Repertory Philippines presents ‘August: Osage County’

Repertory Philippines presents ‘August: Osage County’opening Feb. 21 at OnStage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. 

Tracy Letts’ sensational drama, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and five Tony Awards, premieres in the Philippines in a production topbilled by the legendary Baby Barredo and directed by Chris Millado.

The play Feb. 21-Mar. 16. Call 5716926 or 5714941; e-mail; visit

UP CAL SC, UP UGAT, and UP WC team up for “Press UP!”: Journalism and Literary Skills Training

The College of Arts and Letters Student Council, in cooperation with UP UGAT and UP Writers Club, invites you to…

“Press UP!”: Journalism and Literary Skills Training

FEB 11, 2014
4-5PM | News writing | Speaker: Victor Gregor Limon, Assoc Editor, Philippine Collegian 
5-6PM | Editorial Writing | Speaker: Kenneth Guda, Editor and Writer, Pinoy Weekly

FEB 12, 2014
4-5PM | Feature Writing | Jake Fabonan, Former Senior Executive Producer, DZUP
5-6PM | Photography | Jiru Rada, Former Photographer, Philippine Collegian 

FEB 13, 2014
4-5PM | Lay-out and Copyreading | Kel Almazan, Layout Editor, Philippine Collegian
5-6PM | Illustration | Rosette Abogado, Illustrator, Philippine Collegian
6-7PM | Flash Fiction | Up Ugat

FEB 14, 2014
4-5PM | Poetry | Zeny May Dy Recidoro, UP Writers Club
5-6PM | Creative Nonfiction | Vanessa Gregorio, President, UP Writers Club 

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Mark Anthony Cayanan and Louie Jon A. Sanchez to launch poetry books

Kritika Kultura (KK), the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Ateneo de Manila University, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, will host the double book launching of two of the journal’s associate editors, on February 15, 2014, 5:00 pm, at the Natividad Galang Fajardo Room, De La Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

Mark Anthony Cayanan’s Except You Enthrall Me under the University of the Philippines Press is the author’s second full-length poetry collection. His other works include Narcissus (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2011), and the chapbook Shall We Be Kind and Suffer Each Other (High Chair, 2012). A recent Writing Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, he holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

Louie Jon A. Sanchez’s Kung Saan Sa Katawan, released by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, is the author’s second poetry collection. His first book, At Sa Tahanan ng Alabok (UST Publishing House, 2010), was nominated at the the Madrigal Gonzales Awards for Best First Book. He holds the distinction of winning the “Makata ng Taon” first prize thrice (2006, 2009, & 2011) at the prestigious Talaang Ginto of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. 

Both teach with the Department of English, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University. In KK, Cayanan is associate editor for the literary section, while Sanchez is associate editor for communications.

The event concludes the national literature conference titled “Literature, Region, and the World in K-12”, jointly organised by KK and the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT).

DLSU to host two lectures by writer Robin Hemley

The Department of Literature, in cooperation with American Corner Manila, invites the public to Two lectures by Robin Hemley, 04 February 2014, Tuesday, at The Learning Commons, 13/F, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. “Memoir or Fiction? The tough choices and responsibilities when writing from life” will be at 2:40 – 4:10 PM, and “Painful Howls From Places That Undoubtedly Exist:  A brief history of the Fake Memoir, and a discussion of authenticity and artifice” will be at 4:20 – 5:50 PM

Abstract: In this lecture, Robin Hemley will give an overview of recent and not-so-recent controversies over supposedly true life accounts that turned out to be, under closer examination, largely fabricated.  While it’s bad faith to lie to the reader about the large events of one’s life or identity, part of the blame has to be borne by an all-too-often gullible public, ready to believe the most outlandish stories simply because writers have sworn they were true.  Shouldn’t we approach all “true” stories with a healthy dose of skepticism?  What happens when a story formerly understood to be true, is unmasked as a bald lie?  Do we necessarily say that the story has no more merit?  What about Untrue True Stories that are nonetheless beautifully written?  And where does fiction fit into this mix.  Do we condemn a writer who writes fiction that is supposedly autobiographical but turns out not to be so?  Why should the identity of a writer of fiction matter if his/her stories are convincing and moving?  Doesn’t this devalue the role of the imagination in literature?

