within the last
two years. It is sponsored by the Madrigal and
Gonzalez families, through Atty. Gizela Gonzalez
Montinola, writer and granddaughter of Bienvenido
Gonzalez, former UP President, and daughter of
Gonzalo Gonzalez, former member of the UP Board
According to UP ICW director Vim
Nadera, the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book
Award encourages beginning writers to persevere
in writing and publishing, and it also encourages
publishers to take risk with new authors.
The award covers all genres of
creative writing and nominations may come from
publishing houses, university presses, creative
writing centers, writers’ organizations,
and other literary enthusiasts. It is given on
alternate years to writers in English and writers
Previous winners were Life After
X, a story collection in English by Angelo R.
Lacuesta (2001), Paghuhunos, novel in Filipino
by Ellen L. Sicat (2002), Smaller and Smaller
Circles, a novel in English by Felisa H. Batacan
(2003), Makinilyang Altar, a novel in Filipino
by Luna Sicat-Cleto (2004), and The Sky Over Dimas
a novel in English by Vicente Groyon (2005).
This year’s members of the
board of judges are Malou Jacob, Luna Sicat-Cleto
and Rene O. Villanueva.
October 4, 2006
Vim Nadera Wins S.E.A. Write Award
Vim Nadera flew to Thailand to
receive his 2006 S.E.A. Write Award. The awarding
will be on Monday, October 9 in Bangkok. The awards
presentation and gala dinner will be presided
over by no less than His Royal Highness Crown
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness
Princess Srirasm. Nadera and the other nine winners
will receive cash prizes and will be feted at
the welcome dinner.
Nadera won with his entry Kayumanggi,
a collection of poems translated into English
by Ramil Gulle, Sandra Roldan, Vic Nierva, Francis
Quina and Arvin Abejo Mangohig. The collection
tackles a wide variety of themes such as love,
war and imperialism. Nadera is a poet, teacher
and the current director of the UP Institute of
Creative Writing, a position once occupied by
National Artists for Literature Francisco Arcellana
and Virgilio Almario.
S.E.A. Write stands for South East
Asian Writers Awards which was established to
honor leading poets and writers in the ASEAN region.
The ten countries which comprise the ASEAN region
are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
and Vietnam. The S.E.A. Write Awards is currently
celebrating its 26th Anniversary of literary excellence.
Past winners of the S.E.A. Write
from the Philippines are Roberto Anonuevo and
Additional information from: http://www.seawrite.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0917-787-4956, or Dominique Garde Torres (Nikki)
September 12, 2006
Filmakers and documentarists needed
The 2006 International Coastal
Cleanup is looking for filmmakers/ documentarists
who are willing to lend their talents for free
to this year's event by documenting it. Please
contact Sasi Cosino at 09168943360.
Be a volunteer!
Join the 2006 International Coastal
Cleanup rally concert on Sept. 12, Tuesday, 6pm
onward at the Podium Chill area.
With live performances from Kadangyan,
The Youth, Mano Mano, Lolita Carbon of ASIN, Join
the Club, Flying Rat’s Ass, Einstein Chakras,
Jacob, and other bands.
Visit the daylong underwater photo
and film exhibit at the Lounge area, 2nd floor
of The Podium.
The coastal cleanup is happening
on Sept. 16, Saturday, at the Planet Dive Resort,
This year’s cleanup is brought
to you by Glowingbasket Productions, Planet Dive
Resort, International Marinelife Alliance, Center
for Environmental Awareness and Education, The
Podium, Rotary Club of Manila San Miguel District
3810, Greenpeace, San Miguel Beer and NU107.
September 6, 2006
Palanca Winners Honored
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature
honored last September 1, 2006 this year’s
winners of the country’s premier literary
awards for its 56th edition.
Majority of the winners are university
students, two winners are affiliated with the
two leading networks, and one winner each from
a local radio station and a national magazine.
More than half of the awardees
are first-time winners.
The awarding ceremonies held yesterday
at the Dusit Hotel Nikko in Makati City had National
Artist for Literature Dr.
Edith Lopez Tiempo as guest speaker.
Dr. Tiempo presently holds key
positions that are geared towards the development
of Philippine literature. She is the Executive
Consultant and Head of the National Academic Review
Board, CAP College – Dumaguete Office; English
Professor in Silliman University; and Director
of the National Summer Writers Workshop in Dumaguete
Dr. Tiempo herself won several
Palanca awards: Tracts of Babylon and Other Poems,
first prize, poetry in English, 1967; “The
Black Monkey,” third prize, 1951, “The
Dam,” second prize, 1955, and “Un
Bel Di,” first prize in 1969, all in the
short story in English category. Her novel, His
Native Coast, won the grand prize in the Cultural
Center of the Philippines Literary Contest in
1979, while her short stories “Chamber of
the Sea,” 1955, and “The Dimensions
of Fear,” 1959, both won first prizes in
the Philippine Free Press Literary contest.
Established in 1950 to honor Don
Carlos Palanca Sr., the awards aims to serve as
an incentive for Filipino writers to craft their
outstanding literary works; to serve as a repository
of Filipino literary masterpieces, and dissemination
to the public especially students.
This year’s Palanca awardees
1st Place – Cenon O. Palomares (Kusina)
2nd Place – Jim Diamond M. Libiran (Tribu)
3rd Place – Carlos A. Arejola (Ang Mundo
ay Iisa at Marami)
1st Place – Rodolfo R. Lana Jr. (Milagroso)
2nd Place – Jose Dennis C. Teodosio (Pulo)
3rd Place – Bonifacio P. Ilagan (Negatibo)
Dulang Ganap ang Haba
1st Place – Ma. Josephine C. Barrios (Gabriela)
2nd Place – Timothy Dacanay (Teatro Porvenir)
3rd Place – Liza Magtoto (’Nay Isa)
Dulang May Isang Yugto
1st Place – Job A. Pagsibigan (The Palanca
in My Mind)
2nd Place – Joel V. Almazan (Aba Ginoong
3rd Place – Christian U. Tordecillas (Dyip)
1st Place – Rosario Torres - Yu (Batang
2nd Place – Elyrah L. Salanga (Talambalay)
3rd Place – Ramon M. Bernardo (Alingawngaw
ng mga Kuliglig, Kalansing ng mga Tansan)
1st Place – Wilminia J. Balon (Package)
2nd Place – Allan Jay. T. Allonar Jr. (Ang
Pangako kay Asterz)
3rd Place – No Winner
1st Place – Rebecca T. Añonuevo (Sa
Tanda ng Pagsisimula ng Buhay)
2nd Place – Maria Josephine C. Barrios (Salit-salitang
mga Tula ng Pagsulyap, Pakikibaka at Paglingap)
3rd Place – Emmanuel V. Dumlao (Salamangka
Futuristic Fiction - Filipino
1st Place – Michael Francis C. Andrada (Tala-Huli
/ Huling Tala: Si Manong, Sa Dyip, Ang Drayber
