KK Reading Series presents Rolando Tolentino and Rommel Rodriguez

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), Fine Arts Program, and Rizal Library—will be hosting a reading and lecture by Dr. Rolando Tolentino and Prof. Rommel Rodriguez on Dec. 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 4th floor of the new Rizal Library.

The two fictionists and professors from the University of the Philippines Diliman will discuss the process of putting together anthologies; in particular, they will consider the possibilities and difficulties in anthologizing, and will talk about the roles and relationships between editors and contributors.

Rolando Tolentino is Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and faculty of the UP Film Institute. He has taught at Osaka University and National University of Singapore, has been Distinguished Visitor of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Consortium, and was recipient of the Obermann Summer Research Fellowship. He is author of National/Transnational: Subject Formation and Media in and on the Philippines (2001). Moreover, he edited a special issue of the academic journal positions (“Vaginal Economy: Cinema and Sexuality in the Post-Marcos Post-Brocka Philippines”) (2011), and the anthology Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures (2002). He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group) and Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (Contend UP).

Rommel Rodriguez currently teaches literature and creative writing at UP. He is the author of Lagalag ng Paglaya (2011). He has won a Palanca award for the short story in Filipino. He is a member of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Contend UP, and Secretary General of the All UP Academic Employees Union. Aside from writing, he is also involved in human rights advocacies.

This event is a reschedule of the Sept. 15, 2014 reading, which was postponed due to inclement weather.

UP celebrates the written word with Writers’ Night

The Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing invites everyone to UP Writers’ Night, an annual gathering of writers, artists, academics, and lovers of the written word, and the ICW’s culminating activity for the year.

UP Writers’ Night 2014 will be held on 5 December, Friday, starting at 6 p.m. at the Executive House in UP Diliman.

The festivities will begin with the launch of the latest issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, edited this year by award-winning fictionist Prof. Rosario Cruz-Lucero. The Likhaan Journal is one of the ICW’s flagship projects and is made possible with generous help of the Office of the UP Diliman Chancellor. Among this year’s contributors are Merlie M. Alunan, J. Neil Garcia, Raissa Rivera Falgui, and Kristian Sendon Cordero.

After the launch of the Likhaan Journal, the audience will be treated to performances by writers, singers, and bands, among them Los Chupacabras and The Furor Commands It. A special auction will also be held to help raise funds for ICW projects and its move its new offices at the Palma Hall Pavilion next year.

The festivities will follow the awarding of the annual Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award at 4 p.m. The award is given annually to the best first book of creative writing by an author. This year’s finalists are Alwyn Javier, Bernadette Neri, Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, and Resty Ceña. The awarding ceremony of the MGBFBA is by invititation only.

Writers’ Night 2014 is free, and is open to all writers, readers, and literature lovers. Writers’ Night 2014 will be held in partnership with National Book Development Board, San Miguel Corporation, and with support from the Office of the President of the UP System, and the Office of the Chancellor of UP Diliman.

For questions, please call 922-1830 or e-mail likhaan.staff@gmail.com.

Call for submissions to Heights Ateneo Second Folio

We accept artworks in any medium and written works in either English or Filipino. 

This call for submissions is open to all Loyola schools students, professors, and alumni. Visual art is also welcome. For more information, consult the accompanying graphic.

You have until December 27, 2014 to submit to the Second Regular Folio.

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Tanghalang Ateneo presents Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud)

Tanghalang Ateneo is staging the second play in its 36th season, “Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud),” which will open on November 27, 2014. It is written by multi-award winning playwright Glenn Sevilla Mas and directed by actor, writer, and director Ron Capinding. The play is an adaptation of Maria Milagros Geremia Lachica’s Kinaray-a short story.

Following their theme of “Navigating Identities,” Tanghalang Ateneo’s productions will focus on man’s quest to find himself and his place in the world.

Set in Catungan IV in Antique, the play opens with the portrayal of a painful time-honored ritual. This sends Isoy, the protagonist, into a long and difficult journey into manhood where he must confront both his sexual frustrations and his frustrations about his past in order to take control of his future. Isoy will be played by Cholo Ledesma.

The other actors in the production include Camille Abaya as Pilar, Isoy’s neighbor and longtime friend; Frances Makil-Ignacio as Susing, Isoy’s aunt and guardian; and Teroy Guzman as Berning, Isoy’s uncle and confidant.

“Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud)” will be held at the Rizal Mini Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University from November 27 to 29, December 3 to 6, and December 10 to 13. All shows start at 7:00 p.m. and matinee shows start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

For inquiries, contact Acel Go at 0916 480 2195 or send an E-mail to Tanghalang Ateneo at ta.mpc78@gmail.com.