Robin Hemley is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction and the winner of many awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His writing has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world.  He’s currently working on a novel set in the Philippines and is the author of INVENTED EDEN: THE ELUSIVE, DISPUTED HISTORY OF THE TASADAY (Anvil) that the BBC is making into a feature film.  From 2004-2013, he was director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa and he currently directs the writing program and is writer-in-residence at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.  

R.S.V.P. Department of Literature 5244611 loc. 541 or email


Deadline of nominations for 3rd National Children’s Book Awards this Jan. 31

On July 26, 2014, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) will present the 3rd National Children’s Book Awards, giving honor to the best books for children and young adults published during the years 2012 and 2013.

All publishers, authors and illustrators are invited to submit their nominations. Download a full copy of the rules (here ) and nomination form (here ). Deadline for submission of nominations is on January 31, 2014.

During the 2nd National Children’s Book Awards held in 2012, six books were chosen as the Best Reads of 2012 from a total of 117 books nominated: Ay Naku! written by Reni Roxas, illustrated by Sergio Bumatay III, and published by Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc.; Ang Sampung Bukitkit written by Eugene Y. Evasco, illustrated by Ibarra Crisostomo, and published by LG & M Corporation; Doll Eyes written by Eline Santos, illustrated by Joy Mallari, translated by Augie Rivera, and published by CANVAS (Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development Corporation);  Tall Story written by Candy Gourlay, illustrated by Yasmin Ong, and published by Cacho Publishing House; The Great Duck and Crocodile Race written and illustrated by Robert Magnuson and published by OMF Literature, Inc.; and The Secret is in the Soil written by Gidget R. Jimenez and Flor G. Tarriela, illustrated by Liza Flores, and published by Conquest for Christ Foundation, Inc.

Writers and artists converge on MAKILINC at the PHSA

Award-winning author Oscar Peñaranda is coming home for the first Makiling Inter-Cultural (MAKILINC) Arts Festival at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Los Banos, Laguna from Feb.2 to Feb.7. He will conduct writing workshop for the PHSA’s young art scholars and others after his talk on Feb.3 together with gold and silver smith Michael Steger, installation and performance artist Amy Klement, filmmaker Raymond Red, and photographer Jay Javier. (Left to right: Penaranda, Steger, Klement, Red, and Javier)

MAKILINC will be opened by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. and PHSA Director Vim Nadera as part of this year’s National Arts Month (NAM) and the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) celebration. 
On Feb.7, MAKILINC will be closed by the Raul Sunico, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and capped by a Manila Symphony Orchestra concert. CCP partners with the PHSA in its month-long Pistang Sining festivities entitled Simbuyo featuring the recitals of its Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts majors as if seriously taking the PAF’s theme “Art on the Edge: Arts for Healing, Arts for All.” 

In 2012, Peñaranda was a recipient of the most prestigious award Gawad ng Alagad ni Balagtas by the Writers Guild of the Philippines (Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, UMPIL) for his lifetime achievements in promoting and pioneering the institutionalization of Philippine, Philippine-American, and Philippine languages Studies in the United States, becoming perhaps the first person who was not residing in the Philippines to be given such an honor. 

Peñaranda was born in Barugo, Leyte and left for Manila at the age of five and as he turned 12, left Manila for Vancouver, Canada and then at 17 moved on to San Francisco California where he has more or less stayed for the last 55 years. His stories and poems and essays have been anthologized both nationally (in the U.S.) and internationally. In 1980, his play Followers of the Seasons was performed by the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. He is the author of Full Deck, Jokers Playing, a collection of poems (T’boli Press, San Francisco, 2004) and Seasons by the Bay (T’boli, 2004). a novel in stories. Seasons by the Bay won the best fiction for 2004 for the Global Filipino Literary Award, an organization based in Singapre, Paris, and Washington, D.C. It also won an award for best fiction for PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists) for 2005 and Full Deck won the Poetry category.

