NBS to hold yearly Payday Sale

Find great bargains and great finds at National Book Store’s Payday Sale in Quezon Avenue. Get up to 80% off on selected items from April 30 to May 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., only at National Book Store, Quezon Avenue. 

Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 6665, Series of 2015.

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Komiket levels up for bigger, better comics convention

Ready for a Komiks Adventure? After its successful debut last Easter Sunday, the 1st Filipino Komiks Market, a.k.a. the KOMIKET is gearing up for its bigger and brighter October 3-4 event at Centris Elements. The Komiket aims to grow the komiks community and help build a comics industry through the following activities:

(1) The Komiks Market. Meet and greet hundreds of comics creators, illustrators, writers, graphic artists, and typographers as they share their latest works on sale. And for the first time, we’re opening a children’s section!

(2) The Komiket Pitch. Comics creators pitch their finished comic books to mainstream publishers such as Visprint, Anino, Meganon Comics and more; deadline of submission is August 28.

(3) The Komiket Awards. A jury-based awards that celebrates the best comic books first launched at the Komiket; deadline of entries September 12.

(4) The Komiket Student Competition. Komiket wants to discover new comics creators. Open to high school and college students, submit a 16-24 page komiks of any genre, art style, in English or Filipino. The best entries get published in a comics anthology Komiks Cum Laude. deadline of entries is August 31.

Support a Filipino Komikbook! Do you also want to help grow the community? Be a KOMIKSTARTER patron! Komikstarter is a crowdfunding platform where your donations can help kickstart a comic creator’s next comic book. Email komiket.awards@gmail.com for more details or Like the KOMIKET page on Facebook for all the application forms.

Librong LIRA maglulunsad ng dalawang libro nina Villasis at Tuvilla

Ilulunsad ng Librong LIRA ang dalawang bagong libro: Agua ni Enrique S. Villasis at Sa Ilalim ng Pilik ni Charles Bonoan Tuvilla sa Mayo 19, 7pm, Conspiracy Bar, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

Ang Librong LIRA ay ang pampublikasyong sangay ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo, isang grupo ng mga makatang nagsusulat sa wikang Filipino.

Si Enrique S. Villasis ay tubong Milagros, Masbate. Nagtapos siya ng BS Electronics and Communication Engineering mula sa Mapua Institute of Technology. Ang kaniyang mga tula ay nagwagi sa Don Carlos Palanca (2011, 2012, 2013) at Maningning Miclat (2011). Aktibong kasapi siya ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo. Ito ang kaniyang unang aklat ng mga tula.

Si Charles Bonoan Tuvilla ay isinilang sa Murphy, lumaki sa Bangui, Ilocos Norte, nakisilong nang ilang taon sa mga kamag-anak sa Pembo, Makati, nangupahan sa San Miguel, Maynila nang siya ay magtrabaho sa Malakanyang, at kasalukuyang nasa Estados Unidos. Siya ay kasapi ng LIRA, naging fellow ng IYAS writing workshop, at nagkamit ang kaniyang mga tula ng mga parangal mula sa Don Carlos Palanca at Maningning Miclat foundations.

Kuwento: Lost Things to be launched in Filipinotown

We’re celebrating the launch of Kuwento: Lost Things in Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles!

The Kuwento: Lost Things anthology (edited by Rachelle Cruz and Melissa Rae Sipin-Gabon) spotlights poets, writers and visual artists’ renderings of Philippine mythology, including creation stories, mythical beings and animals, gods and heroes, folktales, folk sayings and songs, alamat (legend), and epics. Featuring an introduction by Palanca Award Winner, Dean Francis Alfar.

Contributors and friends Eddy M. Gana Jr., Stephanie Sajor, Noel Alumit, Zosimo Quibilan Jr., Cherisse Yanit Nadal, Angela Ina Penaredondo, and Eliseo Silva will share and read from the anthology. Eliseo’s artwork will be displayed and Zosimo’s band will also perform!

The event will take place at Tribal Cafe in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles.

Books will be available for sale. Your support of Tribal Cafe is greatly appreciated — suggested $4 purchase.

Hosted by Eddy Gana Jr, Stephanie Sajor, and Gwen Florelei Luib of Sunday Jump and Rachelle Cruz.

Alliance Francaise de Manille to offer summer workshops

There’s still time to check out our various new classes and workshops for the SUMMER INTENSIVE SESSION. NEW WORKSHOPS will run from APRIL 27 – May 21. INTENSIVE ADULT CLASSES will run from APRIL 20 -May 14.

For the young and the young at heart, there’s sure to be a French language love match for everyone!

For more info, email info@alliance.ph or give us a call at 895 7441 / 895 7585.

À bientôt à l’Alliance Francaise de Manille!

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Book launching, poetry performances slated for Nat’l. Literature Month

TACLOBAN CITY—It’s National Literature Month, and for the writers of Eastern Visayas, all roads lead to the University of the Philippines in the Visayas-Tacloban College (UPVTC).

