Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Mark Raftery-Skehan

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 Dr. Mark Raftery-Skehan titled “Unbearable Affinities with the All-too-human: Richter and Littell’s Intimate Representations of a Nazi.” This event will be on Apr. 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SOM 111, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

For this lecture, Raftery-Skehan will do a text/image analysis that focuses on Gerhard Richter’s photo-realistic Onkel Rudi (1965) and Jonathan Littell’s novel Les Bienveillantes (2006).  In his abstract, Raftery-Skehan notes that “both works are disturbingly personal representations of figures associated with Nazism, and thus with the most heinous crimes, achieved through the equivalent pictorial and literary forms of a portrait photograph of Rudi, and the fictional memoir of an SS officer, Aue.”

To understand why the artist and the novelist each chose such a rendering, Raftery-Skehan “[will] explore a second text/image equivalence in their narrative and pictorial modes of blurring—in Richter smearing his image, and in Littell’s unreliable narrator, whose otherwise historically accurate accounts are interspersed with hallucinations and self-delusions.”

Raftery-Skehan will demonstrate how “the intimate, human portrayal thrusts us into the consciousness of the Nazi, the blurring in each case serving to projected into the blind, blinkered and self-deceptive nature of that historical consciousness. Rudi’s incongruous show of good cheer for the portrait photograph, and Aue’s willingly delusional consciousness regarding his murders, suggest their blithe obliviousness to the grim reality in which they partook. A third parallel exists in the works; lest the sense of common identity with the Nazi—which is entirely necessary to and potentially warrants the demonstration of the blind and false consciousness of the Nazi—cause us to empathise excessively with the figure, both works juxtapose the figure with the conventional illustrious or heroic figure of the military portrait and the tragic hero.”

Dr. Mark Raftery-Skehan is a Visiting Professor at the Departments of Philosophy and of English, Ateneo de Manila University. Having been involved in projects translating Derrida and Mallarmé, he is now finalizing a work on the idea of a textual imagination in Hegel and Derrida. His research explores modernist French literature and art, text/visual relations, Derridean deconstruction and Heideggerian critique of metaphysics, and the phenomenology of space and place.

Event to highlight Cebuano literary giant

            A tribute to writer, composer and musician Msgr. Rodolfo Villanueva, a.k.a Renato Madrid, will be held on April 8 at 1-7PM at Robinsons Galleria Cebu. Paying homage to him are Cebu’s five major literary organizations: MAD (Mga Anak sa Dagang), NoMADS, TINTA, WILA (Women in Literary Arts), Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang (BATHALAD), and some local artists. Also present will be Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and USC Professor Emeritus Dr. Resil Mojares who will share about Msgr. Villanueva’s life and works.

            Msgr. Villanueva is author of two novels: Devil Wings and Mass for the Death of an Enemy, and the short story collection, Southern Harvest. He has composed many prize-winning songs.

            After the tribute will be the launches of Tampu: Writing and Influence in Cebuano Literature edited by Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu with her Cebuano Literature class, Dila Ilab-ilab Black Hole by Bathalad writers Josua Cabrera, Noel Villaflor and Jeremiah Bondoc. Karla Quimsing’s book Pansit Poetry will also be launched. Copies of the said titles will be available for purchase at the venue.

            The event is part of Dandaniw 2016, a nationwide activity sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in celebration of the National Literature Month. “Dandaniw” is the Iluko word for poetry. Simultaneous poetry, prose readings and performances will be held all over the Philippines on April 8.  

            Dandaniw 2016 in Cebu is organized by the USC Cebuano Studies Center in partnership with Robinsons Galleria.

            For inquiries you may contact Laurinne Ganados or Julius Cesar Cudera at (32) 4066079, or e-mail You may also go to the Dandaniw Facebook  event page and the Cebuano Studies Center website at





13th Lamiraw Workshop Calls for Fellowship Applications

The 13th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop calls for applications to a 3-day writing fellowship on April 27-29, 2016 at Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar.

Panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Allan Popa of Ateneo de Manila University, Mr. Jerry Gracio of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Prof. Voltaire Oyzon of Leyte Normal University, Ms. Yvonne Esperas of Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus and Mr. Harold Mercurio of Northwest Samar State University.

