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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!

(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 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 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, 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, 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 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.

Requirements are:

(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 or log on to


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).


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


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.


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.


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.


September 8, 2007

The 2nd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards

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

Downloads: Contest guidelines and official application form


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 the event.

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, include:

Filipino Division

Dulang Pampelikula

1st – Miguel G. Alcarazen (Prisoner Alpha)
2nd – Marlon G. Manuel (Kolono)
3rd – Renei Patricia E. Dimla (Katay)
Dulang Ganap Ang Haba
1st – Nicolas B. Pichay (Tres Ataques De Corazon)
2nd – Edward P. Perez (Apuntador)
3rd – Rodolfo C. Vera (Ang Mga Huwad)

Dulaang May Isang Yugto
1st – Christopher D. Martinez (Our Lady of Arlegui)
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)

Kabataaan Sanaysay
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 'Yan)

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 Ang Tatay)

Maikling Kuwento
1st – Allan Alberto N. Derain (Paputian Ng Laba)
2nd – Jerome B. Gomez (Desperately, Susan)
3rd – Dana Batnag (D Bampyr Chronicles...O Kwento Ng Mga Tao Sa Bayang Walang Hope)

Regional Division
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)

English Division

Full-Length Play
1st – Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza (Pure)
2nd – Glenn Sevilla Mas (Games People Play)
3rd – Cynthia Lapeña-Amador (The Piano)

One-Act Play
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 Of Sand)
2nd – José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes (Imaginary Numbers)
3rd – Dinah Roma-Sianturi (Geographies Of Light)

Short Story
1st – Angelo R. Lacuesta (Flames)
2nd – Douglas James Limpe Candano (Dreaming Valhalla)
3rd – Crystal Gail Shangkuan Koo (Benito Salazar's Last Creation)

Short Story For Children
1st – Lakambini A. Sitoy (The Elusive Banana Dog)
2nd – Dean Francis Alfar (Poor, Poor Luisa)
3rd – Ian Fermin R. Casocot (The Last Days of Magic)

1st – Wilfredo O. Pascual, Jr. (Lost In Childrensville)
2nd – Rosalinda Lejano-Massebieau (Culture Shocked: A Story of Recovery)
3rd – Allan J. Pastrana (The Lady's Train)

Kabataan Essay
1st – Cristina Gratia T. Tantengco (Humor, Faith, Bayanihan and Kayod: Survival Tools For The 21st Century Filipino)
2nd – Juan Emmanuel P. Batuhan (Sterling Pinoy)
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 students.


September 8, 2007

National Book Awards Winners

Best Book in Cultural Studies: (2 winners)

  • Kasaysayan 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 Arcellana)

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 Arcellana)

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)

Best Anthology:

  • The Manila We Knew, edited by Linda Panlilio

Best Book in the Social Sciences:

  • 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 winners)

  • Ani: The Life and Art of Hermogena Borja Lungay, Boholano Painter, by Marjorie Evasco. UST Publishing House.
  • Brushstrokes 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. Remoto)

Best Biography/Autobiography: (3 winners)

  • 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: (2 winners)

  • Banyaga: A Song of War, by Charlson Ong. Anvil.
  • The Jupiter Effect, by Katrina Tuvera. Anvil. (Danton R. Remoto & Ma. Regina L. DeGracia)

Best Anthology:

  • The Manila We Knew, edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio. Anvil. (Ruel de Vera)

Best Book in the Sciences: (2 winners)

  • A Guide to Families of Common Flowering Plants in the Philippines, by Irma Remo Castro. University of the Philippines Press.
  • Introduction 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:

  • Daughters 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 Criticism:

  • Postmodern Filming of Literature: Sources, Contexts and Adaptations, by Joyce L. Arriola. University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. (Ophelia A. Dimalanta, Chair)

Best Book of Short Fiction: (2 winners)

  • Maligayang Pagdating sa Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong Kasisindakan, Aklat 1 / Malagim ang Gabi sa Sitio Catacutan: Mga Kuwentong Kasisindakan, Aklat 2, by Tony Perez. Anvil.
  • Pagluwas, by Zosimo Quibilan Jr. University of the Philippines Press. (Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist)

Best Book of Poems: (2 winners)

  • Gagamba sa Uhay: Kalipunan ng mga Haiku, by Rogelio G. Mangahas. C&E Publishing.
  • Apokripos, by Jerry B. Gracio. University of the Philippines Press. (Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist)

Best Translation: (2 winners)

  • 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 Artist)

Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Book of a Fiction in a Vernacular Language:

  • (H)istoryador(a), by Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr. University of the Philippines Press.

