National Book Development Trust Fund Grant now accepting applications

As part of its celebration of Philippine Book Development Month, the National Book Development Board – Philippines (NBDB), the government agency mandated to develop and support the Philippine book publishing industry, has launched a call for applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) Grant for 2015. Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25% of their manuscripts or research works for books. The chosen works will receive a grant of P200,000.00 each.

Manuscripts/research works for books should be on any of the following: 1. Local History and Culture, 2. Traditional Medicine / Integrative Medicine / Tropical Medicine, 3. Food Science and Technology / Organic Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture / Agritourism, 4. Popular Science

Deadline for submissions is on May 31, 2015.

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4th Saringsing Writers Workshop fellows named

The Parasurat Bikolnon writers organization congratulates the eleven fellows selected to participate at the 4th Saringsing Writers Workshop scheduled from December 21-23, 2014 at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture Sur (CBSUA Main Campus) in Pili, Camarines.

The regional writeshop features poetry and short story in Central Bikol, Rinconada Bikol, West Albay Bikol and Masbatenyo languages written by the following fellows: 1. Clinton D. Abilong (Pio V. Corpus, Masbate) 2. Rommel R. Alanis (Naga City) 3. Lorenz C. Almendras (Nabua, Camarines Sur) 4. Leo C. Brizuela, Jr. (Ligao City, Albay) 5. Ernesto P. Dacillo, Jr. (Nabua, Camarines Sur) 6. Digna Ruth C. Davila (Magarao, Camarines Sur) 7. Ma. Cecilia C. Dela Rosa (Naga City) 8. Jose Alfonso B. Garalde (Legazpi City, Albay) 9. Victor P. Sayangco (Calabanga, Camarines Sur) 10. Mark Yu-Solares (Balatan, Camarines Sur) 11. Jeffrey B. Teaño (Naga City)

Among the invited critics are Jason Chancoco, Bong De la Torre, Estelito Jacob, Eilyn Nidea, Jun Pesimo, Irmina Torres, and Ed Uy. Resident writers who will complete this year’s panelists are Buboy Aguay, Anthony Diaz, Jerome Hipolito, Jusan Misolas, Marissa Redburn, Elbert Baeta and Irvin Sto. Tomas.

This year’s workshop is co-sponsored by Central Bicol State University of Agriculture and Association of Student Grants-in-Aid for Poverty Alleviation (ASGP-PA) and Philippine Rural Reconstruction Youth Association (PRRYA).

Kritika Kultura Criticism Workshop now accepting applications

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is inviting early career researchers to submit manuscripts for a three-day criticism workshop on the theme of “Philippine Literature and Cultural Studies in the Age of Transnationalism and Diaspora.” The criticism workshop, which will be held in Ateneo de Manila University from May 13 to 15, 2015, is organized in collaboration with Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) and National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA).

The KK criticism workshop will be part of the 12th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW); the partnership between KK and AILAP aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between practitioners of creative and critical writing. The workshop will train and prepare five early career researchers for the rigor and demand of scholarly writing and practice—principles which inform theoretical and methodological orientations, literary and cultural studies approaches which address contemporary realities—through critiques and assessment of their work. Furthermore, KK workshop fellows will take part in activities such as readings and lectures alongside fellows from AILAP; these activities explore intersections between criticism and creative writing.

The workshop panel will be composed of top scholars and critics from Philippine universities. Throughout the three days of the workshop, fellows are expected to deliver short presentations based on their research, and participate in the workshop with co-fellows and panelists. Fellows will be entitled to a modest stipend. Revised versions of the manuscripts may be considered for publication in Kritika Kultura.

Applicants should submit papers on Philippine literary and cultural studies which explore issues that emerge from the engagements between the Filipino diasporic community and the culture and politics of the nation-state. Papers may focus on—but are not limited to—the following:

1. The politics of location and identity

2. Strategies of negotiation and reterritorialization of diasporic space, like narrative-making and definitional ceremonies

3. Intersections within the global economy, transnational circuiting of goods, services, and market in diasporic communities

4. Reproduction of diasporic identity vis-à-vis the demands and pressures of the new host country and the originary country

5. The currency of roots, origin, and authenticity for diasporic communities

6. How categories of identification—gender, class, race, and ethnicity—constitute and regulate immigrants

7. Emergence of new diasporic languages and cultural forms


Interested participants are requested to submit the following on or before Feb. 28, 2015:

1. A paper 25 to 30 pages in length, including notes and reference list. The paper should not have been previously published, nor should it be under consideration for publication in any journal. The paper should be in a Microsoft Word file, double spaced, font size 12 (preferably Times New Roman). Format should follow the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.).

2. An abstract (200 to 250 words)

3. A bionote (100 to 150 words)

4. Contact details: mailing address, telephone number, e-mail

E-mail all materials in one Microsoft Word file to Ma. Socorro Q. Perez, PhD ( (cc:; subject heading: KK Criticism Workshop). Selected fellows will be notified by late March 2015. For further details regarding Kritika Kultura, its editorial policy and manuscript format, please refer to the Kritika Kultura website.