There are ten slots at stake: 5 for Waray, 2 for Sebuano, 1 for Inabaknon, 1 for Filipino and 1 for English. Slots are preferably for applicants coming from Eastern Visayas. Interested individuals are required to submit any of the following: 1 short story /2 flash fiction/1 maikling kwento/1 sugilanon), 1 essay/1 sanaysay/1 gumalaysay or 5 poems/5 siday/5 balak/5 tula). Works written in Sebuano, Waray and Inabaknon must accompany a translation in Filipino or English. Submit entries in MS Word format, Times New Roman, Font 12. Deadline of submission is on April 20, 2016. Works (along with the official application form) could be emailed to and

Fellows who will qualify in the selection process will avail themselves of free board and lodging, workshop materials and proportional transportation allowance. This activity is jointly funded by Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Katig Writers Network Inc., Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and other sponsors.

For inquiry, please contact Mr. Harold L. Mercurio, workshop director, at 09167569693 or email at (Special thanks to Joel Mancol for the photo of this call for submission.)

Drunken Poetry Night launches LAGABLAB Online Poetry Contest

Drunken Poetry Night (DPN) starts its 2016 reading series in April, celebrating Poetry Month. For its upcoming 10th reading on 9 April, we will be holding our first online poetry contest, LAGABLAB. The competition is open to all followers of DPN, regardless of age. We will award three winners in the English category and three winners in Filipino. Below are the contest rules.
General Contest Rules
Entry opens: 28 March
Closing date for entries: 6 April
Winners will be notified by: 8/9 April by text/email
Results publicly announced: 9 April, DPN10.
To join:
  1. Like the Facebook page.
  2. Send your entries in Word file through Facebook message.
  3. The two categories (English and Filipino) may be awarded to the same person.
  4. Poems must not have been published either in print or on a website, not be currently submitted or accepted for future publication. They must not previously have been awarded a prize in another competition.
  5. Entries must follow the contest theme: WHITE HEAT/LAGABLAB.
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.
  8. Poems cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered
  9. Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning poems. Copyright reverts to author after one year.
  10. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules.

Premyo Arejola short-listed entries announced

Three essays, eight short stories, four one-act plays, seven collections of poetry, and two short stories for children have been short-listed for the 8th Premyo Tomas Arejola sa Literaturang Bikolnon (PTALB).

This was recently announced by Carlos A. Arejola, chairman of Bicol’s premiere literary prize.

The short-listed works were chosen by a committee headed by Lorna A. Billanes, Ph.D.  from a field of fifty-one entries from all over the Philippines.   

Short-listed for the one-act play category are: “Karsel” by Mary Karol Fe R. Go of Legazpi City, “An Huring Paraduno” by Niles Jordan Breis of Tabaco City, “Urulay Mag-ilusyon” by Elsie C. Albis of Naga City, and “N da neym ov da Pudra” by Richard Madrilejos of Tabaco City.

Cited for fiction are: “Anino sa Resort” by Irmina Torres of Naga City, “Abo sa Paggabas” by Marvin Davila Aquino of Tinambac, Camarines Sur, “Italbong sa Irarom kan Salog” by Gilmar Baran of Pili, Camarines Sur, “Rawraw”  by Nestor Alagbate of Daet, Camarines Norte, “Scoop” by Juan Escandor Jr. of Gubat, Sorsogon and Naga City, “Bisita” by Shairmaine Zen Manzano of Naga City, “Estudyante” by Michael Florano Sales of Pili, Camarines Sur, and “Basilio”, Jomark M. Baynado of Polanqui, Albay.

The collections of poetry cited this year are: “An mga Buto ni Kuracog” by Emmanuel T. Barrameda of Catanduanes and Imus, Cavite, “Gapo asin Iba pang Rawitdawit” by Elbert Olaso Baeta of Iriga City, “Ampaw asin Iba pang Rawitdawit” by Irvin Parco Sto. Tomas of Canaman, Camarines Sur, “Pano Padabaon an Diyos asin Iba pang Rawitdawit” by Richard Madrilejos of Tabaco City,  “Tag-ok sa Ginobat” by Nestor M. Awa of Iriga City, “Lapridarga Mga Rawitdawit Dapit sa Sakral asin Handal” by Niles Jordan Breis of Tabaco City, and “Mga Kasagkodan” by Jerome Hipolito of Calabanga, Camarines Sur.   

