Likhaan Journal 10 Launches on December 2 During UP Writers Night 2016, Boasts New and Recognized Names


Likhaan Journal, the flagship literary journal published annually by Likhaan: The UP Institute of Creative Writing, will be launching its 10th volume this December 2 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in UP Diliman. Doors open at 5:30PM; program starts at 6:00PM.

The 10th issue will feature the following works and writers:

Short Story
Richard Calayeg Cornelio, “Zoetrope”
Israfel Fagela, “Creek”
Ana Margarita R. Nunez, “White”
Jenette Ethel N. Vizcocho, “Wash and Wear”

Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr., “Manifest and other poems”
Paul Maravillas Jerusalem, “Arborescence”
Jose Luis Pablo, “Elemental and other poems”

Ronnie E. Baticulon, “How a Brain Surgeon Learned How to Ride a Bike”
Thomas Chaves, “Homoeroticism as the Poetry of the In-Between: The Self-Translations of Nicolas Pichay”
Jan Kevin Rivera, “Shoes from My Father”

Maikling Kwento
Arbeen Acuna, “Babala sa Balang Araw”
Rogelio Braga, “Kabanalan sa Panahon ng Digmâ”
Perry C. Mangilaya, “Ahas”
Chuckberry J. Pascual, “Ang Mga Nawawalang Mukha”

Buboy Aguay, “Pitong Tula sa Filipino”
Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, “Kinalas mo na pala ang galeon”
Mark Angeles, “Di Lang Lalang”
Allan Popa, “Estranghero at Iba Pang Mga Tula”

Christopher Rosales, “Pugon na de-Gulong”
J. Dennis C. Teodosio, “Salvacion”

Celebrating 10 years of launching new visions of Philippine literature, this year’s journal boasts of the best and the brightest of the year’s writers. The Philippines’ leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the University of the Philippines. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions to the journal undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by both the editors and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside UP.

UP Press director, award-winning writer, and critic J. Neil C. Garcia is the issue’s editor-in-chief, with award-winning writer and ICW associate Charlson Ong as associate editor.

The launch is part of the annual three-fold UP Writers Nights festivities, which begins at 4pm with the awarding of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award, and culminating with the Writers Night 2016 poetry readings and musical presentations, featuring up and coming and renowned poets and musicians.


First International Conference on Philippine Studies

First International Conference on Philippine Studies

May 9 to 10, 2017
Aklan State University-College of Industrial Technology
(Just One and a Half Hours Away from Boracay Island)
Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines



The Filipino Department, the Dalubhasaan ng mga Umuusbong na Mag-aaral ng Araling Filipino (DANUM), and the College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in cooperation with the Aklan State University, are organizing the First International Conference on Philippine Studies (Third National Conference on Philippine Studies) for students, academicians and scholars in the said field. The conference committee will be accepting abstracts concerning but not limited to topics on Philippine culture, language and media. Abstracts on Asian culture, language and media are also welcome.


Submission of Abstracts:

  1. Abstracts may be written in English or Filipino and must be submitted via email to
  2. File names must follow the required format: put your surname (SURNAME, all in uppercase), followed by your first name (first name, in lower case), and a short version of the title of your paper. Example: FELICILDAjoshuaLanguageInternationalization.
  3. Abstracts must have 300-500 words, use MS Word document (.doc file format). Follow the required font: Arial 11, on a letter-sized page with one-inch margin in all sides.
  4. ABSTRACTS MUST ONLY HAVE TEXT—graphs, images, charts should NOT be included.
  5. Abstracts must include a short introduction, summary of results, and the conclusion of the study.
  6. The abstract must include the title, name of the author/s (underline the name of the author/s who will present the paper in the actual presentation), department, institution, and e-mail address.


Important Dates:

Deadline for Abstract Submission       :                       January 15, 2017

Deadline for Early Bird Registration    :                       February 27, 2017

Deadline for Regular Registration        :                       March 27, 2017

Deadline for Late Registration             :                       April 17, 2017

Conference Date                               :                       May 9-10, 2017


Registration Fee: Registration fee will cover the participant’s certificate, conference kit, breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon snacks. It does not cover the accommodation and travel expenses of the participant.


