UP Rep’s GODOT recreates chilling visit to a mental asylum


This has been done many times over: the tree, the shoe, the chicken bones, the shenanigans, the recurring themes of seemingly endless waiting – all the things that make Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot the absurdist masterpiece that it is. The UP Repertory Company (UP Rep), however, brings another twist to the literary classic with a staging that runs for 8 hours.

On May 5, 6, and 7, UP Rep will engage audiences with the challenge of stepping in an 8-hour devised work of museum theatre featuring elements inspired by the story and characters of Beckett’s play and Rolando Tinio’s adaptation Paghihintay kay Godo. This performance entitled Walang Katapusang Godot shall close UP Rep’s 44th theatre season, OTW.

Fifteen (15) actors from UP Rep and various other theatre groups are posed with a challenge of their own: giving life to characters that are “clients” of a mental asylum. The inhumane material conditions, the sense of abandonment, the bleak possibility of experiencing a life outside the asylum walls, and the waiting — always the waiting – will all be recreated for the most realistic theatre experience possible. Audiences will come as “visitors” – mere spectators outside of “madness,” looking in.

With Walang Katapusang Godot, UP Rep hopes to at least bring forth the consciousness of its audience the people who exist within enclosures because the world they know is different from what the rest of us is used to. Who are these people endlessly waiting for? Are they really as threatening as we make them out to be? Sino ang tunay na baliw? Who is Godo – a Filipino Messiah? Is he arriving anytime soon? Has he maybe arrived already?

Directed by Manuel Mesina III, with dramaturgy by Lucia Silva, Malvin Ramos, and Gio Potes, wardrobe by Rainne Setias, and overall production design by Io Balanon, Walang Katapusang Godot attempts to answer these questions and much more as it tackles mental health in the country head-on, no matter how unpleasant it could be.

UP Rep’s Walang Katapusang Godot will run on May 5, 6, & 7, from 10am to 6pm at the Old Saliva Multipurpose Hall, Pook Dagohoy, Bgy. UP Campus. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact Roseball at 09290568205 or 09155330042.

Forum Kritika on Food Transformations: Eating and Wasting in the Anthropocene


Food in the 21st century would be unrecognizable to our great grandparents. Canadian ecocritic Susie O’Brien has recently explained in an interview in ARIEL that “food is a rich site through which to think about a number of things: environment, colonialism, culture, affect, subjectivity, among others.” There is an urgency to theorizing about food, especially given the fact that hunger is seriously at odds with the promises of industrial agriculture. Indeed, according to Vandana Shiva, “industrial agriculture has not produced more food. It has destroyed diverse sources of food, and it has stolen food from other species to bring larger quantities of specific commodities to the market, using huge quantities of fossil fuels and water and toxic chemicals in the process.” 

            One of the four main impacts of contemporary industrial livestock that Tony Weis explores in The Ecological Hoofprint (2013) is environmental. Within this category of environmental impacts are subcategories including climate change, water use and pollution, biodiversity loss, energy wastage, the increase of antibiotic resistance among bacteria (and the subsequent creation of “superbugs”), and genetic pollution. There is no question, as Greta Gaard has recently observed, that “the ecological and human toll of industrialized human agriculture is no longer debated.” Yet, debates do rage about what exactly constitutes the Anthropocene, when it began, how it is sustained, what its philosophical and ethical contours and implications are, what conceptual tools it enables or disables, what it means to “think scale in cultural theory” (to borrow a phrase from Derek Woods), and so on.

            What the Forum Kritika on Food Transformations seeks are theoretical understandings of literary food within the context of 21st century topics surrounding food. In particular, this Forum Kritika is interested in addressing several questions:

— How can we discuss from literary works the ways in which the practices of corporate capitalism and the pursuit of profit in the American food industry are neither viable nor productive of sustainable food sources, and how do we gauge and discuss the impacts of these practices on the Global South?

— What are the relationship between ecophobia, food, and rampant nationalism, and how are the cultural and national identities that cohere in food systems under threat when those food systems are dismantled?

— How can we theorize about the waste associated with food production, and how do these theoretical understandings cohere within the context of current debates about the definitional reach of the term Anthropocene?