at Ako, Ako Lang Naman, Ang Kanyang Pasahero)
2nd Place – Enrique C. Villasis (De-Lata)
3rd Place – Vladimeir B. Gonzales (Lunes,
Alas Diyes ng Umaga)
Maikling Kuwentong Pambata
1st Place – Bernadette V. Neri (Ang Ikaklit
sa Aming Hardin)
2nd Place – Maynard G. Manasala (Taguan-Pung)
3rd Place – Allan Alberto N. Derain (Ang
Regalo ng Taong Ibon)
1st Place – Eros S. Atalia (Si Intoy Syokoy
ng Kalye Marino)
2nd Place – Kristian Sendon-Cordero (Langaw)
3rd Place – Edgar B. Maranan (Buwan at Lupa)
Maikling Kuwento – Cebuano
1st Place - Lamberto Ceballos (Ang Ungo sa San
2nd Place – Richel G. Dorotan (Dayaspora)
3rd Place – Eleazar T. Acampado (Mata sa
Maikling Kuwento – Hiligaynon
1st Place – Leoncio P. Deriada (Duta para
sa mga Iskolar sang Banwa)
2nd Place – Peter S. Nery (Ang Kapid)
3rd Place – Bryan Mari Argos (Sagal-i)
Maikling Kuwento – Iluko
1st Place – Bernardo D. Tabbada (Nabungon
2nd Place – Danilo B. Antalan (Tugot)
3rd Place – Arnold P. Jose (Ni Ina Baket
Gimma, Ti Aso, ken Ti Atang)
1st Place – Glenn S. Mas (The Death of Memory)
2nd Place – Amelia L. Bonifacio (Chinchina
and the Five Mountains)
3rd Place – Maria Clarissa Estuar (Ask Me
Again When I’m Thirty)
1st Place – Steven Prince C. Fernandez (Ming
2nd Place – Joachim Emilio B. Antonio (Gabrielle)
3rd Place – Nikki Alfar (Life After Beth)
1st Place – Lawrence L. Ypil (The Highest
2nd Place – Sid G. Hildawa (Building a House,
and other Poems)
3rd Place – Raymundo T. Pandan Jr. (Illuminations
1st Place – No Winner
2nd Place – Corinna Esperanza A. Nuqui (Suman)
3rd Place – Arturo Ilano (A Monumental Race)
1st Place – Socorro Villanueva (Mahogany
2nd Place – Myrza Sison (Sink or Swim)
3rd Place – Ma. Celeste Flores-Coscolluela
Short Story for Children
1st Place – Ma. Celeste Flores-Coscolluela
2nd Place – Grace D. Chong (Big Brother)
3rd Place – Dean Francis Alfar (How Rosang
Taba Won a Race)
1st Place – Jose Edmundo O. Reyes (Fungibility,
Dead Souls and OCWs)
2nd Place – Edgar B. Maranan (Hometown Stories
and Footnotes to Childhood’s End)
3rd Place – Martin V. Villanueva (He’d
Rather be Relevant)
1st Place – Katrina G. Gomez (Restructuring
2nd Place – Ryan Edward L. Chua (Home)
3rd Place – Hannah L. Co (Coming Home)
September 6, 2006
Big names in Philippine literature
adjudge this year’s Palanca Awardees
This year’s recipients of
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature
were adjudged by the country’s leading
literary personalities, the award sponsor Carlos
Palanca Foundation, Inc. announced recently.
All of the judges hold key positions
in institutions that promote the development of
Philippine arts and literature.
Majority of the judges are members
of the academe, national media organizations,
publishing houses, and the performing arts, namely,
movie, television, and theater.
The panel of judges includes:
Loida F. Viriña
Roy C. Iglesias
DULANG GANAP ANG HABA
Chris B. Millado
Arthur P. Casanova
DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO
Manuel R. Buising
Anita M. Navarro
Lilia F. Antonio
Violeta A. Laraya
Arlene May Macapanpan
Vina P. Paz
Vivencio M. Talegon, Jr.
Rogelio G. Mangahas
Eugene Y. Evasco
Galileo S. Zafra
MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA
Luis P. Gatmaitan, MD.
Ani Rosa Almario
Heidi Emily E. Abad
Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Glady E. Gimena
Marco A.V. Lopez
Jaime An Lim
Edgar S. Godin
Isabel D. Sebullen
Ruby G. Alcantara
Nerio E. Jedeliz, Jr.
Reynaldo A. Duque
Noemi U. Rosal
Ma. Leonida Fres-Felix
Ophelia A. Dimalanta
Ricardo de Ungria
Ma. Milagros C. Laurel
Jose Neil Garcia
Khavn Dela Cruz
Gregorio C. Brillantes
Emily A. Abrera
SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN
Ma. Elena P. Locsin
Ma. Teresa H. Madamba
Edizon A. Fermin
Conrado de Quiros
Ma. Corazon R. Reyes
Jasmin E. Acuña
This year’s Palanca awardees
were recently honored at the Dusit Hotel Nikko
in Makati City.
Established in 1950 to honor Don
Carlos Palanca Sr., the awards aims to help develop
Philippine Literature for writers to craft their
most outstanding literary work; and to be a treasury
of the Philippines’ literary gems from our
gifted writers; and to assist in its dissemination
to the public, especially the students.
September 4, 2006
in 2006 Premio Tomas Arejola named
by Cora A. Arejola
Thirteen literary pieces and seven
collections of poetry have been shortlisted for
the 3rd Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang
Bikolnon. This was announced by Carlo Arejola,
managing director of the Arejola Foundation for
Social Responsibility, the pioneering spirit behind
Bicol’s premier literary prize.
Introibo Ad Altare Dei, Carlos
A. Ojeda, Naga City
Badas ni Satanas, Otello L. Santiano, Naga
Mga Rawit-dawit ni Padre Cabalquinto,
Fr. Philip Francis R. Bersabe, Naga City
Karangahan, Jaime Jesus U. Borlagdan, Tabaco
Folio, Victor Dennis T. Nierva, San Fernando,
Dios Marhay na Aldaw, Honesto M. Pesimo, Jr.,
An Pirang Aram Ko Manonongod sa Saimong Ngirit,
Edgar A. Ramores, Naga City
Sa Gapo kan Nakaagi, Jericho H. Rabadeo, Calabanga,
Aripompon nin Kapapadayawan, by Otello L.
Ibalong 2080, Estelito Baylon
Jacob, Camaligan, Camarines Sur
Anghel sa Dalipay, Austin John M. Ortinero,
Goa, Camarines Sur
Kolor Takla an Agaw-Diklom, Edgar A. Ramores,
Nagpalta an Dios, Otello L. Santiano, Naga
Bingkay, Fr. Philip Francis
R. Bersabe, Naga City
Pagkahalo-halo saka Hegemonikong Direksyon
kana mga Rimang Pang-igin sa PNR Site, Siyudad
nin Iriga, Jose Jason L. Chancoco, Iriga City
An Bikolano, Honesto M. Pesimo, Jr., Naga
Paghuba sa Magayon, Adrian V. Remodo, Lagonoy,
Stories for Children
Sabi ni ‘Pay, Nestor
R. Alagbate, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
An Rosas sa Disyerto, by Jericho H. Rabadeo,
Authors of the said cited entries
will each receive a framed Diploma of Merit in
a gala awards night on September 12, this year,
7 p.m. at the Naga City Youth Center. The best
entries, to be named in said occasion, will be
awarded P2,500 and gold medallion. A grand prize
winner shall then be chosen from among the said
category winners, who shall then receive 10,000.00
and the Premio Tomas Arejola statuette.
To make the said contemporary Bikol
writings available to the reading public, the
cited entries will be posted at http://www.oragonrepublic.com.
starting Sept. 1, as part of the Premio para sa
Parabasa, a readership prize aimed at meaningfully
involving the public by making available for their
critical appraisal the best entries submitted
to the Premio. Three literary criticisms will
be chosen to receive a writing fellowship to 4th
Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat-Bikol
and other prizes. Please email email@example.com
for more information.
