CALL FOR CREATIVE WRITING TEACHERS FROM MINDANAO: The 2017 Kausaban Forum on Teaching Creative Writing

In celebration of the National Literature Month, the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) and the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) of the Ateneo de Manila University, in partnership with the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, present the 2017 Kausaban Forum on Teaching Creative Writing to be held 22 April 2017 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.

The forum, which is free of charge, welcomes teachers of creative writing in senior high schools, colleges, and universities in Northern Mindanao and its neighboring Mindanaoan regions.

The resource persons are writers-in-residence from Ateneo de Manila University such as poet Mark Anthony R Cayanan, fictionist Allan N Derain, essayist Martin V Villanueva, and playwright Glenn S Mas. The forum will consist of craft lectures on reading, writing, and teaching the four literary genres, open forum, and other parallel discussions.

No registration fee will be collected from the participants. However, they will provide the expenses of their transportation and food during the one-day event. Certificates and workshop materials will be given.

To register as a participant, email with the following information: (1) full name, (2) institutional affiliation, (3) home/permanent address, and (4) mobile number. Please wait for a reply which will serve as confirmation of your slot. (We advise that there should be only one delegate per institution as slots are limited.)

Inquiries and concerns may be addressed to the project coordinator Alton Melvar M Dapanas (NAGMAC director for operations/senior fellow for essay and poetry) through the same email.

KK Lecture Series presents Helena Patzer

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 Helena Patzer titled Long-distance care. Finding the true Filipino self, paying the debt of gratitude, and maintaining middle-class status.” Enrique Niño P. Leviste will serve as reactor. The lecture is on Feb. 28, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at Faura Hall AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Patzer’s abstract reads: “Filipino immigration to the United States have for a long time been a favorite topic of research, however, migrant professionals have been largely left out of the picture. The lecture will present an ethnography of the Filipino community in Boston, Massachusetts, and the ways they engage with the home country. The main focus will be a non-governmental development organization, “Gawad Kalinga”. The organization attracts many Filipino-Americans, this involvement is seen as an epitomization of being a good immigrant. Such engagement usually comes after the immigrant’s family needs are already settled. An analysis of the rhetoric and practices of care present in the organization, mirroring the practices described in the context of family long-distance care, will be used, in order to compare these two fields of migrant activity.

These two streams of transnational care are shaped by the changing position of the migrant in the sending country, and with the process of reaching a higher social position abroad. While family connections are an indispensable part of the experience of migration in the beginning of a migrant’s journey and when working as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW); becoming a long term migrant, a balikbayan, activates the second type of connections on the level of non-governmental organizations and associations helping the home country. Through these engagements, they expand their family care to the context of the community and nation. However, by becoming benefactors the balikbayans may, often unwillingly, create patron-client relations with the beneficiaries of their support.”

Helena Patzer is a cultural anthropologist, currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, and a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. Her PhD, defended at the University of Warsaw, was a study of Filipino middle-class professionals in the US and their involvement with the home country (Long-distance Care. The Practice of Sustaining Transnational Ties by Filipino Immigrants in Boston). Her main interests are migration, transnationalism, and long-distance intimacy; the critical anthropology of development; urban studies; and research methodology. She is the author of four edited volumes, among them Pretextual Ethnographies. Challenging the Phenomenological Level of Anthropological Knowledge-Making (co-edited with T. Rakowski). She is also the author of an ethnographic film “Money Tree”, which describes long-distance intimacy in Filipino migrant families (Poland 2013). While an Erasmus-Mundus Post-doctoral Fellow at Development Studies, Ateneo de Manila University (October 2016-April 2017), she is working on a research project “Conflicting heritage(s). Gentrification, modernization, and the re-invention of the past in the heart of Manila.”

Enrique Niño P. Leviste is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is currently the Associate Director for Research at the Institute of Philippine Culture.

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

Call for Applications to the 14th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop

The University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) and Katig Writers Network Inc., in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the
Arts (NCCA), invite applicants to the 14th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop on June 1-3, 2017 at the University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar.  

Lamiraw is a multilingual literary writing workshop run by Katig Writers Network Inc. which is routed every year among state universities in Samar and Leyte. It fosters revival of local languages and inter-regional writers’ exchange targeting both young and practicing writers who would like to hone their craft in poetry, fiction, essay writing and drama. This year, 2 slots for Central Visayas (guest fellows) and 10 slots for Eastern Visayas are up for grabs.     

Works submitted for the selection process must be unpublished and not yet submitted to other workshop screenings in the country. Works must be written in any of the following languages: Waray, Sebuano, Inabaknon or English. Manuscripts in Waray, Sebuano and Inabaknon must be accompanied with translation in Filipino or English. Applicants may submit any or a combination of the following: 3 poems, 1 short story, 1 essay or 1 one-act play. Font type must be Times New Roman and font size must be 12.     

