Buwan ng Wika 2015 sa UP Diliman; Wikang Filipino: Danas at Paglikha sa Diwa ng Bansa

Ang UP Diliman Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, sa suporta ng Opisina ng Tsanselor at pakikipagtulungan ng Opisina ng Bise-Tsanselor para sa Gawaing Pangmag-aaral, UP Main Library, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, DZUP, UP Advertising Core, at Tanghalang Bayan ng Kulturang Kalye ay magdaraos ng iba’t ibang aktibidad kaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika 2015 na may temang “Wikang Filipino: Danas at Paglikha sa Diwa ng Bansa.” Magsisimula ito sa ika-30 ng Hulyo hanggang ika-28 ng Agosto at katatampukan ng mga sumusunod na akademiko at kultural na aktibidad:

► Talasalitaan
Talakayan tungkol sa CHED Memo Blg. 20 s2013 at Programang K to 12 ng DepEd
Hulyo 30, 2015, 1:00-5:00n.h.
Pulungang Claro M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, 
Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman

► Wikasabihanat Bugtungan sa Diliman
Pagpaskil ng mga kasabihang Filipino at mga bugtong sa palibot ng academic oval 
Mayroong timpalak para sa mga mag-aaral ng UP Diliman na kailangang sagutin ang bugtong sa pamamagitan facebook at text message.

► Aklatang Bayan
Pagligid ng Aklatang Bayan ng SWF sa piling institusyon at kolehiyo sa UP Diliman
para magbenta ng mga publikasyon ng SWF sa mababang halaga 
UP Main Library (Agosto 17-18) Kolehiyo ng Agam Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, 
Agosto 20) at CAL Faculty Center Gallery (Agosto 27).

► Palihan ng mga Komite sa Wika
Palihan at kumustahan ng mga kinatawan ng Komite sa Wika sa iba’t ibang
kolehiyo sa UP Diliman
Agosto 27,2015, 9:00-11:00n.u 
Pulungang Claro M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal, CAL, UP Diliman.

► Talastagisan
Modernong balagtasan tampok ang mga pangkat ng Fliptoppers ng Tanghalang 
Bayan ng Kulturang Kalye (TABAKK) at mga pagtatanghal ng mga kultural na
grupong mag-aaral ng UP Diliman
Agosto 28, 2015 5:00n.h.- 8:00n.g.

Para sa iba pang detalye, maaaring makipag-ugnayan kay Faye Vera Cruz o Rondale Raquipiso sa tel. blg. 924 4747 o mag-email sa upswfdiliman@gmail.com.

Sining Banwa opens 5th theatre season with ‘Gymgurls’

To cap Sining Banwa’s fourth year of creative and cultural work in the Bicol Region, and to open its fifth theatre season, the group proudly lifts curtain for their original one-act play ‘Gymgurls’. This will also mark the launching of ‘Sining Banwa EQUALove Project: Equal Rights, Equal Love’ which is a cultural campaign on HIV & AIDS awareness and prevention, an advocacy supported by the Department of Health – Region V (DOH-V) and Albay AIDS Council.

For quite a while, Sining Banwa was able to produce and perform plays on different issues and advocacies. During performances in schools, churches, communities, and other public spaces, they saw the power of theatre in touching the heart and enlightening the mind. Same methodology to inform, educate and mobilize communities will be used on this cause.

‘Gymgurls’ discourses both issues surrounding HIV & AIDS and the LGBT community. It strongly supports the call for understanding the condition and eliminating condemnation of people living with HIV. Likewise, it is an appeal for equality and inclusivity amid diverse gender or sexual preference.

The play is set in a fictional fitness center called “The Gym” specifically intended for people living with HIV who are enrolled in a six-month recuperation program. Lights open one morning when characters are compelled to make decision of leaving or staying at The Gym. JK is the fitness instructor tasked of maintaining fitness and ‘peace’ at the gym while the four clients’ colorful lives and challenging personalities unfold. Max is a straight male who was supposed to finish his engineering degree when diagnosed with HIV. Teri experienced the worst odds in life before making decision of enrolling at The Gym to accept fate but to no avail. Sherry is the laughing stock who is also excellent at cracking jokes to hide inner fear, while Noel is a religious person who knows almost all the saints in the world. ‘Gymgurls’ is a one-hour play that is treated with minimalist production design but requires complicated acting skills. In a bell sound which signals shift of realities, actors will also be shifting from one character to another which makes acting tasks denser and more challenging.