The finalists for the essay category are: “Bako Ako Bikolano” by Richard Madrilejos, “Magurang Ka Man” by Arlan Abanes Alzaga, and “Kun Tano Kami Kadto Nagbabaralon nin Pangudtuhan sa Sinehan” by  Niles Jordan Breis, all of Tabaco City, Albay.

Short-listed for short stories for children are: “Ada Baruga”, a story for children by Jaime Jesus Borlagdan of Tabaco City and “An Apat na Kabalang” a story for children by Irmina V. Torres of Naga City.

The literary prize is named after Tomas Padilla Arejola, a Bicolano patriot, and a leading member of the Propaganda Movement and Malolos Congress.

Winners of the 8th Premyo Arejola will be announced at the Pagrokyaw kan

Pinakamababansay na Obrang Panliteratura 2016, a PTALB ceremony commemorating the Pambansang Buwan ng Panitikan on April 22 in Naga City.

Winners will receive a Diploma of Merit, the Premyo Tomas Arejola Medallion and P5000. A grand prize winner, who will be chosen from the roster of category winners, will receive an additional cash prize of P7, 000 and will be named Parasurat kan Taon (Writer of the Year).    





16th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop fellows named

The IYAS National Writers’ Workshop of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City, has selected 15 Fellows for 2016, out of 119 applicants nationwide.

The fellows for fiction (in English) are Hazel Meghan Hamile and Gari Real Jamero; (in Filipino) Abby Pariente and Isaac Ali Varona Tapar; and (in Cebuano) Roehl Joseph Dazo and Mae Tiffany Galendez. Fellow for drama in Filipino is Adrian Crisostomo Ho.

The fellows for poetry (in English) are Miguel Antonio Lizada and Regina Angelica Theresa Bengzon; (in Filipino) Abner Dormiendo and Joey Tabula; (in Cebuano) Herminigildo Sanchez and Reyanne Joy Librado; (in Kinaray-a) Tracy Javines; and (in Hiligaynon) Anne Franceine Jean Corillo. Alternate fellow for poetry (in English) is Nancy Ayeng.

The IYAS Workshop Director is Dr. Marjorie Evasco and the panelists for this year are Ms. Grace Monte de Ramos-Arcellana, Mr. Danilo M. Reyes, Dr. Dinah Roma-Sianturi and Prof. John Iremil Teodoro. IYAS Project Director Atty. Raymundo Pandan, Jr. will also be in the panel.

The IYAS National Writers’ Workshop is co-sponsored by the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and will be held on April 24 – 30, 2016 at the Balay Kalinungan Complex of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

Kritika Kultura Issue 26 to be launched this March 28

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, is launching its 26th issue on Mar. 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m., at CTC 413, Ateneo de Manila University.

For its regular section, KK 26 features articles by Preciosa de Joya and by Muhammad Alkali and Rosli Talif titled “Exorcising Communist Specters and Witch Philosophers: The Struggle for Academic Freedom of 1961” and “Reconstructing the Female Sex in Emergent Novels” respectively.

This issue includes a Forum Kritika on Arts, Peace, and Conflict, guest edited by Brian Desmond (University of Chester), Antoinette McKane (Liverpool Hope University), Terry Phillips (Liverpool Hope University), and Zoe Zontou (Liverpool Hope University). It contains the articles “From Leonardo to Picasso (1939-1953): The Masters Who Marked War and Peace in Milan” by Silvia Colombo; “German Art About War Today and a Century Ago: A Curator’s View” by Martin Bayer; “From Healing to Hope: The Continuing Influence of the Chilean Arpilleras” by T. Randahl Morris; “Truth, Justice, and Performative Knowledge: Chokri Ben Chikha’s Theatrical “Truth Commission” on (Neo)colonial Injustices” by Klaas Tindemans; and “Education of Today Is the Security of Tomorrow!: Strengthening the Capacities to Create Secure Environments with Cultural Education” by Hannah Reich and Raphael Vergin.