He has been an educator for 40 years and has taught In Universities and Colleges for 15 years, in Middle School for 10 years and High School for 15 years. He has taught, influenced, and inspired several generations of Filipinos, Filipino Americans, as well as non-Filipino, students, educators, and the general public. He has advocated for Philippine and Philippine American Studies all throughout the United States and Canada. He has given lectures presentations and workshops all over the U.S. from Stanford to New York, to Illinois, to Pennsylvania, to Harvard and many others.


Michael Steger lives and works as an actor, performer, silversmith in Berlin since 1997. Since 2006 he works as a curator and cultural manager of Performance Art Festivals. In 2005, he founded the group, Performunion Open Space which has extensively performed in numerous festivals in Germany, Europe and abroad. In 1998, he was the co-founder of Open Space Berlin together with Philip Brehse, which is still an active platform for artists around the globe. He collaborates with numerous relevant art institutions and cultual initiatives in Berlin in the realm of Performance Art such as MPA, Theaterhaus Mitte, Mime Center Berlin, BLO Ateliers, Theaterkapelle and has curated noumerous visual art exhibitions in Schillerpalais and other galleries and art spaces in Berlin and abroad. 

Born and educated in Augsburg, Germany in 1968, Steger is a professional and active gold- and silversmith (Diploma 1994/ Fachschule für Glas und Schmuck in Neugablonz) and teaches the arts and crafts of silversmithing in his Studio Volksluxus in Berlin.


Born in New Jersey, USA in 1968, Klement got a degree in Arabic from Georgetown University and then realized that art and creative expression were her true calling. After five years in NYC working as a photographer and costume designer, she moved to Berlin in 1997. Since then — while living and working between cultures and languages as a translator — her artistic work has evolved to include performance, sculpture, video, and spoken and written word. In it she poses questions about the significance and symbolism of outer shells, myths, numbers, and language, and explores the practice of patience and handwork through her crochet interventions in the public space.


An alumnus of Philippine High School for the Arts, Red began by making Super-8 films that immediately gained international attention. In the mid-1980s, he again made a number of super8mm and 16mm films. Later, he made his first feature, Bayani (1992) (Heroes) for German ZDF television. His second feature,Sakay (1993) was released primarily in the Philippines. His third feature project, Makapili iwon the Hubert Bals Fund Award at Rotterdam Film Festival 1993. Red has also directed many commercials and music videos. 

Red has also been active in television commercials and music video production. He has done Kamera Obskura shot on HDV format in 2006. He just finished Himpapawid (Manila Skies) 2009, shot with the latest Red One ultra-high-definition digital camera.


Also known as Roderick Yap Javier, Jay is a photography teacher at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas (since 1993); School of Design and Arts, Photography Program, School of Design and Arts; De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde (since 2010); and Philippine Women’s University, School of Fine Arts and Design (c.2014). 

He also conducts photography events and workshops sponsored by camera clubs like Nayon, Zone V, or FPPF as well as TV programs like “I Juander” etc. He, too, is a professional camera collector and restorer of classic and antique cameras, specialising in Leica rangefinder and Soviet Era cameras. His active collection is about 200 cameras. 

Javier finished Bachelor in Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in 1988. Currently, he is taking Masterals in Fine Arts and Design, Philippine Womens University.



12th San Agustin Writers Workshop set

The Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute at the University of San Agustin Coordinating Center for Research and Publications under the Office of Research and Planning (ORP) is now accepting applications for writing fellowships in the 12th San Agustin Writers Workshop to be held on April 28-30, 2014 at the USA President’s Conference Room, Iloilo City.

The fellowships are open to writers in and from Western Visayas who are willing to learn the craft of playwriting from the panelists led by award-winning writers Isidoro M. Cruz, Alice Tan Gonzales, Ma. Felicia Flores, and stage director Eric Divinagracia. The chair of the panel is Palanca award-winning playwright John Iremil E. Teodoro.

Interested applicants must submit the following:  application letter; letter of recommendation from any faculty member of their school or any established writer in the region; curriculum vitae with colored ID picture, contact numbers (landline/cellphone/email address); parents’ consent to attend the workshop (for minors); and a one-act play or a full-length play in Aklanon, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Filipino, or English.

