15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop: Call for Applications

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) is accepting applicants for the 15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW15), to be held from May 29 to June 2, 2017 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Interested applicants must submit a portfolio of any of the following: (a) five poems; (b) three short stories; or (c) three literary essays. The portfolios may be in written in Filipino or English. Each portfolio should have a title page bearing the author’s pseudonym and a table of contents. The author’s real name should not appear anywhere in the portfolio.

Portfolios should be submitted in both PDF and Word formats, along with separate PDF and Word versions of the accomplished application form. The application form may be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2hs1Ew9.

ANWW15 encourages applications from those whose writings are preoccupied with the local culture, art, and history of the regions the authors are from, as part of the workshop’s theme is local history and memory.

Applications may be emailed to ccerda@ateneo.edu with the subject “ANWW15” and the applicant’s genre (e.g., “ANWW15: POETRY”). 

Alternatively, submissions may be mailed to AILAP ℅ Department of Filipino, School of Humanities, 3/F Dela Costa Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108. Portfolios sent via postal or courier service to AILAP must be in triplicate, and must be accompanied by a CD containing the portfolio and accomplished application form in PDF and Word formats.

The deadline of submission is March 15, 2017. Twelve fellows will be chosen from all over the country. Food and accommodations will be provided. For more information, call 426-6001 loc. 5320 or e-mail mcayanan@ateneo.edu.


We are inviting interested writers to submit poems in English and/or Filipino for possible inclusion in the 24th issue of High Chair’s online poetry journal, which will be released in June 2017.

We are looking for poems that seek a form for that which has yet to arrive at form; that commit to the history of verse forms by resisting their prescriptions; that trespass on extra-poetic territories; that work toward a form for the compulsion toward form; whose form discloses the thinking of language/material; whose form shapes and is contingent on the present, upon contemporary realities.

Prospective contributors may also choose to submit, along with their poems, a one-paragraph essay that reveals their propositions or questions about form, and how these are refracted in their own work.

Please visit our site (http://highchair.com.ph/) to get a more comprehensive idea as regards the work we do and the poetry we publish. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2017.

High Chair is a non-profit independent press based in the Philippines. Its first online issue went live in 2002, and the press has, over the years, published more than 40 chapbooks and full-length collections in English and Filipino.

Please email your submissions or inquiries to highchair@gmail.com (subject heading: High Chair Issue 24). Feel free to re-post and to circulate this call for submissions to those who may be interested.

Mark Anthony Cayanan and Raymond de Borja
Issue Editors

Call for Performance (Eco)Poetry — Bukambibig’s Issue 03: ‘Disasters’


Bukambibig Poetry Folio of Spoken Word Philippines is now open for contributions to its first volume’s third quarterly issue themed ‘Disasters.’ The folio is looking for spoken word pieces that talk about natural disasters, climate change, global warming, affinity to urban/rural place, individualized experiences of the aftermath of disasters, etc. It seeks contributions from emerging and established Filipino poets who reside in the country or abroad. Entries should be composed of two to three poems (not more than 60 lines each) meant for performance and written in Bikol, Binisaya, English, Hiligaynon/Kiniray-a, Ilokano, Pangasinan, Tagalog, or combination of these languages. (A poem written in the local languages must have a three-sentence synopsis in English.)

Submissions are assumed to be original and previously unpublished. Poems should be written as one document, single-spaced in Garamond font 12 (in MS Word format). The name of the author shall not appear in 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 (150-300 words) may include the author’s location in the Philippines or anywhere in the world, academic background, and if applicable, current professional work, writers group affiliations, works published, and writing workshops attended.

All entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM on 10 February 2017 to spokenwordph.poetryfolio@gmail.com with the email subject: Language(s)_Last Name_First Name_MI (example: Binisaya_Dela Cruz_Juan Carlos_P).

The general editor of the folio is Alton Melvar M Dapanas, with Mark Anthony S Angeles—writer-in-residence of the 2013 International Writing Program and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino’s 2016 Makata ng Taon—and Dr Vim S Nadera—the father of Philippine performance poetry—as consultants. Rina Garcia Chua, editor of ‘Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry’, will write this issue’s critical introduction. The editorial board is also composed of poets Jose Jason L Chancoco (Bikol editor), April Mae M Berza (English editor), Jesus C Insilada (Hiligaynon & Kiniray-a editor), Roy V Aragon (Ilokano editor), Mark Anthony B Austria (Pangasinan editor), and Joel Donato C Jacob (Tagalog editor). Dapanas temporarily serves as the Binisaya editor.

For details on the folio’s Issue 02: Resistance ebook launching and spoken word event titled ‘Aklas’—28 January at Conspiracy Garden Café in #59 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City—and other updates, follow Bukambibig on Facebook, facebook.com/BukambibigPH, and Twitter, twitter.com/BukambibigPH.

The folio is still open to editor-applicants for Binisaya, Waray, and Kapampangan languages. See http://panitikan.com.ph/content/call-associate-editors-regional-languages-bukambibig-poetry-folio-spoken-word-philippines for core qualifications and submission guidelines.