For inquiries, please contact:

Vincenz Serrano, PhD

Editor in Chief

Kritika Kultura



Gawad Dangal ni Balagtas 2015

Ang Gawad Dangal ni Balagtas 2015, isang parangal para sa mga huwarang manunulat sa Filipino. 

Kumikilala sa mataas na ambag sa panitikan, ang Dangal ni Balagtas ay iginagawad sa mga institusyon na nakapag-ambag sa pagpapayaman ng panitikan ng Filipinas at/o manunulat at alagad ng sining na nakalikha ng mga akdang nag-iiwan ng bakás o humahawi ng landas sa larangan ng pagsusulat. Pangunahing konsiderasyon ang pagpapamalas ng pagpapahalaga sa kultura, kaakuhan, at kayamanang pamana, bukod sa pambihirang pagkasangkapan sa Filipino at iba pang wikang panrehiyon o panlalawigan. Isinasaalang-alang din ang mga nalathalang aklat at iba pang akda na pawang kinikilala sa angkin nitong husay, lawak, at lalim, alinsunod sa matalisik na pagtanaw ng mga kritiko at pangkalahatang publiko.

Basahin ang kalakip na graphic para sa mga panuntunan.

Kataga-QC tumatanggap ng aplikante

Tumatanggap na ng aplikante ang Kataga-QC.

– Edad 18 pataas – Residente,

-Nag-aaral o Nagtatrabaho sa Q.C.

Ipadala ang maikling bio, poetika at ilang akda: 1 (kung maikling kuwento, dula o sanaysay); 5 (kung tula o dagli), sa

Ang Kataga ay samahan ng mga manunulat na nagsusulong at nagpapalaganap ng masining at makabuluhang panitikan mula sa karanasan ng lipunan bilang ambag sa pagbabago nito. May pinatatatag itong limang sangay: Kataga-Manila, Kataga-QC, Kataga-Lucena Panitikan, Kataga-Lucena Pagtatanghal, Kataga-Online.

Call for submissions to the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism


Museum Hours:

Monday – Friday 8.00 AM – 7.30 PM
Saturday 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Entry period for the Ateneo Art Awards – Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism 2015 is now open

The Ateneo Art Gallery and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation, Inc. have just announced the exhibitions to be reviewed by writers interested in submitting entries for the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism.

These exhibitions are:

Forces at Work, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

2 December 2014 – 28 January 2015 (please note that the museum will be closed from December 18 2014 to January 5 2015)


Project Bakawan: Ethos, Pathos, Bathos, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

 11 February – 6 March 2015


Pandy Aviado: Fifty Years of Printmaking, Ground Floor Gallery, Ayala Museum

25 November 2014 – 11 January 2015


Images of Nation: Cesar Legaspi, the Brave Modern, Third Floor Galleries, Ayala Museum,

1 December 2014 – 1 March 2015


Propaganda, Lopez Memorial Museum,

6 Feburary 2015 – 25 July 2014

The Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism aims to encourage local arts writers to foster critical public discussion about exhibitions and artworks in keeping with the mission and vision of the Ateneo Art Gallery to recognize artistic talent and push boundaries in contemporary art practice. 

The Prize was established by the Ateneo de Manila University through the Ateneo Art Gallery in partnership with the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. and in association with The Philippine Star to honor the memory of Purita Kalaw Ledesma, art patron, writer and founder of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP).

For more information you may contact Zeny May Dy Recidoro, Exhibitions Coordinator at or +632 426 6488. 

1. Mechanics for Entries

   a. The winner of the prize will have a regular column in the Philippines Star for one year.  Entries should therefore reflect the style in which the art criticism column will be written. Entry should be no more than 1000 words.

   b. Visual documentation that complements the article should be submitted with the art critique.

   c. The entry must be written on A4 sized paper. The font should be Arial, Times New Roman or Book Antigua, font size 12. 

   d. The entries may be submitted digitally to  A cover letter stating that the attached PDF file is being submitted to the Ateneo Art Gallery and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation for consideration in the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism.  The body of the email must include the following information:


E-mail address

Mailing address

Mobile number


Date of Visit (to the exhibit being reviewed)

   e. Exhibit reviews must be submitted as a pdf file attachment with no indication of the identity of the writer on the pages where the article is written. 

   f. Only one entry, an unpublished art critique, per participant. 

   g. Deadline for submission of entries will be on March 31, 2015, 5:00 PM.

   h. Announcement of winners will be during the Ateneo Art Awards ceremony in August, 2015.

   i. Copyright of the works of the 6 shortlisted writers (including the winner) shall be held jointly by the Ateneo Art Gallery and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation Inc.

