Red Turnip Theater presents This Is Our Youth

Two guys, a girl, and $15,000 in stolen cash–what could possibly go wrong? LIMITED RUN starts NEXT WEEK!

Grab your tickets now at or call 891-9999. P900 (comes with a free drink!). November 6, 7, 8, 20, 21 and 22 at A SPACE_GALLERY, 110 Legazpi Village, Makati (across Greenbelt 5). Email redturniptheater@gmail for more info.

New York City, 1982. Two college dropouts suddenly find themselves sitting on $15,000 worth of stolen cash. Their lives (and tiny Upper West Side apartment) are thrown in for a loop when a young woman enters the picture, forcing them to question their privileged existence as well as their loyalties to each other. THIS IS OUR YOUTH is a comic gem about the “Me Generation” and a witty, acerbic snapshot of that confusing place between adolescence and adulthood. Starring Nicco Manalo, Jef Flores and Cindy Lopez. Written by Kenneth Lonergan. Directed by Topper Fabregas.

PUP ihahandog ang Booklatan sa Bayan

May aabangan and mga estudyante ng Polytechnic University of the Philippines sa pagdating ng 2nd Sem. 

Mula sa pagtutulungan ng DepEd, National Book Development Board of the Philippines at ng PUP-CCW, inihahandog po namin sa inyo ang BOOKLATAN SA BAYAN. Ang kauna-unahang PUP Literary Festival! Mula November 11-13 sa NALLRC, PUP Sta. Mesa Manila! Marami pong books na idi-display ang mga publishers at may mga libreng lectures din mula sa mga pinaka-exciting na manunulat ngayon sa bansa.

Bukas at libre po uli ito para sa lahat! Abangan po ang mga susunod naming update. 

Para sa mga update: ilike ang Facebook page na ito:

Vivencio Jose to hold lecture on Antonio Luna

Dr. Vivencio Jose will talk on his book, The Rise and Fall of Antonio Luna, on October 27, 2015, Tuesday, at 1:30 to 4 pm at the Recto Hall of the UP Diliman Faculty Center, College of Arts and Letters. This event is sponsored by the Diliman Book Club, the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, and Anvil Publishing.

This is the book on which the box-office hit film, Heneral Luna directed by Jerrold Tarog, is based.

The author Jose concluded: “General Antonio Luna was killed but not his spirit. For memory is on his side, and memory is invincible, a terrible adversary of the villains of history. That is why those who have the gun try to kill memory by wiping out its bearers…. This patriot Luna will always live in the minds of the people as his ideals of a free, independent and democratic Republic survive beyond his physical mortality … This makes him an enduring hero who lives from one generation to another, one of the truly great leaders of the Filipino people.”

Vivencio Jose was a previous guest of the Diliman Book Club.


-with reports from Roland Simbulan and the Diliman Book Club


CEGP to hold LUNDUYAN 2015: 16th Luzon-wide Student Press Convention in Naga

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines, the oldest, broadest, and only-existing alliance of tertiary student publications in the Asia-Pacific region, will hold LUNDUYAN 2015: 16th Luzon-wide Student Press Convention, on November 5-9, 2015 in Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

LUNDUYAN 2015 will provide lectures and workshops on basic, intermediate, and advanced journalism skills. Likewise, trainings on different literary genres will be given. And as part of the Guild‟s 84 years of dedication in educating student journalists regarding the plight of the country, various socio-political discussions will also be featured. The Guild has invited respected media practitioners and luminaries of Philippine literature. Also, promising literary writers will be honored in the 11th Gawad Emmanuel “Eman” Lacaba (GEL), CEGP-Luzon‟s annual literary contest.

For details, please check out the invitation at Contact us at CEGP Hotline 0928-980-2646 or email us at for inquiries.