Read previous Bukambibig issues here: https://issuu.com/bukambibigph

Note: The copyright of the poems published remains with the authors. The folio is unable to give payment for accepted works because it operates with a volunteer-workforce and remains independently published online.


Call for Literary and Art Works from/about Northern Mindanao: Bulawan Literary Zine Issue 02: ‘Dissent/Defiance’

About the forthcoming issue

Dissent, defiance: in Binisaya, supak, pagbikil; in Filipino, pagtutol, pagsuway (respectively). According to dictionary definitions, “dissent” as a verb means to hold or express opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially express; while “defiance” is open resistance, or bold disobedience. The term is apt in articulating the responses to the turbulent events that rocked our everyday lives as residents of Northern Mindanao and the rest of the country. The ongoing extra-judicial killings, allowing a dictator’s remains to rest on the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and on the global scale, the slow but certain effects of climate change in Earth on the long-term: all these and more paint a sad portrait of our world, which make imaginings of bleak and dystopian futures.

About the publication

The Bulawan Literary Zine, the official literary publication of the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), calls contributors to take this challenge and respond to these revolting events through literature; works need not be overtly political or socially relevant, we only encourage literary pieces to possess the spirit of dissent, of defiance. Use the outlet of literature to articulate the pressing issues and concerns of the present time from your own point of view. Use it to articulate your own hopes and dreams and imagine them by defying the opinion of others, dissenting from the complacency to the acceptable ideas held by the mainstream public, at the risk of losing security by standing out in the crowd. Let us use our fear, anger, and uncertainty as inspiration in the production of dissenting literary pieces, and let us use literature to emancipate ourselves from the oppression and injustice that the contemporary world is forcing us to experience in our everyday lives.


Potential contributors are emerging and established writers who (1) are born and/or based in Northern Mindanao and (2) are Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines (outside Northern Mindanao) or abroad whose works are about the region.

Manuscript format requirements

We are looking for previously unpublished fiction and nonfiction prose, poems, and (unperformed) plays in Binisaya, Filipino, English, or a combination of these three languages. Contributors are asked to submit their best works in either of the following: 1 to 3 poems (not more than 60 lines each); 1 one-act play (15 pages); 1 flash narrative (500-1,500 words); 1 short story (3,500-5000 words); or 1 creative nonfiction/literary essay (3,500-5000 words). We are also looking for critical essays (3,500-5000 words – MLA citation format) about Northern Mindanao literature and book reviews (1,000-2,500 words) of works by Northern Mindanao authors. Except for poetry, all prose submissions should be in font size 12 in Arial, Courier New, or Times New Roman, and must be in Microsoft word (.doc) format. It should also be set in standard manuscript format; for more guidelines about manuscript formatting, look for William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format. We are also looking for art works (at least 3) that will be considered for the cover art of the next volume. It should conform to the theme and it must be set in .jpeg file.

Send your manuscripts and artworks as email attachment to nagmac.submissions@gmail.com, together with a cover letter indicating your full name and contact information, as well as a 2-3 sentence bio-note. The email must have this subject line: “Bulawan zine submission, genre/art, and title of literary/art work” (ex. Bulawan zine submission, Flash Narrative, Bayo ni Dodong). For poetry submissions, choose one title for the subject line, while the document to be attached in the email must contain at least three (3) poems. Email sent without this subject line will automatically be filtered as spam and marked unread. Letters of acceptance and rejections will be sent out weeks after the deadline. Deadline of submission is until 11:59 p.m. of 31 March 2017.


The editorial board is composed of Mark Anthony L Daposala (poetry editor), Abigail C James (fiction editor), Vel Marie M Santillan (drama editor), and Alton Melvar M Dapanas (creative nonfiction/literary essay editor) with Zola Gonzalez-Macarambon as consultant. Eric John B Villena serves as the general editor.

Inquiries may be addressed to NAGMAC’s official email nagmac.submissions@gmail.com or Facebook page facebook.com/cdopoetrynight. The publication, as independently published, is unable to give honorarium to its contributors.


KAGIS Bisaya to discuss 2016 Palanca Awards Short Stories in Cebuano

An informal discussion on the winning pieces of this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in Short Story Cebuano category awaits attendees in the upcoming session of KAGIS Bisaya Meetup this December 10, 2016, 2PM – 5PM at Handuraw Pizza Mango Square Branch.

Now on its third leg, KAGIS Bisaya Meetup is a literary gathering of young Cebuano writers in the Cebu community. First organized last April 2016, KAGIS Bisaya is a community of young Cebuano authors writing in Cebuano.

The Cebuano literary community, especially the neophyte writers and enthusiasts, will be learning insights from two of this year’s Palanca Award recipients CD Borden and Manuel Avenido Jr., and how it can be applied in the their future literary outputs.

Rome Nicolas, KAGIS Meetup organizer, reiterated the importance of literature in one’s day to day activities.

“Literature serves as a thread connecting our own reality to our fantasies,” Nicolas added.