Before going on tour to different communities,  ‘Gymgurls’ will have the initial run at the BUCAL Amphitheater, Bicol University, Legazpi City on the following dates:

Thursday, August 13 – 2:30pm, 6:00pm
Friday, August 14 – 10:00am, 2:00pm; Gala Show: 6:00pm
Saturday, August 15 – 10:00am

Admission tickets are sold at P50.00 for regular audience and P25.00 for students. Ticket sales and reservation at 0946-541-1883 (Kath).

‘Gymgurls’ and ‘Sining Banwa EQUALove Project’ are also supported by the City Government of Legazpi, Kaboronyogan Cultural Network, Bicol University College of Arts and Letters, BU University Student Council, BU Magenta, and Bicolana Gabriela Youth, and is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the National Youth Commission.

Talaban 2015: Seminar Sa Malikhain at Akademikong Pagsulat sa PNU

Inaayayahan ang lahat ng mag-aaral na interesado sa pag-aaral at pagsusulat sa larangan ng Filipino na nakatuon sa alternatibo at kontemporanyong media, panitikang eksperimental at multidisiplinaryong pananaliksik na lumahok sa isang makabuluhang talakayan, palitan at bahagian sa taunang palihan ng SANGAY PILANTIK ng Kapisanang Diwa at Panitik-PNU.

Ang taunang palihan ay may temang “Ang Kapangyarihan ng Panitik sa Panahon ng Ligalig at Pagtindig” na nilalayong pataasin ang kamalayan ng mga mag-aaral at kabataan sa mga kasalukuyang isyu sa lipunang Filipino at ang potensiyal ng iba’t ibang larangang nabanggit upang tumugon sa mga napapanahong hamong ito.

Pangungunahan ng mga tagapagsalitang propesor, media practitioner at manunulat ang mga paksang tatalakayin kabilang sina Bb. Ina Silverio (contributor, Philippines Graphic at Manila Today); Prop. Jonathan V. Geronimo (University of Santo Tomas); Dr. Rommel Rodriguez (University of the Philippines-Diliman) at Dr. David Michael San Juan (De La Salle University-Manila) bilang susing tagapagsalita.

Gaganapin ang palihan sa Agosto 8, 2015; Mula ika-8 n.u. hanggang ika-5 n.h. sa HRD Cafe, PNU-Manila

Ang halaga ng rehistrasyon para sa lektyur at sertipiko ay nagkakahalaga ng 50php para sa PNUANS at 80php para NON-PNUANS.

Para sa mga katanungan at pre-rehistrasyon, itext ang pangalan at pamantasan kay Bb. Ersela M. Carillo, Direktor ng Sangay Pilantik (0926-1657027/0999-3471938)

CCP launches Performatura 2015

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) launched today Performatura 2015, Performing Literatures to be held on November 6, 7 and 8 in various venues of the Center to celebrate its 46th year. The three-day event is free or open to the public.

“Performatura 2015 forms part of the literary programs of the CCP spearheaded by the Intertextual Division,” CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado said. “We have opened the event to the general public specifically for the young people to realize our vision of ‘Art matters to the life of every Filipino’,” he added.

Millado also revealed a unique feature of the event that underscores the involvement of the CCP employees who will undergo performing and literary workshops. At the end of the workshops, the CCP employees will perform literary works as individuals or in groups, and act as Performatura ambassadors. Performatura 2015 Festival Director Vim Nadera will conduct the series of workshops.

“We are harnessing the Center’s 300 workforce by further developing their appreciation of Philippine letters and honing their performance skills, and in the process become cultural ambassadors. We know that our people are the main agents in fulfilling the CCP vision,” Millado explained. A commitment to human resource development is etched as one of the cultural objectives of the institution.

Herminio S. Beltran, CCP Intertextual Division Chief, said that the primary goal of the three-day event is to define “intertextuality” through the pocket events. “One of the many definitions of intertextuality is the relationship of the literary text to other texts, and the relationship of writers and readers where the readers or the audience members in this case take primacy,” Beltran explained.