PUP to host​ Research Seminar on Historical and Ethnographic Approach in Philippine Culture and Society

The PUP Center for Social History (PUP-CSH) under the Institute for Cultural Studies (ICS), Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development (OVPREPD) will be holding a “Research Seminar on Historical and Ethnographic Approach in Philippine Culture and Society,” on December 1, 2015, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bonifacio Hall, NALLRC, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila. The seminar is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

In this seminar, Dr. Raul Pertierra will discuss on the importance of ethnography in understanding the Philippines and contemporary world and he will argue on how the social sciences, particularly sociology and anthropology, have developed since their establishment in the country’s universities several decades ago.

Dr. Raul Pertierra, has been a faculty member at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of PhD in Anthropology at Macquarie University also in Australia and presently, a visiting professor in the graduate programs at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University and at the Philippine Women’s University.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance Registration is now open and will close on November 15, 2015 (or when the desired number of participants is reached).

To register, please email or

  • In your email’s subject line, place SIGN ME UP FOR HEAPCS RESEARCH SEMINAR
  • State your full name, affiliation and contact number
  • Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants after the seminar

For more information, kindly contact Romeo Peña, Chief of PUP Center for Social History at 335.1787 or 335.1777 local 744.


12th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop call for applications

The 12th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop calls for applications to a 3-day writing fellowship on December 2-4, 2015 at the Visayas State University (VSU), Baybay City, Leyte.

Panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Merlie M. Alunan, Mr. Jose Victor Peñaranda, Mr. Januar Yap, Ms. Janis Claire Salvacion, Mr. Michael Carlo Villas, Mr. Harold Mercurio, and Mr. Jerry Gracio.  

Twelve slots are at stake: 5 for Sebuano, 3 Waray, 2 English, 1 Filipino and 1 Inabaknon. Writers are required to submit a combination or a mix of any of the following: 2 flash fictions or 1 ‘full-length’ short story, 2 essays/sanaysay, 3 poems/siday/balak, or 1 drama (1-actplay). Applicants must submit their works in MS Word format, Times New Roman, Font 12. Deadline of submission is on November 15, 2014. Email your entries along with the official application form to

Fellows who will qualify to the selection process will avail themselves of a modest transportation allowance, board and lodging, and free workshop materials. This activity is spearheaded by Katig Writers Network Inc. and Abaknon Literary Arts Guild (ALAG Writers) Inc., in cooperation with Visayas State University (VSU) and CALAO Writers Inc. Funding for said activity is shouldered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). 

For inquiry, please contact Mr. Phil Harold L. Mercurio, workshop director, at 09167569693 or email to

Philippine International Literary Festival goes on year 6

The Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF), a landmark project of the National Book Development Board, has become a highlight of Philippine Book Development Month observed annually in November. The festival is NBDB’s way of celebrating literature and promoting best publishing practices through discourse on the issues of authorship and readership shaping the local book industry.
Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has been a major gathering for authors, illustrators, publishers, and literature lovers around the Philippines and beyond.  In the past years, the Festival has featured such literary luminaries and publishing experts as Chris Abani, FH Batacan, Robin Hemley, Christopher Cheng, Juliet Grames, Noelle de Jesus, David Parker, Vikas Swarup, Tim Tomlinson, National Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio S. Almario, and Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz and Edward P. Jones.
This year’s Philippine International Literary Festival is titled LALÁNG (likhâ): Writing in Place. Creating Your Place. How relevant is place in the creation and appreciation of literature?  Does literature have to be reflective of geography? If a place can shape text/literature, can text/literature shape a place? This year the NBDB will bring the festival to Davao City, one of the country’s top historic, artistic, cultural destinations in order to engage lovers of literature from all parts of the archipelago in a series of discussions on Philippine literature and interactions with literary greats.
For the first time, NBDB will mount the Festival in Davao City, bringing together writers, illustrators, and publishing experts from various regions in the Philippines.  The 6th Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF) also highlights the homecoming of several acclaimed Filipino writers including Mia Alvar. The Festival activities will include a plenary session and intimate conversation on Writing in Place with our guest authors. This event also brings regional literature to the fore, encourages the integration of diverse literature in all learning environments, and provides a venue for intimate discussion with literary idols. Festivalgoers will be able to attend talks on issues facing Philippine literature today: readership, language, and the publishing challenges faced by authors from the regions. Other activities will include artistic performances, literary exhibits, and a book fair.