Apart from the Premio Tomas and
the Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat
Bikol, the Arejola Foundation for Social Responsibility
also spearheads the Aldaw ni Ludovico outreach
program in Minalabac, which commemorates the 1900
ascension of Gen. Loduvico Arejola as over-all
commander of Ambos Camarines and Catanduanes during
the Filipino-American War. The literary prize
is named in honor of a patriot, writer and leading
member of the Propaganda Movement, and is co-sponored
by the Naga City Government and the Raul S. Roco
Library this year. (www.bicolmail.com)
August 25, 2006
American Firm Needs Writers of
Children's Stories in English
The National Book Development Board
(NBDB) is inviting all interested writers to work
for American Institutes for Learning, LLC. Managing
Director Mr. JJ Reyes explained through a letter
that AIL projects involve “producing adaptations
of American, British and European classic literature
as supplementary reading materials for English
To facilitate this endeavor for
more gainful employment for Filipino authors,
Reyes through the help of NBDB, will be conducting
a forum during his visit to the philippines for
the 27th manila International Book Fair to further
explain the details of the project to interested
participants. The said forum is scheduled on 30
August 2006, 5:30-8:00 pm at
the Function Room B, World Trade Center, Gil Puyat
Ave., Pasay City.
For more information, contact Salvador
Briola, Jr. at 929-3887 or email NBDB through
From The Philippine Star,
August 21, 2006
August 24, 2006
"Lobat" is Word of the
"Lobat" is declared word
of the year during the Sawikaan 2006: Pambansang
Kumperensiya sa Salita ng Taon, an annual language
conference sponsored by the Filipinas Institute
of Translation, National Commission for Culture
and the Arts, and the Blas F. Ople Foundation.
Sawikaan 2006 looked at the development
of Filipino as a national language and focuses
on new words or phrases that were popular in the
local socio-cultural scene in the preceding year.
An article by Ateneo professor
Jelson E. Capilos, "lobat" is chosen
by the the conference participants as one of the
five finalists that included "botox,"
"toxic," "spa," and "orocan."
The first runner up is "botox" by Dr.
Luis Gatmaitan and second is "toxic"
by UP instructor Michael Andrada.
"Lobat" made it as top
choice because of its interesting and relevant
review of literature, clear presentation, and
the startling conclusion that Filipinos nowadays
are much like the cellular phones—the ubiquitous
machines that symbolize modernity—that rely
so much on the mini batteries that discharges
energy in no time. Filipinos go "lobat"
because of personal, social, and global pressures.
"Botox," a brand name
of a toxin injected into faces to erase wrinkles,
easily made it as second choice, being popular
among many beauty conscious Filipinos who can
afford the expensive treatment.
"Toxic" refers to periods
when operators in call centers receive excessive
number of calls. Or it can be used as a tag to
any irksome person, thing, or experience.
"Spa" of course is what
you need when things go "lobat" or "toxic."
"Orocan," a plastic product brand, refers
hypocrites and liars.
The lone entry from Mindanao, "kudkod"
refers to internet chatting, particularly the
kind that aims to find a potential
mate. The other word of the year entriies include
"chacha," "birdflu," "meningococemia,"
"karir," and "payreted,"
Now on its third year, Sawikaan
is held at the University of the Philippines and
attended by teachers, linguists, and students
who come from all over the country. It aptly celebrates
the Buwan ng Wika.
August 24, 2006
List of winners of the Pinoy Haiku
The Awarding Ceremonies will held
at CME Auditorium, UST, Manila on September 2,
2006 1:00-5:00 PM, Saturday.
1st place Gian Carlo B. Dizon
2nd place Rodrigo V. de la Peña
3rd place Emmanuel V. Dumlao
1. Cristina A. Montes
2. Raymond T. Calbay
3. Gilbert Jacob S. Que
4. Peter G. Pagsuyuin
5. Armando G. Miclat Jr.
6. Amy L. Lee
7. Adrian Gener S. Mangui-ob
8. Adam Cornelius B. Asin
9. Lester C. Yee
10. Antonio C. Go
August 22, 2006
List of Nominees and Awardees
for this year's National Book Award
Philippine Speculative Fiction,
Volume I, edited by Dean Francis Alfar.
ART / ALFONSO T. ONGPIN AWARD FOR BEST BOOK ON
Anita Magsaysay-Ho: In Praise
of Women, by Alfredo Roces. Crucible Gallery.
Tanaw: Perspectives on the Bangko Sentral
ng Pilipinas Painting Collection, edited
by Ramon E. S. Lerma. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Bababa Ba? … Bababa:
Anecdotes of a Foreign Service Officer,
by Jose Abeto Zaide. Academic Publishing Corporation.
Don't Ever Tell Me You Can't, by Celia
Ruiz Tomlinson. DLSU Press.
John F. Hurley S.J.: Wartime Superior (1941-1945)
in the Philippines, edited by Jose S. Arcilla,
S.J. ADMU Press.
The Last Full Moon: Lessons on My Life,
by Gilda Cordero Fernando. GCF Books.
Light a Fire: Confessions of a Jesuit Terrorist-Son,
by Eduardo B. Olaguer. Edolaguer Family Publishing
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
The Bangko Sentral &
the Philippine Economy, edited by Vicente
B. Valdepeñas Jr. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Making Your Money Work: Pera Mo, Palaguin
Mo! 2, by Francisco J. Colayco. Colayco
Foundation for Education.
Pwede Na!: The Complete Pinoy Guide to Personal
Finance, by Efren Ll. Cruz. Platypus.
Setting Frameworks: Family Business and
Strategic Management, by Elfren Cruz. Anvil.
The Way We Work: Research and Best Practices
in Philippine Organizations, edited by
Ma. Regina M. Hechanova and Edna P. Franco.
Baha!, by Eugene Y.
Evasco. LG&M Corporation.
Elias and His Trees / Mga Puno ni Elias,
by Augie Rivera and Mike Rivera. UST Publishing
The Yellow Paper Clip with Bright Purple
Spots, by Nikki Dy-Liacco. Adarna House.
Mars Ravelo's Lastikman,
by Gerry Alanguilan, Arnold Arre and Edgar Tadeo.
Siglo: Passion, edited by Dean Francis
Alfar and Vincent Simbulan. Kestrel IMC, Mango
Books, and Quest Ventures.
COOKBOOKS AND FOOD
Gabay sa Pagkain ng Gulay-Dagat,
by Paciente A. Cordero Jr. Far Eastern University
Slow Food: Philippine Culinary Traditions,
edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio and Felice
Prudente Sta. Maria. Anvil.
10x10x10: Sampung Tigsasampung
Minutong Dula ng Sampung Mandudula, edited
by Rody Vera and Alfonso I. Dacanay. UST Publishing
Mga Piling Dulang Pambata, edited by
Arthur P. Casanova. UST Publishing House.
Tandoz and Other Stories,
by Delfin Fresnosa, edited by Teresita E. Erestain.
Far Eastern University Publications.
Edukasyong Pampubliko: Ang
Karanasan ng Kabite, 1898-1913, by Emmanuel
Franco Calairo. Cavite Historical Society .
University Traditions: The Humanities Interviews,
edited by Ramon C. Sunico. Ateneo de Manila
The Cardinal's Sins, The
General's Cross, The Martyr's Testimony and
Other Affirmations, by Gregorio C. Brillantes.
The True and the Plain: A Collection of
Personal Essays, by Kerima Polotan. UP
FICTION (SHORT STORIES)
Calvary Road: Mga Kuwento
sa Balighong Panahon, by Abdon M. Balde
Jr. UST Publishing House.
Jungle Planet and Other Stories, by
Lakambini A. Sitoy. UP Press.
Selected Stories, by Jose Y. Dalisay
Jr. UP Press.
White Elephants, by Angelo Lacuesta.
FICTION: NOVEL / JUAN C. LAYA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
IN A PHILIPPINE LANGUAGE (P20,000)
May Tibok ang Puso ng Lupa, by Bienvenido
A. Ramos, edited by Roberto T. Añonuevo.
FICTION: NOVEL / JUAN C. LAYA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (P20,000)
Banana Heart Summer,
by Merlinda Bobis. Anvil.
Out of Doors, by Ernesto Superal Yee.
FILM / FILM CRITICISM
Making Documentaries in the
Philippines, by Isabel Enriquez Kenny. Anvil.
