ASEAN Young Writers Award deadline extended to July 15

The Philippine Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Writers Award announces the extension of its submission deadline to July 15, 2014, from the initially announced June 30, 2014. 

The ASEAN Young Writers Award is the region’s literary prize jointly established in Thailand by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Organizing Committee of the S.E.A. Write Award in collaboration with the S.E.A. Write network and the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Mahidol University. 

On the eve of the ASEAN Economic Community, the new prize is introduced with the objectives to promote a new generation of literary talents, strengthen the region’s cultural ties, and instill the love for reading and writing among the young people of Thailand and around the region. It also serves as a lasting tribute to the 35th Anniversary Celebration of SEA Write Award and the occasion that Bangkok was designated as the 13th World Book Capital by the World Book Capital Selection Committee of UNESCO. 

The ASEAN Young Writers Award will be given annually providing a platform for the creation of a new generation of writers as well as cultivating literary networks in the ASEAN region. 


1) Candidates must be youth aged 15 to 24 (as per the criteria set by UNESCO ) on the date their work is submitted for competition. 

2) A candidate must be a national of ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

3) A candidate must be a qualified short story writer in his or her national and/or English language. 


Selection Criteria 

The criteria that apply throughout the region in selecting and judging the submitted entries are as follows: 

1) The entry must be in the form of a short story (no more than 3,000 words or 10 A4 pages), written in the national and/or English language. 

2) The entry must be the candidate’s own work, containing constructive content. 

3) The entry must be an original work by the author, not a translation or adaptation of any previous work. In case of copyright infringement, the candidate shall be disqualified and solely responsible for the liabilities. 

4) The entry must not have been previously submitted for, or won, any competition. 

5) The contestant may submit short stories in both the national and English language, provided that the works are different pieces of writing and of distinct content. 

6) The Organizing Committee reserves the right to publish and promote the submitted works. 

7) The Judging Committee’s decision is final. 


Judging Criteria 

1) The work must be original. 

2) The work must be imparted with literary finesse. 

3) The work must contain constructive content. 


Submission of Entries: 

1) The deadline of entries is on July 15, 2014. 

2) The entry must not be more than 3,000 words in length, typeset in font Arial12 pt. 

3) The story’s title must be indicated at the top of the first page in Bold typeface. 

4) Every submission must include the contestant’s real name-surname (pseudonyms not permitted), age, grade/class in school or college (or, in case of a graduate, occupation and workplace), and address where the contestant may be contacted, e-mail address and telephone number. All information should be typed at the bottom of the last page of the submission. 

5) The entry must be submitted by email, along with a filled Application Form and a certified copy of the contestant’s identification card. The application form may be downloaded at

6) The entry must be submitted by email to the Philippine Secretariat of the ASEAN Young Writers Award email to

Davao Writers Workshop 2014 now accepting applications

The Davao Writers Guild, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Mindanao, is now accepting applications to the 2014 Davao Writers Workshop to be held October 23 to October 27, 2014. Fifteen fellowships are available, of which four will be given to writers from outside Davao but residing in Mindanao.

Applications are for the following genres: short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama, and they may be in English, Tagalog, and/or Binisaya. Entries should contain 2 short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 essays (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 one-act plays, or 5 poems.

The entries must be the applicant’s original work and should not have undergone critique from a panel in another workshop or for a creative writing thesis. Accepted fellows will be given free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop. Alumni of the Davao Writers Workshop, as well as of national writers workshops, are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are to fill out the application form and attach the electronic copy of the manuscript. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2014. For inquiries, please contact Julian dela Cerna at juliandelacerna at gmail dot com.

The Sandbox Collective presents Dani Girl

The Sandbox Collective presents Dani Girl, a musical good for the soul, is LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Follow the story of 9 year-old Danica Lyons and her incredible battle with leukemia. This brave new musical by young American composers Kooman and Dimond (Jonathan Larson awardees) tackles universally salient themes such as life in the face of death, hope amidst despair, and the power of a child’s imagination. Directed by Toff de Venecia.