— How can we theorize about relationships between food justice and environmental justice? What are the impacts of transnational food systems on the Global South?

— How important are matters about artificial food-like substances, GMOs, and synthetic hormones?  And why?

— What can we gain from literary investigations of food in novels including but not limited to Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats or All Over Creation; Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl; Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, The Edible Woman, Lady Oracle, or The Handmaid’s Tale; Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation; and so on?


Submission guidelines

            Please send essays in the form of a Word document attachment to Dr. Simon C. Estok (estok@skku.edu; cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu; subject: Food Transformations) by Oct. 15, 2017. Submissions should contain 7,000 to 8,000 words; include an abstract (200 to 250 words) and keywords (5 to7; should not be repeated in abstract and title). Kritika Kultura’s anonymous peer-review process requires that the electronic version of the essay contain no information that would identify the author. An author bio (100 to 150 words) should be included as a separate electronic file with the submission.

            Papers will undergo a double blind peer review by specialists in the field, and the results will be announced by mid-Jan. 2018. At this time, the authors will receive the complete transcripts of the anonymous readers’ reports. Revisions of accepted essays will be due by May 15, 2018, with a final copy due date of June 15, 2018. The Forum Kritika on Food Transformations will be published in Aug. 2018.


About Kritika Kultura

            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 http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk/ or email kk.soh@ateneo.edu

15 Fellows to the 15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop Named


The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) and Kritika Kultura (KK) have selected 15 fellows for the 15th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW) to be held at the Ateneo de Manila University from May 29 to June 2, 2017.

ANWW is the flagship project of the Creative Writing Desk of AILAP. Annually, 10 to 16 fellowships are given to young writers from around the country who wish to undergo a week of intensive training in their respective genres, namely fiction, poetry, and essay. This year ANWW has also accepted fellows whose works pursue issues surrounding the formation of local history and memory.


In collaboration with KK, the internationally recognized journal of language, literary, and cultural studies based in the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, ANWW has also accepted fellows working on critical essays on Philippine literary and cultural studies, particularly in relation to the region, nation, and the globe. The partnership between AILAP and KK aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between practitioners (both emerging and established) of creative and critical writing.


In addition to the workshop sessions, the fellows will attend talks and participate in discussions exploring concerns connected to Filipino communities.

The fellows for the 15th ANWW are:
For poetry in English:
Mariel Annarose Nicole L. Alonzo (Davao City)

Andrea Coleen V. Tubig (Mandaluyong City)

For poetry in Filipino:

Xeus DC Foja (Manila)

Mikael Rabara Gallego (San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur)

Rex Sandro M. Nepomuceno (Boac, Marinduque)

For fiction in English:

Lioba Asia Piluden (Sagada, Mountain Province)

Scott Platt-Salcedo (Passi City, Iloilo)

Tim Eric Vincent J. Yusingco (Cainta, Rizal)

For fiction in Filipino:
Rai Aldrin Bartolome Salvador (Cauayan City, Isabela)

Alexandra Clarizze V. Villegas (Quezon City)


For essay in English:
Alec E. Bailon (Quezon City) 

For essay in Filipino:
John Emmanuel L. Inojosa (Lucena City, Quezon)


For criticism:

Maria Vanessa Estillore-Gabunada (Baybay City, Leyte)

Ivan Emil A. Labayne (Caloocan City)

Maria Rocini Tenasas (Tacloban City, Leyte)


This year’s workshop director is Mark Anthony Cayanan.


For queries, write Christoffer Mitch C. Cerda, coordinator of ANWW 15, at ccerda@ateneo.edu or call him at 02)4266001 local 5320/5321.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Antonius Herujiyanto


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 Antonius Herujiyanto titled “Indonesian Modern Wayang Theater: Re-appropriating National Development Discourse.” The lecture is on Apr. 22, 2017, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., at CTC 404, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