Literature of Voice: Epics
of the Philippines, edited by Nicole Revel.
Myth, Mimesis and Magic in the Music of
the T'boli, Philippines, by Manolete Mora.
Tales from the Land of Salt: A Glimpse into
the History and the Rich Folklore of Pangasinan,
by Emmanuel S. Sison. Elmyrs.
Davao: Reconstructing History
from Text and Memory, by Macario D. Tiu.
Ateneo de Davao University.
Malacañan Palace: The Official Illustrated
History, by Manuel L. Quezon III, Paulo
Alcazaren, and Jeremy Burns. Studio 5.
Patterns of Continuity and Change: Imaging
the Japanese in Philippine Editorial Cartoons,
1930-1941 and 1946-1956, by Helen Yu-Rivera.
To Love and to Suffer: The Development of
the Religious Congregations for Women in the
Spanish Philippines, 1565-1898, by Luciano
Santiago. ADMU Press.
Tsinoy: The Story of the Chinese in Philippine
Life, edited by Teresita Ang See, Go Bon
Juan, Doreen Go Yu, and Yvonne Chua. Kaisa para
Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial
Imagination, by Benedict Anderson. Anvil.
Sawikaan 2004: Mga Salita
ng Taon, edited by Galileo S. Zafra and
Romulo P. Baquiran Jr. UP Press.
MEDICINE AND HEALTH
The Truth about Coconut Oil:
The Drugstore in a Bottle, by Conrado S.
Tunugan: Four Essays on Filipino
Music, by Ramon Pagayon Santos. UP Press.
Jose Rizal: Iba't Ibang Pagtanaw,
by Frank G. Rivera, edited by Arthur P. Casanova.
National Book Store.
Sakit ng Kalingkingan: 100 Dagli sa Edad
ng Krisis, by Rolando B. Tolentino. UP
Dark Hours, by Conchitina
Cruz. UP Press.
Days of Grace: Selected Poems and New, 1984-2002,
by R. Torres Pandan. University of St. La Salle
Misterios and Other Poems, by J. Neil
C. Garcia. UP Press.
Pana-panahon: Isang Tanong, Isang Sagot
at iba pang Tula, by Aida F. Santos
Saulado: Mga Tula, by Rebecca T. Añonuevo.
100 Questions Filipino Kids
Ask, by Liwliwa Malabed and Emylou Infante.
Adarna House and Liwayway Marketing.
Authentic Though Not Exotic:
Essays on Filipino Identity, by Fernando
Nakpil Zialcita. ADMU Press.
Kapwa: The Self in the Other: Worldviews
and Lifestyles of Filipino Culture-Bearers,
by Katrin de Guia. Anvil.
The Making of the Igorot: Ramut ti Panagkaykaysa
dagiti taga Cordillera/Contours of Cordillera
Consciousness, by Gerald A. Finin. ADMU
The Star-Entangled Banner: One Hundred Years
of America in the Philippines, by Sharon
Delmendo. UP Press.
State and Society in the Philippines,
by Patricio N. Abinales and Donna J. Amoroso.
Huling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy
Marcelo, by Pandy Aviado, Sylvia Mayuga,
and Dario Marcelo. Anvil.
Ngalang Pinoy: A Primer on Filipino Wordplay,
edited by Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz. Tahanan Books.
Mga Panibagong Kulam sa Pag-ibig, by
Tony Perez, edited by Susie Baclagon-Borrero.
THEOLOGY & RELIGION
Pagsubok sa Ilang: Ikaapat
na Mukha ni Satanas, by Tony Perez. Anvil.
A Pilgrim's Notes: Ethics, Social Ethics,
Bioethics, by Fausto B. Gomez, OP. UST
Fr. Francisco Coronel's Arte
y Reglas, Kapampangan Grammar and Rules, circa
1621, translated by Edilberto V. Santos.
Holy Angel University Press.
Ciudad Murada: A Walk Through
Historic Intramuros, by Jose Victor Z.
Torres. Intramuros Administration & Vibal
A Pilgrim's Diary: Passages and Inner Landscapes,
by Angela Blardony Ureta. Treehouse Creative
Huling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy
Marcelo, by Pandy Aviado, Sylvia Mayuga,
and Dario Marcelo, designed by Pandy Aviado
and Carminnie Doromal. Anvil.
The Last Full Moon: Lessons on My Life,
by Gilda Cordero Fernando. GCF Books, designed
by M. G. Chaves.
A Pilgrim's Diary: Passages and Inner Landscapes,
by Angela Blardony Ureta, designed by Ige Ramos.
Treehouse Creative Village.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Angono, Rizal 6: Pagtatala
ng Gunita: Panimulang Dokumentasyon ng mga Bayan
sa Pilipinas, by Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin
and P. T. Martin. UST Publishing House.
Angono, Rizal 7: Doon Po sa Amin, by
Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin. UST Publishing House.
Angono, Rizal 8: Lahat ay Bida, by
Ligaya Tiamson-Rubin. UST Publishing House.
Angono, Rizal 9: Kakambal ng ibang mga Bayan,
by Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin. UST Publishing House.
Angono, Rizal 10: Itanghal ang Bayan,
by Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin. UST Publishing House.
Kultura Mangya, edited by Antoon Postma.
5 vols. Mangyan Heritage Center.
Makata sa Cellphone: Mga Dalit, Diona, Tanaga,
at iba pang Tulang Sari-Sari't mga Bersong Sala-Salabid,
by Frank G. Rivera. UST Publishing House.
Makata sa Cellphone (Ikalawang Aklat): Iba't
ibang Pindot na Dalit, Diona, Tanaga, at iba
pang Tulang Sari-Sari't mga Bersong Sala-Salabid,
by Frank G. Rivera. UST Publishing House.
Makata sa Cellphone (Ikatlong Aklat): Pinindut-pindot
na mga Dalit, Diona, Tanaga, at sari-saring
Tula't iba pang mga Bersong Sala-Salabid, saka
mga Katha ng Text Poets' Society, by Frank
G. Rivera. UST Publishing House.
Awarding will held be during the
27th Manila International Book Fair at the World
Trade Center, Metro Manila. (see events
calendar for more details)
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.
August 2, 2006
Bautista launches new poetry collection
by Tim Nubla
“Happy Birthday” said
the cake on Cirilo
F. Bautista’s book launch that was held
last July 29, 2006 at the Gaerlan Conservatory
of the De La Salle University, Manila. It is also
the birthday of his latest collection of poems
Believe and Betray.
the well-wishers who graced the event are DLSU-Manila’s
EVP for Academics and Research Dr. Julius Maridable,
Dr. Carmelita Quebangco, EVP of DLSU-Manila and
Dr. Isagani Cruz and Dr. Marjorie Evasco, University
Bautista is a winner of the Palanca Hall of
Fame award in 1995 and was previously hailed in
1993 as Makata ng Taon by the Komisyon ng Wikang
Filipino for winning the poetry contest sponsored
by the Philippine Government. The last part of
his epic trilogy The Trilogy of Saint Lazarus,
entitled “Sunlight on Broken Stones,”
won the Centennial Prize for the Epic in 1998.
Believe and Betray is
a volume composed of four collections of Bautista’s
Lyric poems from1960 to 2005, spanning more than
fifty years of writing. The book is available
at the DLSU Press bookstore.
August 2, 2006
Free eBooks Until August 4!
July 4th to August 4, 2006 marks
a month long celebration of the 35th anniversary
of the first step taken towards today's eBooks,
when the United States Declaration of Independence
was the first file placed online for downloading
in what was destined to be an electronic library
of the Internet. Today's eBook library has a total
of over 100 languages represented.
