NBDB highlights book publishing issues in The Pressing Issue

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) presents The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILF-BIS) on November 12 to 14, 2014 at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer Street, Pasig City. Topics on the sustainability of the book industry amidst ASEAN integration and globalization, plus other pressing issues will be the focus of […]

Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio set to launch first novel

IN BINONDO: ONCE UPON A WAR, the first novel of 84-year-old University of the Philippines .University Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday, November 4, 2:30 PM at the Claro Recto Conference Hall in the Faculty Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Sponsored by the University of the Philippines Office of the Diliman Chancellor, the College of Arts & Letters, the Institute of Creative Writing, the Department of English & Comparative Literature and the Manila Times Publishing Corp., the book launching program will start with opening remarks by Dean Elena Mirano and a short talk on,”Our Productive Senior Professors” by Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan. This will be followed by an introduction by U.P.President Alfredo Pascual of the Guest of Honor, His Excellency Former President Fidel V. Ramos whose deep knowledge and broad experience in the military as a General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines leads him to this afternoon’s talk on “The High Cost of World War II.”

Dulaang UP presents The Country Wife

A first on Philippine stage comes this November as Dulaang UP presents The Country Wife/Ang Misis Kong Promdi. By William Wycherley Filipino Translation by Nicolas B. Pichay Directed by Tony Mabesa November 19- December 7, 2014 Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater 2nd Floor Palma Hall University of the Philippines Diliman For tickets, sponsorships, and show buying […]

11th Lamiraw Workshop calls for fellowship applications

The 11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop calls for applications to a 3-day writing fellowship on November 26-28, 2014 at Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar. Panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Merlie M. Alunan, Ms. Daryll Delgado, Ms. Yvonne Esperas, Ms. Jennibeth Loro, Prof. Januar Yap, and Mr. Dante Rosales.   Fifteen […]

Call for entries to 5th Chito S. Rono Literary Awards

THE 5th CHITO S. RONO LITERARY AWARDS FOR WRITERS IN WARAY AND INABAKNON Contest Rules 1.The contest is open to all writers coming from Eastern Visayas (Region VIII). 2.The contestant must be a Waray or Inabaknon speaker/writer. 3.Members of the Lamiraw Executive Committee (the contest organizers) and the Lamiraw workshop panelists (the members of the […]

“Bangsa: Mga Dayalogo sa Moro” to debuts in UP Diliman

The UP Repertory Company and the Office of Initiatives for Culture and the Arts proudly present “Bangsa: Mga Dayalogo sa Moro”, a social realist production on the contemporary Moro people, told in three one-act plays by Palanca award-winning writer Rogelio Braga, directed by Dax Carnay and Emman Dela Cruz. The play tells of the Moro culture, identity, and autonomy, as disrupted by prolonged militarization; cultural and religious misrepresentation; Filipino colonization; and above all, their ongoing struggle for freedom and self-determination as a people. Bangsa will run from November 3 to 15 at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora, CSWCD, UP Diliman.

Freelance Filipino artists to convene for collective initiatives and benefits

Are you a Filipino artist who works freelance, has no benefits (medical, retirement, housing, death), and would you like to be part of an artists’ initiative to help find solutions to the artist sector’s vulnerabilities? Are you an artist who is employed, has benefits, or has independent means, and would like to contribute to this […]

The Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the Novel now accepting entries


  • This competition is open to Filipino citizens of all ages, published or yet-to-be published writers.
  • The entry is one (1) unpublished novel, an original work, in English or Filipino. The theme is open. All genres are acceptable. Total word count of the novel should not go beyond 125,000 words.
  • Only one (1) entry per contestant will be accepted. Entry must be the author’s own, which has not previously been published in any form (including self-publication). The entry must contain the title of the novel and the author’s pseudonym.

Bathalad-Mindanao to hold annual convention in CDO

The Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang-Mindanao (Bathalad-Mindanao) will hold its 18th annual convention on October 25-26, 2014 at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City. Bathalad-Mindanao is a group of creative writers in the Cebuano language whose members are based in various provinces and cities of Mindanao. Rey Poloyapoy, president of the group, said the highlights of the convention […]

UPB Visiting Prof Agcaoili to launch books and deliver public lectures

The College of Arts and Communication (CAC) of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) invites the everyone to the various activities of its Visiting Professor, Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili. 

Four new titles by Dr. Agcaoili will be launched on October 20, 2014, 02-00-04:00 PM, at the Circulation Section of the UPB Library. Two titles—Disidente a Balikas ken Dadduma Pay a Daniw, and Epsitolario ti Exilo ken Dadduma Pay a Daniw—are collections of old and new poems including the author’s award-winning poems. Desaperecido ken Dadduma Pay a Sarita is a collection of short stories; and Nakem: Salaysay iti Lengguahe, Literatura, ken Kritisismo is a collection of essays. 

The CAC will also hold its Talastasan Lectures with Dr. Agcaoili on the last week of October, 2014. The Visiting Professor will talk on “Ilokano lexicography and critical consciouness” on October 28, 10:30-12:00, at the Sarmiento Hall, Student-Alumni Complex, UP Baguio. His talk on “Current problems in language and literature education in the Philippines” is scheduled on October 29, 09:00-10:30, at the UPB Sarmiento Hall. The lecture on “Problems of method and methodology in Ilokano and Amianan Studies,” will be on October 30, 10:30-12:00, at the CSS-AVR, UP Baguio; while the topic “Indigenous epistemologies, language, and Amianan studies” is set on October 30, 03:00-04:30, at the UPB Sarmiento Hall.