KK 26 also features a Forum Kritika on Manga Culture and Critique, which is guest edited by Jaqueline Berndt (Kyoto Seika University). It begins with an introduction by Berndt titled “Manga Beyond Critique?” This section contains the essays “Post 3-11 Japanese Political Cartooning with a Satirical Bite: Non-Newspaper Cartoons and Their Potential” by Ronald Stewart; “Communicating Emotions: How Commercial Manga for Women Approaches 3.11” by Olga Antononoka; “Kouno Fumiyo’s Hiroshima Manga: A Style-Centered Attempt at Re-reading” Takeuchi Miho; “Re-viewing Thomas Lamarre’s The Anime Machine after Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises: On the Critical Potential of Anime” by Selen Çalik; and “From ‘Game-like Realism’ to the ‘Imagination-oriented Aesthetic’: Reconsidering Bourdieu’s Contribution to Fan Studies in the Light of Japanese Manga and Otaku Theory” by Zoltan Kacsuk.

Also featured in this issue of Kritika Kultura are the articles culled from a symposium about critic E. San Juan, Jr. Edited by Charlie Samuya Veric—who also organised the symposium on San Juan—this section is titled “Critical Futures: The Places of E. San Juan, Jr.” It begins with “Pasts and Futures of E. San Juan, Jr.,” Veric’s introduction to the section. This is followed by a series of essays: Efren R. Abueg’s “Alaalang Pampanitikan: Si Epifanio San Juan, Jr. Sa Panitikang Filipino”; Rolando B. Tolentino’s “E. San Juan, Jr. at ang Diskursong Kulturang Popular”; Michael D. Pante and Leo Angelo Nery’s “Migration, Imagination, and Transformation: Revisiting E. San Juan’s Carlos Bulosan and the Imagination of the Class Struggle”; Elmer A. Ordoñez’s “E. San Juan, Jr.: Remembering the Struggles During Martial Law”; Rachel Peterson and Joseph Wedland’s “Lessons from E. San Juan, Jr. on Resistance, Diversity, and Anti-Materialism in the Academy”; Michael Joseph Viola’s “‘Land is Life’: Reflections on E. San Juan, Jr., Considerations for Filipino Critical Theory, and Notes for Environmental Justice in the United States and the Philippines”; Kenneth E. Bauzon’s “Themes from the History of Capitalism to the Rise of US Empire in the Pacific, With Annotations from Selected Works of E. San Juan, Jr.”; and Charlie Samuya Veric’s “Vernacular World Making: E. San Juan, Jr. and the Rehearsal for the New International,” These essays are followed by a response from E. San Juan, Jr. titled “Metakomentaryo sa Pagkakataon ng Kolokyum Ukol sa ‘The Places of E. San Juan, Jr.’” The section ends with an essay by Delia Aguilar titled “Memory Work.”

The Monograph Section—edited by Ma. Socorro Q. Perez—features Cirila Limpangog’s study of the career impediments and opportunities of Filipinas living in Australia: “Resuming the ‘Skilled Worker’ Identity: The Filipinas’ Strategies in Labour Market Participation in Melbourne, Australia.”

The Monograph is followed by the Short Takes Section, a suite of curated reviews on a single work (book, performance, film, or exhibit). For this issue, this section—edited by Charlie Samuya Veric—considers the work Rays of the Invisible Light: Collected Works by Young Moro Writers (ed. Gutierrez Mangansakan II). Short Takes includes three reviews: Charlson Ong’s “Shadow Lands, Strange Light”; Kristoffer Brugada’s “Mga Bintana ng Liwanag sa Hilaga”; and Jose Maria de Nazareno’s “The Noble Jihad.”

KK 26 ends with a special Literary Section guest edited by Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines Diliman) and Martin Villanueva (Ateneo de Manila University). It features the following pieces: Neobie Gonzalez’s “What do I call this beating:”; an excerpt from Carlos Quijon, Jr.’s “Dossier on Specific Fabrications”; Robert Nery’s “The Wait on Quezon Avenue”; Richard Calayeg Cornelio’s “Ablation”; Ian Rosales Casocot’s “Bamboo Girl”; John Bengan’s “Outside”; Denver Ejem Torres’s “Restoring the lost hiniktan”’ Carissa Pobre’s “After Beethoven”; Arbeen Acuna’s “Reverse Carnival, Reactionary Laughter: Critique of an Intermission”; Janine Go Dimaranan and Ivan Emil A. Labayne’s “The Economic Aspect in Contemporary Writing and the Matter of Class in Literature: Reading Selected Conceptual Works”; J. Neil Garcia’s “Myth and the Poetics of Self: The Critical Corpus of Gémino H. Abad”; and Eulalio R. Guieb III’s “Jandayan Island: Symphony of dry winds in a time without rain.”

