MAKILINC returns to Makiling and UPLB

In celebration of the National Arts Month, the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), will once more offer the Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (MAKILINC) on 1-7 February.

Day 1 will be opened by the Los Baños City Mayor Caesar Perez who included the event in the second quarter program of the Lost Baños Quadricentennial Commission chaired by Councilor Jay Rolusta. Filipino and foreign guests will be welcomed by the Pistang Sining sa Makiling director, Victor Emmanuel Flor, through a series of performances of PHSA Resident Companies such the Anino Shadowplay Collective, Kuwit, Maquiling Ballet, Musika Ibarang, Sanghiyas Pangkat Mananayaw, and Sipat-Lawin. PHSA Director IV, Vim Nadera, will talk about the history of MAKILINC that began in 2014.

Day 2 will be held at the UPLB D.L.Umali Hall with Prof. Felipe de Leon, National Commission for Culture and the Arts as the keynote speaker. Members of the audience will be received by UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, UPLB Office for Initiative in Culture and the Arts (OICA) director Ma. Theresa Arejola, and Sining Makiling Gallery curator Romeo de la Cruz who also arranged special sessions with Arts Research and Training Institute in Southern Tagalog (ARTIST) Inc. headed by Edward Perez and other local artists organized by Alex Baluyut and Precious Leaño.

MAKILINC 2 is included in the first Los Baños Arts Festival.

For 2015, MAKILINC arts faculty includes Edru Abraham who teach gamelan and mime, Gim Gwang Cheol who will tackle modern Korean art, Michael Coroza who will revive balagtasan, Rama who will introduce pangalay, Evamaria Schaller who will deal with experimental art, and Ian Victoriano who will share his secrets about scriptwriting.

After three days of seminar-workshop there will exhibits and presentations during the closing ceremonies which will be graced by Cultural Center of the Philippines’ president, Dean Raul Sunico; Undersecretary Lino Rivera of the Department of Education; and other members of the PHSA Advisory Council composed of Dean Charito Bitanga-Peralta, Dean Mauricia Borromeo, Chris Millado, Nicolas Pichay, Denisa Reyes, and Rody Vera.

For details, please call Lyza Amat (#09175456656) or Shirley de Quiros (#09193551080).

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Poet Ricardo de Ungria is new Silliman Workshop Director

Award-winning poet Ricardo de Ungria has been appointed Director-in-Residence for the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop by Silliman President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III upon the recommendation of the Advisory Board of the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center through its Coordinator, Ian Rosales Casocot.

De Ungria has published eight books of poetry and edited a number of anthologies, for which he has won five National Book Awards. Through a Fulbright Grant, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989. He has received writing grants from the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers and Bellagio Study and Conference Center.

He is a founding member of the Philippine Literary Arts Council, which published Caracoa, the first and only poetry journal in the Philippines in the eighties, and initiated a series of poetry readings that stirred interest in the performative aspect of the literary arts.

In 1999 when he moved to Davao, he founded the Davao Writers Guild that, since then, has held annual readings in the schools and malls in the city and published books by its members and a literary journal called Dagmay that features literary works in various languages by mostly young writers in the Davao region.

He has served as Chancellor of the University of the Philippines in Mindanao for two terms (2001-2007) and as Commissioner for the Arts at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Dr. De Ungria will oversee the selection of fellows and panelists for the 2015 Silliman Creative Writing Workshop, the oldest of its kind in Asia, which was founded by the late Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist for Literature Edith L. Tiempo in 1962. He will also help in the continuing evaluation of the thrusts and programs of the Workshop, which this year is scheduled for 11-29 May 2015 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village and the campus of Silliman University in Dumaguete City. (CWC)

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Call for collabs to Chromatext Rebooted

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions to CHROMATEXT REBOOTED, a visual arts show scheduled to open sometime in November 2015 at the Main Gallery of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This group show will involve artworks based on, coupled with, or related to words/poems/prose, or any kind of visual art executed by poets/writers, including abstract, sculptural, conceptual and digital works.

