PCP to launch Project WRITE in Davao City

The Philippine College Physicians (PCP) Newsletter Committee will launch Project WRITE (Writing as Road of Internists to Engagement) in Davao City on 1 December 2017 at the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) Campus in collaboration with Buklod Medisina and the DMSF Alumni Office.

Project WRITE aims at developing a community of readers and writers among internists in the country. With the full support from the PCP Board of Regents, the committee has decided to expand its audience to not only among internal medicine consultants and trainees but to the rest of the medical communities in the country regardless of specialty or subspecialty.

The initial aim was to discover a pool of writers for The Filipino Internist (TFI), the official newsletter of PCP. But there was a realization, as supported by many studies, that when doctors become ardent students of the Humanities (the Literary Arts in particular) they become more conscious of the human condition beyond mere physiology and pathology. The doctor becomes more empathetic, compassionate even, and more humane.

The advocacy to include medical students in the project stems from our belief that when young, thus impressionable, minds are exposed early to the importance of caring enough for patients and their families in measures that dignify the sacredness of human life, appreciate diversities and commonalities among individuals and societies, and see the Medical profession as an exacting but noble one, they become good and caring doctors in the future.

Project WRITE is to our belief the first of its kind in the country, an attempt by a professional medical society to formalize the interconnectedness of medical writing, journalism and creative nonfiction in portraying the myriad faces of the profession. Of particular interest is the exploration of how do we translate our patient stories into words that inspire, heal, encourage, comfort, even uplift the human spirit in the face of illness, death and deprivation. How do we become not only competent doctors but more importantly decent human beings, which in the end is a measure of being happy and useful.

The first Project WRITE was held in Manila. The speakers were Dr. Louie Mar Gangcuangco (Medical Science Writing), Ms. Alma Anonas-Carpio (Journalism) and Dr. Ronald Baytan (Creative Nonfiction). In attendance was Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, PCP President, who believed this is a worthwhile project that needs to be disseminated throughout the country.

The idea is to bring the project to areas in the country where there are writing communities so that homegrown practitioners can be tapped, allowing the engagement to be locally relevant and culturally acceptable.

Each WRITE session usually has three speakers. The first lecturer discusses the standard medical writing that is taught in medical schools and training hospitals. This is in line with the PCP’s thrust to encourage more internists to have their papers published.

The second speaker is a journalist with special interest and experience on health reporting. As most doctors in the audience during the first WRITE admitted to having been part of the editorial staff of their respective publications way back in high school, college and medical school, this lecture gives them a fresh perspective and an update on the many sides of journalism in the country in the age of fake news, magical thinking and social media. The Davao leg even becomes more significant as it will see the launching of the latest issue of Liyab, the official student publication of DMSF.

The third speaker will tackle Creative Nonfiction (CNF). It will be a brief introduction on how to write stories well in an engaging and interesting language using the many tools and techniques of Literature. As to why we need to appreciate our clinical encounters with patients and their families through the lens of Humanities, Oliver Sacks believed that “Language, that most human invention, can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person’s eyes.” Author Atul Gawande argues that awareness of the patient’s personal history beyond the entries in the hospital charts and medical abstracts is an essential aspect of doctoring. In Being Mortal, he writes, “In the end, people don’t view their life as merely the average of all its moments–which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people’s minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence … We have purposes larger than ourselves.”

For Project WRITE Davao, Yas D. Ocampo will speak on Health Reporting (Journalism). He is a writer and content editor of the Mindanao Times, the oldest newspaper in Mindanao. Fresh from representing the Philippines in the recent 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, award-winning writer Jhoanna Cruz will share her insights on CNF. She is currently Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Arts in Language and Literature, both with High Distinction, from De La Salle University-Manila. She is the immediate past president of Davao Writers Guild. Dr. Noel Pingoy will share his experience in Medical Science Writing. He is a hema-oncologist in General Santos City and the current Editor of TFI.

For interested participants, please contact the PCP Secretariat (02-910-2250) or Mr. Aldrich So (0977-216-2135).

*Poster by Carlo Nemesio Trinidad

UP Holds 17th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award / Likhaan Journal 11 Launch / UP Writers Night 2017 on December 1

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) celebrates Philippine writers with Writers Night 2017, the annual gathering of and homage to the country’s up and coming and established writers.  The evening’s festivities will be comprised of three major events all happening this Friday, December 1, 2017, 4-10pm, at the University of the Philippines Hotel, UP Diliman.