Early Bird / Regular / Late

Student (Local): PhP 2,000 / PhP 3,000 / PhP 4,000

Professional (Local) PhP 2,500 / PhP 3,500 / PhP 4,500

Student (Foreign) USD 200 / USD 250 / USD 300

Professional (Foreign) USD 220 / USD 270 / USD 320


Specific instructions on how to make the registration payment will be given through the acceptance letter. Instructions on how to go to the Aklan State University-College of Industrial Technology from the Kalibo International Airport, and from the Aklan State University-College of Industrial Technology to Boracay Island, as well as the list of recommended Kalibo and Boracay hotels will also be given through the said acceptance letter.


Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Teodoro Agoncillo’s The Revolt of the Masses: Text and Context After 60 Years

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in partnership with the Rizal Library (AdMU)—presents “Teodoro Agoncillo’s The Revolt of the Masses: Text and Context After 60 Years,” a series of lectures featuring Paul Dumol, Vernon Totanes, and Resil Mojares. The event will be on Thursday, December 1, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at the Rizal Library (4/f). The lecture is open to the public.

The lectures will revisit the text of Teodoro Agoncillo’s The Revolt of the Masses, reconstruct the context in which it was written and published sixty years ago, and re-examine its continuing influence on Philippine historiography. What made Revolt revolutionary 60 years ago? In what ways can it still be considered revolutionary now?


About the resource persons

Paul Dumol is Full Professor in the Department of History, and past Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Asia and the Pacific. He has an MA and a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada. He graduated with an AB degree in Communication Arts, summa cum laude and valedictorian, from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a playwright who writes in Tagalog and is popularly known for “Ang Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio.” He is one of 100 recipients of the Centennial Honors for the Arts given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In 2012, he received the Gawad Rizal from the National Historical Commission for his articles, lectures, and plays on Jose Rizal. His English translation of the documents of the Synod of Manila of 1582, published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, won Best Translated Book in the National Book Awards in 2015.

Vernon Totanes is the Director of the Rizal Library at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, and currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He is a licensed librarian with a PhD in Information from the University of Toronto, Canada, a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of the Philippines, and a BS degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University. His PhD dissertation, entitled “History of the Filipino History Book,” received the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Young Historian’s Prize in 2015. 

Resil Mojares is Professor Emeritus at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. He has a PhD in Literature from the University of the Philippines and has served as Visiting Fellow /Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California at Los Angeles, National University of Singapore, and Kyoto University in Japan. In 2012, he was Arthur Lynn Andrews Distinguished Visiting Professor in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the author of such prize-winning books as Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel (1983), Waiting for Mariang Makiling: Essays in Philippine Cultural History (2002), and Brains of the Nation (2006).  A new collection of his essays, Interrogations in Philippine Cultural History, is forthcoming from the Ateneo de Manila University Press.


Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

Mila Guerrero at Xiao Chua may Libreng Lecture sa PUP


Sa pagdiriwang ng ika-30 taong pagkakatatag ng Social History sa PUP at bilang paggunita  sa kaarawan ng Supremo ng Katipunan na si Andres Bonifacio. Ang PUP Center for Social History ay magsasagawa ng Pambansang Lektura sa Kasaysayang Panlipunan sa Nobyembre 29, 2016 (Martes), 8:00 n.u. hanggang 5:00 n.h. sa Bulwagang Bonifacio, NALLRC, PUP Main Campus, Sta. Mesa, Maynila. Ito ay libre at bukas sa mga guro na nagtuturo ng Kasaysayan at Araling Bonifacio.

Sa umaga, si Dr. Milagros Guerrero ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman ang lektyurer. Ang tatalakayin niya ay may paksang “Ang Haring Bayang Katagalugan”. Sa hapon naman ay si Prop. Xiao Chua ang lektyurer at ang tatalakayin niya ay may paksang “Rebolusyonaryong Gobyerno nga ba ang Haring Bayang Katagalugan?”.

Ang simula ng rehistrasyon sa umaga ay mula ika-8:00 n.u. hanggang ika-9:00 n.u. at sa hapon naman ay mula ika-1:00 n.h. hanggang ika-2:00 n.h. Ang mabibigyan lamang ng sertipiko ay ang mga dadalo mula umaga hanggang hapon.

