Likhaan: The UP Institute of Creative Writing, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Press, will hold the eighth Interdisciplinary Book Forum (IBF) on March 24, 2020, Tuesday, 10:00AM to 12:00PM at the Vargas Museum Main Lobby. The featured book for this installment is Some Days You Can’t Save Them All by Dr. Ronnie E. Baticulon. 

Dr. J. Neil Garcia, Director of UP Press, writes: “This book by Dr. Baticulon is a collection of personal essays that document, describe, and transfigure his experiences as a medical doctor—a pediatric neurosurgeon—working in our country’s beleaguered public health sector. Very rarely does a book like this get written in our country, that presents a personal reckoning of the practice of humanistic medicine, giving observations and reflections on the subject not only of biomedical intervention but also of holistic healing.”

The panel of discussants for the eighth IBF will be Prof. Sandra Nicole Roldan (Department of English and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman), Dr. Vincen Gregory Yu (Philippine Daily Inquirer), Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta (Department of History, UP Diliman), and Dr. Ma. Helena Yap (Marine Science Institute, UP DIliman). The discussants will share their thoughts about the book, particularly as it relates to the nature and context of their respective disciplines.

The IBF is held once every semester and constitutes a vital component of the UP Likhaan’s Literature for Social Development. Through the forum, the organization seeks to provide an academic venue in which to realize the imperative for dialogue and intellectual engagement across the various disciplines. Being the center for the study and development of creative and, to a certain extent, critical writing in the UP System, the Likhaan is in a unique position to carry out such an important academic mission.

Admission to the IBF is free. Those coming in large contingents (e.g. classes and/or organizations) are advised to email us to reserve slots. For inquiries and reservations, please contact the UP ICW via (02) 981-8500 loc. 2117 or email