Bienvenido N. Santos CWC writing fellows to deliver lectures

DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center cordially invites film lovers to the lectures of the Writing Fellows 2012-2013 featuring:

“Lost in Adaptation: Authorship and/in  Mike de Leon’s Bilanggo sa Dilim” by Prof. Anne Frances Sangil, BNSCWC Writing Fellow for Film Studies

“The Parabulong screenplay project: Getting healed  by telling the story of my healer-mother” by Dr. Ramon Felipe Sarmiento, BNSCWC Writing Fellow for Film

15 August 2013 (Thursday), 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.
13th Floor Lobby (where the galleons are), Henry Sy, Sr. Hall 
De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines

RSVP: BNSCWC (632)5244611 local 233;

Fully Booked giving away P10,000 worth of GCs in photo shootout

Calling all photographers!

  • German art duo Herakut is hitting MNL on August 7-10—and we want you to capture their finest moments as they create their art LIVE!
  • If we think your photos are the best of the bunch, you stand to win P5,000.00 of Fully Booked GCs!
  • Five runners-up will each receive P1,000.00 worth of Fully Booked GCs!

Here’s How It Works

  • We will be awarding twelve (12) photographers exclusive media access passes to the Herakut events at Fully Booked and BGC on August 9-10 (Fri-Sat).
  • Qualifying photographers go shutter-crazy, snapping shots of Herakut as they work their magic.
  • Photographers may use any type of camera: digital, film, point-and-shoot, SLR, mobile phone, pinhole, lomo, polaroid, the latest hipster toy cam, etc.
  • The twelve qualifying photographers submit a photo set made up of their ten (10) best Herakut event photos to the Fully Booked team.
  • Our team will then determine one (1) winner and five (5) runners-up based on the judging criteria of Overall Awesomeness Impact (100%)

Up for Grabs

  • Grand prize (1 winner): P5,000.00 of Fully Booked Gift Cards (plus legit bragging rights!)
  • Runners-up (5 winners): P1,000.00 of Fully Booked Gift Cards (plus moderate bragging rights!)

How to Qualify

  • Choose your two best photographs.
  • Email them to by 5PM of Tuesday August 6, 2013.
  • Include the following in your email:
  1. Your full name
  2. Contact number
  3. Don’t forget the two photos!
  • We will choose our favorite twelve (12) photographers to qualify for the exclusive media passes and notify qualifiers via email by 5PM Wednesday August 7, 2013.
  • Qualifiers must be available to shoot photographs at the Herakut events on Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10.

Nominations for BNSCWC Writing Fellowship for Drama 2013-2014, now open

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) is inviting the Departments and Offices of De La Salle University to submit nominations for the BNSCWC Writing Fellowship for Drama 2013-2014.

This fellowship seeks to provide a minimum financial assistance to writers in the production of creative work (drama). The Writing Fellow will receive a grant of P25,000. 

The nominee must be a faculty or staff member of the University. A modest publication record in creative writing or criticism will be to her/his advantage. A department/office may choose to nominate more than one applicant. Not entitled to the nomination are BNSCWC personnel, including the Associates and members of the Advisory Council. 

Application Requirements
1. Nomination letter from a Department Chair/Office Head, a BNSCWC Associate, or a member of the BNSCWC Advisory Council; 
2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (including list of publications); and
3. Sample published creative work and/or critical writing. 

Please address and submit nomination portfolio to: 
Writing Fellowship for Drama 2013-2014
The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
Miguel Building Room 208
De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila
For email submission, please send to: 

Deadline for nomination: 8 August 2013

Output Requirements
The Writing Fellow is expected to produce a dramatic script and deliver a reading or craft lecture by or before September 2014. Subsequently, the work must be published or performed, and acknowledgement given to BNSCWC as sponsor. The Center will appreciate receiving a copy of the script for its library. 

For inquiries, please contact BNSCWC at local 233; email

Fellowships open for 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Disaster Reporting in October

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) will hold the 17th Graciano Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop from October 13 to 19 at the UP College of Mass Communication, Diliman, Quezon City.

Fellowship slots are available for this workshop. Applications are open to full-time print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as selected journalism educators and students.

This year’s workshop will focus on “Media and Disasters: Reporting for Accountability.”