Para sa mga katanungan, maaaring mag-email sa o tumawag sa 335-1787 o 335-1777 loc. 177 at hanapin si Prof. Romeo Peña.

UP Holds 16th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award, Likhaan Journal 10 Launch, UP Writers Night 2016 on December 2


LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) celebrates Philippine writers with Writers Night 2016, an annual festivity comprised of three major events happening on December 2, 2016, 4-10pm, at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in UP Diliman.

First is the awarding ceremonies for the 16th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award. This year, the award will be given to a writer in Filipino who has just written his or her first book.  The finalists for this year are: Chuckberry Pascual (Kumpisal: Mga Kuwento), Zero A.D. (Uberman), RM Topacio-Aplaon (Lila ang Kulay ng Pamamaalam), Tepai Pascual (Maktan, 1521), Rogelio Braga (Sa Pagdating ng Barbaro at Iba Pang Mga Dula), and Mar Antony Simon Dela Cruz (Isang Gabi sa Quezon Avenue at Iba Pang Kuwento). The judges for this year are Jun Cruz Reyes, Genevieve Asenjo, and Angelo Suarez.

This is followed by the launch of the Likhaan Journal 10, an annual anthology of Philippine literary works published by the UP ICW. This year’s editor-in-chief is UP ICW fellow and UP Press director Dr. J. Neil Garcia.

Capping the evening’s celebrations will be the Writers Night 2016 festivities, which would feature poetry readings and performances from contributors to this year’s Likhaan Journal, renowned poets, and guest musicians.

Admission is free. Everyone is invited. For inquiries, email

UP Press Book Launch: The Balance Concept in Nursing: New Perspectives in Survival and Health by Daisy Rodriguez


Nursing administrators, faculty, and students in nursing and allied health professions are invited to attend the book launching of The Balance Concept in Nursing: New Perspectives in Survival and Health published by the University of the Philippines Press.  The event will be held at the College of Nursing Seminar Room, UP Manila on November 24, 2016(Thursday) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The author, Ms. Daisy Magalit Rodriguez, RN, MN, MPA, has been recognized by the UP-PGH Alumni as the “2015 Most Outstanding Alumna.” Currently US-based, she is a known organizational and community leader. She has also various articles and researches published in prestigious journals. 

The author will give a lecture on new ideas on the balance concept as essential to survival and health, utilizing multidisciplinary theories and perspectives, which is cited on her book. It features an innovative model of nursing practice called the “Balance Health Nursing Model”(BHNM), which is also an assessment tool based on the balance approach.

[Likhaan Exclusive] Pagtatagpo: Review ng Intersection (UP Repertory Company)


ni Vlad Gonzles

Sa disertasyon ni Dr. Alexander Cortez, inilarawan niya ang UP Repertory Company bilang isang anyo ng sosyo-pulitikal na teatro.  Isa itong kategorya ng dulaang malay at sensitibo sa mga namamayaning isyung panlipunan sa isang partikular na panahon, at naglalaan ng mga proyektong pangtanghalang pumapaksa at nag-iimbestiga sa mga nasabing isyu.  Sa gabay ng gurong si Behn Cervantes noong 1968, naitatag at nabuhay ang UP Repertory Company bilang isang campus-based organization na malay sa kakayahan ng teatro bilang espasyo ng pagtatagpo at pagtutunggali ng sining at realidad.  Sa ganitong tradisyon sumusunod ang proyektong Intersection, isang twinbill na pagtatanghal ng UP Repertory Company ngayong Nobyembre.

Sa dulang Streetlight Manifesto na isinulat ni Mixkaela Villalon, tinatangkang baklasin ang pagtingin sa ideya ng pagpaslang.  Ang pagpatay at pagkamatay sa mundo ng dula ay dahas na may magkakaibang antas ng moralidad at etika, depende sa mga institusyong nagpapaganap dito.  Saksi ang mga aandap-andap na ilaw ng police outpost, mga bodega at kalsada, sa distorsyon ng pananaw sa hustisya at kriminalidad.  Napapanahon ang mga sala-salabat na kuwento at tauhan sa dula, napapanahon dahil alingawngaw ito ng karamihan sa balitang napapanood ngayon sa tunay na buhay.  Halos propetiko ang panulat ni Villalon ngayong laganap ang diskusyon sa culture of lawlessness, war on drugs at extra-judicial killings.