The World eBook Fair welcomes you
to absolutely free access to a variety of eBook
unparalleled by any other source. 1/3 million
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and then 1/2 million eBooks in 2007, 3/4 million
in 2008, and ONE million in 2009.
Ten times as many eBooks are available
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circus that comes with 100 billion dollar media
mavens such as Google. The World eBook Fair has
created a library of wide ranging samples of these
eBooks, totaling 1/3 million. Here are eBooks
from nearly every classic author on the varieties
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of the World eBook Library, the providers of the
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efforts around the world. The World eBook Library
normally charges $8.95 per year for online access,
and allows unlimited personal downloading. During
The World eBook Fair all these books are available
free of charge through a gateway at http://www.gutenberg.org
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 11, 2006
Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay Awarded for
UP Institute of Creative Writing
Jose Y. Dalisay Jr. was recently conferred
with the 2006 Concepcion D. Dadulfalza Award for
Distinguished Achievement. In rites held last
7 July at the Bulwagang Rizal, Dr. Dalisay also
delivered a lecture entitled "The Writer as Teacher."
The event was attended by Vice
President for Academic Affairs Dr. Amelia P. Guevara,
VP Marvic M.V.F. Leonen and Department of English
and Comparative Literature Dr. Naida U. Rivera.
It was organized by the UP Office of the President
and the Office of the Vice President for Academic
Dr. Dalisay writes both in English
and Filipino, is a Palanca Hall of Famer and has
won FAMAS, Urian, Star and Catholic Mass Media
awards for his screenplays. He is more popularly
known as "Butch Dalisay" via his "Penman" column
in The Philippine Star.
The UP Board of Regents established
the Dadufalza Award on 29 June 2000 to honor individuals
of distinction and to keep alive the ideals of
July 11, 2006
Notice to NVM Gonzalez Award Winners
NVM Gonzalez Short Story Award
winners are enjoined to submit their profiles
and the soft copy of their winning works to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The works will be collected in an anthology
celebrating the NVM Gonzalez Best Short Story
It may be remembered that the NVM
Gonzalez house in the UP Diliman was burned last
year in an electrical fire. Records of the contests
were damaged or lost.
The contest commemorating the life
and works of NVM Gonzalez, who was conferred National
Artist for Literature status in 1997, is now on
its seventh year.
For more information, visit www.nvmgonzalez.org
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 13, 2006
Hawaii Centennial Literary Competition
Poetry Writing Category
1st - GOJO CRUZ, GENARO R.
San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
2nd - CAYANES, DEXTER B.
3rd - VEGA, JOEL H.
Nijmeegen, The Netherlands
Essay Writing Category
(in no particular order)
LUMABAO, JAN LORD V.
Dingras, Ilocos Norte
PONCE, ARIEL EDGAR G.
UBAL, RACHELLE D.
PEREZ, MA. SOCORRO Q.
One Act Play Writing Category
1st - RIVERA, ARISTEO T.
2nd - ESTUAR, MARIA CLARISSA
3rd - PEÑA, ROMEO P.
Sta. Mesa, Manila
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
25 Poets in Caracoa 2006
Hereunder is the list of 25 poets
chosen for the 2006 revival issue of the Caracoa.
We received submissions from 71 poets and we had
a tough time trimming the list to 25. The works
of those who were not included in this revival
issue will be forwarded to the upcoming Caracoa
anniversary issue which will come out within the
year or early 2007. We are now working on the
design and layout of the book. To all those who
submitted, thank you very much for contributing
and for keeping the Caracoa afloat.
Lourd Ernest De Veyra
Joel M. Toledo
1. Alexander Agena -- Lady in an
2. Jim Pascual Agustin -- Those Who Still Have
Black Blood Under Their Feet
3. Ivy Alvarez -- The Elephant
4. Oscar Alvarez -- Economy Class
5. Glenn Atanacio -- Journey of Flowers
6. Amado Bajarias -- Artifacts 2 / Happiness in
7. Luis Cabalquinto -- Details
8. Mark Cayanan -- As Dina Bonnevie
9. Frank Cimatu -- The Manifest Destiny Routine,
or My Fetid Sestinna
10. Mikael De Lara Co -- Tongues
11. Vincent Coscolluela -- Church of the Meek
12. Adam David -- Instructions for the Inclined:
Help Found A Writing Org
13. Raymond de Borja -- Tell Me, Where is the
14. Rodrigo dela Peña -- Algebra
15. Israfel Fagela -- Condolences
16. Eduardo Geronia, Jr. -- Surfing in these Islands
17. Luisa Igloria -- Minim / Archipelago
18. Ken Ishikawa -- End of a Frontier
19. Arkaye Kierulf -- Horses
20. Sarge Lacuesta -- Modern Girls
21. Paolo Manalo -- Weekend Couple
22. Wilfredo Pascual -- A Filipino in the Charlie
23. Jose Ocampo Reyes -- Glimpses
24. Naya Valdellon -- New Year at the Wake
25. Joel H. Vega -- Interiors
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.
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 30, 2006
Filipino Playwright Wins Awards
Glenn Sevilla Mas makes us proud!
His new play, “The Death of Memory”,
won 5 awards, including Best New Play, Best Supporting
Actor and Best Lighting Design, in the 2006 Gilby
Theater Awards of the Catholic University of America.
May 30, 2006
Mga Nanalo sa Talinghaga sa Tag-init
Sina Raul Funilas III at Michael
Kho Lim ang itinanghal na mga makata ng gabi noong
Mayo 4, 2006 sa Talinghaga sa Tag-init, unang
gabi ng tula sa Bahandi, isang organic restaurant
sa Nakpil cor. Agoncillo, Malate, Maynila. Ang
kanilang tulang “Ang Matakot sa Pungos”
(RFIII) at “Kaharian sa Boracay” (MKL)
ang napili ni G. Alvin Gesmundo, isa sa mga may-ari
Ang susunod na gabi ng tula sa
Bahandi sa 1 Hunyo 2006. School days ang paksa
ng mga tulang babasahin/itatanghal at isasama
sa mini literary folio na ipamimigay din sa gabing
iyon. Para sa detalye, magtext o tumawag kay Bebang
Siy sa 0919-3175708 o mag-email sa firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bukas ang poetry night sa lahat ng nais sumali!
May 25, 2006
Bienvenido Lumbera Now National
Artist for Literature
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
Bienvenido Lumbera has officially
been conferred National Artist for Literature
status yesterday, May 24.
"Sir Bien" was joined by six others
in the elite circle: Ramon Obusan for dance, Benedicto
Cabrera, painting; Ildefonso Santos, architecture;
Ramon Valera for fashion design, Abdulmari Asia
Imao, sculpture and Fernando Poe Jr. for film.
(Poe and Valera are posthumous awardees.)
The seven were cited for their
contributions to their fields by Gloria Arroyo:
"preeminent achievements that have enhanced the
Filipino's cultural heritage deserve the recognition
and acknowledgment of our government in pursuit
of its policy of preserving and developing Filipino
culture and a national identity."
Vim Nadera, UP Institute of Creative
Writing director, was very happy with the honor
conferred to his ICW colleague. "Dr. Bienvenido
Lumbera is indeed a national artist. As an artist
he's been trying to help other artists in building
the Filipino language and literature that we can
call national, neither regional nor international,
" Nadera said.
Lumbera was recently embroiled
in a controversy that spread like wildfire after
poet Alfred Yuson questioned the deliberation
procedures of the judges and Lumbera's credentials.
Lumbera joins Virgilio Almario
as one of the two National Artists that the ICW
boasts of and is one of the eight that the University
of the Philippines has produced. He is a member
of the ICW Board of Advisers and is in the faculty
of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikang
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 25, 2006
Film Academy of the Philippines
Plans Pilots for Pelikulang Pampanitikan
The Film Academy of the Philippines
working committee for its Pelikulang Pampanitikan
project has decided to produce a trilogy of short
stories based on Filipino literary materials in
the curriculum of the collegiate level as its
pilot for the feature film category.