Resource persons from the academe, government and non-government organizations will speak on issues like disaster reporting, disaster-related laws, ethics and investigative reporting.

Since its first workshop in 1985, the Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop has trained hundreds of community journalists. Among the past fellows are Froilan Gallardo, Frank Cimatu, Ilang-ilang Quijano, Jo Clemente, Diosa Labiste, Danny Calleja, Flor Abanto and Maurice Malanes.

Applicants should be currently engaged in the journalism profession with at least two years’ working experience. They should also be below 45 years old. They must submit an application letter; resume; two published/broadcast news reports; a story plan for an investigative report on a disaster; and an endorsement from their editor, local press club president or a Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop alumnus.

Limited slots may be given to senior journalism students. Student applicants are required to submit an application letter, resume, sample works and an endorsement from their professor, department chair or dean.

The fellowship will cover board and lodging. Participants will be billeted inside the UP Diliman campus.

Interested journalists, journalism educators and students may send their application papers to The Project Director, 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Disaster Reporting, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The deadline for applications is on September 13.

For more details, please call the Office of Extension and External Relations (OEER) at 920-6864 or 981-8500 local 2668 or email at

Lorenzo, an opera, to be staged in Benilde

Lorenzo is a contemporary opera about a condemned Filipino awaiting execution in the Middle East for having murdered his employer. Music by Ryan Cayabyab; Book & Lyrics by Paul Dumol & Christian Vallez; and Directed by Nonon Padilla

A reporter from Manila is sent there to cover the case. She finds him in prison planning out a theater productionbased on the life of the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz. 

In the past,the condemned Pinoy had once been active in theater groups in Manila. To help him cope with his depression he now proceeds to write a play.

The musical-opera narrates the strange events of Lorenzo Ruiz, a parish assistant in the Church of Binondo, He finds himself a fugitive from the law, having killed a Spaniard. The parish priest helps him escape and accidentally joins a group of merchants enroute to Japan. In Japan Lorenzo is pursued by malas. He finds himself among a group of missionaries.

The opera focuses on the physical odyssey to escape the law. The trip deepens into an inner journey of two Pinoys, one from history, another a contemporary living the life of a vagabond OFW, overcoming mental anguish and spiritual turmoil, as they both help each other question the nature of fate, one’s faith, and the real meaning of love. The opera is an intense and provocative examination of today’s issues regarding exile and its myriad consequences, and the deeper questions of what it really takes to become or BE a FILIPINO.

“PAMANA”, an epic original Filipino docu-musical tribute to Ninoy & Cory opens Aug 21 at the Meralco Theater

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind production. “PAMANA” features a strong cast of theater actors: Malou de Guzman, Jett Pangan, Kakki Teodoro & Bodjie Pascua, joined by a phenomenal ensemble and the stirring voices of the Viva Voce choir!
WANT TICKETS?? We are giving away FREE gift bags and tickets to see the show at the Meralco Theater. Just share any ‘selfless’ photo between July 29-August 4 and we’ll choose 10 best photos of the week. 

Joining is easy, just use the hashtag: ‪#‎SELFLESS‬ and ‪#‎PAMANA‬. WE’LL BE FEATURING THE BEST PHOTOS ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES! Good luck!

[ “PAMANA” is written by Rody Vera with music by Ryan Cayabyab & Manoling V. Francisco, Stage Direction by Maribel Legarda, Video Documentary by Jun Reyes. Shows: Aug 24-25 3pm&8pm; Aug 22,8pm at the Meralco theater! Tickets: P350/P800/P1200/P2500. For more info contact 7256244, 891999 or 

KK Lecture Series presents Conchitina Cruz

Kritika Kultura, the refereed e-journal of language and literary/cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is holding a poetry reading by Conchitina Cruz. The event—part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series—features Cruz’s new work, There is No Emergency, and will be on Aug. 12, 2013, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theater (Gonzaga Building) in Ateneo de Manila University.

According to Cruz, “the poems in There Is No Emergency are driven by the impulse to collect and archive. They are lists of things. They are the outcome of rearranging phrases or sentences in alphabetical order.

“The list as a form attempts to dismantle the fantasy of a narrative arc: a beginning, middle, and end; the consecutive order of past, present, and future. Or: the list installs another narrative arc; another beginning, middle, and end; another temporal fantasy.

