Pambansang Kongreso sa Salin, kasado na ngayong Agosto

Inaaanyayahan ang lahat ng mga tagasalin, manunulat, iskolar, guro, at mga estudyante sa Pambansang Kongreso sa Salin sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Visayas, 7–9 Agosto 2014.

Panauhing pandangal sa nasabing gawain si Bro. Armin Luistro, Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon.

Ang kongreso na may temang “Ang Pagsasalin bilang Pambansang Pangangailangan” ay lalahukan ng mga eksperto sa iba’t ibang larangan upang talakayin ang pangangailangan at kahalagahan ng pagsasalin sa Filipino at sa ibang katutubong wika tungo sa pambansang pag-unlad.

Ilan sa mga inanyayahang tagapanayam para sa tatlong araw na seminar sina Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta, Punò ng Public Attorneys’ Office para sa pagsasalin sa batas; Dr. Ivanhoe Escartin ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan na tatalakay sa pagsasalin at ang kahalagahan nitó sa larang ng kalusugan; G. Mahar Lagmay, Direktor Tagapagpaganap ng Project NOAH para sa pagsasalin sa agham at teknolohiya; at G. Mark Jethro Bumatay, Punò ng Sangay ng Salin ng Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society para sa kahalagahan ng pagsasalin sa relihiyon.

Dadaluhan ng mga mahuhusay na tagasalin at mananaliksik sa Filipinas ang nasabing kongreso. Ilan sa mga kumpirmadong lalahok sina G. Ariel Tabag at G. Junley Lazaga, kilalang mga manunulat,editor, at tagasalin sa Ilokano; Dr. Genevieve Asenjo, manunulat at tagasalin sa Hiligaynon; Dr. Roque Morales Santos, tagasalin sa Chabacano; Dr. Nestor de Guzman, manunulat at tagasalin sa Kapampangan; G. Edgar Gudin, editor ng magasing Bisaya; at sina Dr. Michael Coroza at Direktor Heneral Roberto Añonuevo, kilalang mga makata at tagasalin sa Filipino.

Bahagi ng pangmatagalang programa ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang pambansang kongreso para sa mabisang paggamit ng pambansang wika sa usaping intelektuwal at teknikal.
Ang pambansang kongreso sa pagsasalin ay magkatuwang na itinataguyod ng KWF at Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Visayas Sentro ng Wikang Filipino sa tangkilik ng Pambansang Lupon sa Wika at Salin ng Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining (NCCA).

Para sa iba pang impormasyon, makipag-ugnayan sa Sangay ng Salin ng KWF sa telepono blg. (02) 708-6972.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s one-of-a-kind Workshop Series is back

EDGE-WORK. To the Edge of consciousness – Edge of performance-making.

Sipat Lawin Ensemble‘s one-of-a-kind GYM FOR THE HEART Performance Workshop and DIRECTING LABORATORY Workshop Series is back!

Full Session: * Weekends 9am-6pm. Weekdays 6-10pm.
Aug. 9 Sat., 10 Sun. 9am – 6pm, 
Aug. 11 Monday 6pm-10pm
Aug. 23 Sat., 24 Sun. 9am – 6pm August 25 Monday 6pm – 10pm.

Venue: Pugad Lawin Studio, Victoria Abandoned School, 79 Ermin Garcia Ave, Brgy Pinagkaisahan, Cubao, Quezon City.

LIMITED SLOTS. For inquiries and reservations, CONTACT 0917 500 8753 or EMAIL

Course Description:

GYM FOR THE HEART Performance Workshop. Facilitator: Meila Romero-Payawal.

A “Gym For the Heart,” the Sipat Lawin Curriculum uses a holistic orientation in theater-making. It focuses on balancing the individual’s thinking, feeling and willing towards developing an effective communicator and a responsible, pro-active social being.

The Performance Workshop course is a new exploration in creating new approaches and new works for the theater. It is a platform for self-expression, language and kinesthetic skills development, confidence-enhancement, creation, collaboration and self-empowerment.

The PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP is open to anyone interested. Beginners, professionals, and even those without previous theater background are welcome.

