UP Alpha Nu Fraternity to hold BosesXBerso: A Poetry Battle for HIV-AIDS Awareness

UP Alpha Nu Fraternity, a brotherhood open and sensitive to men of different sexual orientations, shall celebrate World AIDS Day through spoken word or performance poetry competition this December 5, 2015 from 6 PM to 9 PM. This is BosesXBerso: A Poetry Battle for HIV-AIDS Awareness. Venue is at College of Mass Communication Auditorium, UP Diliman. 
BosesXBerso is a spoken word poetry competition with the theme focused on expressing in verse the messages of People Living with HIV-AIDS, their lives and experiences. Everyone willing to share their poetry is welcome to register or join the fun as spectators.
Contest Proper:
1)      First Round (Performance. Participants will perform their prepared, original piece that touches on a specific aspect about HIV-AIDS. The poem must be spoken, danced, or performed with the body. Twenty registered participants from Google Sign Up sheet and five walk-in participants will join in this first round. Judges shall choose the top ten participants for the next round.)
2)      Second Round (Battles. The battle will pattern the production of renga style. Renga is a kind of collaborative poem created by two poets, the first opening with a haiku, and the next poet continuing the next stanza with seven syllables per line. In this round, there will be no limit for syllabication or rhyme. The poet must continue the lines within the time limit of one minute.
Ten participants will be paired. Each pair will pick an issue related to HIV-AIDS. After which, the first performer will be given a minute to think about his/her opening verse which will last for a minute. Then, the partner continues the verse which will last for another minute. Then, the first performer rebuts in verse for another minute. The last minute is given for the second participant to rebut in verse. The judges comment and decide on which participant performs the best verse for the battle.  Only the five chosen participants will reach the final round.)
3)      Final Round (Impromptu. Judges will announce a surprise theme for the participants to write their original poem. Ten minutes will be given to create their poem. After ten minutes of isolation, poets are called in one-by-one to perform.Judges shall comment on the poet’s performance and written pieces.)
Contest Mechanics:
The judges shall be the sole deliberator of winners. The top three best competitors will be awarded with major and consolation prizes, while the top five will be awarded with consolation prizes. The judge’s decisions are final and irrevocable. Contest organizers are not allowed to join the competition. Winners shall be awarded with the following: (Champion – P7,000; Second Place – P5,000; Third Place – P2,000). Consolation prizes will also be given to all participants.
IMPORTANT: To join in the competition, sign up in the Google Form link: http://bit.ly/bosesxberso or http://goo.gl/forms/A1Ra7x1gjB. Deadline for pre-registration is until 12 midnight of December 3, 2015 (Thursday).
Art and Design by Allen John Guanzon

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan presents TWICE: Ang INK Annual Exhibit

Ever thought that once is just not enough? Then we’re giving you Twice! Twice the artworks, twice the wonders, twice the story. 

Everyone’s invited to Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan’s Annual Exhibit for 2015. Make sure to save the date because it will be twice the feast for your eyes!

TWICE: Ang INK Annual Exhibit
December 5, 2015, 6:00 PM
At Galerie Stephanie
Unit 1B Parc Plaza Bldg., 183 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City Philippines

See you there!
Artworks by Kora Dandan Albano

Drunken Poetry Night 9 presents Scorpio Nights poetry reading

Ikaw ba ay nalulungkot, walang makausap? Nanlalamig mag-isa sa ilalim ng kumot? 

Halika, sama-sama tayong magpainit sa susunod na Linggo, ika-29 ng Nobyembre.

Hulihin, ang pang-aakit sa mga kataga. 

Tikman, ang tutukso ng iyong libido sa entablado. 

Abutin, ang rurok ng ligaya kasiping ng mga makatang nagbabaga at handang maglabas sa kanilang pagbasa. Sana ikaw rin ay maglabas ng… alam mo na. 

Magdala lamang ng tulang uudyok sa mga nakikinig na maghubad ng…kaluluwa.

Aantayin kita…bagong ligo…at nananabik…


Bring your favorite erotic poem. FREE SHOTS TO READERS. 

29 November, 8 p.m.
Back to 90’s, Tomas Morato, QC.
Open mic. Free entrance.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Malini Johar Schueller

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will be hosting a lecture by Malini Johar Schueller titled “The Pedagogical Subjects of US Empire and the Case of Bienvenido Santos.” The lecture will be on Nov. 26, 2015, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the 1/f Faculty Lounge, De la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

Schueller’s abstract reads: “What is the relationship between language and historical imagination from the perspective of translation? This talk, based on the Introduction of my forthcoming book, seeks to organize this broad theme by situating it in relation to the entwined linguistic histories of the Philippines and United States. Along the way, it draws from Emile Benveniste’s description of personal pronouns, Roman Jakobson’s argument about the linguistic aspects of translation, and the classical idea of translation as aporetic movement. Each suggests ways to think about translation as the on-going and essential supplement to all sorts of exchange and expression in various colonial and post-colonial contexts. Considered in these ways, we can think of translation as an indispensable element in the making of events and their historical understanding.”