Best Book Design:

  • 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:

  • Anvil Publishing


September 8, 2007

Finalists for 4th Premio Tomas Arejola Named

Two essays, two short stories and ten collections of poetry are in contention for top honors in the Region’s most coveted literary prize.

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 Congress.

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 War.


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

English Category

Antonio C. Go
First Place
One has to stoop low,
With the knees bent to savour
The beauty of moss.
Gian Carlo B. Dizon
Second Place Take heart, brother toad—
Who knows what you'll be next day
Even grasses bloom
Rodrigo G. Langit Third Place And the monsoon kissed.
Bliss, the meadows yearning cheek
Blooms with palay seeds.

Rosario M. Sanvictores

Honorable Mention

Fallen brown blossoms
Of dainty sampaguitas
Crowned the mighty loam
Jenny Ann C. Aniban

Honorable Mention

The two alnos trees
That protect the house from wind
Are thirty years now

Nenita C. Davila

Honorable Mention

Early morning dew
On top of banana leaf
Reflects rising sun

Ma. Georgina dJ. Verdolaga

Honorable Mention

The sampaguita
Pinned on mother nature's breast
Sweet breath of morning
Ma. Concepcion Josefa H. De Jose Honorable Mention Planting time has come
Barren mountain growing green
Rain soaks thirsty ground

Filipino Category

Reynaldo A. Duque First Place Butiki'y mananaog
Tuwing orasyon.
Hahalik sa alabok.
Eddie O. Oguing Second Place Lilim ng punong mangga.
Wala mang unan,
T'yak mananaginip ka.
Reynaldo Bienvenido R. Duque II
Third Place Sa kawayang lawiswis,
Nalikha'y awit:
Hanging humahagibis.
Louise Vincent B. Amante Honorable Mention Kung halaman sa paso'y
Mundo nati'y may buhay.

Antonio C. Go

Honorable Mention Mahirap o mayaman,
Isang araw, isang b'wan
Khay B. Estares Honorable Mention Ahas! Doon sa lawa.
Manghuhuli ng isda.
Olive A. Rillo Honorable Mention Dinggin huni ng ibon!
Awit nya'y hudyat.
Pagsibol ng luntian.
Vener R. Serafico Honorable Mention Butil na itinanim
Pag pinagyaman:
Uusbong, aanihin.

(c) Embassy 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 for more information.


August 5, 2007

The 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize - Longlist Announced
Adrienne Clarkson named Chair of the panel of judges

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 God
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 English.

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 Departments.

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, 1,000,000 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 earn money.

Just a few days shy of its birthdate (February 11), 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 the making. 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, 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 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.

Tag: News

February 12, 2007

First two legs of Pagpupugay successful
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.

(Click here for the Pagpupugay schedule)

Tags: News

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.

Source: The Philippine Star


January 12, 2007

Marc Gaba wins Boston Review contest

Boston Review (, 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 introduce Gaba.

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.

Click here 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 promo for its faithful patrons. One can win giveaways or digital reproductions of Adarna’s bestsellers in its Stamp Card Promo. Here’s how:

Mechanics of Stamp Card Promo:

1. Any purchase entitles a walk-in showroom client to a stamp card with one stamp mark for his/her initial purchase.

2. Showroom visits shall give the card holder a chance to take home these Adarna freebies:

3rd visit-Adarna pencil, small notebook, stickers
6th visit-Adarna tote bag
9th visit-Adarna corporate notebook
12th visit-Adarna shirt

3. Cardholders who have accumulated P5,000 worth of purchase for the year will get a chance to win one of 5 digital reproductions of Adarna storybook artworks. Draw date: Dec. 15,2007.

