Spit improv theater goes to Baguio

UC Theater (Gov Pack Campus)
Sunday, October 4, 2015

200php (Students 125php)
Available by Friday (Sept 25)

“Unlike the stand-up comedy scene where you can only hear the same joke so many times, SPIT transcends in the sense that half of the comedy comes from the audience itself. No two shows are ever the same, and when you see a good crowd being pit against these geniuses of improv true magic happens onstage”
– Quark Henares, filmmaker, musician and entrepreneur

“Spontaneous, inventive and downright hilarious – SPIT performers have earned their place in Philippine theatre as pioneers of Improv.”
– Chris Millado, CCP Artistic Director


Discover improv theater with Spit

THIRD WORLD IMPROV – SPIT’s own improvisational theater school is ready to accept applications for our very first level one classes!

“The Joy of Improv” is for people who are curious about the art of improv and are ready to explore their creative side. No theater and performing arts experience required. All you need is curiosity and a hunger to play improv games! There will be eight three hour classes on Wednesday nights in Makati starting OCTOBER 7 (7-10PM.) This class will be led by Ariadne Cristobal.

“The Playful Stage” is for actors and performers who want to inject more spontaneity, quick thinking and deep listening into their thespic toolkit. There will be eight three hour classes on Saturday afternoons for this starting OCTOBER 10 (2-5PM.) Dingdong Rosales will be muse and mentor for this class.

Classes will be at the “Yes, And… Studio” in Feron Building at the corner of Bagtikan and Kamagong in Makati (where Quantum Cafe used to be.)

Classes are at an introductory price of 8,500 pesos only but if you pay and register by September 30, we will slash the price to 7,500 pesos.

We have limited each class to 16 participants so hurry and sign up now!

Send us an email at thirdworldimprov@gmail.com

Call for contributions to collaborative folio by Philippine Jesuit universities

We are now calling for works from the Ateneo community for our national collaborative folio. We accept written works in English and Filipino and visual artistic works in any medium. The deadline of submissions is on October 10, 2015. Click here for Heights’ submission guidelines: bit.ly/HeightsCollabFolio Visit their website at http://heights-ateneo.org/

Campus Tagaan Batch 2, bukas na

Tumatanggap na ng kalahok ang Kataga-Manila para sa ikalawang taon ng proyektong Campus Tagaan. Ang Campus Tagaan ay isang libreng literary clinic na sinimulan ng Kataga- Manila noong 2014 at naglalayong tumulong sa mga kabataang estudyante na interesado sa paglinang ng kanilang kakayahan sa malikhaing pagsulat. Tatakbo ang programa mula Oktubre ngayong taon hanggang Marso 2016 (tuwing ikatlong Linggo ng buwan) Ito ay ekslusibo lamang para sa mga mag-aaral na nasa kolehiyo sa Maynila.

Ang sinumang interesadong kalahok ay mangyaring magpadala ng kanilang bionote, isang pahinang poetika at sample ng akda (Maaaring isang kwento, limang tula, isang sanaysay, dalawang dagli o kombinasyon) sa email: campustagaan@gmail.com. Tatanggap lamang ng aplikasyon hanggang Oktubre 15, 2015. 

Lahat ng katanungan ay maaaring ipadala sa nasabing email at sa direktor ng programa na si Isaac Ali V. Tapar sa 09173450603. Taralets!

Gawad Digmaang Rosas 11 now accepting entries (updated)


  1. Gawad Digmaang Rosas 11 is open to Kapampangan Youth participants who are 15-30 years old before November 6, 2015 (ceiling age as defined by R.A. 8044 or the Youth in Nation-Building Act).
  2.  “Umalpas: Pagtatalaban ng Kaalaman at Karanasan” serves as the theme for the awards night which will be held in January 2016. Entries may or may not bear the theme.
  3. Participants who are not residents of Pampanga but have Kapampangan roots may join.
  4. Entries may be written in Kapampangan, Filipino or English. Entries should show Kapampangan sensibilities.
  5. Entries should be original and must not have been previously published, whether online or print, and/or included as an entry in any competition.
  6. A participant may join more than one category (genre) and division (language). However, entries in other division/s must not be a translated version.
  7. Past winners and finalists of Gawad Digmaang Rosas are allowed to join.
  8. Present Angelite editors, staff and their relatives are prohibited to join.
  9. Entries will remain as the participant’s property. However, The Angelite reserves the right to publish or use them in any activity.
  10. All entries, except for Photographer of the Year and Artist of the Year, should follow the prescribed format: Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1.5 spacing, 1 inch margin on all sides, 8.5 x 11 document.
  11. Real name, pseudonym, or any clue to the identity of the writer must not be written on the pages.
  12. Judges composed of established authors, critics and academicians will select and declare the winners. The decision of the judges is final.
  13. The judges will evaluate entries as a whole body of work.
  14. The judges may declare no winner in a category or division depending on the cut off score set by the organizing committee.
  15. Entries that do not comply with the requirements will not be processed.
  16. By joining GDR11, all participants are deemed to have accepted the rules of the contest and the terms and conditions set by the organizing committee.
  17. You may reach the organizers through 09169250513 (Heinz) or 09358432503 (Grace) or through gdr11.hau@gmail.com.