The event name “Performatura,” coined by Nadera, is intertextuality at work where the terms “performance” and “oratura” had been combined. “Oratura” was derived from another coined term “orature” by Pio Zirimu, a linguist from the Republic of Uganda, who wanted to put oral literature at par with the written word and not treated as something inferior to the latter.

Like Uganda, the Philippines has a rich oral tradition that predates the Spanish colonization. The Hudhud of the Ifugao and the Darangen of the Maranao have been proclaimed as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001.

The CCP Intertextual Division, formerly Literary Arts Division, provided highlights of Performatura 2015 such as the Epic Center, Coffee & Conversations with National Artists hosted by the likes of Lourd de Veyra and Gloc-9, Chromatext Rebooted curated by Krip Yuson, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “Inquirer Read-Along”, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets.

These young writers are members of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), Romancing Venus, Words Anonymous, Baguio Writers Guild, and the University of the Philippines Writers Club. Other participating young poets are students of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), the De La Salle University (DLSU), the Far Eastern University (FEU), the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), to name a few.

The three-day event will feature daily workshops on the Balagtasan, speech choir, and ventriloquism. There will also be daily Park Poetry performances in the early evenings that will feature poems on love, gender, and protest by Gemino Abad, Jose “Pete” Lacaba, and Joey Ayala, respectively, among many other performances.

In addition to the Hudhud and the Darangen epics, Performatura 2015 will also feature the animation and other works of art of Liby Limoso on the Sugidanun epic from the Panay Island. The UP Press will also launch the sequels to Dr. Alicia Magos’ study on “Tikum Kadlum and Amburukay” which will be performed by Mr. Federico “Tuohan” Caballero and Teresita “Abyaran” Caballero-Castor. The epics will also be the focal point of the Oral Literatures Art Exhibit.

Performatura 2015 updates are available on the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs, culturalcenterofthephilippines), Tumblr (ccpintertextualdivision.tumblr.com), Twitter (ccpintertextual, ccp_gov), and Instagram (ccp_gov).

To arrange for interviews, please contact the CCP Corporate Communications Division at 832-1125 local 1116. For more information on Performatura 2015, please contact the CCP Intertextual Division at 832-1125 local 1706.


Call for applications to Davao Writers Workshop 2015

The Davao Writers Guild, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Mindanao, is now accepting applications to the 2015 Davao Writers Workshop to be held October 27 to October 31, 2015. Fifteen fellowships are available, of which four will be given to writers from outside Davao but residing in Mindanao.

Applications are for the following genres: short fiction, poetry, essay, and play, and they may be in English, Tagalog, and/or Binisaya. Entries should contain 2 short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 essays (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 one-act plays, or 5 poems.

The entries must be the applicant’s original work and should not have undergone critique from a panel in another workshop or for a creative writing thesis. Accepted fellows will be given free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop. Alumni of the Davao Writers Workshop, as well as of national writers workshops, are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are to fill out the application form and attach the electronic copy of the manuscript. Deadline for submission is September 1, 2015.

For inquiries, please contact Julian dela Cerna at juliandelacerna at gmail dot com

SWL to host free webinar: How to Score Your First Freelance Writing Gig

South Writers League (SWL), a community of writers in the South (NCR South + CALABARZON), is holding a free webinar for aspiring freelance writers titled “How to Score Your First Freelance Writing Gig”. This online learning event is happening on July 24, Friday, 7PM via Google Hangout.

Participants can expect to learn about the writing jobs available online for freelancers, ways to market your writing services, how to determine your rates, and techniques in pitching to a prospect with a job advertisement online. The webinar will be hosted by SWL founders, Irene Enriquez and Len Cristobal.

For more details, you can check out our Google+ event page here or email us at: southwritersleague@gmail.com.

Biyaheng Panulat gagarahe sa PUP

Sa July 24, 2015 ganap na 1:00 hanggang ika-5:00 ng hapon, sa Bulwagang Balagtas, Ninoy Aquino Learning and Resources Center, PUP, Ang Biyaheng Panulat (Caravan Para sa Panulat na Naghahanap sa Bayan), isa sa mga itinuturing na pinakamalalaking proyekto ng taon sa larangan ng literatura ay gagarahe.

