Ateneo Press general sale extended till May 6

To accommodate more faculty members affected by the fires that gutted the UP Faculty Center and three UE buildings early this month, the Ateneo de Manila University Press is extending its general sale. Until May 6, all Ateneo Press titles are available at half price, and every affected faculty is entitled to one free book.

The general sale is part of the ongoing Sagip-Guro Campaign organized by a consortium of Philippine publishing houses. The Press also remains open for monetary donations. Proceeds will be placed in a DCB created especially for the cause and will be used to pay for the free books.

The discount does not apply at any other retail outlet. Selling hours are from 8AM to 5PM at the G/F Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo Press Bookshop (Tel. 426-6001, loc. 4613).

UST CCWLS to host Writing in Exile: A Conversation with Miguel Syjuco

The UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (UST CCWLS), in cooperation with the UST Department of Literature, will be holding “Writing in Exile: A Conversation with Miguel Syjuco” on May 4, 2016, 3:00-5:00 PM, at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino, G/F Benavides Bldg., University of Santo Tomas, España St., Sampaloc, Manila. 

This event is part of the UST CCWLS’s International Writers and Scholars Series (IWSS) which consists of formal lectures and informal conversations. A regular program of the UST CCWLS, previous speakers of the IWSS include Filipino writers based abroad like Ninotchka Rosca, Sabina Murray, Gina Apostol, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, R. Zamora Linmark, Marivi Soliven, Lara Stapleton, M. Evelina Galang, Fidelito Cortes, Nerissa Balce, Amalia Bueno and Robert Nery, and foreign writers, like Tim Tomlinson, Dennis Haskell and Xu Xi. 

Miguel Syjuco is the grand prize winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize for his debut novel ILUSTRADO in 2008, which also won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Award, and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Ilustrado was also a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award, the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal, the Prix Jan Michalski, the Prix Courrier International, the Premio Von Rezzori, and the Commonwealth First Book Prize for the Canada and Caribbean region. It has been translated into more than 15 languages. His second novel titled I WAS THE PRESIDENT’S MISTRESS!! A CELEBRITY TELL-ALL MEMOIR is forthcoming.

Syjuco was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, a writer-in-residence at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a visiting professor at New York University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Santa Maddalena Foundation and grants from the Adelaide International Scholarship, Canada Council for the Arts, and Quebec Arts Council.

Syjuco is the literary editor of the MANILA REVIEW and a member of the Academy of the Folio Prize. He has written for the NEW YORK TIMES, NEWSWEEK, and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia University and earned his PhD at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

The event is open to creative writers, literary enthusiasts and the general public. Call Ms. Anna Nicolas at 406-1611 local 8281 for seat reservations.

Romance Masterclass: Editing Your Novel Seminar + Workshop to be held in Manila

Working on a romance novel that needs a little tender loving care? Get an editors’ perspective on what you should consider when writing or revising your work. Better yet, get four editors to weigh in on the matter! Join a morning seminar where four seasoned editors share their knowledge about making a good book great, plus join the afternoon workshop for a one-on-one session with one of them! Details below:

Romance Masterclass: Editing Your Novel Seminar + Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 8AM-12NN (Seminar) | 1-5PM (Workshop)
Venue: Bit Space Manila
Contact: romancewritersofthephilippines at gmail dot com

Rates: PHP2400 (Workshop + Seminar*) | PHP1400 (Seminar Early Bird Rate*) | PHP1600 (Seminar Regular Rate)

* Whole-day reservations and early-bird rate until May 15, 2016 only. From May 16 onward, only seminar reservations will be accepted. Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of proof of deposit.

* Workshop participants must submit their title, genre, blurb, full novel outline, and first three chapters on or before May 15, 2016.

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Kasingkasing Press to launch two new books on April 30

Kasingkasing Press will launch two books on April 30, 3:00 P.M, during the Produkto Lokal Fair at the Yusay-Consing Mansion (in front of Molo Church), Locsin Street, Molo, Iloilo City.

Mansyon by Agnes Españo-Dimzon is a collection of creative non-fiction in Hiligaynon. The essays are recordings of the author’s various personal experiences. The collection is a precursor as it is by far the only book in creative non-fiction published in Hiligaynon. Espano-Dimzon has attended regional and national writing workshops. She was a former teacher of the Iloilo National High School Special School for the Arts.