A simple reception follows the launch. The event is open to the public.

Kritika Kultura is indexed in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI), SCOPUS, EBSCO, DOAJ and a host of other important indexes and databases.


Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Wika at Panitikang Sebwano, gaganapin sa 25-27 Abril 2016

Itatampok ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at University of San Carlos (USC) ang wika at panitikang Sebwano sa 25-27 Abril 2016 sa University of San Carlos, Lungsod Cebu.

Layon ng kumperensiya na matalakay ang mga isyu at pagbabago na kinakaharap ng wika at panitikang Sebwano na mahalagang sandigan sa pagpapaunlad ng wika at panitikang Filipino. 

Magkakaroon ng sesyon sa sumusunod na paksa: 1) Kasaysayan ng Panitikang Sebwano; 2) Panitikang Sebwano at ang Pagbuo ng Panitikang Pambansa; 3) Ang Kontemporaneong Panitikang Sebwano; at 4) Ang Wikang Sebwano/sa Gitnang Bisayas sa Panahon ng K-12 at MTB-MLE.

Inaasahan ang pagdalo ng mga kinatawan mulang Rehiyon VII, mga manunulat, punong guro, tagapag-ugnay, guro sa elementarya, sekundarya, at tersiyarya. 

Para sa mga interesado, makipag-ugnayan kay Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu sa 0917-3233190 at

PahinaLaya 2016, CLSU Collegian’s 1st Integrated Campus Press Conference and Competition to be held at CLSU

The CLSU Collegian, the official student publication of Central Luzon State University, will hold the PahinaLaya 2016 on April 9-10 2016, at College of Engineering, audio-visual room, CLSU

PahinaLaya 2016, CLSU Collegian’s 1st Integrated Campus Press Conference and Competition, aims to sustain the publication’s tradition of promoting campus journalism by providing an avenue for pro-active journalism training.

Respected journalism practitioners and professors including Prof. Ben G. Domingo of the CHED Technical Committee for Journalism, Dr. Regidor G. Gaboy of Central Luzon State University, Mr. Melvin Gascon of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Prof. Liana Barro of Far Eastern University will serve as this year’s resource speakers.

In this connection, we take pride in inviting your school to send participants preferably the staff members of your school organization and publication.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register online by sending e-mail to containing the following details: name of institution/organization, name of publication, number and full name of participants and head of delegation (with contact number) or you may visit us at CLSU Collegian Office, Student Union Building, Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. For further inquiries, please contact 0926-568-9078 or 0948-497-8135.

Pre-registered participants shall pay Php 200 (for CLSU participants) or Php 250 (for non-CLSU participants), or Php 600 (for non-CLSU participants who will avail of lodging and one breakfast) per head to cover the conference kits and three (3) snacks. They are advised to bring packed lunch as the organizers will not provide for their lunch. Photojournalists shall also have to pay additional Php 60 for photo developing.

Walk-in participants may be accepted if there will still be available slots. They will be charged Php 250 (for CLSU participants) or Php 300 (for non-CLSU participants).

Pambansang Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikang Gender-Based idadaos ng KWF

Magdaraos ng Pambansang Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikang Gender-Based sa dalawang lugar ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino sa pakikipagtulungan sa Jose Rizal Memorial State University at La Consolacion College-Bacolod. Gaganapin ito sa 13-15 Abril 2016 sa Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Lungsod Dapitan, Zamboanga Del Norte at 18-20 Mayo 2016 sa La Consolacion College, Lungsod Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Layunin ng seminar na mapataas ang kamalayang pangkasarian ng mga guro sa pagtuturo ng panitikang gender-based. Magkakaroon ng panayam at talakayan hinggil sa iba’t ibang paksang may kaugnayan sa panitikan, wika, at kasarian. Magsasagawa rin ng pakitang-turo sa kuwentong bayan, tula, at maikling kuwento.

Bukás ito sa mga punong guro, tagapag-ugnay, mga guro sa Filipino at panitikan sa elementarya, sekundarya, at tersiyarya na nasa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa.

Para sa mga interesado, makipag-ugnayan kina Dr. Narcisa N. Bureros (09204034697, sa Jose Rizal Memorial State University at Prop. Edna Fregil (0927-2706463, ng La Consolacion College-Bacolod.