DIRECTING LABORATORY. Facilitator: Jk Anicoche

A course for aspiring theater-makers. The workshop focuses on script analysis, rehearsal and performance techniques for conventional and unconventional spaces, from classical to experimental pieces. The Laboratory is a platform for directors to discover new styles and techniques while developing an in-depth understanding of theater’s collaborative process.


Olongapo Outdoor Poets Society debuts with rap battle tournament

The first world war, otherwise known as the Great War, is said to have caused the death of more than 9 million combatants. What came after it was an even bigger, grander event in history—the Second World War, the deadliest conflict of all time. Thereafter, countless wars have risen as technology advances further. As a matter of fact, as of this writing, the death toll in Gaza continues to rise as bombs and missiles are continuously launched between Palestine and Israel. It’s easy to see that the recent turmoil in Gaza simply testifies to the insatiable thirst of mankind to assert territories and exhibit powers.

Not to be discounted are the wars that happened and continues to happen underground—within the obscure corners of some nameless ghettos. This tradition, which has been passed on to generations, continue to thrive and, in the onset of the internet and social media, takes on a new level and merges together the classic, the modern and the postmodern elements of performance poetry. Thus, the Word Wars live on. But unlike those bloody wars that make the news, these wars leave no permanent injuries and casualties. These wars do not make use of gunpowder and tanks. These wars employ only the power of words. These wars are fought on stage.

The Rap battles known to us today teem with themes that are more often than not egocentric and fraught with all forms of profanity. It can be said that the art may have lost its nobler purposes and is gradually reduced to being an outlet for people throwing insults and diatribes at one another. The art form becomes an open door that welcomes the culture of hate and violence and bigotry. But of course, being in the underground is always an excuse. And this is not some kind of deflection from the trend. This is not an effort to put an end to the underground culture. This is just a breather. This is a way of surfacing into the ground to see the world again and take a stand on issues outside of self.

Olongapo Outdoor Poets Society (OOPS!) and Arma Letra present Word War I: A Rap Battle Tournament that features emerging talents from Central Luzon. Word War I will emphasize on the potency of words as weapons against social injustice and the devaluation of humanity. And of course, against stupidity.









Noli Me Tangere opera goes to Washington D.C.

After a successful run in Chicago and New York, Noli Me Tangere, an opera based on Dr. Jose Rizal’s best known novel, will go on stage at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. next month, on August 8 and 9.

Said to be the first Filipino opera, Noli Me Tangere will feature songs in Tagalog with English supertitles and full orchestration. The opera’s music and libretto were composed by Philippine National Artists Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino respectively.

Following the Washington, DC run in August, the production will be staged at Resorts World in Manila from September 11 to 28. (via

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54th UP National Writers Workshop now accepting applications

LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 54th UP National Writers Workshop to be held in Baguio City in April 2015.

Here are the submission guidelines:


To qualify, applicants must (1) be writers in English or Filipino; (2) must have attended at least one creative writing workshop (national/regional, including the UP National Writers Workshops), or earned a degree in Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat, or won at least one national/international literary award; (3) must have published at least one book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama, or have had a full-length play or a film produced. 

Writers who have been fellows at any of the UP National Writers Workshops are eligible. Some of these qualifications may be waived in exceptionally meritorious cases, with the unanimous concurrence of the UP ICW Fellows, Associates, and Advisers.


Applicants must submit (1) five copies, plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of one original unpublished manuscript (short story, poem, creative nonfiction, play, or novel) to be discussed during the workshop—this manuscript should not have been submitted to a publishing house or any other workshop, and should form at least 20% of a book project in progress; (2) five copies, plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of an essay on “What I write, how, and why?” in relation to the work-in-progress. This essay will be the basis for a 20-minute presentation that the fellow is expected to do during the workshop; (3) photocopies of the applicant’s published work, including publication details; and (4) application form (available at the UP ICW office in UP Diliman, the ICW website ( and on the ICW-maintained website

Only writers who go through the complete application process will be considered for fellowship. The chosen fellows must be present for the full duration of the week-long workshop.

All fellows are entitled to a modest stipend, free hotel accommodation, and free transportation from UP Diliman to Baguio City and back.

