Ten fellows – five students and five professionals – have been selected for the 11th San Agustin Writers Workshop. The following are this year’s recipients of the fellowships: Fraire Acupan, Kate Justine Cablas, Mae Sheilou Conserva, and Meryl Panuncio – students from the College of Education at the West Visayas State University; Stephanie Grace Dela Cruz, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy student of the University of San Agustin; and Michael Angelou Centino and Nikos Primavera, alumni of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas with the degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Management and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Management, respectively.

Completing the list of fellows are Joseph Francis Jamora, a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Philanthropic Office of the University of San Agustin; Alfredo Miguel Maputol, a graduate of Bachelor of Laws at the Southwestern University of Cebu; and Karla Marie Quimsing, a Cebu-based Marketing Copywriter of Author Solutions Philippines, Inc.  Maputol and Quimsing are alumni of the University of San Agustin.

Spearheaded by the Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute at the University of San Agustin Coordinating Center for Research and Publications, this year’s workshop focuses on poetry and short story writing in regional languages. 

Palanca-award winning writer and poet, Prof. John Iremil E. Teodoro, will serve as lead-panelist together with other award-winning writers, Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, Maria Luisa Defante-Gibraltar, and Dr. Alice Tan-Gonzales.  Palanca hall-of-famer, Dr. Leoncio P. Deriada, will serve as guest lecturer.

The annual fellowships cover course fees, travel costs, and board and lodging provisions.

The workshop will be held on May 1-4, 2013 at the President’s Conference Room of the University of San Agustin, Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.