The “Chromatext” series started in the early 1980s with “Chromatext 1” and “Chromatext 2” — both mounted at the Pinaglabanan Galleries in San Juan, as curated and participated in by members of PLAC or the Philippine Literary Arts Council.

In January 2007, “Chromatext Reloaded” was displayed at the CCP Main Gallery. It included works by a total of 87 poet-friends and artist-friends of PLAC from here and abroad, and enjoyed strong viewership, especially among littérateurs and students, all throughout its six-week run.

CHROMATEXT REBOOTED will be co-curated by Jean Marie Syjuco and Alfred A. Yuson. Poets and writers are enjoined to express their intent to participate in this exhibit by contacting either of the co-curators, and sending preliminary information on their intended submissions.

Details are to be announced later, through direct, private correspondence.

UP DECL to host lecture on historiographic metafiction

The UP DECL invites literary fans to Prof. Kit Uychoco’s lecture on “Memory, Fantasy, Narrative and Myth: Historiographic Metafiction and the Shifting of Filipina Identities in Three Novels” which will be held on 2 February 2015, 2 pm at the Arcellana Reading Room.

This paper hopes to discover how the use of historiographic metafiction can be used in the shifting of Filipina identities in three novels, “Gun Dealer’s Daughter”, “The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata”, and “Dream Jungle”.  The authors of these novels are Gina Apostol and Jessica Hagedorn; two women from the Philippines writing in the diaspora, specifically in the United States.  It hopes to see how these novels confront the Filipina past, present, and future, in/against history and in/outside of the Philippines.  

     Marikit Tara Alto Uychoco is an Assistant Professor from the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has published journal articles in Humanities Diliman, the ACELT Journal, and the Human Rights Agenda.  She has presented papers in several academic conferences, such as the ESEA (English in Southeast Asia) conferences in Singapore and Manila,  as well as conferences for PALT (Philippine Association of Language Teachers), CETA (College English Teachers Association), and ACELT (Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching).  

     She graduated with an MA in Education, major in English Language Teaching, from the College of Education, in UP Diliman (2008), and a BA in English Studies, major in Creative Writing, from the College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman (1999).  She is currently studying for her PhD in Comparative Literature in the DECL.

Tanghalang Ateneo and Ateneo Fine Arts present Godot^5

One script. Five studies. One Godot to wait for. Tanghalang Ateneo and Ateneo Fine Arts present Godot^5: Five Ruminations on Samuel Beckett’s ‘En attendant Godot.’

Direction by Jk Anicoche
Filipino Translation by Guelan Varela-Luarca
Production Design by Ralph Lumbres
Lights Design by Ninya Bedruz
Sound Design by Teresa Barrozo
Graphics Design by Niki Calma

February 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 – 7PM
February 7, 14, 21 – 10 AM – 1 PM – 4 PM – 7 PM

Black Box Theater
Fine Arts Annex
Ateneo de Manila University

For tickets, contact Madel Juliano
at 0917 631 4387

This production is part of PLAYHOUSE: Fine Arts Festival 2015.

PETA presents Haring Lear

STUDIO CONNECTIONS INTERNATIONAL, In partnership with School of Design and Arts Dela Salle College of St. Benilde, presents PETA’S HARING LEAR, Bienvenido Lumbera’s adaptation of Shakespear’s King Lear.

The play is set in a post nuclear landscape that highlights the dramatic descent of a king into madness. As he is plunged into the world of anarchy, the themes of vision and blindness are explored masterfully by Shakespeare in this drama of purgation. Lear becomes mad at the same moment when he gains a vision of the cruelty of the world and the evil nature of his daughters. He discovers the real meaning of loyalty, love, and fidelity in his servants and his youngest daughter, Cordelia, whom he banished

ABNER DELINA JR Cordelia/Lakayo
ROI CALILONG Hari ng Francia
JEFF HERNANDEZ Duke ng Cornualles
JASON BARCIAL Duke ng Burgonia.