The deadline for submission is 14 December 2014.

The Advisers, Fellows, and Associates of the UP ICW will comprise the workshop panel. They are National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Gémino H. Abad, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Charlson Ong, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Jun Cruz Reyes, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Rosario Cruz-Lucero, Heidi Emily Eusebio-Abad, and UP Acting ICW Director Rolando B. Tolentino. UP ICW associates Luna Sicat-Cleto and Eugene Evasco will serve as co-directors of the 2015 workshop. 

Previously dedicated to helping up-and-coming writers, the U.P. National Writers Workshop has been reformatted to mentoring writers in mid-career. The workshop aims to help writers who have already published, or are on the verge of publishing, a book or have won major literary awards, further hone their craft.

For inquiries, call 922-1830 and ask for Francis Quina, or email For more news about the latest UP ICW activities follow our Facebook page (

Tanghalang Ateneo presents 36th Season

Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University is celebrating its 36th season for the school year 2014-2015.

Growing from a fledgling band of student players to one of the country’s leading school-based theater companies, Tanghalang Ateneo proudly announces its 36th season line-up of three productions with the theme “Navigating Identities” revolving around man’s need to define himself and his significance in the world.

The productions are as follows:

written by Han Ong
translation by Ronan B. Capinding
direction by Ed Lacson Jr.
August 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-22, 2014
Venue: Ateneo’s Fine Arts Black Box Theater

MIDDLE FINGER is an adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s modern classic “Spring Awakening.” Set in the U.S., the play centers on four young Filipino-American high school students who seek their identities in a world dominated by the repressive authority of adults. This play was first produced by Tanghalang Ateneo in 2007.

written by Glenn Sevilla Mas
an adaptation of Ma. Milagros Geremia-Lachica’s
“Sa Pagtubu kung Tahud / Upon the Growing of the Spur”
direction by Ronan B. Capinding
November 27 – December 13, 2014
Venue: Ateneo’s Rizal Mini Theater

RITE OF PASSAGE is a Carlos Palanca-winning full-length play about a young man from the Visayas who wants to escape the monotony of rural life and seeks guidance in navigating his teenage years but finds none from his family. The young man is overwhelmed by the fact that no one understands him as he navigates his way through life on his own. The play was first produced by Tanghalang Pilipino for the Virgin Labfest, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ annual festival of new plays in 2005.

written by Samuel Beckett
translation by Rolando S. Tinio
direction by JK Anicoche
February 5 – 21, 2015
Venue: Ateneo’s Fine Arts Black Box Theater

WAITING FOR GODOT / PAGHIHINTAY KAY GODOT is a Nobel Prize winner for Literature. A classic absurd play, this will be staged in both English and Filipino. The play, translated into the national language by National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando S. Tinio, is about two characters Vladimir and Estragon who go through the motions of patiently waiting for the arrival of a mysterious Godot.

Glenn Sevilla Mas, a well-respected playwright and noted Carlos Palanca winner is at present the artistic director of Tanghalang Ateneo.

He also teaches various subjects in theater at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The officers of Tanghalang Ateneo (SY 2014-15) are as follows: Jose Antionio I. Caluag (Company Manager), Hershee D. Tantiado (Finance Officer), Rachelle Ann L. Go (Marketing), Ma. Julienne Ella S. Bautista (Publicity Coordinator), Joe-Nel C. Garcia (Secretary General), Angelique Louis S. Basa (Special Projects Officer) and Dane Larieze L. Chua (Theater Manager).

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Acel Go at 0916-480-2195 or email:

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Red Turnip Theater presents Rabbit Hole

Ten days to go to the OPENING GALA performance of RABBIT HOLE!

As always we do it RED TURNIP style! Free flowing alcohol the whole evening from Ralph’s and San Miguel Beer and food catered by Vanna Calalang.

Cocktails at 8PM. Show at 9PM.

Tickets available via TicketWorld ( or call 891-9999 to visit TicketWorld Manila. You may also email us at for more info.

World Poetry Movement at the Ateneo on July 30

Since its inception in 2011, the World Poetry Movement (WPM) has actively advocated peace on the planet by staging annual readings all over the globe in the name of peace. 

