Call for Emerging Writers from Northern Mindanao: The 2017 Cagayan de Oro Young Writers’ Studio

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in partnership with the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), is now accepting applications to the 2017 Cagayan de Oro Young Writers’ Studio to be held on October 2017 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.

Divided into two literary genres—poetry and prose (fiction and creative nonfiction)—the CDO Young Writers’ Studio, formerly the CDO Writing Clinic, is an annual creative writing fellowship for 14 of the most promising emerging poets, fictionists, and essayists born and/or based in Northern Mindanao—Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and Lanao del Norte. Seven fellowships are available per genre—poetry and fiction/nonfiction prose. (Applicants may apply for more than one genre.)

To be eligible, applicant must (1) be born and/or based in any of the provinces of Northern Mindanao and (2) not have attended any regional and national writers’ workshops organized by reputable creative writing centers and institutes.

Entries (original and unpublished works) in Binisaya, Tagalog, and/or English shall be composed of any of the following:

  • For a Poetry fellowship: 4 poems (not more than 60 lines each); or
  • For a Fiction fellowship: 2 short stories (2000 to 5000 words each) of any genre; or 1 novel chapter (3000 to 6000 words each) with a synopsis; or 3 flash fiction (500 to 1500 words each); or
  • For a Creative Nonfiction fellowship: 2 works of creative nonfiction (2000 to 5000 words each) such as nonfiction memoir, personal essays, travel writing, or other hybridized forms; or 3 micro-essays (500 to 1500 words each).

Formulated to complement with the annual Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop, this creative writing fellowship will include critiquing sessions, craft lectures, and other parallel activities to be facilitated by NAGMAC’s senior writers—poet Ton Daposala, fictionist Abigail C James, poet-playwright Mai Santillan, and novelist EJ Villena with poet, essayist, and editor Alton Melvar Dapanas as the workshop director. Other local writers will also serve as guest panelists. The CDO Young Writers’ Studio aims to initiate a creative writing culture of mentorship and critiquing in the region and institutionalize an open training platform for beginners of the creative writing craft.

Accepted fellows will be provided with a certificate, lunch, and snacks. (There is no registration fee but fellows, if accepted, will shoulder their own transportation expenses to and from the venue.)

Electronic copies, in MS Word format, Garamond font 12, of the manuscript may be emailed to with the subject Genre_CDOYWS (example, Fiction_CDOYWS). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. On the email’s body, include the full name, address (within Northern Mindanao), institutional affiliation (workplace and/or school), mobile number, and a short bio note (150-300 words in the third person).

Deadline of the submission of manuscripts is on 5 October. All inquiries must be addressed to the workshop director through the indicated email address.

Panulat at Pelikula: Paglulunsad ng “Ang Pag-Ikot ng Salapi sa Panahon ni JLC”

Sino nga ba ang susunod na/sa kuwento? Para malaman, samahan kami sa paglulunsad ng nobelang “Ang Pag-Ikot ng Salapi sa Panahon ni JLC” ni Andrian Legaspi.

“Makakareleyt ka sa kahulugan ng destiny,” ayon kay Jun Cruz Reyes. Ang kuwento ay tungkol sa paglalakbay ng isang lumang-luma at naaagnas na bente pesos. Isinanobela ni Legaspi ang orihinal niyang akda na nagwagi bilang screenplay sa Gawd Palanca.

Kasabay ng lunsad-aklat ay ipalalabas din ang maikling pelikula na pinamagatang “Sa Dilim-Diliman”. Hango sa karakter mula sa nobela, ang screenplay ay isinulat ni Legaspi at sa produksyon ng PageJump Media.

Gaganapin ang paglulunsad sa Setyembre 9, 6:30 p.m., Fully Booked U-View Theater, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, mag-email sa o bisitahin ang Facebook page na

UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum to Focus on New Book on Traditional Filipino Medicine

The UP Press and the UP Institute of Creative Writing will be holding its latest installment of the semestral Interdisciplinary Book Forum or IBF on September 27, 2017 at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The forum will be held from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.

This semester’s book-in-focus is Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta’s Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines: 16th to the 19th Century. The book, which came out just this year, explores the various Philippine medicinal plants and herbs that Filipino traditional medical practitioners or herbolarios had prescribed since the precolonial period. When the Spanish missionaries arrived in the country from the 17th to the 19th century, they collected, studied, and made records of these plants and herbs. Their writings on these, as well as on their medicinal use, serve as primary sources for modern studies, since the herbolarios did not leave any writings themselves.

Dr. Planta’s book is an important chronicling of the missionaries’ records, giving readers an intimate and dense portrait of a defined medical tradition. It documents an important component of ways of life and epistemologies that Filipinos can recuperate and benefit from. The author’s lively and scholarly invitation to reflect on a particular aspect of Philippine culture and harness its potential is a triumph of history as “usable past, ” especially in this day in age when access to health and medical care remains beyond the reach of most Filipinos.

Dr. Planta finished her PhD in History at the National University of Singapore. She is currently an associate professor of the Department of History in UP Diliman, where she finished both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in History. In 2011, she was the recipient of the school’s Centennial Professorial Chair Award.