4. Promo runs until supplies last.


November 30, 2006

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November 22, 2006

RodCon 2007

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.

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November 20, 2006

Writers Night 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

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 protagonist.

In celebration of this literary legacy, Likhanan 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 before the event.

November 9, 2006

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 ( 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 received.

Joel Toledo is a Creative Writing graduate of UP Diliman. He also won this year’s NCCA Writers Prize.

Click here for the full text of “The Same Old Figurative.”

With reports from The UP Newsletter and The Philippine Star.

October 31, 2006

Madrigal-Gonzalez 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 of Regents.

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 in Filipino.

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 Domingo Landicho.

Additional information from:

September 20, 2006

Author McLerrran Flies to the Philippines

American children’s book author Alice 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 or 0917-787-4956, or Dominique Garde Torres (Nikki) at or 0917-667-1267.

September 12, 2006

Filmakers and documentarists needed in Guimaras

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, Mabini, Batangas.

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

The 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 City.

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 are:

Dulang Pampelikula
1st Place – Cenon O. Palomares (Kusina)
2nd Place – Jim Diamond M. Libiran (Tribu)
3rd Place – Carlos A. Arejola (Ang Mundo ay Iisa at Marami)

Dulang Pantelebisyon
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 Mag-asawa)
3rd Place – Christian U. Tordecillas (Dyip)

1st Place – Rosario Torres - Yu (Batang Tundo)
2nd Place – Elyrah L. Salanga (Talambalay)
3rd Place – Ramon M. Bernardo (Alingawngaw ng mga Kuliglig, Kalansing ng mga Tansan)
Kabataan Sanaysay
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 ng Santelmo)

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)

Maikling Kuwento
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 Pilar)
2nd Place – Richel G. Dorotan (Dayaspora)
3rd Place – Eleazar T. Acampado (Mata sa Bagyo)

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 Iti Lawag)
2nd Place – Danilo B. Antalan (Tugot)
3rd Place – Arnold P. Jose (Ni Ina Baket Gimma, Ti Aso, ken Ti Atang)

English Division

Full-Length Play
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)

One-Act Play
1st Place – Steven Prince C. Fernandez (Ming Ming)
2nd Place – Joachim Emilio B. Antonio (Gabrielle)
3rd Place – Nikki Alfar (Life After Beth)

1st Place – Lawrence L. Ypil (The Highest Hiding Place)
2nd Place – Sid G. Hildawa (Building a House, and other Poems)
3rd Place – Raymundo T. Pandan Jr. (Illuminations and Sonorities)

Futuristic Fiction
1st Place – No Winner
2nd Place – Corinna Esperanza A. Nuqui (Suman)
3rd Place – Arturo Ilano (A Monumental Race)

Short Story
1st Place – Socorro Villanueva (Mahogany Water)
2nd Place – Myrza Sison (Sink or Swim)
3rd Place – Ma. Celeste Flores-Coscolluela (Trips)

Short Story for Children
1st Place – Ma. Celeste Flores-Coscolluela (Cut)
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)

Kabataan Essay
1st Place – Katrina G. Gomez (Restructuring Idealism)
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 the Don 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:


Joel Lamangan
Mel Chionglo
Annette Gozon

Loida F. Viriña
Roy C. Iglesias
Rio Locsin

Chris B. Millado
Arthur P. Casanova
Lito Casaje

Manuel R. Buising
Sol Juvida
Anita M. Navarro

Lilia F. Antonio
Violeta A. Laraya
Arlene May Macapanpan

Pamela Constantino
Vina P. Paz
Vivencio M. Talegon, Jr.