This two-day affair will be held on November 20-21, 2015. Registration per day for the general public events is P100 for students and teachers, P300 for other professionals, including lunch and a festival kit.  For online registration, please email with the subject line “SIGN ME UP FOR THE 6TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL” and the following information:  full name, affiliation, and contact numbers.


Call for Submissions: Kritika Kultura Literary Section

Kritika Kultura is now accepting contributions to its literary section, for possible inclusion in its forthcoming installments, beginning with the 27th issue, which will be published in August 2016. Writers may submit any one of the following for consideration:

1.    Suite of 3 to 5 poems or a long poem

2.    Short story

3.    Excerpt from a novel (please include a brief overview of the novel’s project)

4.    Literary essay

5.    Work of translation into English (please secure the permission of the author whose work you are translating, and include a brief introduction explaining your process of translation)

6.    Hybrid work that can be accommodated within the journal’s .pdf format

Works in Filipino, regional, and other languages must be accompanied by an English translation.


Submission Guidelines

Please e-mail your original and unpublished contribution to the literary section of Kritika Kultura to (cc: Simultaneous submission is accepted, but Kritika Kultura must be notified immediately if the work is accepted or published elsewhere. For both the subject heading of the email and the filename of the submission, please use your last name and the genre-label of the work (for instance, dela Cruz_Poetry). Email your submission as a file attachment (.docx and/or .pdf format); please do not indicate your name within the pages of the attachment. As an in-line text in your email, include a brief bio-note (100 to 150 words), as well as your institutional affiliation and professional e-mail address. All contributions must be submitted on or before January 15, 2016. Please give the journal a response time of four months after the deadline before you inquire about the status of your submission.

Kritika Kultura is a refereed electronic journal of literary, cultural, and language studies, based in the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University and accessible at It is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI), and other major databases. For further details regarding editorial policy, please refer to the website of the journal.



16th Pamiyabe fellows named

The Angelite, the official student publication of Holy Angel University, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), gladly announces the 12 applicants who qualified to the 16th Pamiyabe: The Regional Creative Writing Workshop and Fellowship.

They are as follows:

  1. Abigail A. Alviz – Pampanga
  2. Dianne Christine Cabebe – Angeles City
  3. Jaypee Cabral – Angeles City
  4. Gregg Ceballos – Angeles City
  5. John Adrian V. Danguilan – Pampanga
  6. Manuel Sebastian Dela Cruz – Pampanga (All-star Fellow)
  7. Reyzeljan Josef B. Delos Trinos – Bataan
  8. Mary Rose Iggie P. Espinoza – Zambales
  9. Jayson V. Fajardo – Pangasinan
  10. Ma. Elise Christine Magbag – Mabalacat City
  11. Jay Alej Ribu – Angeles City
  12. Christine Joy Sagun – Pampanga

PAMIYABE 16: Pamangambul Para King Bayung Suli (Pagbubungkal Para sa Bagong Sibol) The Regional Creative Writing Workshop and Fellowship is a writing fellowship organized annually by The Angelite, the official student publication of Holy Angel University. Pamiyabe, translated as “gathering”, includes literary talks and writers’ clinic, face-to-face piece critiquing from well-known creative writers, fellowship and cultural activities.

The four-day workshop and fellowship, which will be attended by student writers in the university and other schools in the region, envisions honing the potential of young writers through engaging its fellows in creative discourse among their fellow writers and the workshop‘s panelists. The workshop‘s establishing purpose is to expose the young writers to the vivid world of artistic written communication through their interaction and mingling with other writers in a holistic environment.

Invited panelists this year are: Eros Atalia, Erlinda Cruz, Carlomar Daoana, Ralph Galan, Jerry Gracio, Nerisa Del Carmen Guevara and Jun Cruz Reyes.