In a meeting on Friday, May 5,
the committee opted to come up with a feature
film based on three stories instead of a film
based on a single novel or novelette. Those who
attended the meeting were FAP Director General
Leo Martinez, Deputy Director General Jesse Ejercito,
Directors Jose N. Carreon and Felix Dalay, and
Ms. Raquel Paz of the Actors' Workshop Foundation.
Two other pilots will be simultaneously
produced for the short film (10 to 15 minute running
time) category which will be based on a literary
material being taken by high school students;
and the shorter film (three to eight minute running
time) category which will be based on materials
in the elementary level.
As proposed by the FAP, the feature
film will have a budget of P2 million, half a
million pesos for the short film and P200,000
for the shorter film.
CVRP Chairman Eddie Romero, National
Artist for Film, endorsed the FAP project and
the CVRP members decided to approve the production
of one pilot each for the three categories.
Director General Martinez said
that a short list of the short stories being taken
by college, high school and elementary students
is still being updated. The materials to be adapted
for the trilogy will come from this list.
The committee will commission scriptwriters,
specially those who are also literary writers
in their own right, to adapt the stories in the
Scriptwriters are encouraged to
lump together three stories which can be interwoven
with a single or common thematic motif.
This ambitious FAP project aims
to build up a library of films based on literary
According to the project proposal
of the FAP, Pelikulang Pampanitikan will showcase
published literary works by Filipino authors –
legends, children's stories, poems, short stories,
novels, plays – literature that are being
taught in our elementary, high-school and college
levels. These selected Filipino literary works
will be interpreted visually in digital format
as full-length feature and short films, by selected
filmmakers who are also guild members affiliated
with the Film Academy of the Philippines.
The finished films will be shown
in scheduled exhibitions in theaters in Metro
Manila and other key cities in selected provinces
with students as the primary targeted viewers.
In areas without theaters, mobile exhibitions
may also be arranged in coordination with local
schools and organizations. Ultimately, the finished
films will also be reproduced in VCD to be distributed
extensively at popular prices to schools, libraries,
to educators, students, to embassies and consulates,
and to the general public.
Pelikulang Pampanitikan is an education-directed
project that hopes to generate better understanding
of and a deeper appreciation for our Filipino
literature and their writers. Through this project,
we give due recognition to our own Filipino literature
and their authors and writers, at the same time
that we provide our schools with a video library
of literature materials for the students.
Basically the project will take
the form of a film grant to be awarded to groups
of film workers interested in interpreting in
digital format literary works included in a short
list prepared by
FAP with the assistance of the academe.
The films under the Pelikulang
Pampanitikan program will be exhibited in regular
theaters in Metro Manila and other key cities
in the country. The Department of Education will
be requested to provide schools the viewing schedules
so teachers and students can be organized to view
the films as aid to Literature/English subjects
and courses. In areas where no theaters operate,
mobile exhibitions may be schedule by the Project
Organizers in coordination with the local schools
The finished films will become
the property of the Film Academy of the Philippines
which will take responsibility in their exhibition
and promotion. After the prescribed exhibition
period, the films will be produced in VCD for
sale to interested individuals and institutions.
In implementing the project, the
FAP will formulate revenue-earning measures that
will allow the academy to earn funds that can
be used in the succeeding projects. These measures
will include a percentage share in theater sales
as well as income garnered from the sale of VCD
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 11, 2006
by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
by Arvin Abejo Mangohig
The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
recently awarded the LIKHAAN: UP Institute of
Creative Writing with an Award of Recognition
for its many projects that seek to promote Philippine
The Komisyon acknowledged the ICW's
contributions in traditional literary fora like
Kuwentuhan, the ICW's lecture series and Likhaan,
the ICW's joint anthology projects with the University
of the Philippines Press.
Moreover, the Komisyon took notice
of the ICW's pioneering projects such as the Textula,
Dionatext and Dalitext for bringing together cellphone
technology and the more traditional poetic forms.
Other projects that were commended were panitikan.com.ph,
a website project with the National Commission
on Culture and the Arts, Panitikabataan, Sawikaan
Amelia Lapena Bonifacio, former
ICW director, received the award in behalf of
the Institute's fellows, associates and current
director Vim Nadera. The awarding was held last
April 4 at the Philippine Columbian Association,
Paco, Manila in celebration of Balagtas Day.
May 3, 2006
15 Fellows to 13th Iligan National
Writers Workshop Named
The National Commission for Culture
and Arts (NCCA), Mindanao Creative Writers Group,
Inc., and MSU-IIT Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Research & Extension (OVCRE) announce
the 15 writing fellows to the 13th Iligan National
Writers Workshop on May 22-25 to be held at the
Elena Tower Inn, Iligan City.
Fiction in English: Anna Felicia C. Sanchez, Marikina
City (UP Diliman); Catherine C. Bucu, Caloocan
City (UP Diliman); Monica S. Macansantos, Baguio
City (UP Diliman); Erwin A. Martinez, Caloocan
City (UP Diliman); and Romel Tomaring Villaflor,
Cotabato City (UP Mindanao).
Other fellows in fiction: (Filipino) Piya Cruz
Constantino, (UP Diliman); (Cebuano) Josua S.
Cabrera, Cebu City (University of Cebu); (Waray)
Hermenigildo A. Sanchez, Catbalogan, Samar; (Chabacano)
Linda Cababa Espinosa, Zamboanga City (Western
Mindanao State University).
Poetry in Filipino: Mark Anthony Angeles, Manila
(PUP); Carlos M. Piocos III, Quezon City (UP Diliman);
Reggy C. Figer, Tacloban City (UP Diliman); and
Hilda Rosca Nartea, Quezon City (UP Diliman);
Poetry in Cebuano: Greg Fernandez,
Cebu City (University of Cebu); (Hiligaynon):
Lester Mark P. Carnaje, Iloilo City (West Visayas
Panelists this year are: Ma. Rosario Cruz Lucero
(UP Diliman), Erlinda Kintanar Alburo (University
of San Carlos), Merlie M. Alunan (UP College of
Tacloban), Jaime An Lim (FEU), Steven Patrick
C. Fernandez (MSU-IIT), Leoncio P. Deriada (UP
in the Visayas) and Michael U. Obenieta, 1996
writing fellow of the 3rd INWW and keynote speaker
this year. Workshop director is Christine Godinez
The 12th INWW proceedings titled "The State
of Constant Beginnings" edited by Godinez
Ortega and published by the MSU-IIT OVCRE will
be launched during the last day of the workshop.
May 2, 2006
Dumaguete National Writers Workshop
National Artist for Literature
Edtih L.Tiempo, co-founder of the National Writers
Workshop in Dumaguete City, has announced the
list of Writing Fellows for the 45th edition of
the longest-running writing workshop in the country.
For Poetry, the fellows are Darwin
Chiong and Michellan Christine Sarile of De La
Salle University, Andrea Teran of Ateneo de Manila
University, and Ana Escalante Neri of UP Manila.
For Creative Nonfiction, they are
Patricia Evangelista of UP Diliman and Noel Pingoy
of Davao Medical Center.
For Short Fiction, the fellows
are Douglas James Candano and Antonio Adrian Habana
of Atebeo de Manila University, Erika Jean Cabanawan
of UP Los Baños, Larissa Mae Suarez of
Philippine National High School for the Arts,
and Dominique Cimafranca of University of San
Sponsored by the National Commission
for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and coordinated
by the Dumaguete Literary Arts Services Group
or DULA Inc. headed by Atty. Ernesto Superal Yee,
the workshop will be held at the CAP Building
in Dumaguete City from May 8 to 26.