Herujiyanto’s abstract reads: “In Indonesian wayang (the shadow play), the characters are not all of one piece: there is no such a thing as the good/all-good, or the bad/all-bad. The dhalang (the puppeteer, the animator of the lifeless puppets in performances of puppet theatre traditions) is considered as, or often compared to, God. Today, the ‘real sense of Indonesian wayang theatre’ provides a socio-political commentary and critique and it re-appropriates the national development discourse performed by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo as the dhalang. This is precisely what the lecture is about: how the Indonesian socio-political situation during the past year (from Mar. 2016 to Mar. 2017) under the country’s real life dhalang. The lecture’s context is focused on the country’s political Islam especially dealing with the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election (which has also been considered as the smaller version of the 2019 presidential election). It is grounded on wayang strategy and the indigenous wisdom grojogan of Katresnanism theory, encouraging and producing a better understanding on one of those Indonesian indigenous common senses. The talk suggests that the dhalang has implemented the so-called epic theatre and wayang strategy. Instead of sharing an experience the spectator must come to grips with things, tickling his or her reason.”


About the lecturer

Antonius Herujiyanto has been teaching at Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia, since 1987 where he is a faculty member of the Department of Language and Arts Education. He earned his master’s degree in Literature (English) from Ateneo de Manila University in 1998. In 2000 he finished his PhD in Literature from De La Salle University. His works focus on Action Research, English Language Teaching, Criticism of Indonesian literary works, Journalism and research on Javanese culture. His recent book is entitled Understanding Indonesian Plays: Wayang and Brechtian Strategy (2016). He has also been a correspondent for the BBC-M, Caversham, UK, since 2001.

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 http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk/ or email kk.soh@ateneo.edu

Glimpses: One Writer’s Journey: A Lecture and Reading by Luis H. Francia


The Departments of English and Fine Arts will host “Glimpses: One Writer’s Journey,” a lecture and reading by Luis H. Francia, Visiting Faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University for the second semester of SY 2016-2017. The event will be on Apr. 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

Francia describes the event as follows: “After briefly giving an overview of my work, I shall read a selection of my works, both creative nonfiction and poetry, to give the audience a pretty good idea of how, what, and why I write. For nonfiction, I will read from Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago (2001) and from RE: Recollections, Reviews, Reflections (2015). For poetry, I shall read from Museum of Absences, Tattered Boat and some new works. Afterwards, Francis C. Sollano and I will have a conversation about my work, which can then segue into a Q & A with the audience.”


About Luis H. Francia

A Palanca Poetry Prize winner, Luis H. Francia’s latest poetry volume is Tattered Boat (2014). Previous collections include The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems, Museum of Absences, and The Beauty of Ghosts.

He has published two collections of essays, Memories of Overdevelopment (1998) and RE (2015), the latter awarded the 2016 National Book Award for Best Essays in English. In 2002, he won both the PEN Open Book and the Asian American Writers literary awards for Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago. He is in the Library of America’s Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing.

A member of the New York Writers Workshop, he has conducted writing workshops at the City University of Hong Kong, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and the Iowa Writers Summer Workshop. A humanities graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, he teaches at New York University and at Hunter College.


About Francis C. Sollano

Francis C. Sollano is an instructor in the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University where he also obtained his MA Literary and Cultural Studies. He received the Best Graduate Thesis Award from the School of Humanities in 2015 for his work, “Writing a Personal Archipelago: Filipino American Identity as an Ethopoetic Substance in Luis H. Francia’s Eye of the Fish.” He is also part of the editorial team of Kritika Kultura, the online journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.

UP and Ateneo Professors to Discuss Science Fiction in Second Interdisciplinary Book Forum on April 21


The second UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum, dubbed “Ad Astra Per Aspera: Two Science Fiction Anthologies” will be held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman on April 21, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.

The forum is sponsored by the UP Institute of Creative Writing and the UP Press. It will draw on two books: Diaspora Ad Astra: An Anthology of Science Fiction, published in 2013 and edited by Emil M. Flores Joseph Frederic F. Nacino, and Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults edited by Dean Alfar and Kenneth Yu. Diaspora Ad Astra  represents science fiction made by Filipinos for Filipinos. It looks at the future of Filipinos and wonders whether we’ll be exporting human workers to Mars or ruling a new Empire of Humanity. Will Filipinos be running a guerrilla war against mad robots as the rest of homo sapiens flee into space in derelict battleships?

Science Fiction explores explores the concerns and issues of today’s youth through the lens of the science fiction genre.