Propetiko, bagaman minsan ay mapanghimasok.  Mapanghimasok sa puntong imbes na mapiga sa mga eksena at kilos ang mga tunggalian sa dula, sa mahahabang nangangaral na monologo naisasalin ang mga sentimiyento.  O baka ito ang nakikitang pangangailangan ng organisasyon para sa pagmulat ng mga tagapanood?  Baka nga namamanhid na ang sambayanan sa mga patay na katawang itinatambak sa media.  Baka kailangan na ngang idukdok sa mga manonood ang adbokasiya.  Maaari.  Maaari ring kaso ng pagpipino sa ilang mga elemento ng pagsasaentablado, o pagpapaubaya at pagtitiwala sa kakayahan ng manonood na makaunawa kahit na may pagtitimpi sa mga nais sabihin ang teksto.

At sa usapin ng pagpapaubaya, mas may pagpapaubaya bagaman hindi nagpabaya ang ikalawang dulang Eskinita, na hinalaw ng organisasyon mula sa maikling kwento ni Elyrah Loyola Salanga.  May himig ng pagpapatawa ang dula, malayo sa galit at seryosong tono ng Streetlight Manifesto.  Sa pagpapatawa umusbong ang panlilibak ng Eskinita sa mga puwersang naniniksik sa mga tauhang siksik na siksik na.  Ang mga manikurista, manininda’t mga tambay, silang mga halos wala nang puwang sa mundo ay inaagawan pa ng kanilang maliliit na espasyo ng pag-iral.  Sa mundo ng mga nasasagilid, kahit ang mamatay at mailibing ay bawal.  Ang resulta, iniisip nilang mga nasa laylayan na ang kaaway ay ang bawat isa, ang hinagpis ay nagiging katatawanan, at ang seryosong mga bagay—o ang mga tauhan at taong dapat nating seryosohin—sila ang nagiging malaking joke.

Alam ng mga nagsiganap sa Eskinita ang ganitong realidad, kaya naman mas lumulutang ang sinseridad at pagkakasundo ng teksto at pagsasaentablado sa bahaging ito ng Intersection.  May gaan sa pagtatanghal, hindi namimilit o nanunumbat.  Pero sa pagtatapos ng dula, malinaw kung sino ang mga biktima, lalong malinaw kung sino ang tunay na kalaban.

Gaya ng pagsugal ng organisasyon sa pagtatawid sa paksa ng Streetlight Manifesto, naging sugal din ang pagsusulat ng panibagong dula mula sa anyo ng maikling kuwento.  Sa pangkalahatan, naging mabunga ang pagsugal sa adaptasyon, lalo’t nakakatulong ito sa paglinang sa mga kasapi ng grupo hindi lamang bilang mga aktor kundi manunulat din ng kanilang sariling mga dula.

May pagtatanghal pa ang Intersection ngayong 18-19 Nobyembre 2016.

The Narrative Journalist as Activist: A Panel Discussion


Story, even in today’s age of social media, is still king (or queen). More than ever before, the need to tell real and important stories—and tell it in an interesting and engaging manner—is of paramount importance to the public. For advocacy journalists, mastering effective storytelling is even more important. Stories compellingly told give flesh and blood to theory, to analyses, to situationers, and give force to arousing, organizing and mobilizing the public. This panel gathers practitioners from various media, to gain insights on storytelling through both text and image.

December 2, 2016, 1-3PM
Bernal Hall, College of Mass Communication, UP Diliman, Quezon City

*The panel discussion will preceed the launch of the book Peryodismo sa Bingit: Mga Naratibong Ulat sa Panahon ng Digmaan at Krisis and other books under the Media and Communication book series of ORC-CMC and the UP Press

Presented by PinoyMedia Center, Inc. and Office of Research and Publication of the UP College of Mass Communication
Co-presented by the Philippine Collegian, College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines and Altermidya – People’s Alternative Media Network



Inday Espina-Varona. Inday is a long-time, multi-awarded reporter and editor of various publications, among them Visayan Times, Manila Chronicle, Manila Times and Philippine Graphic. She used to head the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. Inday is also a former country head for and former head of ABS-CBN’s citizen journalism initiative Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo. She is currently a contributing writer and editor for

Ina Alleco Silverio. Ina is a prolific writer and activist, having written for many publications like the Sunday Inquirer Magazine and, while doing activist work for progressive organizations, institutions and legislative offices. Ina wrote the biography of the late labor leader, entitled Ka Bel: The Life and Struggle of Crispin Beltran, which was published by Southern Voices in 2010. She also wrote Luis Jalandoni: An Illustrated Biography published by the International Network of Philippine Studies in 2015.