Repentances and Rehabilitations by Alain Russ Dimzon is a compilation of the author’s published earlier poems in English. Merlie M. Alunan, in her preface, describes the collection as a trip to the “jungles of the claustrophobic psyche” as the poems take the readers “through… dark, chartless, narrow spaces of sensibility” and to “a netherworld of darkness where even breathing is painful and the eyes search in vain for brightness.” Dimzon’s poems have appeared in national anthologies and magazines. A Palanca awardee for the short story in Hiligaynon, Dimzon was given the Gawad Emmanuel Lacaba (Best New Writer in Hiligaynon) by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2000.

Special guests during the launching are Palanca Hall of Famer Leoncio P. Deriada, Alice Tan Gonzales and award winning writer and critique John Iremil E. Teodoro.

April 30, 2016
1. Repentances and Rehabilitations poem by Alain Russ Dimzon
2. Mansyon Creative Non-Fiction in Hiligaynon by Agnes Españo-Dimzon

May 16, 2016
1. Prinsesa ng Palawan Poems by John Iremil E. Teodoro
2. Faces, Phases, Places Essays by Maria Dulce Deriada

July 21, 2016
1. Mga Pabula ni Aesop sa Aklanon Translation by Melchor F. Cichon
2. Mga Tingog sa Iya Alagyan Lyrics by Alain Russ Dimzon
3. Abril kag Mayo Poems in Kinaray-a and Hiligaynon by Norman T. Darap


Balangay Productions to hold Seminar on Philippine Copyright and Textbooks

Why do many of our school textbooks contain factual errors and questionable content? Do textbook authors, editors, and producers really know everything they need to know as far as textbook production is concerned? And the burning question: How do we make sure that Filipino students are armed with good textbooks using quality, copyrighted materials from local and international sources?

It is indeed the perfect time for Balangay Productions, a multimedia company, to launch a SEMINAR ON PHILIPPINE COPYRIGHT AND TEXTBOOKS. The speakers during this event will share information that will not only help the participants obtain answers to the questions above, but also provide complete, recent, and factual data on a wide range of topics related to copyright and textbook production. Attendees will learn how they can properly defend their own rights, respect copyright materials and copyright holders, and determine which materials may be used for free and without permission.

The seminar will be held on the 7th of May, 2016 (Saturday) from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the C&E Information Resource Center, 1616 Quezon Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. This seminar is perfect for those who are involved in textbook production, including textbook publishers, publishers’ representatives, publishing professionals, textbook coordinators, textbook editors, textbook authors/writers, textbook contributors, writers, illustrators, photographers, heirs of copyright holders, copyright coordinators, teachers/professors, members of the academic community who wish to publish their own textbooks or learning materials, and test/exam writers. The registration fee of P1,000/participant already includes a certificate of participation and some snacks. Attendees will also get the following: a sample permission letter, permission form, letter of query regarding the use of one’s work without one’s knowledge/permission, and other online resources on copyright for textbooks.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; walk-ins will not be entertained. Those who wish to attend should register on or before April 30, 2016 by sending an email to or by texting 0919-3175708. The event is being co-organized by C&E Publishing, Inc., Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines (FWGP), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), National Book Development Board (NBDB), and Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS).


13th Lamiraw Workshop announces 10 workshop fellows

The 13th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop slated on April 27-29, 2016 at Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar, announces the 10 workshop fellows this year:

 (Waray) 1) Aivee Badulid (UP Tacloban)/Dolores, Eastern Samar, 2) Butz Eguia (DWU)/Tacloban City, 3) Anita Christine Macale (Leyte Normal University)/Salcedo, Eastern Samar, 4) Kimberly Mae Ortego (Leyte Normal University)/Talalora, Samar, 5) Ryan Ostulano (Northwest Samar State University)/Calbayog City,

(Sebuano) 6) Sarah Masiba (UP Los Baños)/Ozamis City, 7) Wilfreda Cabusas (Cebu Normal University)/Talisay City,

(English) 8) Nicolo Nasol (University of Cebu)/Cebu City, 9) Cesar Miguel Escaño (Ateno de Manila University)/Tacloban City, and

 (Filipino) 10) Daniw Plaridel Santiago (UP Diliman)/Quezon City.

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

This activity is spearheaded by Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), in cooperation with Katig Writers Network Inc., CALAO Writers Inc., and Abaknon Literary Arts Guild (ALAG Writers) Inc. Funding for said activity is partially shouldered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).