DIRECTION: Nonon Padilla

LIGHTING DESIGN: Jonjon Villareal

MUSIC: Dodjie Fernandez


PLAYDATES: Fridays / February 27, March 6, 2015 / 7:30 pm
Saturdays / February 28, March 7, 2015 / 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sundays / March 1, 8, 2015 / 2:00 pm

VENUE: School of Design and Arts (SDA) Theater
Dela Salle College of St. Benilde
P.Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) St Malate Manila


Regular Prices: 1000, 800
Student Prices: 500, 400

20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens
and PWD (persons with disability)
**please present valid ID

Gala Night (Celebrity Night) – February 27 at 7:30pm
Regular Prices: 1,500, 1,000
Student Prices: 750, 500

20% discount on the regular price for senior citizens
and PWD (persons with disability)
**please present valid ID

* Special performances also available upon special arrangement

PERFORMANCE: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes

For ticket reservations, showbuying,sponsorship,and other inquiries, pls contact:

Marketing Director
Mobile: 0917-750-0107, 0918-959-3949
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KK Reading Series presents Laurel Fantauzzo and Ned Parfan

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, Fine Arts Program, and the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP)—will be hosting a reading and lecture by Laurel Fantauzzo and Ned Parfan on LGBT writing on Jan. 29, 2015, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 4th floor of the new Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University.

Fantauzzo will be reading the first chapter of her young adult novel-in-progress, tentatively titled Sometimes There Are Trees. The book follows the adventures of Cory, a 16-year-old, Filipina American, Catholic high school student who finds herself in love with her history teacher. The book takes place in Southern California in 2010, soon after the anti-gay measure Proposition 8 was passed by a state majority. In Fantauzzo’s craft talk, she will discuss the homophobia she encountered from her high school mentors in the early 2000s, and how their fear and disdain became an unexpected asset to her writing life. She will also offer suggestions on how writers can transform shame and self-censorship into subjects for self-revealing stories.
Parfan will be reading selected sequences from his first book, The Murmur Asylum. At its core, the poetry collection confronts the haunting effects of childhood abuse through different methods of aversion, and explores varying performances of surrender and rebellion as possible coping mechanisms. Parfan will also be reading selections from the central sequence of his current work-in-progress, Acts of Worship, in which a powerful female figure in a fictional setting is portrayed from the point of view of the men who are under her spell. Additionally, he will also talk about why he was drawn to the poetic sequence as the appropriate instrument in tackling these different subjects and how this form effectively accommodates—and helps sustain—the obsessive tendencies in writing. He will also discuss how, in his case, the author’s gender identity played an unexpected role in influencing readers’ reactions to his poetry, as well as the ways it has informed his own work. 

Laurel Fantauzzo was raised by a Filipina mother and an Italian-American father in Ventura County, California, where she attended La Reina, an all-girl Catholic high school. She earned her MFA as an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. She was a 2010 recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Emerging Writers Award, a 2013 Palanca Awardee, a 2014 Hedgebrook resident, and a grantee of the Barbra Deming Memorial Fund. Her most recent work is forthcoming in New York Times and The Rumpus. Her website is

Ned Parfan is a resident fellow for poetry at the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies of the University of Santo Tomas, where he also teaches literature and humanities subjects. He finished his MFA in Creative Writing at De La Salle University and was a finalist in the Maningning Miclat Awards for Poetry in 2009 and 2011. His first collection, The Murmur Asylum, was published by the University of the Philippines Press in 2014.

PEN to host launch of Elmer Ordoñez’s new book Snows of Yesteryear

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will host the launching of “Snows of Yesteryear” (University of the Philippines Press, 2014) by Elmer A. Ordoñez on 31 January 2015, 5:00 in the afternoon, at the Solidaridad Bookshop, Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

Ordonez is a SEA Write-Philippines awardee for 2008. He has written short fiction, poetry, essays, and scholarly articles, many of which are found in his collections “Sitting in the Moonlight and Other Stories,” “Emergent Literature: Essays on Philippine Writing,” and “The Other View” volumes, among others. He retired as professor of English and Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines. He has served as national secretary of Philippine PEN and chair of the literary arts committee of National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He is a lifetime member of the U.P. Writers Club and the writers’ group Ravens. He is literary editor and columnist of the Manila Times.