Among the panelists expected to
assist Dr, Tiempo are Dumaguete-based writers
Yee, Bobby VIllasis and Cesar Ruiz Aquino, as
well as guest panelists Dr. Rowena Torrevillas
from the University of Iowa, R. Zamora Linmark
from Honolulu and San Francisco, NCCA Literature
Arts committee chair Lito Zulueta, Dr. Gémino
H. Abad, Dr. Marjorie Evasco, Susan Lara, DM Reyes,
Dr. Anthony Tan and Krip Yuson.
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 12, 2006
UST Announces successful
applicants for 7th writers workshop
The UST Center for Creative Writing
and Studies announces the names of the successful
applicants to its 7 th National Writers Workshop.
The successful applicants for English
poetry are Alexie Renz M. Cruz (UST), Ainnie Frances
de la Cruz (UP), Jennifer U. Macapagal (UP Manila),
Margaux Dominique R. Dimanlig (UST), and Tim Nubla
(UST). The successful applicants for English fiction
are Heizel L. Mainar (DLSU), Jonathan Siason (DLSU),
and Chuck D. Smith (UST). The successful applicants
for Filipino are Roxanne Herce Belan (UPLB), Hazel
E. Caasi (Ateneo), Nia Catherine P. Calleja (UPLB),
and Sarah Jane B. Grutas (UP).
The 7 th National Writers Workshop
will be held from May 2 to 6 at the UST Creative
Writing Center. It will focus on poetry, fiction,
one-act play, and creative non-fiction in English
and Filipino. To conduct the workshop are Ophelia
O. Dimalanta, Cirilo F. Bautista, Michael M. Coroza,
Lourd de Veyra, Jose Victor Torres, Nerisa del
Carmen Guevara, Eros Atalia, and Carlos Luz.
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.
April 3, 2006
Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop
The schedule of the UP Film Institute's
Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop was moved on April
23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2006 (Sundays, 1
to 6 pm).
Targeting professional screenwriters
or teleplay writers, the workshop challenges participants
to construct culturally meaningful subjects for
their scripts. It has been designed for experienced
witers to cover the advanced topics: the grammar
of the film narrative, time modes in rendering
the narrative subject, blocking designs to structure
the plot, rhetorical devices to articulate narrative
arguements and various mechanisms to heighten
The workshop will be conducted
by multi-awarded screenwriter Armando "Bing"
Lao, one of the juror for this year's Cinemalaya
Interested applicants may call
9263640 or 9262722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 3, 2006
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: email@example.com
March 15, 2006
Seminar-Workshops on teaching
creative writing in Filipino and English
LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative
Writing and the UP Baguio College of Arts &
Communications will hold a three-day seminar-workshops
for college and high-school teachers who teach
Creative Writing or use literary works in teaching
their subjects. The seminar-workshop will be held
at the UP Baguio Multipurpose Hall, 4 - 6 April
The seminar-workshop will be conducted
by the Associates of LIKHAAN: The UP Institute
of Creative Writing who are also part of the Teaching
Staff of the 45 th UP National Writers Workshop
at Pines View Hotel, Baguio City, 1-8 April 2006.
University Professor Emeritus Gémino H.
Abad will deliver a paper on the teaching of Creative
Writing and its importance in the development
of Philippine literature. A panel of writers and
teachers from Baguio City, to be led by poet Francis
Macansantos, will discuss writing literature from
the Cordilleras. The Associates of the Institute
will facilitate workshops on the short story,
poetry and creative nonfiction in both English
and Filipino. A public forum on the creativity
of the Filipino writer will feature National Artist
for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, Dr. Bienvenido
Lumbera and UP Mindanao Chancellor Ricardo de
The seminar-workshops are duly
accredited by the Commission on Higher Education
and delegates will be awarded certificates of
participation and attendance.
For more information, please call
or fax 922-1830.
March 14, 2006
Dumaguete Workshop now accepting
Applications for fellowship to
the 45 th edition of the national Writers Workshop
in Dumaguete City are being accepted until March
National artist for Literature
Edith L. Tiempo, workshop director, announced
that the summer sessions are to be held from May
8 to 27.
Application letters should be addressed
to Dr. Tiempo, second floor, CAP Bldg., Rizal
Blvd., Dumaguete City together with a resume,
two 1x2 photos of the applicant, and manuscripts
in English in any of the following genres, with
respective quantity: three to five short stories,
seven to ten poems, three to five creative non-fiction
essays or two one-act plays.
The manuscripts can be sent as
hard copy but should also be accompanied by a
disk copy, preferable in MA Word, plus a certification
that the works are original, and a recommendation
letter from a professor of literature or creative
writing or a writer of distinction.
Fellowships cover board and lodging
and a modest stipend for the duration of the workshop,
as well as partial reimbursement of travel fare.
Writers who have already received
fellowships in other national workshops for this
year are enjoined to apply at another time.
March 13, 2006
Ateneo Writers Workshop now accepting
The Ateneo Institute for Literary
Arts and Practices (AILAP) is now accepting applications
to the sixth Ateneo National Writers Workshop
to be held in October 23-28.
Applicants must submit a portfolio
of any one of the following in Filipino or in
English: five poems, three short stories, or two
one-act plays, together with a title page indicating
the author's pseudonym and a table of contents.
The portfolio must be accompanied by a file of
the document(s) saved in a diskette in rich text
All submissions must also include
a sealed envelope containing the author's name,
address, contact numbers, and a one-page bio data
with 1x1 ID picture.
Address all entries to Dr. Benilda
Santos, director, Ateneo National Writers Workshop
c/o Filipino Department, Horacio de la Costa Hall,
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon
Deadline of submissions is August
For inquiries, call workshop
coordinators Jelson Capilos and Yol Jamendang at
426-6001 local 5320 to 5322.
March 13, 2006
56th Palanca Awards open
The Don Carlos Palanca Memorial
Foundation is now accepting entries for the 56th
Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
Entries will be accepted until 12 midnight of
April 30, 2006.
The theme for this year's Kabataan Informal Essay
category is "Why I Would Want to Stay in
the Philippines?" (English division), and
"Kung Bakit Nais Ko'ng Manatili sa Pilipinas?"
(Filipino division). The Kabataan Informal Essay
is a special category open to persons below 18
years of age. Palanca awardees who have won four
first prizes in this category are bestowed with
the Kabataan Award of Distinction.
The Short Story category is open in English, Filipino
and the Regional Languages (Hiligaynon, Iluko,
Cebuano). The Futuristic Fiction, Short Story
for Children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play and
Full-length Play categories are open in the English
and Filipino divisions. The Teleplay and Screenplay
categories are open only in the Filipino division.
Entries may be submitted in person or sent by
courier service to Carlos Palanca Foundation,
6th Floor, CPJ Building, 105 C. Palanca Jr. St.,
Legaspi Village, Makati City. All entries submitted
via e-mail should be transmitted not later than
midnight of April 30.
Entries should be in Rich Text Format or a Word
Document File and should be sent as an attachment,
together with the author's bio-data and an original
copy of the notarized authorization form.
March 6, 2006
3rd Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop
for Bikol Writing Now Open
Manuscripts are now welcome for
the only regional creative writing workshop in
the Bicol region. To be held in St. Louis de Marillac
School of Pili on May 18-20, 2006, the workshop
has the theme: "An Parasurat sa Nagbabagong Panahon:
Nagpupublikar, Nadadalan, Nadadangog, Yaon sa
Tahaw kan Kasiributan (The writer in the changing
times: Published, Seen, Heard and in the Middle
of Various Preoccupations)."
Bicolano writers, at least 16 years
old, physically fit and able to participate in
the pili tree-planting and other workshop activities
may submit either 3 poems, 1 short-story or a
one-act play written in any of the Bikol languages.