The discussants for the IDBF’s second event are Dr. Giovanni Tapang of the U.P. National Institute of Physics, Prof. Ronald Allan L. Cruz of Ateneo de Manila’s Department of Biology, Prof. Gabriela Lee of the U.P. English Department, and Mr. John Gabriel Pelias of the U.P.’s Institute of Mathematics The moderator is Dr. J. Neil C. Garcia, U.P. Press Director.

Ronald Cruz is an Assistant Professor and the current Undergraduate Student Coordinator of the Department of Biology, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University. He is also the founder and Moderator of the Ateneo Biological Organization – eXplore. eXperience. eXcel. (BOx). He currently serves as the Loyola Schools Coordinator for Teacher Formation Institute (TFI) and Faculty Spiritual Formation. His book, The Cosmic Wild: Biology of Science Fiction, was published in 2015 and has won the Outstanding Book Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology and the Best Book on Science award from the 35th National Book Awards. He has also written several short stories and scientific journal articles.

Giovanni Tapang is a Professor at the UP’s National Institute of Physics and the Associate Dean for Student and Public Affairs at the UP College of Science. He has received numerous grants for VISSER – Versatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research and has published many international scientific papers. He is the National Chairperson of Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan/AGHAM) and a columnist at the Manila Times


Gabriela Lee has been published for her poetry and fiction in the Philippines, Singapore, the United States, and Australia. Her first book of prose is titled Instructions on How to Disappear: Stories (Visprint Inc., 2016). Her previous works include Disturbing the Universe: Poems (NCCA Ubod New Writers Prize, 2006) and La-on and the Seven Headed Dragon (Adarna House, 2002). She has received a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. You can find her online at www.sundialgirl.com.

John Pelias is an instructor at the UP Institute of Mathematics who likes to read fiction. He received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from UP Diliman. He broke UP’s 63-year postwar record by graduating summa cum laude with a general weighted average of 1.016. He has made oral presentations in numerous conferences and is the author of two calculus textbooks. His research interests are Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics.




The Interdisciplinary Book Forum is part of U.P.’s Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Cycle, and is set to take place once per semester, from hereon. It will cycle through the different disciplines and main literary genres. From this year’s focus on non-fiction, future iterations of the book forum will concentrate on poetry and fiction.

Both the Institute of Creative Writing and the U.P. Press hope that this initial foray will encourage and enliven dialogues and critical thought on recent books and their impact not just on the academe, but among student readers. Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, U.P. ICW Director, says that the EIDR is intrinsically interdisciplinary, and “involves initiating and maintaining strong relationships with the language, literature, and humanities departments and divisions of all the U.P System’s constituent universities, as well as with related fields. Its results should have a direct impact on the way the university teaches and promotes Philippine literature and literacy, particularly in terms of bilingualism and cultural diversity and inclusivity.”

Dr. Dalisay adds that the Interdisciplinary Book Forum should, in particular, “help engender greater interdisciplinarity and promote a more positive climate in the University’s intellectual life… The University of the Philippines must champion profound forms of reading and writing.”

Admission for the IBF is free. Those interested in attending are advised to come early.

Science Fiction in Focus in UP Book Forum on April 21

What will the future of the Philippines look like? Will we be exporting human workers to Mars or ruling a new Empire of Humanity? How does science fiction reflect the concerns and issues of today’s youth? These questions, among others, will be the focus of a lively discussion on “Ad Astra Per Aspera: Two Science Fiction Anthologies” at the second University of the Philippines Interdisciplinary Book Forum sponsored by the UP Instutute of Creative Writing and the UP Press, to be held at Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman, on April 21, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.



PUP Filipinolohiya Serye ng Lektura ng mga Pananaliksik: Kasaysayan sa Espasyo ng Panitikan

Bilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Panitikan ng Pilipinas ngayong Abril. Inihahandog ng PUP Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya ang “Kasaysayan sa Espasyo ng Panitikan: Apat na Lektura” sa ilalim ng proyektong PUP Filipinolohiya Serye ng Lektura ng mga Pananaliksik. Ang unang apat na lektura ay isasagawa sa Abril 21, 2017, 1PM-5PM sa Bulwagang Bonifacio ng Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Sta. Mesa, Maynila. Ito ay libre at bukas sa sinomang nais na dumalo. Ang apat na lektura ay ang mga sumusunod:

Sa Kuko ng Pagggawa: Ang Obrero sa Espasyo ng Estetika ng Nobela ni Edgardo M. Reyes

ni Jomar Adaya

Kuwentong Bayani: Salaysay ng mga Piniping Kasaysayan ng mga Naisantabi sa Nobelang Etsa-Puwera ni Jun Cruz Reyes

ni Arvie Tolentino

Ang Kasaysayan, Kamalayan at Ideolohiya sa “Bayang Malaya” ni Amado V. Hernandez

ni Romeo Peña

Desaparesidos: Ang Pagtalunton ni Lualhati Bautista sa Bakas ng mga Rebolusyonaryong Ina

ni Arlan Camba


Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag lamang sa PUP Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya, 335-1787 o 335-1777 loc. 229.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents The Archipelago as a Moving Archive: Orature and Performance in Southern Mindanao


Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University presents “The Archipelago as a Moving Archive: Orature and Performance in Southern Mindanao,” a series of lectures featuring Jose Jowel Canuday, Anne Christine Ensomo, and Maria Natividad I. Karaan. The event is on Apr. 17, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at the Faura Hall AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.


About the forum

In this forum, the reconfiguration of the topos of Southern Mindanao as a liminal, confluent zone in imagination, discourse, and history will be explored from literary and anthropological perspectives. The imaginary cartography of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi will be redrawn through close engagement with Sama orature, including such kata-kata as Tandanan and Usaha Dilaut, as well as Tausug oral repertoire, notably the kissah and tarasul, derived from the Sulu Studies and the Rixhon/Revel collections. Across these oral narratives, the tension between the insular and the dispersive will be recast in terms of spatial flux, with the Sama concept of navigation as dwelling counterposed with the fractal, expansive nature of islandness proper to Tausug polity and society. In laying down this dialectic, the forum aims to show the peculiar and contemporaneous character of transculturation in Southern Mindanao, and the endurance of forms and sources beneath it, as a veritable archive, as against the erasures santioned by state and regional geoimperialism. As a fitting interposition to this dialectic, the performance of the “pangalay” as a micro-site of everyday, enduring cosmopolitanism will be examined to show the continued revision of the popular repertoire. In this anthropological examination, the embodiment of memory in actual and continuing practice could be used as a commentary on popular historiography. In and across these texts and sources, the enactment of the popular imaginary amidst a shifting archipelagicity will be used to demonstrate critical modernity as it had emerged, and continues to evolve, in Southern Mindanao vis-a-vis maritime Southeast Asia.


About the lectures

“Re-visioning Obscure Spaces: Enduring Cosmopolitanism in the Sulu Archipelago and Zamboanga Peninsula” by Jose Jowel Canuday, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

In popular imagery, the littorals of Sulu and Zamboanga conjure pirates, terrorists, and bandits marauding its rough seas, open shores, and rugged mountains. Hidden from this imagery and the painful reality of everyday acts of violence are lasting cosmopolitan traits of openness, flexibility, and reception of its ordinary constituencies to global cultural streams across the ages. The distinctive features of these cosmopolitan sensibilities are strikingly discernible in inter-generationally shared narratives, artefacts, and performances that were subsequently embodied by the blending, among others, of the time-honoured dance of pangalay with recently celebrated pop-musical dance genre on actual spaces, and analogue and digitally mediated worlds. Furthermore, these embodied sensibilities are evident in song compositions that proclaim the humanistic themes of hope, peace, and prosperity to their place and the world in ways that exemplify the local people’s broader sense of connections beyond the narrow association of family, community, ethnicity, religion, and identity. These mixed bag of age-old and recent imaginaries evoke a sociality that links the spaces of the troubled region to continuing acts of transcendence in history, memory, and visions of the future. In these marginalised and unlikely places, therefore, we see enduring acts that have been invariably described as everyday, down-to-earth, pragmatic, interstitial, and practical cosmopolitanism.


