Restaurant in QC encourages poetry and art within its Sanctuary Garden

Van Gogh is Bipolar calls out to all Sorrowful Souls, Tragic Teens, Melancholic Men and Women, Forlorn Friends and Lovers, and the Lost, the Hurt, the Messed Up.

Welcome to The Sanctuary Garden, an open healing space and accommodates 12 persons at a time. Feel free to sit, take a nap, write poetry, share, chat, and express yourself.

We encourage you to leave little artworks which you can hang, leave notes, your poetry, whatever your form of expression.

Strictly NOT allowed: meetings / business dealings / tsismis.

Van Gogh is Bipolar is in the courtyard of 154 Maginhawa St, fronted by When Uan Met Sally and Ed’s Table.

Kritika Kultura and ACELT to hold K-12 Literature Teaching conference on 15 Feb 2014

Kritika Kultura (KK), the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies, and the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) will co-organize a national literature teaching conference in line with the enhanced basic education curriculum, also known as the K-12 on 15 February 2014, at Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University.

Entitled “Literature, Region, and the World in K-12,” the conference trains teachers of literature in Grades 9 to 12. The one-day conference features a morning plenary sessions by leading scholars, and parallel workshops in the afternoon on 21st century world literature and regional literatures and the arts, which specialists will facilitate.

Plenary talks include Dr. Isagani R. Cruz (“Literature in the K-12″), Dr. E. San Juan (“Literary Studies Now”), Dr. Resil Mojares (“Regional Literature Today”), Dr. Judy Ick (“Teaching Shakespeare”), and Dr. Oscar V. Campomanes (“Filipino American Literature”). Facilitating the parallel sessions are Danilo Francisco M. Reyes and Michelle Paterno (Southeast Asian Literature); Louie Jon A. Sanchez and Len Canilao (Literature in Filipino); Dr. Cyan Abad Jugo and Ma. Gabriella Martin (21st Century Novel); Dr. Vincenz Serrano and Mark Anthony Cayanan (21st Century Poetry); Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu and Miguel Lizada (Cebuano Literature); Dr. Socorro Perez and Cheche Suarez (Ilocano Literature); and Dr. Jason Jacobo and Dr. Marianne Rachel G. Perfecto (Bikol Literature).

Regular registration fee is P 1,600, which covers the conference kit, handouts, latest copy of ACELT Forum, lunch and snacks. An early bird rate of P 1,300 applies to those who register until 31 January 2013.

For details, please contact the ACELT office at 426-4322 (Vicki Calderon) or Kritika Kultara at 426-6120 (Louie Jon A. Sanchez). Also, log on to or email for more information.

Heights now accepting submissions for seniors folio

Time is of the essence. Heights is now accepting submissions for this school year’s seniors folio! The call for submissions is open to all Loyola Schools seniors.

Submit your written works and artworks by January 18, 2014, 11:59 p.m.

The folio will be distributed during graduation.

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Adarna celebrates Cyber Monday: 25% off all books

We have a newly-designed website and online store! And to serve as a virtual open house to our new virtual home, we invite you to look around and to enjoy 25% off all of our books on Cyber Monday.

On December 2, for 24 hours starting at midnight (00:00) Philippine Standard Time, all books from our online store will be available at a discount of twenty-five percent! So if, for some reason, you can’t make it to Aginaldong Adarna, the Christmas Sale at the showroom, you don’t have to miss much.

Please tell your friends and family, wherever they may be in the world, as this applies to both local and international purchases. Online store purchases can also be made through bank deposits or with credit card payments via Paypal.

Do your window shopping now at our online store and prepare for Cyber Monday, the Adarna House way!

Likhaan Journal 7 launch set

Likhaan: University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing is proud to launch the seventh issue of the literary journal Likhaan. Issue editor National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and associate editors Charlson Ong and Jun Cruz Reyes will be at the ceremony honoring this year’s contributors. 

This will be at the on December 6, 7 p.m., at the Pulungang Claro M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal (formerly Faculty Center), College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman. Likhaan Journal 7’s launch comes right after the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award Ceremony and before the auction and party and the rest of UP Writers Night.

Anybody who loves to write, read, or both is welcome to join us. Yes, you need not be from UP to be part of UP Writers Night and the launch of Likhaan Journal 7.

A Literal Exhibit of words opens in DLSU CSB

LITERAL is an art exhibit that showcases the creative aspects of our language through traditional and digital art and a combination of whimsical installations by 20 upcoming multimedia artists and designers from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Featuring the individual and collective works of Kris Buhay, Ron Calderon, Miguel Cruz, Hai-son De Leon, Chelsea Delfin, Paul Christian Deriquito, Mariel Enriquez, Maria Ana Guina, Emil Javier, Patricia Manauis, Ana Marasigan, Romina Militante, Phoebe Raymundo, Mary Josephine Salas, Benson Salazar, John Mark Salvador, Severino Samson, Sharlene Sierra, Gabriel Ramon Topacio and Chadli Villacorte under the guidance of Sir Jesse Lazaro, this exhibit is a must-see for people from any age and stage.

LITERAL aims to make you think and ponder on the literal meaning of words frequently used and said. Through various artworks and installations that visually represent literal meanings, the exhibit seeks to capture people’s attention and focus it on the different ways they can see and understand expressions we normally use but don’t dwell on.

LITERAL intends to make words and sayings more thought provoking by expressing them in a seemingly ironic manner: literally.

Perceive words and sayings in a humorous light and visit us at the 1335MABINI Space for Contemporary Art from December 6 to 20. Artworks will be for sale. Net proceeds will go to World Vision for Yolanda victims. Admission is free!