Last KAGIS Bisaya Meetup’s resource speaker last June was Richel Dorotan, an award-winning Cebuano writer and Literary Editor of Bisaya Magasin. It was an informal writing workshop attended by more than 15 neophyte Cebuano writers.

Several literary writers like Erik Tuban, Kevin Lagunda, and Joseph Dazo will also be present to discuss their thoughts on the literary pieces with the attendees.

Interested Cebuano writers and enthusiasts are encouraged to read the winning works ahead of the event.

The event is FREE but attendees are encouraged to order anything from the host’s menu.

KAGIS Bisaya Meetup is presented by Basta Bisaya, Balakista, and Handuraw Pizza.

For those who are interested to attend, one may register at http://bastabisaya.com/kagis-palanca/ Deadline will be on December 9, 2016, Friday, 12PM. For details and updates, visit KAGIS Bisaya Meetup’s Facebook event page or email the event’s Secretariat at kagisbisaya@gmail.com.


Paanyaya para sa Panayam ukol sa Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972–1986

Ano ba ang naging kalagayan ng mga mamamayan sa Panahon ng Bagong Lipunan? Ano ang naging sandigan ng sambayanan upang humugot ng lakas at pag-asa sa kabila ng kahirapan at kawalan ng katarungan?

Inihahandog ng Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society (UP Diliman Chapter) ang isang napapanahong panayam mula kay Dr. Raul Casantusan Navarro ukol sa Panahon ng Batas Militar at kung paano ginamit ang musika sa pagbuo ng diskurso ng Bagong Lipunan.
Gaganapin ang panayam sa Disyembre 8, 2016 (Huwebes) sa ika-anim ng gabi sa AVR, Juinio Hall, National Engineering Center, UP Diliman.
Si Ginoong Navarro ang may-akda ng Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972–1986 mula sa Ateneo de Manila University Press. Ang aklat na ito kung saan batay ang panayam ay finalist sa Social Sciences na kategorya ng 2015 National Book Awards ng National Book Development Board (NBDB) at Manila Critics Circle (MCC).
Sa kasalukuyan, isa siyang ganap na propesor, kalihim ng UP Kolehiyo ng Musika, at tagapangulo ng gradwadong programa nito. Nakamit niya ang kaniyang Doktorado sa Pilipinolohiya mula sa UP Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura (2004). Nagtapos siya ng Masterado (1999) at Batsilyer sa Musika sa Choral Conducting (magna cum laude, 1996) mula naman sa UP Kolehiyo ng Musika. Mayroon din siyang Batsilyer sa Music Education (cum laude, 1990) at Associate Degree sa Piano (1989) mula sa Kolehiyo ng Santa Isabel, Maynila.

Free National Seminar-Workshop on Social Research in PUP

In celebration of the 30th year of Social History in PUP, the PUP Center for Social History (PUP-CSH) under the PUP Institute for Cultural Studies (PUP-ICS), PUP Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development (PUP-OVPREPD)  will be holding a “National Seminar-Workshop on Social Research” on December 13-14, 2016 at the PUP BPO Center, Pureza St., Sta. Mesa, Manila. The seminar-workshop is FREE and open to High School, Senior High School and College faculty members.

The two-day seminar-workshop will begin at 9am and runs until 5pm. 150 participants will be accommodated, on a first-to-register basis. For those who are interested in attending the seminar-workshop, please email your name, institution and contact no. to: pananaliksikpanlipunan@gmail.com.

For more information, kindly contact Prof. Romeo Peña, Chief of PUP Center for Social History at 335.1787 or 335.1777 local 177.

UP ICW Holds Teachers Seminar on Creative Writing

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing will be holding a two-day teachers’ training and seminar on Creative Writing and Malikhaing Pagsulat dubbed, “Reading and Teaching Different Genres of Literature” on January 20 and 21, 2017 at Microtel, UP TechnoHub, Diliman, Quezon City.

The seminar is free of charge, and will include lectures by UP ICW associates and renowned writers Jun Cruz Reyes, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Eugene Evasco, J. Neil Garcia, and Vladimeir Gonzales. The seminar will cater to teachers interested in writing, critiquing, and teaching literary works both in English and Filipino.

This teaching seminar was initiated by the UP ICW as a response to developments brought about by the implementation of the K12 program. The UP ICW understands that the establishment of Junior and Senior High School poses more challenges to teachers, primarily those teaching literature at the intermediate level, and sees this seminar as both timely and important to Philippine educators.

The panelists and trainers for the seminar are experts in the fields of poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Aside from lectures and talks on the craft of writing, some of the trainers will provide teaching demonstrations cum workshops on literary appreciation and criticism.

The two-day seminar will begin at 9am and runs until 5pm. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Fifty (50) participants will be accommodated, on a first-to-confirm basis. Interested parties should fill out the online form found here: https://goo.gl/forms/JktMLgZ0rk5KQXNr1.

For inquiries, contact 9818500 (2117) or email Isa Lorenzo via  uplikhaan@gmail.com.