UP Writers Club lights up UP Diliman with LIT UP

LIT UP aims to gather collegiate writing organizations, academic and independent, from all over Metro Manila, in one space to interact and promote their own work. Think of it as one of your terrible high school soirees. Except with writers. This will be on November 28, 6 to 10 p.m., at the S. P. Lopez Room, University Hotel, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Featuring zines, folios, and other publications from:

UP Writers Club

Heights Ateneo

UP GRAIL – Graphic Arts in Literature

Sari Sari Komiks


SUlat-KAmay Collective

The Varsitarian

UP Writers Club Alumni

UP Lingua Franca

acoustic sets from:

Ourselves the Elves

Rocky Deleste

Lamb St.

and a lecture with Conchitina Cruz and much more!

Sign up at the events page at tinyurl.com/LitUp-UPWC, and follow us on twitter at twitter.com/UPWritersClub for more updates. See you there!

Publicity material designed by Ches Gatpayat

Mga kabataang manunulat sa mga rehiyon, tinatawagan ng KWF

Inaanyayahan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang lahat ng kabataang nasa edad 12-17 na magpasa ng kanilang mga akda sa Timpalak Uswag Darepdep, isang timpalak pampanitikan para sa kabataan tampok ang mga katutubong wika ng Filipinas.

Para sa unang taon (2014-2015), nahahati ang timpalak sa mga kategoryang maikling kuwento at tula sa mga sumusunod na katutubong wika: Ilokano, Bikol, Sebwano, at Mëranaw. Hindi bababa sa sampung pahina ang akdang ipapasa para sa kategoryang maikling kuwento. Sa kategoryang tula naman, ang koleksiyon ay kailangang magtaglay ng hindi kukulangin sa sampung (10) tula at hindi hihigit sa labinlimang (15) tula. Ang bawat kalahok ay maaaring magsumite ng isang entri para sa bawat kategorya. Ang Timpalak Uswag Darepdep ay isang paraan ng KWF para payabungin ang mga katutubong wika sa bansa at lalo pang pagyamanin ang wikang Filipino.

Ang mga magwawagi sa bawat rehiyon ay tatanggap ng medalya mula sa KWF at ng sumusunod na mga gantimpalang salapi: Sampung Libong Piso (Php 10,000) para sa unang gantimpala, Limang Libong Piso (Php 5,000) para sa Ikalawang Gantimpala, at Tatlong Libong Piso (Php 3,000) para sa Ikatlong Gantimpala.

Bukas ang timpalak sa mga lahok hanggang 2 Marso 2015. Para sa iba pang impormasyon hinggil sa timpalak, bisitahin Facebook page ng KWF o ang www.kwf.gov.ph.

Huling linggo para sa pagpapása ng mga tesis at disertasyong nakasulat sa Filipino sa Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda

Tatanggap hanggang 28 Nobyembre 2014 (Biyernes) ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ng mga tesis at disertasyong nakasulat sa Filipino para sa Gawad Julian Cruz Balmaseda.

P100,000.00, plake ng pagkilala, at pagkakataóng mailimbag ng KWF ang ipagkakaloob sa magwawaging tesis at disertasyon mula sa mga kursong kaugnay ang agham pangkalikasan, agham panlipunan, matematika, at iba pang kalapit na larang. Isusumite ang mga sumusunod: apat (4) na kopyang makinilyado o kompiyuterisado, CD ng lahok, curriculum vitae, at pormularyo ng rekomendasyon mula sa dalawang propesor. Ilalagay ito sa isang long brown envelope at ipapadala sa KWF Lupon sa Gawad, 2/F Gusaling Watson, 1610 Kalye JP Laurel, San Miguel Maynila.

Para sa mga karagdagang detalye, tumawag sa 736-25-19 at hanapin si G. Evie Duclay, o bumisita sa kwf.gov.ph.

Writers Night 2014 on December 5

This years Writers Night will be held on December 5, 6 p.m., at the Executive House, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The UP Writers’ Night is held annually by the UP ICW as a venue for the awarding of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award, the launch of the latest issue of the Likhaan Journal, and fund-raising activity for the UP ICW.

For more information, call the ICW at 9221830.

Facebook event ID here: https://www.facebook.com/events/731663176905003/?ref=notif¬if_t=plan_edited

Philippine PEN 2014 National Conference announced

Philippine PEN 2014 National Conference
2-3 December 2014 @ The Verdure, 5th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall
De la Salle University, Manila, Philippines
No registration fee. Open to the public.
“Never stray from the path of righteousness and justice . . . ”
(Mabini’s The True Decalogue):
Writing, Writers, Moral Regeneration and National Renewal
In commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini

Day 1 December 2, 2014
9:00-9:15 AM
Invocation / National Anthem
Reading of the PEN Charter: Edgardo Maranan
Opening Remarks: Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist /Chairman, Philippine PEN
Welcome Remarks: Raymond Girard Tan, DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
9:15 AM- 10:15AM Keynote Address
Introduction of the Speaker: Charlson Ong
Keynote Address: Madam Anna Maria “Bambi” L. Harper
10:15-1030 AM Coffee Break
10:30AM – 12NN First Literary Session
Writing and the crusade against corruption
Jose Victor Peñaranda (chair), Rene Azurin, Joel Pablo Salud, Raissa Robles
12NN Lunch
1:30-3:00 PM Second Literary Session
Popular culture and national renewal
Nicolas Pichay (chair), Floy Quintos, Dennis Marasigan, Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr.
3:00-3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:30-5:15 PM Third Literary Session
Regional literatures and nation-building
Kristian Cordero (chair),Fr. Wilmer Tria, Junley Lazaga, Alex R. Castro, Zola Macarambon, Francis Allan Angelo
5:15-6:15 PM Booklaunching
Masters of Ceremonies: Kristian Cordero, Santiago Villafania
Marne Kilates
Time’s Enchantments and Other Reflections: New Poems (Ateneo de Naga University Press)
Frank Penones Jr.
P.I. and Cancion nin mgaTawong Lipod/ Songs of the Unseen (Ateneo de Naga University Press)
Rebecca Añonuevo
Talab: Mga Sanaysay sa Panitikan, Wika, at Pagtuturo (Ateneo de Naga University Press)
Maryanne Moll
Married Women: Stories (Ateneo de Naga University Press)
Jose Victor Peñaranda
Lucid Lightning: Poems and Prose (University of Santo Tomas Publishing)
Maria Fres Felix
Boy in the Platinum Palace and Other Stories (University of the Philippines Press)
Philippine PEN Journal, edited by Herminio Beltran, Jr.
6:15 – 8:00 PM
Solidarity Dinner
(for PEN members, conference speakers, and guests-of-honor only)
Venue: Roofdeck, DLSU Henry Sy Sr. Hall
Convenors of the Day: Glenn Mas, Jun Cruz Reyes, Amadis

Day 2 December 3, 2014
9:00-10:30AM Fourth Literary Session
History, heritage and moral regeneration
Ricardo Soler (chair), Gemma Cruz Araneta, Saul Hofileña Jr., Alejandrino Vicente, Bernardita Churchill
10:30-11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM – 12 NN The José Rizal Lecture
Introduction of the Speaker: Marjorie Evasco
The José Rizal Lecture: Justice Adolf Azcuna, Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists
12 NN Lunch
1:30-3:00 PM Fifth Literary Session
New media, new technology, new publishing, renewed nation
Karina Bolasco (chair), Nida Ramirez, Jun Matias, Carlo Vergara, Edgar Samar
3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:30 PM
Reading of PEN Resolutions
Presiding Officer: Lito B. Zulueta, Philippine PEN National Secretary
Election of the New Board 2015-2017
COMELEC Chair: Nicolas Pichay
Convenors of the Day: Herminio Beltran, Jr., Jose Wendell Capili
Overall Convenors
Bienvenido Lumbera, Lito B. Zulueta

With deep gratitude to our Patrons / Partners
De La Salle University
DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Galerie Joaquin
Atty. Saul Hofileña, Jr.
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
PEN International
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian

15 fellows to 11th Lamiraw Workshop announced

The Office of the Arts, Social and Cultural Affairs (ASCA) congratulates the fifteen fellows who qualified to the 11th Lamiraw Creative Writing on November 26-28, 2014 in Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar. 

With its focus on fiction writing this year, the workshop features fifteen writers distributed according to ethnolinguistic group and their organizational affiliation:


  1. Jetrho Monares (Tacloban City/Leyte Normal University)                                  
  2. Firie Jill Ramos (Tacloban City/Leyte Normal University)                                  
  3. Hermie Sanchez (Catbalogan City/Katig Writers Network Inc.)                          
  4. Nemesio S. Baldesco, Sr. (Calbayog City/Katig Writers Network Inc.)              


  1. Geaniza Buico (Biliran/Naval State University)                                                     
  2. Alvin Bensig (Mandaue City/University of San Carlos)                                        
  3. Erik Tuban (Cordova, Cebu/Bathalad Cebu)                                                          
  4. Beldona Fugado (San Antonio, Northern Samar/UP Tacloban)


  1. Jie-ann Salem (Calbayog City/Northwest Samar State University)                      
  2. Aaron Cotejar  (Tacloban City/Eastern Visayas State University)                    
  3. Charles Sanchez (Cebu City/University of San Carlos)                                      
  4. Dante Cuales (Negros Occidental/ University of the Visayas)


  1. Mat Banagbanag (Capul, Northern Samar/Abaknon Literary Arts Guild Inc.)            
  2. Nila Esquillo (Capul, Northern Samar/Abaknon Literary Arts Guild Inc.)                  
  3. Charito Bayabay  (Capul, Northern Samar/Abaknon Literary Arts Guild Inc.)           


Among the panelists invited are: Prof. Merlie M. Alunan, Ms. Daryl Jane Delgado, Ms. Yvonne Esperas, Ms. Jennibeth Loro, Dr. Lydia de la Rosa and Mr. Dante Rosales.

The said literary activity in Eastern Visayas is annually funded by the National Commission for Culture & Arts (NCCA).