The UP Press Annual Book Sale starts this December 2

Good news for book lovers. All UP Press titles, including bestsellers and new releases, will be sold at a 20 percent discount and all consigned titles at a 5 percent discount. The nine new titles to be launched this November 29 at the Vargas Museum will be included at the UP Press Annual Book Sale. The book sale runs from December 2–17, 2013. For inquiries, call the UP Press Book Store at +63 (2) 928 4391 and +63 (2) 925 3242 local 112. The UP Press is located at E. de los Santos St., near the Campus Police and the College of Architecture. Visit for more details.

The nine new titles are:

Agricultural Policy: Perspectives from the Philippines and Other Developing Countries by Isabelita M. Pabuayon, Salvador P. Catelo, Agnes C. Rola, Tirso B. Paris Jr.

Introduction to Philippine Politics: Local Politics, the State, Nation-building, and Democratization by Maria Ela L. Atienza

The Other View: Last Posts: The Manila Times (2010–2012), Volume III by Elmer A. Ordoñez

Ang Makina ni Mang Turing by Ramon Guillermo

All Our Nameable Days: Poems Revisited by Gémino H. Abad

The Second World: Poems by Rafael Antonio C. San Diego

Filipinas, Textos Cercanos: Poemas (Philippines, Closer Texts: Poems) by Tomás Calvillo

Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults by Dean Francis Alfar, Kenneth Yu and

Demons of the New Year: An Anthology of Horror Fiction from the Philippines by Karl R. De Mesa, Joseph Frederic F. Nacino


Children’s Lit Community gives back for Yolanda relief

In an effort to contribute to on-going relief and rehabilitation endeavors, the children’s literature community in the Philippines is coming together to raise more funds for the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING), Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK)  and Adarna House bring you Tinda-Tindahan, Kuwento-Kuwentuhan: Bulilit Lit for YolandaPH Reliefa day dedicated to children affected by the devastating storm.

Join us on Nov 30, from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Raya School Gym, 109 Sct. Fernandez corner Sct. Torillo, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City for the following activities:

  • Sale. Rummage through and purchase books, artworks, collectibles, and other previously-loved items. Or drop-off your previously-loved items to sell and donate.
  • Meet & Greet Sessions. Grab the opportunity to chat with your favorite authors and illustrators. Get your books signed and your photos taken with them.
  • Storytelling Sessions. Listen to beloved children stories read aloud by storytellers, authors, illustrators, publishers, theater actors. Or even volunteer to read some  of these stories aloud.

Also brought to you in cooperation with Anvil Publishing, Lampara Books, Flipside Publishing, Halo-Halo Books, Tahanan Books, Samahang Pilandokan and many more, all proceeds of Tinda-Tindahan, Kuwento-Kuwentuhan will be directed to UNICEF, Philippines.

For inquiries, please visit and

Philippine PEN holds 2013 Conference on December 3-4

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), on the occasion of its 56th year, will hold its annual literature conference on 3-4 December 2013 (Tuesday-Wednesday) at the Multi-purpose Room 4th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila. 

The theme of this two-day conference is “Literature of Concord and Solidarity: The Writer as Peacemaker.” The panel sessions will cover topics and issues such as war and the imagination, gender wars and conflicts, conflict and creativity, and the quest for peace. 

National Artist F. Sionil José will give the Message from the Founder. PEN Chairman and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera will deliver the Andres Bonifacio Lecture on December 3, lunchtime. Dr. José Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines, will deliver the José Rizal Lecture on December 4, lunchtime. Dr. Jaime An Lim, award-winning writer and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Far Eastern University, will be the keynote speaker. 

Panelists and resource persons include Glenn Sevilla Mas, Raul Moldez, Arthur Casanova, Charlson Ong, Rebecca Añonuevo, Shem Salait Linohon, Marne Kilates, Macario Tiu, Mohammad Nassefh Macla, Don Pagusara, Christine Godinez Ortega, Santiago Villafania, Crispin Nacpil Cadiang, Telesforo Sungkit Jr., Kristian Cordero, Jun Cruz Reyes, Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Arnel Mardoquio, among others. 

PEN will be launching three anthologies: Pens as Swords: The Philippine PEN José Rizal Lectures, 1958-2007 (Solidaridad Publishing), edited by José Victor Torres; Peace Mindanao (UST Publishing House), edited by Jaime An Lim; and Lit Matters: A Manual for Teaching Philippine Literature (Anvil Publishing), edited by Ronald Baytan. 

Peace Mindanao and Lit Matters are projects under the Beacon Centre Programme, an outreach program of Philippine PEN, funded by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Copies of the first printing of these books will be distributed free to public school libraries and public libraries across the country. The publication of Pens as Swords received the generous support of Mr. Endika Aboitiz. 

Other partners in this event include Anvil Publishing, De La Salle University (DLSU), DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, Galerie Joaquin, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Solidaridad Bookstore, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, and the UST Varsitarian. 

Writers and lovers of literature are welcome to the event. Admission is free. For inquiry and updates, please email; call (632) 2541086; or visit website

Repertory Philippines kicks off Season 77 with free event

REP 2014 SEASON 77 HINT NO. 1: A suspense thriller, which was adapted for film starring the iconic A.H. wherein she got nominated for an Academy Award.

Be a witness to the revelation of this play in the REP 2014 Season 77: The Grand Launch, happening on December 2, 2013 at the Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Tickets for this event are FREE for the first 400 guests who will confirm via the link in the Event Page –

Watch out for the second hint tomorrow. Keep an eye on Repertory Philippines’ FB Page!