Now on its seventh global effort, the WPM continues the fight for peace and justice through poetry with events over 100 countries. Among them: Colombia, the United States, India, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Greece and the Philippines. 

We invite everyone to join us for a poetry reading for peace on July 30, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, at the 5th floor of the New Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University.

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The Varsitarian’s Creative Writing Workshop now accepting applications for fellowships

Ever the bastion of literary excellence, The Varsitarian continues to thrive in the writing scene and has contributed to UST’s list of National Artists and Palanca awardees, even after more than eight decades. This year is yet another time to reinforce the importance of literature by awakening the literary geniuses inside every Thomasian.

The Varsitarian invites you to the Creative Writing Workshop (formerly the Fiction Workshop), now celebrating its first decade!

Submit six (6) copies of your literary entry (Arial, font size 12, double-spaced, and in letter-sized paper) in only one of the categories Fiction, Katha, Tula, and Poetry along with a photocopy of your registration form, 1 x 1 photo, and a soft copy of your entry in a CD. The entries must have no name or any identifying mark. Submit the requirements in a short brown envelope at the Varsitarian office, Rm. 105, Tan Yan Kee Student Center on or before August 15, 2014.

Fellows will be one step ahead in preparation for the 30th Gawad Ustetika next year as twelve applicants will be granted fellowship in a workshop to be facilitated by top writers on September 13-14, 2014.

For inquiries contact Lord Bien Lelay (09178009014), Arianne Merez (09066896213), or the Varsitarian Office at 406 1611 loc. 8235.

Fil-Am Writers in the KK Reading Series

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, in cooperation with the Rizal Library, will be hosting a reading and lecture by some of today’s leading Filipino-American writers on July 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the 4th floor of the new Rizal Library.

The writers include Fidelito Cortes, M. Evelina Galang, Sarah Gambito, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Lara Stapleton, and R. A. Villanueva.

Fidelito Cortes was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He has written two poetry collections, Waiting for the Exterminator (Kalikasan Press), which won the National Book Award from the Manila Critics’ Circle, and Everyday Things (University of Santo Tomas Press), a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award for poetry and which was translated into Romanian and published as Lucruri de fiecare zi (Editura LIMES). He is currently visiting writer at Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

M. Evelina Galang is the author of Her Wild American Self (Coffee House Press); the novel One Tribe (New Issues Press); and Angel De La Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery (Coffee House Press). She has edited the anthology, Screaming MonkeysCritiques of Asian American Images(Coffee House Press). She is currently writing Lolas’ HouseWomen Living with War, stories of surviving Filipina WWII “Comfort Women” and is at work on a new novel, Beautiful Sorrow, Beautiful Sky. Galang teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami, is core faculty for VONA/Voices: Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation and has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the United States by Filipina Women’s Network.

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. She holds degrees from University of Virginia and the Creative Writing Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and the MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. Together with Joseph O. Legaspi, she co-founded Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian-American poets.

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has published fiction in The North American Review, Joyland, and numerous anthologies, including Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. He has received honors and awards from the Fine Arts Work Center and PEN New England. In 2013, he was selected as a NYC Emerging Writers Fellow from the Center for Fiction. He received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and taught creative writing at Boston College, where he was the managing editor of Post Road. He is at work on his first novel.

Lara Stapleton is the author of The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute 99), a Pen Open Book Committee Selection and an Independent Booksellers’ Selection. She is the co-editor of Juncture (Softskull 03) and Thirdest World (Factory School 07), stories with Gina Apostol and Eric Gamalinda. She has also won the Hopwood Award for Fiction, the Columbia Journal Award, and a Ludwig Vogelstein Grant. A writer of poetry and prose, she has most recently been working on a screen project about miscegenation in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She was born and raised in Michigan, went to 6th grade in Quezon City, and calls New York City home.

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, his honors include the 2013 Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. His writing has appeared widely in journals such as AGNIGulf CoastVirginia Quarterly ReviewMcSweeney’s Internet TendencyBellevue Literary Review, and DIAGRAM. He is currently a Language Lecturer at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.