Call for Abstracts in “Elitism in Art and Culture”: An Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conference at DLSU-Manila

“Elitism in Art and Culture” is a one-day conference that is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any Philippine university or college. It will be held on the 23rd of July 2016 at De La Salle University, Manila and is an event organized and sponsored by the host university’s Department of Literature. No conference fee will be collected. Meals and snacks will be provided.

We invite abstracts (~250 words) from qualified students on topics, which may include but are not limited to:

High/ Low Culture
High Theory
Popular Culture
Public Intellectuals
University Rankings
The Middle Class
Marxist approaches to culture
Art and Activism
Literary Awards
The Canon
English Departments
Indie Films
Art and Social Media
Regional Literatures

Abstracts are to be electronically submitted on or before the 15th of June 2016. Kindly email your abstract with short bio note to
Acceptance letters will be sent out by the 24th of June 2016.

Exceptional participants coming from outside Metro Manila are eligible to receive travel assistance. Those interested and qualified may request for a travel bursary in their email.

Abstracts Due: June 15, 2016.
Notification of Acceptance: June 24, 2016.
Conference Date: July 23, 2016.

Mga Natanggap na Fellow sa Ikasiyam na Palihang Rogelio Sicat

Ang Palihang Rogelio Sicat o PRS ay nabuo sa ilalim ng Deparatamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman. Layunin nitong mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga sumisibol na malikhaing manunulat sa larangan ng tula, maikling kuwento, dagli, sanaysay, at maikling kuwentong pambata, na maipakita ang kanilang galing sa pagsulat. Paraan din ito upang maibalik ng mga bihasang manunulat sa mga batang manunulat ang kanilang husay at kaalaman, estilo at teknik, at pagpapahalaga sa mga nagsusulat sa kanilang sariling wika. Magaganap ang Palihang Rogelio Sicat 9 sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman mula Hunyo 8-12, 2016.



Rhea Rose Berroy, Maynila

Mark Bringel, Quezon

Julie Kristine De Guzman, Davao

Roma Estrada, Valenzuela

John Ocampo, Maynila

Norman Vincent Paderes, Quezon

Aubrey Viscara, Lungsod Quezon



Arbeen Acuña, Quezon

Ana Algabre-Hernandez, Seoul, Republika ng Korea

Ma. Rowena Angeles, Maynila

Davidson Banquil, Zambales

Andrew Clete, Las Piñas

Sarah Masiba, Laguna

Seymour Barros Sanchez, Maynila

Alexandra Villegas, Lungsod Quezon



Nina Francheska Caballero, Lungsod Quezon


Para sa mga katanungan, makipag-ugnayan lamang sa numerong 09176291494 o e-mail ng PRS9

New book on ‘secret’ of Panay Bukidnon dance out

A mysterious element animating a traditional dance of the indigenous Panay Bukidnon is the subject of a new book from a leading music ethnomusicologist and Panay Bukidnon culture advocate.

Maria Christine Muyco’s Sibod: Ideology and Expressivity in Binanog Dance, Music, and Folkways of the Panay Bukidnon explores the music and choreography of the group’s famous binanog dance.

But beyond the realm of performance, it situates the concept of síbod in the context of the group’s cultural life.

“The primary objective of this book is to contribute the ideology of síbod to the conversations about music and dance, and to the wider terrains of cultural studies,” writes Muyco, who teaches at the UP College of Music in Diliman.

The Panay Bukidnon are an indigenous group who live in the highlands of central Panay straddling the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz. For research, Muyco started to live with the community in 2001, moving from one barangay to the next, staying in one for up to a month.

“A reason for my mobility was the insurgency problem in some of these areas,” she adds. “I was avoiding encounters between military and communist insurgents.”

Once settled in, she observed rituals, festivities, and other communal gatherings, such as a patawili, a gathering in which members help out in farm work and also dance and play musical instruments. It was in one such get-together that she first heard the word “síbod.”

A pair of dancers started to dance the binanog, with people spontaneously gathering around them to enthusiastically chant and clap, joining the agung (bossed gong) and tambur (cylindrical drum) accompaniment and creating a rousing atmosphere.

But as the energy continued to rise, a dancer stopped and cried, “Wara dai-a ga- síbod!” (It is not in síbod!) while giving the musicians an indignant look. The moment made Muyco rethink her study.

The following day, a similar performance took place. This time, someone from the crowd cried, “Gai-síbod dai-a!” Síbod is working.

“I was already in the second year of my research, yet I felt that I had not fully grasped the essence of binanog,” she says.

As a result, she expanded her study from the structural aspects of the group’s music and dance to the “wider gamut of their cultural life.” The broadening of her focus also entailed a shift from using Western-oriented perspectives to a more native one.

“I was led to find síbod as the core to various interlinks within and around the binanog phenomenon.”

Aside from her work in the academe, Muyco is also the founder of Balay Patawili, a nongovernment organization that promotes Panay Bukidnon culture.

Sibod: Ideology and Expressivity in Binanog Dance, Music, and Folkways of the Panay Bukidnon is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Call for Submissions to Bukambibig: Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines

‘Bukambibig’ is the official poetry folio of Spoken Word Philippines, a community of Filipino spoken word artists across geographic and aesthetic boundaries. The folio is aimed to providing a venue for spoken word artists to showcase their poems meant for performance. It welcomes poems in English and/or Filipino as contributions that questions and traverses poetic boundaries. It is open to all Filipino spoken word artists who reside in the Philippines or abroad. ‘Bukambibig’ is published quarterly, in February, May, August, and November. Submissions are assumed to be original, unpublished, and written for performance. The theme for the first issue to be published on August is ‘crowd’ (i.e. identity, belongingness, anonymity, and behavior in/of crowds). Entries may be composed of three to four poems (no longer than 80 lines) in PDF format. Poems should be written as one document, single-spaced in Garamond font 12. The name of the author shall not appear on any of the pages. On the email’s body, write the author’s name, mobile number, email address, and a short bionote (in the third person). The bionote (100-300 words) may include the author’s location in the Philippines or anywhere in the world, college course, school, and if applicable, current professional work, writers group affiliations, works published, and writers workshops attended. All contributions must be submitted before 11:59 PM on 30 June 2016 to with the email subject: “Submissions: Last Name_First Name_Middle Initial” (example: “Submissions: Dela Cruz_Juan Carlos_P”). Poems submitted will undergo a blind review by a pool of reviewers supervised by the folio editor. Queer poet-memoirist Alton Melvar Dapanas will be the editor of the poetry folio, with Mark S Angeles, writer-in-residence of the 2013 International Writing Program in the United States and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino’s 2016 Makata ng Taon, as consultant. Award-winning poet, fictionist, essayist, and playwright Vim D Nadera of UP Likhaan Institute of Creative Writing, considered as the father of Philippine performance poetry, will write the folio’s foreword. (Note: The copyright of the works published in the folio remains with the authors. Currently, we are unable to give honorarium to the authors.)