Award-winning books to be featured on International Book Day

In celebration of International Book Day and National Literature Month, winners of the 34th National Book Awards including social media non-fiction iStatus Nation by Joselito Delos Reyes, anthology Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway edited by Jun Cruz Reyes, comic book 14 by Manix Abrera, short fiction collection WonderLust by Nikki Alfar, speculative fiction Dwellers by Eliza Victoria, non-fiction Ramon Obusan: Philippine Dance and Me by Kanami Namiki, humor book Buti Pa Ang Roma, May Bagong Papa by Noreen Capili, Young adult novel Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Samar, Poetry book Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan by E. San Juan, Philippine art book Journey of Thousand Shuttles, The Philippine Weave by Norma Absing Respicio; and Kinaray-a poetry book Tikum Kadlum by Federico “Tuohan” Caballero, Teresita “Abyaran” Caballero-Castor, and Alicia P. Magos will be showcased at the Dia del Libro/World Book Day/Araw ng Aklat on April 23, Saturday, from 10AM to 11PM at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Attendees will be given a chance to have their shirt printed with quotations or designs from these Filipino-authored books. The shirt-printing booth will be paired with a henna tattoo/face paint station where book lovers are treated to lit-inspired body art and calligraphy.

iStatus Nation is a work of Professor and poet Joselito Delos Reyes. It gives readers a peek not only into his mind but into the future of creative writing. This book won the Best Book of Essays in Filipino in the 34th National Book Awards.

Bagging the prize for Best Anthology in Filipino in last year’s National Book Awards is Ang Labingtatlong Pasaway edited by Jun Cruz Reyes. The book intelligently puts together a collection of tragic and hilarious short stories using the language of the young.

In his comic book, 14, Manix Abrera deliberately omits the written word and yet successfully delivers the stories to readers. 14 is the winner of Best Book of Graphic Literature (Wordless) in the 34th National Book Awards.

Nikki Alfar writes fourteen fantastic stories such as zombie invasion and modern-day espionage with twists and turns in her book, WonderLust. Her book won the Best Book of Short Fiction in English in last year’s National Book Awards.

Eliza Victoria’s speculative fiction Dwellers draws you into a mystery where two people find themselves forced to deal with circumstances beyond their uncanny abilities. Dwellers won the Best Novel in a Foreign Language in the 34th National Book Awards.

Winning the Best Book of Non-Fiction in English in the 34th National Book Awards is Ramon Obusan: Philippine Folkdance and Me written by Kanami Namiki. In this book, Namiki beautifully weaves together the history of the development of Filipino folk dance over the twentieth century.

Buti Pa ang Roma, May Bagong Papa cleverly delves into the life and love of a single Filipina in the 21st century. Written by Noreen “Noringai” Capili, this book won the Best Book in Leisure in last year’s National Book Awards.

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon not only bagged the prize for Best Novel in a Philippine language but also has captured the hearts of the Filipino youth. With its main character, Janus, the novel weaves into the mystery of an RPG called TALA and later delves into the legend of the Tiyanak from Tabon.

E. San Juan’s poetry book Kundiman sa Gitna ng Karimlan aims to intervene toward the remaking of history and intends to help in the achievement of freedom, prosperity, justice, and dignity of every person. This book won Best Book of Poetry in a Philippine Language other than Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a.

Norma Absing Respicio shares with us her journey in discovering the weaving technology and tradition in the Philippines in her book, Journey of a Thousand Shuttles, The Philippine Weave.  Her book won the Best Book on Art in the 34th National Book Awards.

Tikum Kadlum (Black Dog), Book 1, tells about the hunting spree of Datu Paiburong, the cutting of the priced buriraw nga kawayan (a yellow-colored variety of bamboo), and the heavy payment demanded by the man-eating monster, Makabagting, from Datu Paiburong for the crashing of his priced burugsak (gold bell).  This collection of ten epics of Panay won Best Book of Poetry in Hiligaynon or Kinaray-a in last year’s National Book Awards. 

Aside from the shirt printing and henna tattoo/face paint station, other activities such as poetry recitals, dance performances, plays, concerts, and puppet show for children will surely be enjoyed by book and culture enthusiasts.

International Book Day/Araw ng Aklat/Dia del Libro, April 23, is a symbolic and significant date for world literature and publishing. On this date in 1616, Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and the chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, died or were buried. In the Philippines, the month of April the birth and/or death anniversaries of literary pillars like Emilio Jacinto, Paciano Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Edith Tiempo, and Bienvenido Lumbera. April is also the birth month of classic Filipino poet Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, and to honor him the NCCA declared April the National Literature Month. This event is organized by the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Instituto Cervantes, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL), Ayala Land, and WTA Architecture and Design Studio.





The Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF) now on its 7th year

The Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF) is a landmark project of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) that celebrates literature and promotes best publishing practices through discourse on issues of authorship and readership shaping the local book industry. Since its inception in 2010, the festival has become a major gathering and focal point for authors, illustrators, publishers, and literature lovers in the Philippines and beyond.

The PILF has featured such literary luminaries and publishing experts as Chris Abani, FH Batacan, Butch Dalisay, Robin Hemley, Christopher Cheng, Juliet Grames, Noelle de Jesus, David Parker, Vikas Swarup, Tim Tomlinson, Mia Alvar, Tina Narang, Okky Madasari, National Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio S. Almario, and Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Diaz and Edward P. Jones.

For the past six years, the festival has been celebrated as a highlight of the Philippine Book Development Month, which is observed annually in November. For the first time, the festival will be mounted during the celebration of Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month) in April.

Themed Against Forgetting, the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival underscores the role of creation as an individual’s attempt at breaking silence, as an act of bravery against seeming futility. The festival will feature a plenary session on the theme, a workshop on literary editing, and roundtable discussions on writing, publishing, rights trading, and readership.

This two-day affair will be held on April 28-29, 2016 in Quezon City. Admission is free for all sessions. However, everyone is encouraged to bring book donations. Since slots are limited, please register online by emailing with the subject line “SIGN ME UP FOR THE 7TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL” and the following information: full name, affiliation, and contact numbers. For more details, visit

Polish your masterpiece now as 66th Palanca Awards issues last call for entries

​​​Aspiring Palanca awardees only have until the end of the month to polish their masterpieces as its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., has announced its last call for entries. Contenders are urged to submit before the deadline at midnight of April 30, 2016. This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for the following categories: Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play (English Division); Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula (Filipino Division); Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano (Regional Languages Division). For this year’s Kabataan Division exclusive to young writers under the age of 18, the theme is “How do social media affect the formation of self-identity in the youth?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaapekto ang ‘social media’ sa paghubog ng sariling pagkakakilanlan sa mga kabataan?” (Kabataan Sanaysay). The Novel and Nobela categories are not open this year. Contestants may submit only one entry per category. Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at The announcement of winners will be on September 1, 2016. For more information, contact or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.

3in1 para sa TAYSAN

Ang “3in1 para sa TAYSAN” ay isang Fund Raising Cultural Event para sa agarang pagpapalaya sa mga bilanggong politikal na TAYSAN 3. Makiisa at tunghayan ang isang gabi ng mga awitin at kultural na pagtatanghal ng mga musikero’t artista, art raffle ng mga likhang obra ng mga sikat at kontemporaryong visual artists, at lugawan. Layunin ng aktibidad na makalikom ng sapat na pondo para sa piyansa ng TAYSAN 3 na umaabot sa halagang P2.124 milyon. Binubuo ang TAYSAN 3 nina Maricon Montajes, isang kabataang estudyante ng UP Diliman, Rommiel Canete at Ronilo Baes, mga kabataang aktibista at organisador ng mga magsasaka sa Batangas na anim na taong ng nakapiit sa Batangas Provincial Jail. Ilan sa mga visual artist na mag-aambag ng kanilang mga obrang isasama sa art raffle ay sina Niel Doloricon, Manolo Sicat, Yason Banal, Roehl Jamon, Joey Tanedo ,Bryan Quesada ,Ruben de Jesus, Ninel Constantino, Renan Saliva, Reuel Aguila, Dean Doy Rosete, Carlo de Laza, Cesar Hernando, Chong Ardivilla at Nikki Luna. Matutunghayan din ang pagtatanghal ng TUBAW, Musikang Bayan, at nina Jessa Gabon, Ferdinand Jarin, Jess Santiago at Addie Saliva. Itinataguyod ang proyektong ito ng Task Force Free the Artist, Task Force FrEEDOM, All UP Workers Alliance, CONTEND-UP, College of Fine Arts, College of Mass Communication, Samahan ng mga Manininda sa UP Diliman, KARAPATAN, Pi Sigma Fraternity, kasama ang mga guro at estudyante ng UP Diliman, at mga indibidwal na nagtataguyod at nagsusulong ng karapatang pantao sa Pilipinas. Nagkakahalaga ang mga ticket sa Art Raffle ng P1,500.00 at lugawan ng P500.00 (para sa mga guro at kawani) at P300.00 (para sa mga estudyante). Para sa dagdag na impormasyon, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa 09175915662 o mag- email sa