The celebration begins with the awarding ceremonies for the 17th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA). This year, the award will be given to a writer in English who has just written his or her first book. The finalists for this year are: Arnie Quibranza Mejia for Writing Naked: A Memoir, V.J. Campilan for All My Lonely Islands, Francisco Guevara for The Reddest Herring, and Catherine Torres for  Mariposa Gang and Other Stories. The judges are Gemino Abad, Randy David, and Sarge Lacuesta.

This is followed by the launch of the Likhaan Journal 11, the annual journal of contemporary Philippine literature published by the UP ICW. This year’s issue editor is UP ICW fellow Dr. Luna Sicat Cleto, with Romulo Baquiran and Isabelita Orlina Reyes as associate editors.

Capping the evening will be Writers Night 2017 proper, which this year will feature music by Lourd De Veyra, a soft launch of Romula Baquiran’s new book Ibig, poetry readings by The Makatas and other renowned poets, as well as a guest pianist and singer.  A fellowship dinner among writers, readers, scholars, and artists will precede the program, happening from 6 to 7pm. There will likewise be a silent auction of works and memorabilia by writers and visual artists.

Admission is free. Everyone is invited. The media is invited to participate, as well as for coverage. For inquiries, email uplikhaan@gmail.com.

Call for Applications: 16th Ateneo National Writers Workshop

The Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) is accepting applications for the 16th Ateneo National Writers Workshop (ANWW16), to be held from May 28 to June 1, 2018 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 be computerized on 8.5 x 11” bond paper, with 1” margin on all sides, in Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced. The page number must be indicated at the footer.


The portfolio must 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 https://goo.gl/7avzfh.


ANWW16 encourages applications from those whose writings are preoccupied with landscape, seascape, and cityscape.


Applications may be emailed to cbenitez@ateneo.edu with the subject “ANWW16” and the applicant’s genre (e.g., “ANWW16: 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 Feb. 16, 2018. 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 cbenitez@ateneo.edu or christinebellen@yahoo.com.

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Celina Tzui-hui Hung (cancelled)

Kritika Kultura regrets that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the lecture by Celina Tzui-hui Hung will be cancelled.


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 Celina Tzui-hui Hung titled “Creolizing the Sinophone Pacific.” The lecture is on Nov. 28, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at CTC 413, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.

About the lecture

As a phenomenon developing from the intersection of global migrations and colonial histories, creolization is more frequently associated with colonial subjects in the Indian Ocean and the Americas than with Chinese anywhere. In Southeast Asia since the mid-eighteenth century, however, long-term encounters in the racially stratified colonial societies between merchant migrants from China, local indigenes, and the European empires have produced several distinct creolized societies beyond the usual narrative of Chineseness.

This talk examines articulations of creolization by the Chinese-descended Peranakan (Baba) writers and educators in the former British Straits Settlements, particularly Singapore and Malacca, at a time when elites sought to fashion new identities out of a nexus of Anglicized, Chinese and Malay affinities. Drawing examples from local magazines, stories, and translation works, it aims to generate conversations in two interconnected directions. First, it places Peranakan voices in direct dialogue with the creolization scholarship in the West in order to consider new grounds of theory and comparison. Second, in light of the emerging Sinophone studies vis-à-vis the mainland-centered discourse of Chinese culture, it offers contextualized insights into culture-making at the crossroads of ethnolinguistic and other intercommunity transactions, as a response to the rising problematics of Chineseness as a category of analysis.”