July 11 (Fri) 830pm – OPENING NIGHT

July 12 (Sat) 3:30pm – STUDENT MATINEE
– 50% off on orchestra / loge seats for students and teachers
– includes post-show talkback moderated by dramaturg Giselle Garcia
– includes live art session by visual artists Soleil Ignacio and Kris Abrigo from 230-330pm for the benefit of KYTHE

– includes live art session by visual artist Dee Jae Paeste from 7-8pm for the benefit of KYTHE

July 13 (Sun) 330pm. 
– includes live art session by Bibo Reyes and Kayla Teodoro from 230-330pm for the benefit of KYTHE

July 17 (Thurs) 8pm
– includes live art session (to be confirmed) from 7-8pm

– includes live art session (to be confirmed) from 730 – 830pm

July 19 (Sat) 330pm – STUDENT MATINEE
– 50% off on orchestra / loge seats for students and teachers
– includes post-show talkback moderated by dramaturg Giselle Garcia
– includes live art session by visual artist Tokwa Penaflorida from 230-330pm for the benefit of KYTHE

– for the benefit of children with cancer
– includes live art session (to be confirmed) from 7-8pm

July 20 (Sun) 330pm
– includes live art session by visual artist Leeroy New from 230-330pm for the benefit of KYTHE

July 24 (Thurs) 8pm
– includes live art session by visual artist Ryan Villamael from 7-8pm for the benefit of KYTHE

July 25 (Friday) 830pm

July 26 (Saturday) 330pm
– 50% off on orchestra / loge seats for students and teachers
– includes post-show talkback moderated by director Toff de Venecia
– includes live art session (to be confirmed)

July 26 (Saturday) 8pm

July 27 (Sunday) 330pm – CLOSING MATINEE

July 27 (Sunday) 8pm – CLOSING SHOW

Venue: RCBC Theater, Makati.

Tickets are 
P1,300 – Orch Center
P1,100 – Orch Side
P900 – Loge 
P600 – Balcony

For tickets, text 0917-8908633 or 0917-8996680 for tickets.


Dani Girl is presented by The Sandbox Collective, with special participation of Heima Home and Lifestyle, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, Aristocrat, Toy Kingdom, CSB School of Design and Arts, Bono Gelato, and media partners: Young STAR, Chalk, Metro, Metro Society, Working Mom, Circuit, MYX, The Lifestyle Network, Jeepney TV, Focus Media, Business World, HerWord.Com, TomCat Radio, Green Giant FM, and The Manila Bulletin.

“Byaheng Panulat” gaganapin sa PUP

Sa July 24, 2014  ilulunsad sa PUP ang isa sa pinakamalaking literary event ng taon ang ang “Biyaheng Panulat.”

Ano ang Biyaheng Panulat?
…isang Education Campaign tungkol sa halaga ng pagbabasa ng mga libro at pagsusulat ng fiction mula sa pangunguna ng mga premyado at respetadong manunulat ngayon ng fiction sa Pilipinas gaya nila Eros Atalia, Ricky Lee, Manix Abrera, Bob Ong at Jun Cruz Reyes. Layon nitong makapagturo sa mga kabataan tungkol sa:

1. Bakit natin kailangan magsulat?
2. Paano ba magsulat?
3. Paano magturo ng pagsusulat?
4. Paano magpahalaga sa panulat? (literary criticism at literary theory)

Sino ang maaaring sumali…

Mga guro, kabataang manunulat, researcher, scholar at mag-aaral ng panitikan sa iba’t kolehiyo at unibersidad ang pangunahing target audience ng proyektong ito
Saan gaganapin 

6/F South Wing, 
Claro M. Recto Hall, PUP-Manila
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ang Biyaheng Panulat ay pangungunahan ng Center for Creative Writing ng PUP,  para sa mga update tungkol sa naturang event, i-like na lamang ang Facebook page ng opisina:


July 15 is National Children’s Book Day; special workshop for librarians set

To celebrate National Children’s Book Day, a special children’s book fair featuring the country’s major children’s book publishers shall be held from 9 till 2:30 pm at the Museo Pambata. The fair shall be open to the public and admission is free.

There shall also be a special workshop for librarians called, The School Library as Avenue for the Development of Life Skills (An Echo and Workshop Session of the 42nd IASL Conference in Indonesia) from 9-12 noon also in Museo Pambata. The workshop shall be facilitated by Zarah Gagatiga, Librarian, Beacon Academy and PBBY Board Member

This workshop session will help librarians integrate life skills and well-being indicators in library management. Ms. Gagatiga will also discuss concepts in planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services for children and teenagers. 21st century trends in school library management and administration will also be presented as well as information on professional learning networks, particularly the International Association of School Libraries.