The IBF series is hosted by the UP Press and the UP ICW to foster readership of new titles from the university’s press in different fields. The forum invites a set of specialists as speakers, with UP Press director J. Neil Garcia serving as moderator. Previous installments have focused on books on science fiction and indigenous art.

Four poems from “Poems for the Dead”

by Arvin Mangohig



Love in the Time of Martial Law

I want you to save me and be gentle, our feet
Bleeding with ink from the newspapers they have shut down,
Our clothes tattered because our mothers must leave.
Offshore, our feet rot on black sand they will steal from us.

I want peace at night, before the shaking starts.
Trauma at the tip of my tongue passes from mine
To yours. Love me lightly or the bruises will return.
Not that the teeth they have pulled out might grow again.

To love you now means to love all the broken body parts
That running away has dealt us. Here I love you
In cul de sacs. Here I love you trapped between the ribs
Of burning cars. Here our nipples are crushed by steel.

There is no tomorrow in loving you. Only today counts.
We count our present, dazzling wounds. Our bodies
Are collections of near-misses and escapes, and between them
The times we find no barbed wire between our bloodied lips.



Unfinished Business

The way things were you had to leave
Unfinished business before the next day broke
Dishes in the sink
Conversations in midair
Planes before they even landed

Not that you could finish them anyway
For years to come
When you could not come back to them
These bothered you in the joints of your bones

That everyday ritual with a spouse
That son of yours not past grown your knees yet
That sound the hairclips made
When you finished with your daughter’s pigtails

All four clips of tenderness going
Click click, click click, in the memory



Manunggal Street, 1985

If you survived it, you would survive
Anything: the summer of broken bones,
My cousin’s arm in a blue cast. Mumps,

Measles, days of nothingness, just
Being there like dust, selling
Ice candy through the sari-sari

Store’s one window hole through chicken
Wire, watching the dangers of the outside
World pass by like a phalanx of soldiers.

Titas and titos warned us what was
Out there: inner cities, drugs,
Raids in the slums that nightly

Drained blood, police in their owner
Type jeeps who kidnapped and savaged,
Bumbays and Intsiks who stalked

Our streets for evil kids. We were
Let out only to be gathered in before 5 p.m.
The siato stick meant it was late.

Its last flight trailed into the descent
Of the sun, as sisters and brothers swung
On the abandoned truck’s steering wheel.

We were that little, and the warnings
Of ates and kuyas were dark monsters
In our heads, frightened into staying

In our houses. It meant freedom, going out
Past 6, into the darkness of the lumberyard,
Its makeshift ladder of coconut

leading, past the crowns of our duhat
And mango trees, past that little world
We were cornered in, to the moon.



Lost Things

One day you may take the most luminous thing
In your life and lose it halfway between home and destination.
To go back would feel wrong.
To arrive without it means defeat.

Out in the world where no one knows your name,
That one thing is the only one that can save you.
It is the answer that burns the souled-out questions of darkness,
Both the pass and password to salvation.

So no one can ask why you never came home
And never arrived, you stayed where you lost it.
In that imagine circumference of its light, you chose
To live your life, burning yourself out, you luminous thing.

Call for Artworks to Silingan Seni Visual Arts Festival 2017

The Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will be hosting the SILINGAN SENI VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL: A Cross Border Art Initiative of Mindanaoan and Sabahan Visual Artists on October 24-25, 2017 at the AdZU Salvador Campus and different areas around Zamboanga City.

We are calling all Mindanao-based visual artists to submit 3 artworks for possible entry in the Silingan Seni Visual Arts Exhibit. The Silingan Seni Screening Committee will be selecting 35 artists to exhibit their works at the Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City.

Organizers will shoulder transportation costs, modest accommodation, food, and participation of the selected artist to the Silingan Seni Visual Arts Festival.


Please click the link to submit entries:

PUP Filipinolohiya Serye ng Lektura ng mga Pananaliksik Tampok Sina Emmanuel De Leon at Vicente Villan

Bilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika at Buwan ng Kasaysayan ngayong Agosto 2017. Inihahandog ng PUP Kagawaran ng Filipinolohiya ang Filipinolohiya Serye ng Lektura ng mga Pananaliksik. Isasagawa sa Agosto 22 at 29, 1:00 n.h. hanggang 5:00 n.h. sa Bulwagang Bonifacio ng Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Sta. Mesa, Maynila. Ang maglalahad ng kaniyang pananaliksik sa paksang “Pilosopiya at Wikang Filipino” sa Agosto 22 ay si Dr. Emmanuel De Leon, nagtuturo sa Departamento ng Pilosopiya sa Unibersidad ng Sto. Tomas. Sa Agosto 29 naman ilalahad ang pananaliksik sa paksang “Kasaysayan at Wikang Filipino” ni Dr. Vicente Villan, propesor sa Departamento ng Kasaysayan ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman.