About the lecturer

洪子惠 Celina Tzui-hui Hung is Assistant Professor of Literature at New York University Shanghai. In 2011-2013, she was a visiting assistant professor and Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities “Cultures in Transnational Perspective” at the University of California, Los Angeles. Hung is trained in comparative literary and cultural studies with a focus on 20th and 21st century Chinese and Sinophone worlds (PhD Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2011). Her broader research interests lie within the intersection of global migration, colonial and settler colonial encounters, interethnic and interracial imaginations, and nationalist movements. In the specific context of transpacific Chinese migration in modern times, her work has been dedicated to exploring how categories like Chinese, hanren, and huaren, alongside their ethnolinguistic and nationalist associations, find local articulations and develop politicallycharged meanings at sites where these identitarian references prove unstable and necessitate constant reframing. Her first book project, Creolizing the Sinophone Pacific, investigates the conditions of transcolonial culture-making among the creolized Chinese minorities hailing from different Southeast Asian locations. Her second book project, supported by the Henry/Luce China Program of American Council of Learned Societies, studies middlebrow public imaginations of Austronesian indigenes and new immigrants from China and Southeast Asia as co-emergent, contrapuntal discourses in 21st-century settler colonial Taiwan.

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.

Imbitasyon para sa Bantas: LIRA Workshop Batch 2017 Fellows’ Night

Iniimbitahan ang lahat na dumalo sa “Bantas: LIRA Workshop Batch 2017 Fellows’ Night” na gaganapin sa ika-5 ng Disyembre, 2017, 7 n.g. sa Conspiracy Garden Café, Visayas Ave., Lungsod Quezon.

Itatampok sa event ang mga akda ng fellows ng nagdaang LIRA Poetry Clinic, kasama ang chapbook na ilulunsad sa mismong pagdiriwang. Magkakaroon ng raffle, mga pagtatanghal, at pagbabasa ng tula.

Ang Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) ang nangungunang samahan ng mga makatang nagsusulat sa Filipino. Itinaguyod noong 1985 ni Virgilio S. Almario, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining para sa Panitikan, naglinang ito ng maraming kilalang makata, tulad nina Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera, Romulo Baquiran Jr, Michael M. Coroza, Roberto Añonuevo, Rebecca Ańonuevo, Jerry Gracio, at Edgar Calabia Samar. Noong 2011, kinilala ang LIRA bilang isa sa Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO). Isa ang LIRA Poetry Clinic sa taunang proyekto ng organisasyon na naglalayong linangin ang mga nais tumula sa Filipino.

Para sa iba pang mga detalye, maaaring pumunta sa Facebook Event page: https://tinyurl.com/BantasLIRA

Fellows to the 57th UP National Writers Workshop Announced

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative of Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the 57th UP National Writers Workshop to be held on April 1-8, 2018. The UP ICW has selected twelve writers for the workshop, presided over by this year’s Workshop Director Vladimeir Gonzales.

The 2018 fellows are Bernardo O. Aguay Jr. (Poetry, Filipino), Niles Jordan Breis (Essay, Filipino), Victorette Joy Z. Campilan (Fiction, English), Noreen Capili (Fiction, Filipino), Carlito P. Casaje, (Essay, English), Mark Anthony L. Daposala (Poetry, Filipino, translated from Cebuano), Eljay Castro Deldoc (Drama, Filipino), Patricia Celina A. Ngo (Fiction, English), Romeo P. Peña (Poetry, Filipino), Anna Sanchez (Essay, English) Cherilyn Sarigumba (Fiction, Filipino), and Januar Yap (Fiction, Filipino, translated from Cebuano).

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, Roland Tolentino, and Vladimeir Gonzales.

Previously dedicated to helping up-and-coming writers, the UP National Writers Workshop  (UPNWW) 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 and free hotel accommodation.

The UPNWW is complemented by the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop, which is geared towards young writers.

For inquiries, call 981-8500 local 2117 and ask for Isa Lorenzo, or email uplikhaan@gmail.com.

Call for Visayan and Mindanaoan Writers: “Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South”

Payag Habagatan or “the Southern Hut”, an inaugural literary home for emerging voices from the southern Philippines, is now accepting works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and critical essay in English and/or in Binisaya languages that speak of a ‘sense of place and placelessness.’

To qualify, contributor must be a writer born and/or based in the Visayas and Mindanao.

This online and free-access literary journal comes from the necessity to (1) serve as a critical, counter-canonical platform to the hegemony of mainstream gatekeeping institutions, (2) assert multifaceted constructs of identity in the literatures from the southern Philippines, and (3) abolish center-periphery orientations in the “national” literary landscape.