“A Poetic Historiography of Sulu” by Anne Christine Ensomo, Department of English

In this paper, the tropological construction of Sulu—coded in the category lupah sug, meaning “land and current”—will be analyzed and elaborated, with the intent of contributing to, and complicating further, incipient discourse on the kapuluan. Using this category, the paper aims to show Sulu as a liminal frontier situated at the cross-currents of the Spanish Filipinas and an Islamic wordliness, a historical index or reference which is implicit in representative kissah and parang sabil drawn from Sulu Studies and the Rixhon/Revel collections. Framing Sulu this way would prove generative to the extent that it decenters primordial assumptions, often land-based, regarding territoriality. In doing so, the paper foregrounds a deterritorialized conception that highlights principles of movement, migration, and dispersion. Representing Sulu as a dynamic space, which accommodates a history of contact and exchange, the paper offers a contrapuntal reading geared toward reversing colonial and statist assumptions regarding Sulu.


“Navigating the Kata-Kata” by Maria Natividad I. Karaan, Department of English

The primacy of the terra—terrestrial and territorial—has relegated the sea as a space of alterity, but the geography of the archipelago blurs the land/sea binary, calling for a turn to the sea that reconsiders the concept of dwelling. The Sama Dilaut, who inhabit the islands and seas of Tawi-Tawi, challenge the dominance of the terra by revealing the possibility of inhabitancy without territoriality through their lifeway in the littoral. In this paper, I employ a method of Navigation, which examines the manner through which the Sama Dilaut traverse their seascape as revealed in the tropography that arises from their orature. Specifically, I explore two sacred songs of healing sung by the wali-djinn called kata-kata: Tandanan chanted by Jimsu Sarali, and Usaha Dilaut chanted by Panglima Isnang Jorolan. These kata-kata demonstrate the Sama Dilaut’s navigational tekhné, an intimate understanding of the archipelagic space that allows them to ascertain the best routes around the obstacles within the spaces they occupy. The kata-kata becomes a trope for the manner through which the community navigates the physical and temporal currents, resisting the forces of militarization that attempt to destroy their lifeway, and reimagines dwelling as constant resettlement.


About the resource persons

Jose Jowel Canuday is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Ateneo de Manila University. He holds a doctorate degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Anne Christine Ensomo is an instructor affiliated with the Department of English. Her research interests, which revolve around island studies, Southeast Asia, and comparative theology, have been shaped by her foray into Southern Mindanao and Central Java, and also guided by her interest in Muslim-Christian dialogue both in its translocal enactment in Mindanao vis-a-vis Southeast Asia and as a historical and global phenomenon. She recently completed her MA thesis on Sulu Literature and Historiography, and has previously participated in such fellowships as the J. Elizalde National Workshop and the Asian Research Institute Graduate Fellowship.

Maria Natividad I. Karaan is a graduate student under the MA in Literary and Cultural Studies program of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, where she also teaches English Literature and Philippine Literature in English. Her research pursuits revolve around Philippine indigenous cosmology, memory, and geopoetics. Her thesis navigates the topography of the orature of the Sama Dilaut from the Sulu archipelago. She was a fellow for the University of Santo Tomas J. Elizalde Navarro Critical Writing Workshop in 2012 and the Asian Graduate Student Fellowship of the Asia Research Institute in 2013.

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 http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk/ or email kk.soh@ateneo.edu


67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards issues call for entries; Novel and Nobela categories, open this year


The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. has announced its call for entries to the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. This year’s competition is also accepting submissions to the Novel and Nobela categories, which are offered only every two years.

Established in 1950 in honor of Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to continue developing Philippine literature by providing incentives to writers and serve as a repository of our literary treasures for generations to come.

The regular categories for this year are as follows:

  • Novel and Nobela categories
  • English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;
  • Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula;
  • Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.


Young writers below 18 years old may also begin crafting their entries to the Kabataan Division with the theme “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

The contest is open to all Filipino or former Filipino citizens of all ages, except current directors, officers, and employees of the Palanca Foundation. Published/produced works, which were first published or first produced between 01 May 2016 to 30 April 2017, and/or unpublished/unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Contestants may submit only one entry per category. The deadline of submission is on April 30, 2017.

For official contest rules and forms, visit 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 download from the CPMA website <www.palancaawards.com.ph>.

Winners will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held on September 1, 2017. For inquiries and other concerns, participants may contact the CPMA Administrator Ms. Leslie Layoso through email at cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or at (632) 511-0003 / +639108878552.