The fellowship will award (12) twelve slots for applicants who will qualify the selection process. Subsidy for the fellows includes board and lodging and transportation allowance. Qualifying the Lamiraw Workshop means having the opportunity to interact with local practicing writers and other artists, and being able to join the Waray cultural heritage tour in Northern Samar.  

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Maria Luisa Torres Reyes of Ateneo de Manila University. Panelists are Dr. Hope Yu of the University of San Carlos (USC), Dr. Lydia de la Rosa of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP), Comm. Jerry Gracio of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Prof. Harold Mercurio of Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Prof. Yvonne Esperas of Phil. Science High School (PSHS-EVC)/NCLA Coordinator, and Fray Paolo Maria Diosdado Casurao of the Pilgrim Brothers of St. Francis.

Applicants should fill out and send the 14th Lamiraw official application form together with the softcopy of their works in MSWord format to Deadline for submission is on April 15, 2017.  Fellows who will qualify will be informed through email or by phone not later than April 30, 2017. For inquiries, please contact the Lamiraw Secretariat at 09167569693 or email to

Fellows to the 56th UP National Writers Workshop Announced

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative of Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the 56th UP National Writers Workshop to be held on March 12-19, 2017 at the BP International Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna. The UP ICW has selected twelve writers for the workshop, presided over by this year’s Workshop Director Vladimeir Gonzales.

The 2017 fellows are Arbeen Acuña (Fiction, Filipino), Christa De La Cruz (Poetry, Filipino), Zeno Denolo (Fiction, Filipino), Rowena Festin (Fiction, Filipino),  Rogene Gonzales (Fiction, Filipino), Arvin Mangohig (Poetry, English), Arnie Mejia (Creative Non Fiction, English), Paolo Enrico Melendez (Creative Non Fiction, English), Charisse-Fuschia Paderna (Poetry, English), Wilfredo Pascual (Creative Non Fiction, English), Karren Renz Seña (Fiction, English), and Alvin Ursua (Poetry, Filipino).

The Advisers, Fellows, and Associates of the UP ICW will comprise the workshop panel. They are National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, Gémino H. Abad, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Charlson Ong, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Jun Cruz Reyes, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Luna Sicat Cleto, Eugene Y. Evasco, Isabelita Reyes, Roland Tolentino, and Vladimeir Gonzales.

Previously dedicated to helping up-and-coming writers, the UP National Writers Workshop has been reformatted to mentoring writers in mid-career. The workshop aims to help writers who have already published (or are on the verge of publishing) a book, or have won major literary awards, further hone their craft.

All fellows are entitled to a modest stipend, free hotel accommodation, and free transportation from UP Diliman to Los Baños and back.

For inquiries, call 981-8500 local 2117 and ask for Gloria Evangelista, or email

Palihang Kataga: Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikan at Malikhaing Pagsulat

Ngayong Buwan ng Sining, handog ng Kataga-Manila, isang sangay ng Kataga, ang Palihang Kataga: Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikan at Malikhaing Pagsulat na gaganapin sa bulwagan ng Cinematheque Centre Manila, Pebrero 24-25, 2017 (8:00 n.u. hanggang 5:00 n.h.).

Ang mga inaasahang kalahok sa unang araw (Pebrero 24) ay mga guro ng Panitikan, Ingles, Filipino, at/o Malikhaing Pagsulat sa antas elementarya, high school, senior high school, at kolehiyo. Mga estudyante naman sa senior high school, kolehiyo, maging mga propesyunal na wala sa propesyon ng pagtuturo ang maaaring lumahok sa ikalawang araw (Pebrero 25).


Sa lalahok sa Palihang Kataga:

1. Sagutan ang online registration form sa link na ito:…/1FAIpQLSfY-kxoIjocTtbKg_…/viewform

2. Maaaring lumahok ang mga guro sa ikalawang araw, ngunit kailangang bayaran ang panibagong registration fee.

3. Mayroong registration fee na Php 400.00 para sa handouts, kits, ID, at sertipiko ng pagdalo. Hindi kasama ang pagkain at meryenda sa halagang ito.

4. Ang early bird promo na Php 350 ay hanggang Pebrero 17 lamang. Siguraduhing naipadala ang scanned deposit slip ng registration fee sa sa loob ng 48 oras matapos makapag-register online.

5. Tatanggap lamang 100 participants bawat araw para sa Palihang Kataga. Hinihiling ang kumpirmasyon ng mga lalahok upang matiyak ang upuan sa loob ng bulwagan ng Cinematheque Centre Manila. Maaaring magwalk-in ngunit hindi mabibigyang prayoridad ang mga ito.

6. Ang Cinematheque Centre Manila ay matatagpuan sa 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita. Landmark ang U.N. Avenue Station ng LRT-1.