Together with the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the Katig Writers Network, the UPVTC’s Division of Humanities will be holding the book launching of multi-awarded writer and UP Professor Emeritus, Merlie M. Alunan’s new book, Sa Atong Dila: Introduction to Visayan Literature published by the University of the Philippines Press and Kaliding han Siday: The Second Poetry Expo, a poetry performance showcasing works of writers in the five major Visayan languages, namely Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Akeanon, Cebuano, and Waray. Both events will be held at the UPVTC Multipurpose Building on 30 April 2015, 4:00-6:00 PM.

Sa Atong Dila, or In Our Own Tongue, when freely translated, is Merlie M. Alunan’s newest offer, a textbook on the literatures of the Visayas intended as an instructional material for teachers and students. The book is divided into three parts: Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas, each of which focuses on the major languages of that area.

Waray literature can be gleaned in the pages of the Eastern Visayas section, Cebuano literature in the Central Visayas section, and Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, and Akeanon literatures in the West Visayas section. Each part features folk literary materials, the works of writers in the tradition, and new writing. Works range from poetry to fiction to drama in the five Visayan languages mentioned. Guide questions are provided at the end of each selection as suggestions for further discussion. An appendix at the end of the book contains critical essays by literary scholars such as Resil Mojares, Macario Tiu, Victorio N. Sugbo, and Sherma Benosa.

The book fulfills an important need of the times: making works in the languages available in our schools. “Finally, in our desire to attain nationhood,” writes literary scholar, Victor N. Sugbo, in Something Weird Happened on the Way to Nationhood: Revitalizing Regional Literatures, which is included in the book, “something weird took place—our country lost pieces of its cultural memory. It is time to restore those pieces in the voices of our poets and storytellers in the local languages.”

In a similar note, Macario Tiu, Davao-based literary critic, writes: “It is high time we write stories, poems, novels, dramas directed to our own communities. It is high time we write in our own respective languages. The audiences in our communities are in the millions. Let us reach them. Let us link up with them because they are our roots.”

Kaliding han Siday is a series of performances and readings from Communication Arts students and the region’s writers. Dubbed as “The Second Poetry Expo,” the event is a revival of the first “Kaliding han Siday” brought all over Eastern Visayas spearheaded by Prof. Alunan many years ago. It will be held back-to-back with the book launching.

CCP now accepting applications for Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is now accepting applications for the Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program which will be held on June 30 to July 12, 2015.
To qualify, the applicant must:
be a college student or a young professional;
be 29 years old or below;
not have had any play produced by a professional theater company;
not have had any play published in a literary journal;
not have won in any national/ international playwriting/ screenwriting competition; 
be able to submit the following requirements via email to ccp.artist.training@gmail.com :
         a.   Fully accomplished Application Form (VLF11 WFP application form 2015)
         b. One (1) to two (2) sample stage plays, full or excerpts which should have the following requirements:   
Written either in Filipino or English;
In .doc format (12 points, double-spaced, 8” x 11” paper);
The maximum number of pages of the  submitted sample stage play(s) is 10 (whether one or two plays).
The real name / identity of the applicant must not be written on any part of the sample work(s).
 7.    be present for the entire duration of the program,  rehearsals and performance  for  the Culminating Showcase.
Only  complete application requirements will be considered.
Deadline for submission of requirements: 12 midnight, May 22, 2015. 
Announcement of accepted applicants:  May 29, 2015

The Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program is a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage. The fellows will take part in lectures, discussions, and workshops on playwriting and script critiquing. They will also be given an access pass to this year’s festival plays and selected rehearsals, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Talkback and Interaction with known playwrights, directors and selected actors. The Fellowship Program will culminate in a staged reading of the fellows’ works on July 12 at the CCP Bulwagang Amado Hernandez at 6 PM.
A minimal registration fee of P900 will be required of all fellows to cover tickets for the shows.  
The Virgin Labfest is a highly distinguished annual festival of unpublished, unstaged, untried and untested works of playwrights, directors and actors. It has gained its reputation by producing provocative and outstanding ‘virgin’ plays mostly which have been recognized by the Palanca Awards for Literature. The Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program is part of the Center’s desire to train young aspiring playwrights.
For inquiries on the Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program, go to www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com, or call 832 1125 loc 1605.
The Virgin Labfest 11 Writing Fellowship Program is a project of the CCP Artist Training Division of the Arts Education Department.  

Sipat Lawin’s Karnabal — Beyond Theater Festivals

In Karnabal Festival 2015, artists throw caution to the wind and think performance, rather than just theater.

Spearheaded by contemporary performance company, Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Karnabal Festival 2015: Performance and Social Innovation will gather local and international artists this summer to develop and test new works.

“As we address the idea of the artist as a social being, the way we create performances continuously evolves,” says Jk Anicoche, Karnabal Head Curator and Sipat Lawin Artistic Director. “Performance as a vocabulary is a potent form of communication. Beyond the language of theater, performance is basically action and audience.”