Magkakaroon ng talakayan hinggil sa mga isyu at paksang bihira o hindi tinatalakay sa mga kumbensiyunal/pormal na forum sa literatura. Magre-report din ang mga writer ng Biyaheng Panulat tungkol sa mga nagawa’t natutuhan nila sa pagiikot sa iba’t-ibang unibersidad.

Ang mga writer na kalahok sa panel ay sina Jun Cruz Reyes, Rick Lee, Eros Atalia, Manix Abrera, Dong Abay, Lualhati Bautista, Mayette Bayuga, Bonifacio Ilagan, Jerry Gracio, Norman Wilwayco, German Gervacio at may espesyal na partisipasyon naman si Bob Ong, si Lourd de Veyra ang magho-host ng event.

Iniimbitahan ang mga interesadong tao na dumalo, libre ito at bukas para sa lahat.

F. Sionil José Young Writers Award for short fiction now accepting entries

THE PHILIPPINE Center for the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) has launched the F. Sionil José Young Writers Award, a competition for short fiction in English.

First prize is P50,000; sec- ond, P30,000; and third, P20,000.

The award is endowed by the children of the National Artist José and Tessie Jovellanos José–Tonet José, Evelina José Cichy, Brigida J. Bergkamp, Eddie José, Eugene José, Alex José and Nikko José—”to honor our father’s legacy to the young writers of the Philippines,” said Cichy.

“It seeks to advance excellence, integrity, social justice and the expression of love of country in literature,” added Cichy. “It is also to honor our mother’s devotion to nurturing both our father’s well-being and his art.”

The contest is open to any Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines, 30 years and younger, who need not be a member of the PEN.

Contestant should submit one unpublished short story written in English. Short story must be limited to 20 pages, double space, 12-font type (Times Roman preferably or any conservative font).

Cover page (one page only) must include the following information: name of contestant, date of birth, address, telephone number, e-mail, date of submission, title of short story, and a brief background of the author.

E-mail submission as attachment to solifsj@yahoo.com; or send four copies to Solidaridad Bookshop, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila (tel. 2541068). Deadline is Aug.30.

Awarding will be on Oct. 31, the 50th-anniversary celebration of Solidaridad Book- shop, owned by F. Sionil and Tessie José and which houses the Philippine PEN.



Mula Tarima Hanggang book launch at Mt Cloud Bookshop

Former political detainee Ericson Acosta will be launching his book of poems and songs in Filipino, Mula Tarima Hanggang, on July 17, 2015, Friday, 5:00 pm at Mt Cloud Bookshop. The launch will include musical performances and poetry by Ericson Acosta, Renato Reyes, Jr. of BAYAN and members of the Baguio community followed by an open mic and book signing.

The book, published by UP Press, is a collection of verses that move from Acosta’s commitment to the struggles of the country, to his experience behind bars, and his spirited survival despite having to endure much suffering. The book speaks to the lives of present and former political detainees.

This event is free and open to the public.

For inquiries please email queries@mtcloudbookshop.com or call Mt Cloud Bookshop at (74) 424 4437.

Panawagan para sa Diaspora, Isang Antolohiya

Nang masilip ko ang Diaspora At Iba Pang Kwento ni Genoveva Edroza-Matute, muli akong nangarap.

Noong Mayo 2015, nakatanggap ako ng mahigit 50 entries ng mga dagli para sa isang munting pakontes kasabay ng paglunsad ng aking unang libro. Patunay lamang na naroon, pumipintig ang puso ng mga bagong sibol na manunulat. At tulad kong patuloy na nangangarap. Muli kong inaanyayahan ang lahat para sa samu’t saring kwento ng mga migrante, pakikipagsapalaran ng OFWs, silang mga diaspora. Ito ay para sa isang antolohiya na balak buuin ngayong taon. Hagilapin natin sila. Muli at muli silang magbabalik. Hindi upang tutuldukan ang kani-kanilang mga kwento kundi ipagpapatuloy ang kanilang mga pangarap.

Sa mga nais magpadala ng kanilang akda, maghanda ng 2-3 dagli. Ilagay sa Subject: Sanlibo’t isang dagli na maisisilid sa balikbayan box, nasa Word file, double space, arial 10 at i-send sa ibangladygaga@gmail.com hanggang Setyembre 2015.

Photo credit: Reuel Molina Aguila