  1. Scanned copy of the following
    1. One (1) valid I.D.
    2. Certificate of Originality – Download the file here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3Tf-CgDVAnqfl9kLXAwNi1la3psQl9DeHRkTF81RkM3SjItN3FpYzExd00tR3pKM0RWRlE&usp=sharing
    3. Original or authenticated birth certificate


IMPORTANT: Electronic entries, scanned I.D., Certificate of Originality, original or authenticated birth certificate shall be sent through gdr11.hau@gmail.com on or before November 6, 2015.


Entries in the Artist of the Year Category along with hard copies of Certificate of Originality and original or authenticated birth certificate must be hand-carried to The Angelite office, Room 102, St. Joseph Hall Bldg., Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Philippines on or before November 6, 2015.


  1. Young Kapampangan Poet of the Year
    1. Five poems (collection or cycle) written in Kapampangan
    2. Cash Prize: 5,000 pesos
  2. Young Kapampangan Fictionist of the Year
    1. Three short stories written in Kapampangan (1500-5000 words)
    2. Cash Prize: 5,000 pesos
  3. Young Kapampangan Essayist of the Year
    1. Three essays written in Kapampangan (1500-5000 words)
    2. Cash Prize: 5,000 pesos
  4. Fictionist of the Year
    1. Three short stories in the same division (language)
    2. May be written in Filipino or English (1500-5000 words)
    3. Cash Prize: 3,000 pesos in each division
  5. Essayist of the Year
    1. Three essays in the same division (language)
    2. May be written in Filipino or English (1500-5000 words)
    3. Cash Prize: 3,000 pesos in each division
  6. Poet of the Year
    1. Five poems (collection or cycle) in the same division (language)
    2. May be written in Filipino or English
    3. Cash Prize: 3,000 pesos in each division
  7. Artist of the Year
    1. Minimum of two (2) art works.
    2. Any medium may be used in a plastic covered ½ illustration board or canvas.
    3. Cash Prize: 3,000 pesos
  8. Photo of the Year
    1. Photos must not be digitally altered. (Color enhancement, sharpness, contrast or digital equivalents are allowed.)
    2. Entries to be submitted should include the following requirements/details:

• Caption which is accurate and complete enough to convey the circumstance in which the photograph was taken
• Where the photo was taken (town/municipality, province/city/country)                                                                                                        
• When it was taken (complete date)                                                                                                                                                            
• Camera used

  1. Watermarked photos and those that have been previously submitted or have won in any local or international photography contest will be disqualified.
  2. Photos to be submitted must have been taken from January 2015 to November 6, 2015.
  3. By participating in GDR 11, the contestant acknowledges that the submitted photographs are a single work of original material created and taken solely by the participant and no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.
  4. Cash Prize: 3,000 pesos


A Century of Grace: Parangal kay NVM Gonzalez set for September 29

This year marks the birth centennial of National Artist for Literature N.V.M. Gonzalez. To celebrate his life and works, the University of the Philippines’ Department of English and Comparative Literature will hold an exhibit and launch the collection A Wanderer in the Night of the World: The Poems of NVM Gonzalez on 29 September 2015 (Tuesday), 1:00 to 4:00 PM, at Claro M. Recto Hall, Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center), UP Diliman. Before he was recognized for his fiction, Gonzalez was first published as a poet. It is hoped that the exhibit and this book, edited by esteemed professor emeritus Dr. Gémino H. Abad, together with the exhibit, will introduce Gonzalez to a new generation of readers.

Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzales was a prizewinning writer, journalist, and teacher. He was born on 8 September 1915 in Romblon, Romblon. Gonzalez’s most renowned works include the novels The Winds of April and The Bamboo Dancers, the short story collection The Bread of Salt and Other Stories, and the essay collections Work on the Mountain and The Novel of Justice: Selected Essays. His work is known for its distinct focus on the Filipino way of life. His awards include numerous Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the First Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940, the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1960, the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining in 1990, and the Centennial Award for Literature in 1998.

Gonzalez taught at UP for 18 years. He fostered UP’s creative writing community by holding the first writers’ workshop at his home in Area I. He founded the Diliman Review and was a member of the board of advisers of Likhaan, UP’s Creative Writing Center. He was also the first president of the Philippine Writers’ Association. He was conferred an honorary doctorate from UP in 1987 and became its first international writer in residence in 1988. In 1997, he was named National Artist for Literature.