This focal shift from theater to performance opens up the festival as a platform to create new forms of dialogue. The idea is that evolutions in performance-making allow artists to better present, articulate, or confront contemporary issues in our communities. 

Asian Cultural Council Grantee and sound artist Teresa Barrozo will take part in the festival as she creates a work exploring memory and listening cultures. Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas Theater Company Artistang Artlets is devising a new performance that investigates how digital culture affects our ways of viewing performances and everyday reality.

Unique to Karnabal is its curatorial program. Artists are regularly gathered to discuss their works during the development process. Joining Anicoche in the curatorial team are Sipat Lawin core member Sarah Salazar, performance artist Eisa Jocson, and playwright David Finnigan.  Other participating artists include the Anino Shadowplay Collective, KOLAB Co., Destiyero Theater Commune, Daloy Dance Company’s Artistic Director Ea Torrado, and BLKD.

Karnabal also offers an exciting program for local and international artists looking to collaborate on new performances. Finnigan curates Karnabal’s 

Exchange Platform to develop cross-cultural collaborations, expanding the discourse of performance and social innovation.

Karnabal is also forwarding performance criticism through the Critical Condition Coffee Conversations under the Idea Platform. Viewers from different fields – social sciences, humanities, etc. are invited to discuss in informal gatherings.
Karnabal Festival started back in 2013, gathering over a hundred artists and almost a thousand audiences in several sites in Intramuros. Karnabal 2015 will be held in various sites in Diliman, QC, including UP Diliman’s Vargas Museum and partner venues in famous food haven, Maginhawa Street. 

Karnabal 2015 runs from May 6-17 with six platforms — Platform A (Performance and Social Innovation), Platform B (Works in Development), Exchange Platform (International collaborations), PerYaKToi – Young Performance-makers Laboratory, Idea Platform, and Gathering Platform.

Karnabal is co-presented by the Vargas Museum in UP Diliman, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Japan Foundation Asia Center, and Teatro Papet Museo.

For more on Karnabal, visit www.karnabalfestival.tk


What: Karnabal Festival 2015: Performance and Social Innovation

Where: Maginhawa St, Teachers Village
                Teatro Papet Museo, Mapagkawanggawa St, Teacher’s Vill.
                UP Vargas Museum, UP Diliman

When: 6-10 May
                 12-17 May
Tickets: Blank-ticketed

Information: www.karnabalfestival.tk

Photo credit: Geloy Concepcion

Calligraphy and doodle workshops to be held in Craft Mania at the Shang

Check out our lineup of workshops for tomorrow for Craft Mania at the Shangrila Plaza Mall, East Atrium, East Wing. 

  • 11:00am – DIY card-making with STABILO
  • 1:30pm – Doodle session with STABILO 
  • 4:00pm – Calligraphy demo with Ever Camua and Scribe Writing Essentials
  • 5:00pm – Calligraphy demo with Anina Rubio

Don’t miss it! Craft Mania at the Shang is from April 17 to 19. Check the accompanying graphic for more details.

Like their Facebook page for more updates and activities: https://www.facebook.com/shangplaza

Final call for entries to 65th Palanca Awards

​With the April 30 deadline fast approaching, the ​​Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature issues its final call for entries to the 65th Palanca Awards. Interested participants have until the end of the month to turn in their literary submissions to the country’s most prestigious and longest running literary competition.
The 65th Palanca Awards is accepting entries in the following categories: Novel and Nobela; Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play under the English Division; Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tula para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, at Dulang Pampelikula under the Filipino Division; Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano under the Regional Languages Division. The Kabataan Essay Division accepts entries from writers below 18 years of age as of April 30, 2015.  This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How Can Philippine Literature Cultivate National Unity?” for the English category and “Paano Mapag-iisa ng Ating Literatura ang Ating Bansa?” for the Filipino category.
Contestants may only submit one entry per category.
Aspiring and seasoned writers participating in this year’s Palanca Awards are advised to read the official revised 2015 rules and forms which may be downloaded through www.palancaawards.com.ph. Entries, along with accomplished contest forms, must  be submitted on or before the following deadlines: 1) through direct submission to any of the Palanca Foundation offices by 12 midnight of April 30, 2015; 2) by mail or courier, postmarked no later than April 30, 2015; and 3) through the Palanca Awards website, with time of transmission no later than April 30, 2015, and the envelope with the original signed requirements must be sent by mail or courier postmarked no later than April 30, 2015.
Submission process must be completed by sending the notarized contest documents to: 1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or 2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
Confirmation that a literary work qualifies as an entry to the 65th Palanca Awards shall be sent by email. Winning entries will be announced on September 1, 2015.
For more information about the 65th Palanca Awards, email cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph ​or call (632) 511-0003, +639108878552 or +639255560457.