Eros Atalia is the artist behind works like Taguan Pung (Kalipunan ng mga Akdang Di-Pambata) and Manwal ng mga Napapagal (kopi teybol dedbol buk) (UST Press, 2005), Peksman (Mamatay Ka Man) NagsisinungalingAko (VPE 2007), Ligo Na U Lapit Na Me (VPE 2009), Wag Lang Di Makaraos: 100 Flash Fiction (VPE). For a number of times his works have been recognized by the KomisyonngWikang Filipino, especially his poems and compositions. He received his Unang Gantimpala sa Pandaylipi Ink in writing a poem in 1995, Gawad Balagtas (PNU 1996), Unang Gantimpala sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (2006), and Gawad Soc Rodrigo (2007).

Erlinda Cruz served as the Cultural Activities coordinator of the Holy Angel University Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies. She also served as literary editor of The Angelite.

Carlomar Daoana is the author of two poetry collections: Marginal Bliss and the Fashionista‘s Book of Enlightenment, both of which finalists to the National Book Awards. Some of Mr. Daoana‘s works have also appeared in Likhaan 3: The Journal of Contemporary Literature, The Philippine Free press and Guardian.

Ralph Galan was a fellow to all national workshops such as Siliman in 1995, UP in 1996, and Iligan in 1997, as well as ASEAN Writers’ Workshop/conference on Poetry. His poems in English and Filipino have won prizes from the Philippine Panorama (1993) and Home Life Magazine (1998) poetry contests.

For his poetry collection, Aves, Jerry Gracio emerged a winner at the UP Centennial Prize for Literature, Gawad Likhaan, as well as the 2009 National book Award. He earned the title, “Makata ng Taon”, given to him by the Commission on Filipino language in 2005. He is a three-time winner of the FDCP Screenwriters Prize, and started writing for film beginning in the late 90s. For his scripts, Mr. Gracio has gained recognition and citations from the Film Academy of the Philippines, the YCC, Enpress, and the PMPC Star Awards. He is also a recipient of various Don Carlos Palanca awards for his short fiction, poetry and screenplay.

Nerisa del Carmen Guevara is the author of Reaching Destination: Poems and the Search for Home, a book and a CD of songs. It was given a Special Citation for Best Secular Album in the 27th Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2005. She has received A Palanca Award for Poetry in 1999. She has attended the U.P., Dumaguete, and Iligan Writing Workshops and has been a panelist for UST Creative Writing Workshops.

Jun Cruz Reyes is the author behind the titles like Utos ng Hari at Iba Pang Kuwento (1981), Etsa Puwera (2002), Negros (1988) and the documentary film, NVM Gonzales, Beyond Mindoro (1996). His recognitions from award-giving bodies such as Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, UP Gawad sa Natatanging Publikasyon sa Filipino (2001), and the 2000 National Book Awards are only some among many accolades.

16th Pamiyabe will be held on October 14 to 17, 2015 at La Jardin, Home of Divine Mercy and Retreat House, Inc in Baliuag, Bulacan.


The workshop is organized in cooperation with the Center for Kapampangan Studies and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Pamiyabe is organized by the The Angelite’s Pamiyabe project team headed by John Darwin Timoteo together with Gabriel Ocampo, Charlene Mae Torres and Ershn Yves S. Gigante.










UPWC goes on a zine tour

Think literature can only be found in libraries and bookstores? Think again! The UP Writers Club is proud to present our mobile zine-selling event “Have You Zine It?”

Our zines, which are self-published literary booklets, are all made by members and alumni of the UP Writers Club. This week will find us coming out from the wilderness of the CAL kubo complex to bring home-grown literature to a college near you.

So if you want to read great stories and poems, but don’t want to spend a fortune on them, come visit us at the colleges and on the dates indicated! Who knows: they might inspire you to make your own zine in the future. All you need are the desire to be heard, something important to say and your friendly neighborhood photocopier.

There’s something for everyone.

Get to read someone’s love letters. Take a side in the many interpretations of the Alunsina/Tungkung Langit myth. Read stories about various bones. Discover different ways to read a zine. Discover different zines to read.

Find these and more during UPWC’s zine selling event happening from October 14-16, 2015!