Gonzalez passed away on 28 November 1999.

National Book Store’s biggest sale of the year starts September 21

It’s the sale of all sales, and the sale all bookworms are waiting for. National Book Store’s biggest sale of the year is here! Get up to 50% off on your favorite books in the Cut Price Sale. Enjoy discounts on bestsellers, sequels and new releases for 10 days only in all National Book Store branches. Hurry! Do your early Christmas book shopping and splurge on books at the #NBSCutPrice2015.

See posters for details. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert).

Promo runs from September 21 to 30, 2015.

Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 10981, Series of 2015.

CCP launches Performatura Festival in the Reading Month

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), through its Intertextual Division, celebrates the National Reading Month of November with Performatura Festival, Performing Literatures on November 6, 7 and 8.

Performatura Festival, the free three-day event in various venues of the Center, has over 200 local and international participating artists. The Department of Education (DepEd) declared November as the National Reading Month in 2011 to address the ten-point education agenda of the government, promoting a reading culture among learners.

In lieu of ticket sales, the public is enjoined to bring a book in exchange for a day pass in Performatura to gain access to the ten (10) performance sites for one whole day. The books will be for the benefit of the CCP’s Aklatang Bayan program led by the Center’s Library and Archives Division and the Cultural Exchange Department.

Aklatang Bayan aims to build resource hubs with a variety of books to develop a love for reading and art appreciation among children in poor communities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.  

Fora donated book or a day pass, the audience could experience the Epic Center(featuring Philippine epics),the CCP Café (featuring talks with National Artists for Literature), the Park Poetry Series, three art exhibitions (Chromatext Rebooted at the Main Gallery, Oral Literatures Exhibit at the Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino and Binhi, Ani at the CCP Library), the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “Inquirer Read-Along”, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets among other pocket events.

The festival name “Performatura”, coined by Festival Director Vim Nadera, is intertextuality at work where the terms “performance” and “oratura” had been combined. Defining intertextuality is one of the primary objectives of the festival. “Oratura”, on the other hand, 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.

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 CulturalOrganization (UNESCO) in 2001.

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


For more information on this press release and the Performatura Festival, please contact the CCP Intertextual Division at 832-1125 locals 1706 and 1707.

The Performatura logo is created by visual artist Alfred Marasigan.

Critical Platforms to discuss the state of art criticism in the Philippines

Critical Platforms is a forum on Art Criticism in the Philippines. We have brought together speakers such as Dr. Patrick Flores, Cid Reyes, Dr. Reuben Cañete, and other esteemed speakers to discuss the state and concerns of art criticism in the country. This will be held at the UP Vargas MuseumJorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, on October 17.

We invite budding art critics, gallery owners, art management professionals, curators, and interested individuals to be part this forum.

This event is free but registration is required.

Register at: http://www.artplus.ph/critical-platforms.html#Register

Critical Platforms is presented by Art Plus Magazine, The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and The UP Vargas Museum.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Isagani Cruz

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Isagani Cruz titled “Disciplines in the Time of Climate Change.” This event will be on Sept. 23, 2015, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at NGF Conference Room, 1/f De La Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

Cruz’s abstract reads: “In the 2015 Presidents’ Summit convened by Philippine Business for Education and USAID, Sarah Stein Greenberg of Stanford University pointed out that “highly structured students enter an increasingly ambiguous world”; she asked (rhetorically) if majors are needed at all in higher education. As early as 1990, Brother Andrew Gonzalez FSC, then president of De La Salle University, unsuccessfully pushed for the abolition of academic departments. In 2008, the Commission on Higher Education started thinking of changing general education subjects from discipline-based to inter- / multi- / cross- / trans- disciplinary ones. The defining moment came on June 28, 2013, with the issuance of CHED Memorandum Order No. 20, series of 2013. Since a TRO was issued by the Supreme Court against this particular CMO, we cannot discuss the alleged removal of Filipino from the college curriculum. We can, nevertheless, talk in general about the role (if any) of disciplines in the 21st century university.”

Former Philippine Undersecretary of Education Isagani Cruz (PhD, University of Maryland) is the president of The Manila Times College and a Professor Emeritus of De La Salle University. He belongs to the Hall of Fame of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature and is one of the 2010 Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL). He was the Chair of the CHED Technical Panel on General Education. He was the Curriculum Consultant and the Senior High School Co-Chair of the K to 12 Steering Committee of DepEd, CHED, and TESDA. He writes for Philippine Star, Pilipino Mirror, and China Daily. He was a Henry Lee Irwin Chair Professor and part-time Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the Department of English of Ateneo de Manila University.