Jose Raymond “Bogsi” Panaligan. Bogsi shoots for local publications and works closely with non-governmen organizations. He has participated in numerous exhibits about indigenous peoples, and the environment, as swell as his experiences in New York City as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council in 1999. Since 1992, he has been documenting the Mangyan tribes in the island of Mindoro. In 2014 his work,The Mangyan Photographs, was exhibited at the 10th Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mr. Panaligan was also among the first recipients of the Ateneo Center for Journalism/World Press Photo Foundation Photojournalism scholarship grant in 2006. Mr. Panaligan is a member of the Photojournalists Center of the Philippines (PCP) and Altermidya-People’s Alternative Media Network.

Kenneth Roland A. Guda (Panel Moderator). A long-time alternative media practitioner, Kenneth covered political beats as well as human rights, labor, and conflict stories in the Philippines—often employing the narrative structure in his reporting. He is the current editor-in-chief of the print and online editions of Pinoy Weekly and is a grassroots media programme director of PinoyMedia Center, Inc.He is the author of Peryodismo sa Bingit: Mga Naratibong Ulat sa Panahon ng Digmaan at Krisis jointly published by the University of the Philippines (UP).


Winners of the 35th National Book Awards Announced

The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle are pleased to announce the winners of the 35th National Book Awards. The following is the list of the best books published in 2015:



Locust Girl: A Lovesong, by Merlinda Bobis, Anvil Publishing, Inc.



Si Janus Silang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang, ni Edgar Calabia Samar, Adarna House, Inc.



Recuerdos de Patay and Other Stories, by Caroline S. Hau, The University of the Philippines Press



Sa Mil Flores, May Isang Hostes at iba pang Kuwento ni Rosario de Guzman-Lingat, ni Soledad S. Reyes (editor), Ateneo de Manila University Press



Arsenio H. Lacson of Manila, by Amador F. Brioso, Jr., Anvil Publishing, Inc.



Ang Autobiografia ng Ibang Lady Gaga, ni Jack Alvarez, Visprint, Inc.



Re: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections, by Luis H. Francia, The University of the Philippines Press



Titser Pangkalawakan at iba pang angas sa social network underworld, ni Joselito D. Delos Reyes, Visprint, Inc.



Habagatanon: Conversations with Six Davao Writers, by Ricardo M. de Ungria, The University of the Philippines Press



35 Kuwentong Klasiko, Adarna House, Inc.



Maybe Something, by Isabela Banzon, The University of the Philippines Press



Mula Tarima Hanggang at iba pang mga Tula at Awit, ni Ericson Acosta, The University of the Philippines Press



Past Mountain Dreaming: New Essays, by Gémino H. Abad, The University of the Philippines Press



Kare-kare Komiks, by Andrew Drilon, Anino Comics, an imprint of Adarna House, Inc.



News Hardcore! Hukbong Sandatahan ng Kahaggardan!, ni Manix Abrera, Visprint, Inc.



Light, by Rob Cham, Anino Comics, an imprint of Adarna House, Inc.



Sa Atong Dila: Introduction To Visayan Literature, by Merlie M. Alunan, The University of the Philippines Press



Panaderia: Philippine Bread, Biscuit and Bakery Traditions, by Amy A. Uy and Jenny B. Orillos, Anvil Publishing, Inc.



Laws for Life, by Gianna Reyes Montinola and Ma. Victoria Rotor-Hilado, Anvil Publishing, Inc.



Tradition and Transformation: Studies on Indigenous Culture, by June Prill-Brett, Cordillera Studies Center




Inabel: Philippine Textile from the Ilocos Region, by Al M. Valenciano, Regalado Trota Jose, Dr. Norma A. Respicio, Michael F. Manalo, Hannah P. Cunanan, Rene E. Guatlo, ArtPostAsia Inc.