Rogelio G. Mangahas
Nicolas B.Pichay
Luna Sicat-Cleto

Eugene Y. Evasco
Galileo S. Zafra
Ronan Capinding

Luis P. Gatmaitan, MD.
Ani Rosa Almario
Heidi Emily E. Abad

Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Glady E. Gimena
Marco A.V. Lopez

Belen Calingacion
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


Behn Cervantes
Irma Adlawan-Marasigan
Ricky Davao

Floy Quintos
Pinky Amador
Joel Torre

Ophelia A. Dimalanta
Ricardo de Ungria
Danton Remoto

Ma. Milagros C. Laurel
Jose Neil Garcia
Khavn Dela Cruz

Gregorio C. Brillantes
Emily A. Abrera
Benjamin Bautista

Ma. Elena P. Locsin
Ma. Teresa H. Madamba
Edizon A. Fermin

Bienvenido Lumbera
Conrado de Quiros
Lito Zulueta

Ma. Corazon R. Reyes
Helen Lopez
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

Finalists 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 City


Mga Rawit-dawit ni Padre Cabalquinto, Fr. Philip Francis R. Bersabe, Naga City
Karangahan, Jaime Jesus U. Borlagdan, Tabaco City, Albay,
Folio, Victor Dennis T. Nierva, San Fernando, Camarines Sur
Dios Marhay na Aldaw, Honesto M. Pesimo, Jr., Naga City
An Pirang Aram Ko Manonongod sa Saimong Ngirit, Edgar A. Ramores, Naga City
Sa Gapo kan Nakaagi, Jericho H. Rabadeo, Calabanga, Camarines Sur
Aripompon nin Kapapadayawan, by Otello L. Santiano

Short Story

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, Naga City
Nagpalta an Dios, Otello L. Santiano, Naga City


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 City
Paghuba sa Magayon, Adrian V. Remodo, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

Stories for Children

Sabi ni ‘Pay, Nestor R. Alagbate, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
An Rosas sa Disyerto, by Jericho H. Rabadeo, Naga City

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 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 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. (

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 learners.”

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 Year

"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 to
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 contest

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

Honorable Mention

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. Kestrel IMC.


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.


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 House.


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. ADMU Press.


Baha!, by Eugene Y. Evasco. LG&M Corporation.
Elias and His Trees / Mga Puno ni Elias, by Augie Rivera and Mike Rivera. UST Publishing House.
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. Mango Comics.
Siglo: Passion, edited by Dean Francis Alfar and Vincent Simbulan. Kestrel IMC, Mango Books, and Quest Ventures.


Gabay sa Pagkain ng Gulay-Dagat, by Paciente A. Cordero Jr. Far Eastern University Publications.
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 House.
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 University.


The Cardinal's Sins, The General's Cross, The Martyr's Testimony and Other Affirmations, by Gregorio C. Brillantes. ADMU Press.
The True and the Plain: A Collection of Personal Essays, by Kerima Polotan. UP Press.


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. Anvil.


May Tibok ang Puso ng Lupa, by Bienvenido A. Ramos, edited by Roberto T. Añonuevo. ADMU Press.


Banana Heart Summer, by Merlinda Bobis. Anvil.
Out of Doors, by Ernesto Superal Yee. Giraffe.


Making Documentaries in the Philippines, by Isabel Enriquez Kenny. Anvil.


Literature of Voice: Epics of the Philippines, edited by Nicole Revel. ADMU.
Myth, Mimesis and Magic in the Music of the T'boli, Philippines, by Manolete Mora. ADMU Press.
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. ADMU Press.
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 sa Kaunlaran.
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.


The Truth about Coconut Oil: The Drugstore in a Bottle, by Conrado S. Dayrit. Anvil.


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 Press.


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 Press.
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. UP Press.


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 Press.
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. Anvil.


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. Anvil.


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 Publishing House.


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 Publishing House.
A Pilgrim's Diary: Passages and Inner Landscapes, by Angela Blardony Ureta. Treehouse Creative Village.


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.


Esther Pacheco


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 Panitik’.

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 onwards.

Newly conferred National Artist for Literature Dr. 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 by Prof. 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

Cirilo F. 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.

Among 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 Fellows.

Cirilo 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 eBooks await you for personal use, all free of charge for the month from July 4 - August 4, 2006, 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 from private eBook sources, without the media 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 of subjects previously only available through the largest library collections in the world. Now these books are yours for personal use, free of charge, to keep for the rest of your lives.

This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of the World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a number of other eBook 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 and

July 20, 2006

Abad Graces 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 June 2006

July 11, 2006

Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay Awarded for Distinguished Achievement

UP Institute of Creative Writing Associate Dr. 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 Affairs.

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 Professor Dadufalza.