2. Qualifications of Participants

   a. Employees, whether full time or contractual, of the Ateneo Art Gallery and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation, Inc. are not allowed to participate

   b. Bloggers, defined as writers of online journals, websites, or whose written work is published in electronic social media may join. The participant must not have a regular column in any broadsheet or magazine. Those with columns are not allowed to join but contributors, defined as any person whose written work is published with a byline but not identified as a ‘columnist’ may join.

3. Prizes

As one of the main goals of the prize is to get art criticism into the public sphere, the prize is a regular bi-monthly column in The Philippine Star, with an honorarium of Php 10,000 for each column written by the winner, thus totaling Php 20,000 per month for twelve months or a total prize of Php 240,000. The column will be held for a one-year term only from the time that the prize is bestowed. The prize also includes mentorship with an established writer from the faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University. 

BigKisan at Bigkasan: LIRA Fellows’ Night 2014

Makilahok sa isang gabi ng bigkasan ng tula, kantahan, at inuman kasama ang mga makata ng Lingangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) at mga katoto sa sining ngayong darating na Martes, ika-9 ng Disyembre, alas 6-9 ng gabi sa Conspiracy Bar, Visayas Ave., Lungsod Quezon. Ito ay libre para sa publiko.

Samahan din ang pangkat BigKis, fellows ngayong taong 2014 sa klinikang Pampanulaan ng LIRA, sa pagdiriwang ng pagtatapos nila sataunang palihang ito at sa paglulunsad nila ng kanilang foliong pinamagatang “BigKis: Biglang Kislap” na naglalaman ng halos isang daang mga tula.

Mayroon ding naghihintay na mga papremyo para sa mga dadalo.

Ang BIGKIS folio ay magtatampok ng mga tula nina:
(Bigkis, LIRA Fellows 2014)

Nonoy Abis
Robin Amodia
Wei Angeles
Reli Arceo
France Breis
Evan Daynos
Danilo Diaz
Ynca Duerme
Persis Flores
Liza Gaspar
Andoy Glory
Cheska Lauengco
Louise Lopez
Vic Macapagal
Graciella Musa
CR Pilares
Antonette Ramos
Eurmajesty Roque
Adelma Salvador
Raymund Sison
Joti Tabula
Reji Delos Trinos
Ly Uy
Kaka Vidamo
Eileen Villegas
Ang LIRA ay isang samahan ng mga makatang nagsusulat sa Filipino. Itinatag noong 1985 ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining para sa Panitikan Virgilio S. Almario (aka Rio Alma), nagsilbi itong matagumpay na linangan ng di iilang batikang makata, tulad nina Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera, Romulo Baquiran Jr., Michael M. Coroza, Roberto Añonuevo, Rebecca Añonuevo, Jerry Gracio, at Edgar Calabia Samar. Noong 2011, kinilala ito bilang isa sa Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) para sa mga gawain ng paglilingkod sa ngalan ng tula ng mga makatang-boluntaryo nito.

KK Lecture Series presents Vicente Rafael

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in cooperation with Rizal Library—will be hosting a lecture by Vicente Rafael titled “The Humanities amid the Politics of Language: Examples from Singapore, the Philippines, and the United States.” The lecture will be on Dec. 15, 2014, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 4/f new Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.

Rafael’s abstract reads: “This talk compares the so-called ‘crisis’ of the humanities—a crisis which has roots in the history of colonialism and de-colonization—in three sites: Singapore, the Philippines and the United States. All three share something in common: the link between education and national development, the attempts to humanize the inhuman conditions of global capital, and the uneven and fraught policies to domesticate English and vernacular languages within a linguistic hierarchy. And in all three cases, something like a creolized speech emerges to upend these measures, allowing for a kind of post-colonial humanities to take place.”

Vicente Rafael is Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle; he graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 1977. He is the author of Contracting Colonialism, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History, and The Promise of the Foreign. He is currently finishing a book to be called Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid the Wars of Translation.

South Writers League to hold freelance writing seminar

They say you better not write if your motivation is money. But today, since new technologies, business innovations, and modern creative spaces are multiplying, opportunities for writers abound. But capturing these requires ingenuity, hard work, and continuous learning.

This is why the South Writers League is holding a seminar for those who want to pursue their passion and make a living out of it at the same time. This learning event will provide participants practical tips and lessons on how to promote your writing online and offline, how to set your rates, and where to get clients and writing opportunities. The speakers are also sharing their actual emails, templates, and pitching strategies that gave them their dream deals and writing gigs. All part-time, full-time, and aspiring writers are invited to attend the seminar “Kickstart Your Freelance Writing Career and Double Your Income” happening on December 13, 2014, Saturday, from 1:30PM – 6:00PM at Regus – Filinvest One Building, Northgate, Alabang, Muntinlipa City.

This is open to both SWL members and nonmembers.

To reserve a slot or for questions, please email:

Scrooge at the Onstage Theater, Greenbelt from November 21 to December 14

In 1860, the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge that hates Christmas; loathes people and runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of the present Christmas shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of future Christmas shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general. A timeless family Christmas classic for all ages!



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