Malini Johar Schueller received her MA from Panjab University, India, in 1979 and her PhD from Purdue University in 1986. A member of the University of Florida faculty since 1986, she is the author of several books. Her first book, The Politics of Voice: Liberalism and Social Criticism from Franklin to Kingston (SUNY, 1992) was a Bakhtinian reading of selected American autobiographies. Her second book, US Orientalisms: Race, Nation, and Gender in Literature, 1790–1890 (Michigan, 1998), was a postcolonial analysis of the construction of the Orient in American culture during the 18th and 19th centuries. She has edited a special issue of Prose Studies titled “US Personal Narratives and the Subject of Multiculturalism” and has published a scholarly edition of a slave’s travel narrative, A Colored Man Round the World, by David F. Dorr (Michigan, 1999). She has co-edited three essay collections, Messy Beginnings: Postcoloniality and Early American Studies (with Edward Watts, Rutgers, 2003), Exceptional State: Contemporary US Culture and the New Imperialism (with Ashley Dawson, Duke University Press, 2007), and Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and Labor (with Ashley Dawson, University of Michigan Press, 2009). Her latest book, Locating Race: Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship, critiquing theories and fictions of globalization, and examining forms of Post-Colonial citizenship formulated by Asian-Americans, African-Americans and Native-Americans, was published by SUNY Press in 2009.

Her essays have appeared in a journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, SIGNS, Cultural Critique, Genders, and Criticism. Her research interests include US empire studies, Asian-American studies, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and postcolonial women of color.

UP Press to hold December book sale

As part of its 50th anniversary, the UP Press will be holding a sale from December 1 to 11, 2015, at its bookstore on E. de los Santos St., UP Diliman, Quezon City. UP Press titles will be at 20 percent off, and non-UP Press titles will be at 5 percent off.

A special sale on December 7 will have the UP Press titles at 50 percent off.

Buyers are enjoined to bring their own recyclable bags as part of the Press’s environmental advocacy.

The UP Press bookstore is near the campus police station and the College of Architecture (yellow building).

Visit http://press.up.edu.ph/ for list of titles, shipping details, etc.

12th Lamiraw Workshop announces 12 workshop fellows

The 12th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop which will be held on December 2-4, 2015 at the Visayas State University (VSU), Baybay City, Leyte announces the 12 workshop fellows this year:

(Sebuano) 1) Lota Lleve of Visayas State University (VSU), 2) Salvador Catre of Visayas State University (VSU), 3) John Eras of University of Cebu (UC) , 4) Jessrel Gilbuena of Cebu Normal University (CNU), and 5) Manuel Avenido, Jr. of University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR),  

(Waray) 6) Arjay Babon of Leyte Normal University (LNU), 7) Precious Elaine Tubigan of Visayas State University (VSU), 8) Byron Mahilum of Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU),

(Inabaknon) 9) Rogelio Banagbanag of University of Eastern Philippines (UEP),

(English) 10) Lloyd Cabasag of the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, 11) Ela Mae Salazar of Leyte Normal University (LNU), and  

(Filipino) 12) John Leihmar C. Toledo of the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman.

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.  

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).


UP Press to launch fourteen new titles

The University of the Philippines Press will be launching fourteen new titles as part of its celebrations for its 50th anniversary. The book launch dubbed Paglulunsad will be held on November 27, 2015, Friday, 4:00 p.m. at the 2nd floor Balay Kalinaw, corner Guerrero and Dagohoy Streets, UP Diliman Campus.

The titles to be launched are: 


Luis H. Francia


Editor: Michael M. Coroza


Editors: Vicente Y. Belizario Jr., Winifreda U. De Leon


Arturo Pacho

Ken Fuller

Rick Baldoz



Will P. Ortiz

Editor: Gémino H. Abad

Gémino H. Abad

Alicia P. Magos, Federico Caballero, Romulo Caballero

Editor: Ricardo M. De Ungria

Isabela Banzon

Myrna Peña-Reyes

Ninotchka Rosca

Books will be sold at a special discount. This is open to the public. Team UP Press will be there until 7 p.m. 

Writers Night sa Nobyembre 26 na

Gaganapin na ang Writers Night sa Nov. 26, 6PM, sa UP Diliman Executive House, UP Diliman Quezon City. Inaanyayahan ang lahat ng UP Institute of Creative Writing.