Luzon at War: Contradictions in Philippine Society 1898-1902, by Milagros Camayon Guerrero, Anvil Publishing, Inc.



Macli-ing Dulag: Kalinga chief, Defender of the Cordillera, by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, The University of the Philippines Press



The Cosmic Wild: Biology of Science Fiction, by Ronald Cruz, Ateneo de Manila University Press



Roberto Chabet, by Ringo Bunoan (editor), book design by B+C Design, King Kong Art Projects Unlimited, Inc.



(Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Prize)

Ambagan 2013: Mga Salita Mula sa Iba’t Ibang Wika sa Filipinas, ni Michael M. Coroza (editor), The University of the Philippines Press

Call for Membership Applications: The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro


The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), a young artists collective of established and emerging poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights, is now open for membership applications. Applicant must be born and/or (currently) based in Northern Mindanao–Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental (Cagayan de Oro), and Misamis Occidental. NAGMAC aims to:

– provide opportunities for local writers to enhance their skills and receive further education about their craft through workshops, clinics, and other forms of critiquing;
– provide a venue for editorial development and support group for those making a career with their creative works;
– create an open artistic community within the region that recognizes up-and-coming homegrown talents; and
– cultivate an inclusive community of literate and discerning readers and patrons of local literature and the arts.


Minimum qualifications

Applicants must:

– have the willingness and ability to attend (most of the) official activities such as spoken word events, writing clinics/workshops, book launchings, general assemblies, and others;
– have sincere passion for and interest in creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction/essay, and drama) and local literature;
– have openness to sharing and learning from fellow members, senior writers, mentors, and invited speakers; and
– show high effort and quality of outputs in portfolios, writing clinics, critiquing, and others.

Membership categories

Applicants should apply for only one membership category based on the qualifications stated. Please see required manuscripts to be submitted per category.

1. Senior Fellow

This category is for writers who have publication history in local and international literary publications (journals, magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies, excluding student-run school publications) AND have received fellowships from regional and/or national writers workshops or artists residency. (Writers who have self-published and students/graduates of MA/MFA Creative Writing courses are also considered.)

2. Junior Fellow

This category is for writers who have publication history in local and international literary publications OR have received fellowships from regional and/or national writers workshops. (Students/graduates of AB/BFA Creative Writing courses are also considered.)

3. Apprentice Writer

This category is for writers whose works are previously unpublished and have not yet received fellowships from any writers workshops.


Application Process

Application forms may be downloaded here.

Manuscripts should be in doc/docx file format (font Garamond, size 12, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper). Each manuscript should not be more than 30 pages. The applicant’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Email heading format should be “Membership_Genre_Category_Last Name_MI_First Name” (e.g. Membership_Fiction_Senior Fellow_Dela Cruz_S_Johanna). Submit application forms and manuscripts as file attachments to Include a cover letter on the email’s body.

Deadline of application is 15 January 2017.    

Upon submission, applicants’ application forms and manuscripts will be subject for deliberation and screening by NAGMAC’s resident literary mentors and board members. (Senior fellow-applicants may be scheduled for an interview.) Only those accepted will be given the payment guidelines for the annual membership fee of Php 250.00 and details on the members’ assembly.


Required Portfolio

Applicants may apply for more than one genre. Manuscripts may be in English, Tagalog, Bisaya, or a mixture of the three languages.

Applicants for Junior Fellows and Apprentice Writers may submit any of the following:

1. Poetry: five (5) poems;
2. Fiction: two (2) short stories; OR four (4) flash fiction; OR one (1) novel chapter with a synopsis;
3. Creative Nonfiction/Literary Essay: two (2) literary essays/CNF (i.e. literary journalism, lyric essay, travel narrative, nonfiction memoir, etc.); OR
4. Drama: one (1) one-act play; OR one 10-minute screenplay; OR a 5-page excerpt of a full-length play.

Applicants for Senior Fellows should submit all of the following:

1. Body of works previously published (indicate publications where they appeared);
2. Body of works submitted and critiqued in writers workshops attended; AND
3. Same required portfolio contents for Junior Fellows/Apprentice Writers.