Ito ay libre at bukas sa sinomang nais na dumalo.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag lamang kay Prop. Jomar Adaya sa numerong 335-1787 o 335-1777 loc. 304.

PUP Serye ng Lekturang Propesoryal Tampok si Vim Nadera

Bilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika at Buwan ng Kasaysayan ngayong Agosto 2017. Inihahandog ng PUP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs sa pakikipagtulungan ng PUP Center for Social History ang PUP Serye ng Lekturang Propesoryal ni Dr. Victor Emannuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr. o mas kilala bilang “Vim Nadera” na isasagawa sa Agosto 22 at 29, 8:00 n.u hanggang 12:00 n.t. sa Bulwagang Bonifacio ng Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Sta. Mesa, Maynila. Ito ay libre at bukas sa sinomang nais na dumalo.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag lamang kay Prop. Romeo Peña ng PUP Center for Social History sa numerong 335-1787 o 335-1777 loc. 177.

57th UP National Writers Workshop Now Accepting Applications

LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 57th UP National Writers Workshop to be held in April 2018. The workshop aims to help published writers further hone their craft. Writers from the regions outside NCR are encouraged to apply. All fellows are entitled to a modest stipend and free hotel accommodation.




1) Applicants must be writers in English, Filipino or other Philippine languages (in translation)

2) They must have attended at least one creative writing workshop (national/regional, including the UP National Writers Workshops), or earned a degree in Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat or related fields, or won at least one national/international literary award. Writers who have been fellows at any of the UP National Writers Workshops are eligible.

3) Applicants must have published at least one book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama, or have had a full-length play or a film produced. (The qualifications may be waived in exceptionally meritorious cases, with the unanimous concurrence of the UP ICW Fellows, Associates, and Advisers.)


1) Five copies, plus digital file (12 points, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11) of one original unpublished manuscript (short story, poem, creative nonfiction, play, or novel) to be discussed during the workshop. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.

2) Five copies, plus digital file (12 points, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11) of an essay on “What I write, how, and why” in relation to the work-in-progress. The essay must be no longer than 2,500 words and will be the basis for a 20-minute presentation that the fellow is expected to do during the workshop.

3) Photocopies of the applicant’s published work, including publication details

4) Application form (available at the UP ICW office in UP Diliman, or downloadable from the ICW-maintained website

Only writers who go through the complete application process will be considered. The chosen fellows must be present for the full duration of the week-long workshop.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2017.

The workshop panel is comprised of the Advisers, Fellows, and Associates of the UP ICW. They are National Artists for Literature Virgilio S. Almario and Bienvenido Lumbera, UP ICW Director Roland B. Tolentino, Gémino H. Abad, Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr.,  Luna Sicat Cleto, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Eugene Y. Evasco, J. Neil Garcia, Vladimeir B. Gonzales, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Charlson Ong, and Jun Cruz Reyes. ICW Associate Isabelita O. Reyes is the director of the 2018 workshop.

For inquiries, call the ICW at 9818500 loc. 2117, or email For more news about the latest UP ICW activities follow our Facebook page


Mga Susing Salita: Pambansang Seminar sa Pagbuo ng Diskurso sa Konseptong Filipino

Bilang bahagi sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika 2017 sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman, malugod na iniimbitahan ang mga guro, mag-aaral, manunulat at mananaliksik na dumalo at makiisa sa MGA SUSING SALITA: Pambansang Seminar sa Pagbuo ng Diskurso sa Konseptong Filipino.

Isasagawa ang pambansang seminar sa Agosto 24-25, 2017 sa awditoryum ng Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon sa UP Diliman. Alinsunod ang proyektong ito bilang pagtalima sa 1987 Konstitusyon at Palisi sa Wika ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas sa pagpapaunlad at pagpapalaganap ng wikang Filipino bilang wikang pambansa.

Sa pangunguna ito ng Sentro ng Wikang Filipino-UP Diliman at pakikipagtulungan ng UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas ng Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Departamento ng Linggwistiks ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, at UP Dibisyon ng Araling Wika ng Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon.

Ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon para sa isang pambansang seminar na magtatampok sa pagbuo ng diskurso na hango sa konseptong Filipino. Gamit ang isang susing salita sa anumang wika sa Pilipinas, layunin ng seminar na paunlarin ang inisyal na mga ideya at konseptong nakapaloob sa piniling salita.

Magiging daan din ang seminar upang matukoy ang ambag ng piniling susing salita sa pananaliksik at kritikal na panunuri tungo sa produksyon ng mga kaalaman.

Tampok na tagapagsalita ang mga kilala at nangungunang mga guro, iskolar at mananaliksik mula sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman na patuloy sa paggamit sa wikang Filipino upang paunlarin ang disiplinang kanilang kinabibilangan. Pagkakataon din ito upang makapagbahagi ang mga tagapagsalita kung sa paanong paraan nila ginagamit ang wikang Filipino sa larangan ng pagtuturo at pananaliksik.

Ang pambansang seminar na ito’y inendorso ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Para sa rehistrasyon at iba pang mga mahahalagang detalye ng seminar, bisitahin ang online link sa