Ilulunsad din ang Likhaan Journal 9 na inedit ni Luna Sicat Cleto, Eugene Evasco, Isabela Banzon, at Charlson Ong.

Sa ngayon, LIRA, Malate, Word Anonymous, Loudbox, at Thomasian Writers Guild pa lang ang magtatanghal kasama nina Cucay Pagdilao. Tinatawagan ang mga manunulat at iba pang alagad ng sining. Pakikontak si RR Cagalingan ng The Makatas para sa inyong pagsali sa tulaan, kantahan, at sayawan sa programa. Ang numero niya ay #09175615024. Pakibasa. Pakipasa.

Ang Writers Night ay isang tradisyon ng mga manunulat sa Pilipinas na nagsimula noong 1990s. Ito ay pangkaraniwang ginaganap sa buwan ng Disyembre.

Gawad Digmaang Rosas 11 deadline extended


  1. Gawad Digmaang Rosas 11 is open to Kapampangan Youth participants who are 15-30 years old before November 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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


Groundbreaking anthology of Filipinos in Singapore launched to a full house

Singapore—The first collection of poetry, fiction, and essays by Filipinos in Singapore has been launched at the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival. In a groundbreaking initiative, Ethos Books Singapore and a group of Filipinos have published Get Lucky: An Anthology of Philippine and Singapore Writings, a collection of works by mostly Filipinos in Singapore.

The anthology brings together writings in three genres by 30 contributors. It features twenty-two poems, nine personal essays, and four short stories of Filipinos’ shared and individual experiences of living, or having lived, in Singapore. “We Filipinos have a wealth of stories to tell, and as our community in Singapore has grown bigger, there has been a larger, deeper pool of experiences to tap and share through prose and poetry,” says Migs Bravo-Dutt, an editor of the book.

Several established Singaporean writers, including Singapore literary pioneers Edwin Thumboo and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng, contributed to the book in response to their fellowship with Filipinos. “We hope that through such a response, we can strengthen our camaraderie with our Singaporean counterparts as we seek to foster a fellowship in mutual trust with them through this collection,” says Manuelita Contreras, another editor of the book.

The book has received a warm welcome from both the Filipino and Singapore communities. “The fact that Get Lucky is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore is testament to the importance of this book, which in the words of Singaporean poet and critic Gwee Li Sui, is a long overdue collection,” says Eric Tinsay Valles, one of the editors. 

Ethos Books publisher Fong Hoe Fang says he was thrilled to publish Get Lucky because Ethos Books has always supported the establishment of platforms for voices that reflect the ethos of our times. A previous Ethos-published anthology, Love Gathers All, assembled poems by Filipinos and Singaporeans.

“And the writers in Get Lucky are obviously amongst the most articulate of their generation in a country far from their home of origin,” he says. “Their concerns and reflections in a country they chose to work and live in are as important as the voices of native Singaporeans, especially when deep analysis almost always shows a shared humanity that serves to unite rather than divide.”

Get Lucky is the #3 bestselling book at the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival. It was launched to a full house at The Arts House at the Old Parliament on November 7, 2015 in a convivial gathering of Filipinos and Singaporeans alike.

The book is now available at major bookstores in Singapore and on http://tinyurl.com/oalxuh3.

For more information, contact:
Migs Bravo-Dutt                    Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera
(+65) 81686219                     (+65) 91154705
migs.bravo.dutt@gmail.com  mdtcontreras@gmail.com 

About Get Lucky
Get Lucky is an anthology of everything Filipino in Singapore, exploring and celebrating the themes of family, faith, friendship, love, and of course, the place that cuts across the lives of Filipinos in Singapore: Lucky Plaza. 

▪   Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera 
▪   Migs Bravo-Dutt
▪   Eric Tinsay Valles


  • Myrna Airene Anrym
  • Annabelle Fabia-de Arroz
  • Manuelita Contreras-Cabrera 
  • Cathy Candano
  • Felix Cheong
  • Chi Ching
  • Nathaniel Chua
  • Migs Bravo-Dutt
  • Robin Hemley
  • Neal Imperial
  • Noelle Q de Jesus
  • Patricia Karunungan
  • Desmond Kon
  • Minnie Lau
  • Aaron Lee
  • Crispin C Maslog
  • Miel
  • Michael Ostique
  • Rodrigo V Dela Pena
  • Noel Perdigon
  • Anne Lee Tzu Pheng
  • Pamela “Wildheart” Pilapil
  • Belen Esposo Repollo
  • Melvin Sico
  • Denise Simbol
  • Frederick Tan
  • Edwin Thumboo
  • Catherine Torres
  • Eric Tinsay Valles
  • Edward Roa Vinluan
  • Monica Walet