The fellowships cover free board and lodging in Iloilo City during the workshop, plus transportation allowances for fellows who are based in Western Visayas.  Fellows from other regions may look for their own travel funding. The names of selected fellows will be announced on April 14, 2014.

The deadline for  applications is on April 5, 2014.  Please send applications to: Prof. Maria Cristy E. Daguay, Coordinator, USA Coordinating Center for Research and Publications, Office of Research and Planning, University of San Agustin, General Luna Street, Iloilo City  5000

For more information, please contact  Ms. Carmen G. Dureza at telefax no. (033) 337-7716 or e-mail:


DLSU to host talk on Chinese literature by Josh Stenberg

De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
and Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL)
cordially invite you to

Perspectives and Prospects for Chinese Literature in Translation
a talk by 

28 January 2014 (Tuesday), 9:40 – 10:40 am
Francisco Ortigas Seminar Room
13th Floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall (HSSH)
De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila

Merienda reception follows at 10:40-11:30 am at the HSSH 13th Floor lobby. 

JOSH STENBERG is an Asia-based Canadian writer and translator of fiction, poetry and theatre. He has translated two volumes of Su Tong’s shorter fiction and recently edited Irina’s Hat: New Short Stories from China. Academically, he has published on Chinese translation, migration and theatre, and has conducted research in China, Indonesia, Brazil and Russia. He is presently a PhD candidate at Nanjing University, where he has also taught. Writing in English, Chinese and French, his work has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and Brazil. 

Abstract of Stenberg’s Lecture:
The focus on major prizes, such as Mo Yan’s Nobel Prize, tends to obscure the great diversity of Chinese-language writing and concentrate the business of translating Chinese literature to a few writers. Publishing houses focused on American or British readerships commission translations for works according to their perceptions of potential appeal in their domestic markets. As the PRC increasingly includes translation in its program of soft-power influence, a larger spectrum of Chinese-language writing is becoming available in translation. This presentation takes a look at recent trends in the publication of Chinese literature in translation and explores what opportunities are developing for publishers, translators and interested readers.

For inquiries, please call BNSCWC at (632) 5244611 local 233, or email

The 3rd UP Writers Club Love Letter Writing Contest now accepting entries

UP Writers Club, in cooperation with Remnants Thrift Shop and DZUP present SULAT/SUGAT: The 3rd UP Writers Club Love Letter Writing Contest


1) This contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in UP Diliman, provided that he/she is not a member or an applicant of the UP Writers Club.

2) Entrants are asked to send in their love letters based on the contest’s theme. The theme for this year’s contest is HEARTBREAK.

3) Entries must be below 750 words. They can be written in either English or Filipino. We will only accept one entry per person.

4) Send your entries to as an RTF or DOC file with the file name “YourSurname_Letter”. Include the following details in a separate RTF or DOC file with the name “YourSurname_Info”: full name, year and course, student number, mobile number, and email address. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, February 5, 11:59pm.

5) Entries will be judged based on impact (40%), content (30%), and language and style (30%). They will be screened by a panel of judges composed of UP Diliman professors from different fields.

6) The top three entries will receive prizes sponsored by Remnants Thrift Shop. The winners will be announced on air at DZUP’s “Ikaw Naman” program on Thursday, February 13, 10-11am.

Submit now!

Aklat Ani sa Legaspi: Bikol book fair scheduled for February

More than 500 book titles. All Bikol books: 1) in Bikol, 2) about Kabikolan, &/or 3) by Bikolnon authors. Meet and get to know the authors. No speeches. But roses there will be, and awit, arak, rawitdawit, baduya.

Duwang aldaw: Byernes ag Sabado, 21, 22 Febrero. Darahon sadiring aklat, ipapabakal ta, noy. An Museo nasa likod kan balay lunsod sa Plasa Penaranda, Dalan Rizal, dyan sa Albay Gurang, Lunsod Legazpi. Mga aklat Bikol ipapabakal na palugi. 

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