English or Filipino manuscripts will be accepted
but pieces written in the Bikol language will
be given preference. Entries must be original,
typewritten, double-spaced, on a short bond paper
and submitted together with a bio-data containing
the author's brief literary background. It must
come with a diskette containing soft copy of the
Entries sent by mail or courier
must be received on or before April 30, 2006 and
must be addressed to the: 3rd Juliana Arejola-Fajardo
Workshop sa Pagsurat Bikol c/o The Arejola Foundation
for Social Responsibility, 2nd Floor Dabu Building,
Elias Angeles St., Naga City. Entries sent via
e-mail must be in the form of a word document
file sent as an attachment to: SurataBikol@gmail.com
Leading Bicolano writers, all national
prize-winners and past fellows to national writer's
workshops, have signed up as panelists and lecturers.
For more information, contact Workshop
Convenor Carlo Arejola at 09185718616 or 2006
Workshop Director Jose Jason L. Chancoco at 054-473-04-87.
--Mr. Jose Jason L. Chancoco
March 6, 2006
UP 1st Advanced Scriptwriting
The UP Film Institute announces
its first Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop starting
on March 25 and continues every Saturday therein
on April 1, 8, 22, 29 and ending on May 1 (6 Saturdays,
Targeting professional screenwriters or teleplay
writers, this workshop goes beyond the basics
in challenging participants to construct culturally
meaningful subjects for their scripts. The workshop
has been designed for experienced writers to cover
the advanced topics: the grammar of the film narrative,
time modes in rendering the narrative subject,
blocking designs to structure the plot, rhetorical
devices to articulate narrative arguments and
various mechanisms to heighten dramatic scenes.
The workshop will be conducted by multi-awarded
screenwriter Armando "Bing" Lao who
is also one of the jurors for this year's CINEMALAYA
scriptwriting contest. Among Mr. Lao's famous
screenplays are "Tuhog" 2000 (Best Screenplay:
Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, Philippine Movie
Press Club), "Pila Balde" 1999
(Best Screenplay: Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino
and GOLD Award: 2000 Worldfest Film Festival,
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.). He supervised several
other screenplays (i.e. "Kubrador",
2006 Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian; "Masahista",
2005 Directed by Brillante Mendoza: Golden Leopard
Winner, Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
to name a few) and teleplays (i.e. "Walang
Bakas", 2002, Docudrama, GMA 7: Best Docudrama,
Catholic Mass Media etc.). He is also a
professorial lecturer of the UP Film Institute.
Interested applicants may contact 9263640 or 9250286
ask for Laisa or email Bjorki71@yahoo.com for
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
UP ICW chooses 12 writing fellows
The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW)
has selected 12 Fellows to the 45th UP National
Writers Workshop to be held at Pines View Hotel,
Baguio City from 1-8 April 2006.
The Fellows are: Fiction in English
– Bernice C. Roldan (UP
Diliman); Fiction in Filipino – Jimmuel
C. Naval (UP Diliman), Zosimo
E. Quibilan, Jr. (ADMU); Poetry in English
– Raymond John A. de Borja
(UP Diliman), Joel M. Toledo
(UP Diliman), and Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra
(UST/UP Diliman); Poetry in Filipino – Ariel
Dim. Borlongan (FEATI University) and
Paolo M. Manalo (UP Diliman);
Drama – Allan B. Lopez
(UP Diliman), Lisa Magtoto (UP
Diliman); and Creative Nonfiction in English –
Mario I. Miclat (UP Diliman)
and Virginia M. Villanueva (UP
The Workshop, one of the major
annual projects and the most important outreach
program of the ICW, will have a new format this
year to enable UP to continue fulfilling its leadership
role in Creative Writing. Former Fellows were
allowed to apply in this year’s Workshop.
Applicants were asked to submit original unpublished
manuscripts (short story, poem, drama, and creative
nonfiction) for pre-workshop screening and for
discussion during the Workshop. In addition, a
two-page description of a work-in-progress in
any of the above genres was also required. Grantees
are also required to make a presentation of their
respective works-in-progress during the workshop.
The teaching staff is composed
of ICW Director Vim D. Nadera, Dr. Cristina Pantoja
Hidalgo (Workshop Director), University Professor
Emeritus Gémino H. Abad, National Artist
and Dean Virgilio S. Almario, Prof. Emeritus Amelia
Lapeña Bonifacio, Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay,
Jr., Dr. J. Neil C. Garcia, Prof. Emeritus Bienvenido
Lumbera, Mr. Charlson L. Ong, Prof. Jun Cruz Reyes,
Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago, UP Mindanao Chancellor
Ricardo M. de Ungria and Prof. Rene O. Villanueva.
The fellows are advised to call
the UP ICW at 922-1830 or call/SMS
Mr. Tony Serrano at (0918)512-2314
to confirm attendance and other related matters.
13th Iligan National Writers Workshop
(INWW) Now Accepting Applicants
Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and
State University-Iligan Institute of Technology’s
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Reseach and
Extension (OVCRE) are accepting applications from
writers to the 13th Iligan National Writers Workshop
(INWW) to be held on May 22-24, 2006 in Iligan
Panelists this year are Rosario Cruz Lucero, Erlinda
Kintanar Alburo, Jaime An Lim, Leoncio P. Deriada,
Merlie M. Alunan, German V. Gervacio, Steven Patrick
C. Fernandez and this year’s keynote speaker,
the poet Michael U. Obenieta, 3rd INWW Fellow
Fifteen (15) slots, five each from Luzon, Visayas
and Mindanao are available for writing fellowships
to the INWW.
Applicants are required to submit five poems,
or, one short story, or, a one-act play in Filipino,
English or in Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a,
Waray (with translations) along with the applicant’s
biodata, two 2X2 photos and a certification that
his/her work is original. For short stories or
plays, please submit a hard copy and a 3.5 diskette
with the manuscripts encoded in MS Word 7.0. Unpublished
works are preferred.
Writing fellows will be given free board and lodging,
honoraria and a travel allowance. Applications
must be postmarked on or before March 30,2006.
No applications or manuscripts will be accepted
if sent by fax or e-mail. Applicants are also
advised to keep copies of their manuscripts since
these will not be returned.
Send all applications to the 13th
INWW Director, Christine Godinez-Ortega c/o OVCRE,
MSU-IIT, Iligan City.
For more information call Pat Cruz
tels. (063) 3516131; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Be one of the 15 fellows in the
Iyas Creative Writing Workshop
The Iyas Creative Writing Workshop
is now accepting fellowship applicants for this
year's workshop, to be held April 25 to May 1,
2006, at Balay Kalinungan, University of St. La
Salle in Bacolod City , Negros Occidental.
Fifteen fellowships will be awarded
according to genre and language. Grants will cover
board and lodging and a partial transportation
subsidy. Deadline for application is on March
Interested parties may send two
short stories, six poems, or two short plays for
consideration, signed with a pseudonym, along
with a sealed business envelope containing the
author's real name and pseudonym, a 2x2" ID photo,
and a short resumé. Works must be submitted
in five hard copies, manuscript format 12 pt Times
New Roman, letter-size paper), accompanied by
a soft copy (MS Word format) on a diskette. Works
may be in English, Filipino, Tagalog, Hiligaynon,
Send applications to: Dr. Gloria
Fuentes, college of Arts and Sciences, University
of St. La Salle , La Salle Avenue , Bacolod City,
Negros Occidental 6100. Inquiries may be sent
This year's panelists include Cirilo
Bautista, Marjorie Evasco, Elsi Coscoluella, Rayboy
Pandan, Genevieve Asenjo, and Malou Jacob.
The Iyas Creative Writing Workshop
is sponsored by the University of St. La Salle
, the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
of De La Salle University, and the National Commission
for Culture and the Arts.
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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