Application for Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvenido Lumbera Translators Seminar Extended to January 15


LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing is extending the call for submissions for the first Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvendio Lumbera translators seminar to January 15, 2018. The seminar will take place on February 8 and 9, 2017 at the UP Hotel in Quezon City.

Saling Panitik is in honor of National Artist and ICW adviser Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera. This landmark ICW undertaking is in line with an existing UP EIDR grant, and will accommodate a combined total of fifty (50) teachers, textbook writers, and college students.

Interested participants are enjoined to carefully read the rules for application, which are as follows:

Who may apply:

  1. The first Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvenido Lumbera will focus on three regional languages, namely: Ilocano, Bicol, and Pangasinense. Applicants must be fluent in any of the three languages mentioned.
    2. Literature teachers should be Junior and Senior high school (K-6 to K-12) and college teachers in Ilocano, Bicol, and Pangasinense who are interested in translating Filipino/English texts into their mother tongues for the purpose of incorporating such translated texts as lessons in literature/reading subjects.
  2. Literature textbook writers whose target markets are Junior to Senior High school (K-7 to K-12) teachers and students in Ilocano, Bicol, and Pangasinense.
  3. College students who are majoring in a Filipino, Malikhaing Pagsulat, Philippine Studies, or a related degree that involves the translation of the mentioned Philippine regional languages.
  4. From the total of fifty accepted participants, 16 to 17 translation slots will be allotted for each of the three languages.

How to apply:

  1. Applicants must submit: a) a letter of intent which should include a pledge that the participant is willing to undergo and finish a translation project; b) a recommendation letter from one’s principal/editors; and c) a brief, one- to two-paragraph bionote.
  2. The workshop’s resource persons will recommend the qualified participants, and UP ICW will approve the final list.
  3. Submissions should be sent via email to with the subject “Saling Panitik 2018 Application.” Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
  4. The two-day Saling Panitik Translators Workshop is free of admission, and the ICW will provide merienda and lunch for the participants. However, the workshop will not cover overnight lodging.

The two-day event will feature an honorary lecture by Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera. Resource persons and discussants for this iteration of the workshop are Mr. Marne Kilates (translator and writer), Dr. Michael M. Coroza (writer and translator, Ateneo de Manila University), Prof. Ma. Crisanta N. Flores (faculty of the UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature and Commissioner of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for Pangasinense), Mr. Niles Jordan Breis (award-winning writer in Bicol and Filipino), and Prof. Junley Lazaga (Professor of Language and Literature in UP Baguio and renowned Ilocano writer).

The rationale behind this workshop is the training of translators of our regional languages, particularly of literary texts that are now being used in textbooks for our classrooms. This is crucial in light of developments brought about by the K-12 program.

Saling Panitik aims to help establish a more standardized basis for literary translation, as well as to choose which works in both English and Filipino most merit such translation, study, and inclusion in our school textbooks. The seminar hopes to impart such principles and insights on the participants, which will then be applied in future translations of chosen works into our various regional languages.

For inquiries, call the UP ICW at 981-8500 local 2117 and look for Ronnie.


  1. This seminar is of great help for the teachers and students who are studying literature Definitely, it can make them to easily understand and comprehend about literature if it is translated into various regional languages..Thanks to the organizer for giving this kind of seminar..


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