Participants will be charged a workshop fee of P500.

For inquiries about the bookfair and the workshop, you may or contact Lance at 3526765 local 120.

Tanghalang Pilipino season passes now available

Tanghalang Pilipino is very happy to share with all of you the 3 different types of season pass they prepared for this season:

Gold Pass @ 4000php (Yellow seats)
Silver Pass @ 3000php (Green seats)
Student Pass @ 1700php (Green seats)

Choose 1 from these passes and enjoy the perks of a season pass holder like being the first in line during the open house and a whole lot more! For inquiries, you may contact 0999-8843821/09353784781

Forum on Nora Aunor and the National Artist Issue at the Ateneo on July 2

A forum on the exclusion of actress Nora Aunor from the 2014 National Artist proclamation is slated on July 2, 2014, 4:30 pm, at Room 102 of the Convergent Technologies Center (CTC) of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Titled, “The Nora Effect: A Forum on the Crisis in the Order of National Art”, the forum features position papers from National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido L. Lumbera, (University of the Philippines); Zandro Rapadas of the Nora Aunor for National Artist: The Real Journey Begins Here; Prof. D. M. Reyes (Ateneo); Katrina Stuart Santiago, (columnist for the Manila Times); and Dr. Benilda Santos (Ateneo and member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino).

Prof. Jose Mari Cuartero and Prof. Louie Jon A. Sanchez of the Department of English, Ateneo, will serve as rapporteurs.

For details, please contact the convenor, Dr. Jason Pilapil Jacobo at 4266001 local 5320 or 5321, or


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SALI(N) NA, CORDILLERA! bukas na para sa mga lahok na salin

Bukás ang timpalak sa lahat ng mga naninirahan sa Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), maliban sa mga kawani ng KWF at DepEd CAR Regional Office at kanilang mga kaanak.

Ang akdang isasalin ay ang Cordillera Hymn sa layuning maikintal sa puso at isip ng mga taga-Cordillera ang tunay na diwa at lunggating nakapaloob sa kanilang himno.

Ang akdang ito’y orihinal na nasusulat sa Ingles at malawakang inaawit sa mga paaralan at pagtitipong pampubliko sa buong Cordillera.

Mulang Ingles tungong Filipino ang gagawing pagsasalin. Ang salin ay kailangang orihinal na likha ng kalahok at hindi pa nalalathala sa alinmang publikasyon. Hindi patatawarin ang sinumang nahuli at napatunayang nagkasala sapangongopya. Kakanselahin ng KWF ang ipinagwaging lahok nito sa timpalak at hindi na muling makasasali pa sa alinmang timpalak ng KWF.

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TALAANG GINTO: MAKATA NG TAON 2015 tumatanggap na ng lahok

Ang TALAANG GINTO: MAKATA NG TAON ay timpalak sa pagsulat ng tula na itinataguyod ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng Araw ni Balagtas tuwing Ika-2 ng Abril taon-taon.

Nilalayon ng timpalak na lalo pang pasiglahin at pataasin ang uri ng panulaang Filipino sa pamamagitan ng pagkilala sa mga batikan at baguhang talino.

Ang paksa para sa Makata ng Taon 2015 ay tungkol sa kabataan. Tatalakayin ng tulang ipapasa ang kabataan bilang hinaharap kaugnay ang tema ng Araw ni Balagtas 2015 na “Si Balagtas at ang Kabataan.” Ilalahok ang mga tulang may sukat at tugma na nasa antas tudlikan pataas. Ang mga taludtod ng tulang ilalahok ay hindi bababa sa apatnapung (40) taludtod.

Panawagan para sa nominasyon ng ULIRANG GURO SA FILIPINO

Ang Ulirang Guro sa Filipino ang taunang gawad na ibinibigay ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino sa mga pilî at karapat-dapat na guro sa Filipino sa bawat rehiyon.

Alinsunod sa layunin ng KWF na manghikayat at magpalaganap ng wikang Filipino sa pamamagitan ng mga insentibo, mga grant, at mga gawad, hinahangad ng tanggapan na makilala at maipagparangalan ang mga natatanging guro sa Filipino na nagpamalas ng angking husay, talino, at dedikasyon sa pagpapalaganap at promosyon ng Wikang Filipino at/o mga wika at kultura sa kanilang komunidad. 

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