“Some poems were drafted with the aid of an N+7 machine found online. The machine is a generative collaborator and, on occasion, an incisive critic. In converting the phrase ‘unapologetic hips’ to ‘unapologetic historians,’ for instance, it seems to caution against another stroll down the lane of self-indulgence, arguing instead for an open field, a more panoramic view. 

“An index of the poems is bound to include a noticeable number of lifeless animals.

“The inevitable tediousness that arises from verbalizing mechanical acts is a source of inspiration for some of these poems. Memorializing the reflex and redundant seems strangely moving and unnerving.”

Conchitina Cruz teaches creative writing and literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. A recipient of Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation grants, she is the author of Dark Hours (U of the Philippines P, 2005), elsewhere held and lingered (High Chair, 2008), and (together with Adam David and Delilah Aguilar) A Catalogue of Clothes for Sale from the Closet of Christine Abella—Perpetual Student, Ukay Fan, and Compulsive Traveler (Youth & Beauty Brigade, 2012). Her work has most recently appeared in Diagram, Salt Hill, Cordite Poetry Review, and The Offending Adam. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Anvil Publishing launches “Querida”

Anvil Publishing, Inc. together with Bestsellers and The Podium launches Querida, a new anthology entitled Querida this August 10, 2013 in Podium Atrium. Edited by Caroline S. Hau, Katrina Tuvera and Isabelita O. Reyes, the stories in this collection make a prism that radiates the many aspects and qualities of ‘the other woman’.
Querida, mistress, kabit, kalaguyo, Number 2, other woman, concubine, kulasisi… we call her many names and we depict her in dozens of blockbuster movies , because she is the woman we all love to hate.

“Querida is defined by what she does, and with whom. Her name in Spanish means “beloved,” and tells us something about the passion she kindles, the affection she commands.” thus say the editors in the preface.  “ Depending on how tightly or loosely braided these issues are, a querida may be considered and treated as a partner, a playmate, or a prostitute.”

The anthology is composed of forty-two stories spanning one hundred and twenty-five years of literary portrayals of “the mistress”; from Jose Rizal’s Doña Consolacion in Noli Me Tangere to Angela Manalang Gloria’s nameless “other woman”, and Ricardo Lee, Racquel Villavicencio and Ishmael Bernal’s Marilou in Relasyon. Querida offers not only a feast of prose, poetry and drama from the Philippines’ most accomplished and distinguished authors as well as talented emerging writers such as Marivi Soliven Blanco and Katrina Tuvera, but also insights into what Lina Espina-Moore calls the beloved’s “illicit, illegal lives.”

Win free tickets to Repertory Philippines Alice in Wonderland


1. Pose for a creative shot along with three of your friends imitating the characters of Alice in Wonderland in the group picture of the cast posted here.
2. Post it on your instagram with the hash tag‪#‎repphils‬.
3. There is no age limit to this contest!
4. Deadline of submission of entries is at 12:00 PM of August 2, 2013.
5. The most creative shot will win 4 Orchestra Center Tickets for the August 16, 7:00 PM preview show of Alice in Wonderland at the Onstage, Greenbelt 1 Makati.
6. Meet and greet with the cast in an exclusive backstage access will follow right after the show!

Be creative and be the first to watch Alice in Wonderland! We will also raffle off 2 Orchestra Center tickets to those will share this message on Facebook with the hash tag ‪#‎alicepromo‬. Winners will be announced on August 2 as well. Share it now! 

Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo to deliver lecture on the literary memoir

The Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing invites the public to attend Prof. Emeritus Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo delivers her lecture, “To Remember to Remember: Writing the Literary Memoir,” at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, UP Diliman on 2 August 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Hidalgo, an award-winning writer and critic, is considered a pioneering writer of creative nonfiction in the country. She began her career writing for newspapers and magazines at a young age, and has worked as a writer, editor and teacher. Dr. Hidalgo’s autobiographical and travel writing are collected in a number of books including “Sojourns,” “Skyscrapers, Celadon and Kimchi,” “I Remember,” “The Path of the Heart,” and “Coming Home.” She is currently the Director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

Dr. Hidalgo’s lecture is part of the ICW’s Panayam Lecture Series, a venue for the ICW fellows and associates’ creative and critical output.