7. Ipadala ang inyong registration fee sa account na ito:

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Account Number: 4989 1141 96

8. Ipadala ang inyong mga katanungan sa o sa Facebook page na ito.

9. Sa mga gurong humihiling ng liham-paanyaya para sa kanilang eskwelahan, mangyaring i-email sa ang pangalan ng eskwelahan, address, at kinauukulang tatanggap nito.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Jan Mrázek

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 Jan Mrázek titled “Czechs on Ships: Present and Past, Traveling and Writing 1867-2016,” on Feb. 14, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at Faura Hall AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Mrázek’s abstract reads: “The lecture juxtaposes voyages of Czechs to Southeast Asia in colonial times and the lecturer’s recent voyage on a container ship, the Titan, from Rotterdam to Singapore. The Titan belongs to a French company, the officers were Croatians, and the crew Filipino. More a poetics of ship travel than its history, the lecture explores the movement between, and the interpenetration of, past and present, imagination and physical actuality, writing and traveling, all at once. With a Czech accent it reflects on size (especially the titanic and the miniature), speed, time, fairy tales, and modernity; on containers, classes, nations, and empires. How can our own journeys help us grasp more intensely the experiences of past travelers, as well as our relationship with them, our nearness and our distance? How can old travelogues today enrich our perception of ships, the sea, the world, our travels? How is the past present, how is it gone? The lecture does not aim to theorize but to perform these questions. It is really just about ships.”

Jan Mrázek is Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He has published widely on Indonesian and Thai performing and visual arts, including the book Phenomenology of a Puppet Theatre: Contemplations on the Art of Javanese Wayang Kulit. His more recent research concerns his fellow Czechs who traveled to the Malay Archipelago in the late colonial period and their writings, from travelogues to fiction and poetry. The project involves reading of texts and archival materials as well as traveling in the footsteps of the writers. Related publications include “Czech Tropics” (Archipel, 2013) and “Returns to the Wide World: Errant Bohemian Images of Race and Colonialism,” to appear in Studies in Travel Writing.

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

PRS 10 Tumatanggap na ng Lahok

Maaaring nang magpadala ng lahok para sa Ika-10 Palihang Rogelio Sicat, pambansang pagsasanay sa malikhaing pagsulat sa Pambansang Wika.

15 manunulat ang pipiliin para sa PRS 10 na gaganapin sa 24 – 28 Mayo 2017 sa Tacloban City, Leyte.

Magpadala ng alin man sa: limang tula o limang dagli, o dalawang maikling kuwento o dalawang malikhaing sanaysay (hindi bababa sa 10 pahina ang isang kuwento o sanaysay).

Ipadala ang lahok sa, bago matapos ang
ika-7 ng Abril, 2017. Maaaring dito rin ipadala ang mga tanong-paglilinaw hinggil sa PRS10.

Ang PRS 10 ay itinataguyod ng Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (UP, Diliman), sa pakikipagtulungan sa UP, Tacloban, at ng Film at TV celebrity na si Karla Estrada.

Maging Kasapi ng Kataga – Quezon City at ng Kataga – Online!

Nagbubukas ang Kataga, Samahan ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas ng aplikasyon para sa mga bagong kasapi sa dalawa nitong sangay, Kataga – Quezon City at ang Kataga – Online.


Aplikasyon para sa Kataga – Quezon City:

Maaaring maging bahagi ng Kataga – Quezon City ang mga manunulat na nakatira, nagta-trabaho o nag-aaral sa Lungsod ng Quezon.

Kung nais mong maging bahagi ng Kataga – Quezon City, magpadala lang ng iyong poetika (maximum of 2 pages), Biodata at 2×2 photo at ang inyong mga akda.

Para sa inyong mga submisyong akda, maaaring pumili sa mga ito: limang (5) tula, limang (5) dagli, dalawang (2) maikling kuwento, dalawang (2) sanaysay o isang (1) iskrip (dula o pelikula).

Ang inyong mga submisyon ay dapat na nasa MS Word na format. Ipadala ito sa aming email: Pipili ang sangay ng QC sampung (10) aplikante. Ang deadline ay ika-24 ng Pebrero, 2017.


Aplikasyon para sa Kataga – Online:

Ang Kataga – Online ang sangay ng Kataga para sa mga manunulat sa Filipino na malayo sa mga lokal nitong sangay (Quezon City, Manila, Manila-South, Lucena, Zambales) at sa mga manunulat sa Filipino na nasa ibayong dagat.

Para sa inyong mga submisyong akda, maaaring pumili sa mga ito: apat (4) na tula, apat (4) na dagli, dalawang (2) maikling kuwento, o dalawang (2) sanaysay.

Kahilingan din ng sangay na magpasa ang mga aplikante ng sanaysay na nagtatalakay sa kanilang poetika, bionote na may larawan, at recommendation letter.

Kukuha lamang ng maximum na sampung (10) aplikante ang Kataga – Online.

Ipadala ang aplikasyon at mga tanong sa Tatanggap ng mga aplikasyon para sa Online hanggang sa ika-24 ng Pebrero, 2017.