“Snows of Yesteryear” contains two parts, “A Family in War” and “A Sentimental Education.” The title is derived from a form of medieval writing known as ubi sunt (literally means “where are they”) practised by poets such as Francois Villon who wrote “Ballade” about women of times past using the refrain, “Where are the Snows of Yesteryear?”

Booklovers are welcome to the event. No admission fee. For inquiries, please email

13th Ateneo National Writers’ Workshop now accepting applications for fellowships

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) is accepting applicants for the 13th Ateneo National Writers’ Workshop (ANWW) to be held on May 11-15, 2015, at Ateneo de Manila University.

Each applicant should submit via e-mail a portfolio of any of the following: (a) five poems; (b) three short stories, (c) two plays, (d) three non-fiction essays; or (e) two hybrid texts (i.e., texts in which two or more forms—poetry, prose, image, among others—are used), written in Filipino or English with a title page bearing the author’s pseudonym and a table of contents. The portfolio must be in PDF and Word format.
All submissions must include a separate PDF containing the author’s name, address, contact number, e-mail address and a one-page resume including a literary CV with a 1X1 ID picture. Please e-mail entries to; use the subject heading “ANWW 13.”

Alternatively, submissions may be mailed to AILAP c/o Department of Filipino, School of Humanities, 3/F Dela Costa Bldg. Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108. Portfolios sent via postal or courier service to AILAP must be in triplicate, and must be accompanied by a CD containing a file of the documents saved in MSWord or Rich Text format. A separate document of the author info (see above)—placed in a sealed envelope—must also be included.

Fifteen fellows will be chosen from all over the country. Food and accommodations will be provided.

Deadline of submission will be on March 15, 2015. For more information, call 426-6001 loc. 5320 or e-mail

Call for submissions to The New Voices anthologies of poetry and fiction

Attention, new writers: The Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines in Diliman is calling for submissions to New Voices, a two-volume anthology of poetry and fiction by new Filipino authors writing in English. To be published by the UP Press and possibly in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education, these volumes will provide a platform for new writers to gain literary renown, as well as contemporize teaching materials for Philippine literature in English.

Current anthologies of Philippine poetry and fiction are edited and dominated by well-established writers who form the local literary canon. This practice makes breaking through the publishing and literary worlds difficult for newer authors, many of whom have only published individual poems or stories in magazines and journals. The New Voices anthologies seek to draw attention to a new generation of Philippine writers by filling a gap between the authors’ publication of individual poems or stories in periodicals, and the publication of their first book.

New Voices will feature approximately 15 poets and 10 fiction writers. The selection process will begin immediately after the deadline and end by May 2015. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be notified as soon as the selection process is completed.

The submission guidelines are as follows:

1. The call is open to new writers of any age who are Filipino citizens holding permanent residence in the Philippines.

2. A “new writer” is one who has yet to publish a book (sole authorship) in the specific genre for which he or she is submitting a manuscript. A book that comes out before the deadline of submissions for New Voices will disqualify its writer.

3. Each qualified writer may submit only one manuscript file for each genre. For poetry, the submission file should consist of seven to 10 poems, or the equivalent of 10-15 pages in book form. For fiction, the set of submissions should consist of three to five stories, or a total of around 10,000 words, or the equivalent of 15-20 pages in book form.

4. There is no prescribed style or theme for the submission contents, but they should represent the author’s skill and range, and as such may or may not have been previously published. If published, however, provide the bibliographical information.

5. All poems should be pasted in the preferred order, single-spaced, into one document file; the same goes for short story submissions. The prescribed font types are Times New Roman, Garamond, Arial, or Calibri, standard font size 12. Please include a short profile or bionote of no more than 300 words on the last page of the document.

6. Only online submissions will be considered. The document file to be attached should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf, and labeled with the author’s last name and the title of the first poem or story in the submission (e.g. Arcellana THE YELLOW SHAWL.doc). The filename should also be indicated in the e-mail’s subject line.

7. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM, Philippine Standard Time, on April 1, 2015.

8. The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.

For inquiries and submissions, contact the editors at or Please specify ‘inquiry’ or ‘submission’ in the subject line.