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 and . The works will be collected in an anthology celebrating the NVM Gonzalez Best Short Story Award.

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

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 director Vim 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

June 13, 2006

Hawaii Centennial Literary Competition Winners

Poetry Writing Category

San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

Pasig City

3rd - VEGA, JOEL H.
Nijmeegen, The Netherlands

Essay Writing Category (in no particular order)

Dingras, Ilocos Norte

Quezon City

Makati City

Special Citation

Makati City

One Act Play Writing Category

Cebu City

Mandaluyong City

3rd - PEÑA, ROMEO P.
Sta. Mesa, Manila

June 6, 2005

UNESCO International Theater Festival Opens

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.

" Peregrinations...Against 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 .

Web site:

CCP Complex
CCP Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City
Tel. 832-3667
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.

The Editors:

Mookie Katigbak
Angelo Suarez
Lourd Ernest De Veyra
Joel M. Toledo

1. Alexander Agena -- Lady in an Imaginary Painting
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 Other Planets
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 Soul
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 Brown Musical
23. Jose Ocampo Reyes -- Glimpses
24. Naya Valdellon -- New Year at the Wake
25. Joel H. Vega -- Interiors

June 5, 2006

The Fourth International Conference on the Book
Emerson College, Boston, USA, 20-22 October 2006

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 attend.

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 organizations

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 ng Bahandi.

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 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 Pilipino.

May 25, 2006

Mga Bagong Kasapi ng LIRA, Nanumpa; Aplikasyon para sa 2006 LIRA Poetry Workshop, Bukas na!

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 na at/o 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, Diliman.

Ang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio S. Almario ang magiging direktor ng workshop.

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 nito.


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 or All applications should be in on or before May 30, 2006.

The workshop will be held every Saturday and Sunday this June and July at the College of Arts and Letter in University of the Philippines, Diliman.

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

Mindanao’s Uwahig 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 Guild (IPAG).

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 short list.

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 Filipino masterpieces.

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 or organizations.

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 copies.

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 theater practitioners.

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 per workshop.

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 cultural diversity.

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 144.

May 17, 2006

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

Hope Sabanpan-Yu

Joanalyn P. Gabales

Haidee K. Palapar

May 11, 2006

LIKHAAN cited 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 Literature.

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, a website project with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Panitikabataan, Sawikaan and Bukambibig.

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 State University).

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 Ortega.

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 fellows announced

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 Carlos.

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 presents: KAAKUHAN-KALAYAAN

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 celebration:

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 their souls.

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, or 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

IPAG’s “Bak2Bak” 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 C. Fernandez.

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 directs.

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 Rescheduled

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 dramatic scenes.

The workshop will be conducted by multi-awarded screenwriter Armando "Bing" Lao, one of the juror for this year's Cinemalaya scriptwriting contest.

Interested applicants may call 9263640 or 9262722 or email for registration

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 Realities."

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 yet familiar.

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 each day.

April 3, 2006

Espiritu Libre

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 more.

Call (Merian) 723-0449/7213391 or email: for details.

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 2006.

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 Ungria.

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

Applications for fellowship to the 45 th edition of the national Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City are being accepted until March 31.

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 submissions

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 format (RTF).

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 City.

Deadline of submissions is August 4.

For inquiries, call workshop coordinators Jelson Capilos and Yol Jamendang at 426-6001 local 5320 to 5322.

March 13, 2006

56th Palanca Awards open to entries

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 manuscript.

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: and

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 Workshop

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, 1-6pm). 

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 for registration.

March 1, 2006

"Kaakuhan" CD Launch in celebration of AGA's birth centenary

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:


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 Antonio)
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:


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 Library.

February 21, 2006

UP ICW chooses 12 writing fellows

LIKHAAN: 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 Diliman).

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.

February 20, 2006

13th Iligan National Writers Workshop (INWW) Now Accepting Applicants

The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and the Mindanao 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 City.

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 (1996)

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:

February 12, 2006 launched

" 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, 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 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. 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 storybook.

February 11, 2006

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 31, 2006.

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, or Cebuano.

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 to .

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, UP ICW to hosts

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 children.

Teachers and students are especially invited.

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