Submissions, either previously published or unpublished, may be any of the following:

  • Poetry: 1 poem (not more than 70 lines each);
  • Fiction: 1 flash fiction (500-1000 words); or 1 short story (2500-4000 words); or 1 novel chapter (4000-6000 words) with a novel synopsis;
  • Essay and creative nonfiction: 1 flash nonfiction/suite of micro-essays (500-1000 words); or 1 creative nonfiction such as personal essay, travel writing, nonfiction memoir, literary journalism, or lyrical reportage (2500-4000 words);
  • Drama: 1 one-act play (25 to 40 pages); a 10-minute screenplay; or an excerpt of a full-length play;
  • Critical essay about works about and/or writers from the Visayas and Mindanao (1500-4000 words in the MLA format).

All submissions should be in Georgia font size 12, double spaced, in MS Word format. For previously published works, indicate publications where these have appeared. Copyright of the works remains with the authors. Send manuscripts as email attachments to payaghabagatan@gmail.com together with the author’s full name, email address, mobile number, home address, and a short bionote in the email’s body.

Announcements such as book launchings, local author talks, manuscripts call for publications and workshops, and other literary events to be held in Visayas and Mindanao are also welcome. Submissions are welcome all throughout the year. Inquiries may be directed to the email address above or through the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/payaghabagatan.

The editors of the online literary journal are writers from the Libulan Queer Collective—poet-essayist Alton Melvar Dapanas and fictionist-playwright R Joseph Dazo.

PUP Social History Lecture Series presents Carlos M. Piocos III and Charlie Samuya Veric

The PUP Center for Social History (PUP-CSH) under the PUP Institute for Culture and Language Studies (PUP-ICLS), Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Development (OVPRED) will be holding a “Social History Lecture Series” on November 23, 2017 at the Bonifacio Hall, NALLRC, PUP Main Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The lecture is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The lecturers on November 23, 2017 are Dr. Carlos M. Piocos III from De La Salle University Manila (8:00am-12noon) and Dr. Charlie Samuya Veric from Ateneo de Manila University (1:00pm-5:00pm). Dr. Piocos will discuss the topic “Transnational Transcripts: Filipina and Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers while Dr. Veric will tackle the topic “E.P. Thompson in Kerala: On the Postcolonial Origins of History from Below.”

The reactors of the lectures are: Jesus Emmanuel S. Villafuerte of PUP Institute for Culture and Language Studies, John Venson P. Villareal of UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and Jayson C. Jimenez of PUP College of Arts and Letters.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certificate of Attendance will be given to the participants after the lectures. For pre-registration, please e-mail your name and institution affiliation to this email: csh@pup.edu.ph.

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


Lecture Abstracts:

Transnational Transcripts: Filipina and Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers
Carlos M. Piocos III, PhD

In Southeast Asia, Philippines and Indonesia are the top sending countries of domestic workers in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Both the Philippine and Indonesian governments have hailed their migrant workers as heroes: bagong bayani or pahlawan devisa (foreign exchange heroes) in recognition of their economic impact in the development of not only their own households but also their homelands. However, this recognition is always haunted by anxieties as most of the narratives from scholarly works and mass media usually only highlight their vulnerability as women and foreign workers, neglected by their governments and subject to abuse and exploitation from their employers or recruiters. In recent years, however, migrant women workers have been documenting their own experiences through literary writing and publishing.

Cultural production like literary writing, blogging and photography have become avenues for Filipina and Indonesian migrant women to narrate and understand their experiences abroad. Because of this, migrant women workers’ texts represent moments of mediation, contestation and even “disruption” through the complex process of finding their own voice and portraying their social worlds through their own forays into creative process of literary and visual narrative production. This lecture examines selected works of Filipina and Indonesian transnational domestic workers in Asia as “hidden transcripts” (Scott, 1990) from which marginalized migrant women openly assumes speech acts to challenge power and negotiate their subordinate position.


E.P. Thompson in Kerala: On the Postcolonial Origins of History from Below
Charlie Samuya Veric

The lecture reconstructs the pivotal place of decolonization in the development of history from below as a historical practice that emerged after the Second World War whose radical assumptions and methods would become institutionalized at universities across the planet by the end of the 20th century. I will demonstrate that decolonization provided the material condition for history from below to become legible as a modern historical project. In doing so, I hope to complicate the global reception of history from below by suggesting an alternative route that takes the decolonizing world as a significant point of origin for the rise of the concept.