The Likhaan UP Institute of Creative Writing is back with the second instalment of PAN Series: Panayam sa Panitikan sa Panahon ng Pandemya. The coming episode will be a continuation of the premiere, which featured “Writing in the Time of COVID19.” The live discussion will begin at 4PM on August 1 (Saturday). Like its predecessor, the episode will run for 45 minutes and will involve four panelists and a moderator.

Joining us in the next episode are China Pearl Patria M. De Vera, Chuckberry J. Pascual, Joi Barrios-LeBlanc, and Jose Rey Munsayac. Likewise, they will share their own insights on the importance of writing in these times and impart their own advice on keeping the ink flowing in spite of our struggles.

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China Pearl Patria M. De Vera is an MA Araling Pilipino student at the University of the Philippines, where she graduated with a BA Malikhaing Pagsulat degree. She authored Kapit, Kapit, Bahay, Bahay. Currently she is the senior editor of Aklat Alamid and a member of Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

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Si Chuckberry J. Pascual ay nagtapos sa UP Diliman. Awtor siya ng Kumpisal: mga kuwento (USTPH), Pagpasok sa Eksena (UP), Ang Nawawala (Visprint) at Ang Tagalabas sa Panitikan (2018). Nagtuturo siya sa UST at nagsisilbing Resident Fellow ng UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Research Fellow ng UST Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities.

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Joi Barrios-Leblanc serves as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley after working as Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines. She is the author of several books, among them, “To Be a Woman is to Live at a Time of War,” and “From the Theater Wings:  Grounding and Flight of Filipino Women Playwrights.” She has won national literary awards, and was among the 100 women Weavers of History chosen for the Philippine Centennial, 1998. She received the TOWNS (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service) Award, 2004 and the Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Award for Filipino Poetry, 2016.

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Kilala siya bilang manunulat na Jose Rey Munsayac. Ngunit Joey Munsayac naman bilang peryodista, komentarista sa radyo at dating pulitiko. Premyadong manunulat din si JRM, mula sa sa patimpalak ng Bagong Dugo ng Liwayway Magasin (1967), Palanca Memorial Award sa maikling Kuwento (2 ulit), Samahang Balagtas (2 ulit) at Surian ng Wikang Pambansa. Sa kasalukuyan, si Ka Joey lamang ang bukod tanging manunulat na Pilipino sa bansa na nagkamit ng prestihiyosong Gawad Sentinyal sa pagsusulat ng nobelang Pilipino ng dalawang ulit. Una sa Pagdiriwang ng Sentinyal ng Rebolusyong Pilipino laban sa Kastila sa kanyang nobelang Ang Aso at ang Pulgas, ang Bonsai at ang Kolorum (Unang Gantimpala) at sa Pagdiriwang ng Sentinyal ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (UP) sa kanyang nobelang Duguang Kamay sa Nilulumot na Pader (Unang Gantimpala). Nagtuturo rin siya sa Bulacan State University ng Malikhaing Pagsulat at Fellow ng Bahay Saliksikan ng Bulakan. Kasalukuyan niyang pinamamatnugatan ang lingguhang pahayagan na Dyaryong Pilipino Luzon Times at nagsasaka sa Bukid Kalikasan ng kanilang Angkan sa Biak na Bato, San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulakan, bilang magbubukid ng kalikasan.

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In the first episode, we were joined by Dr. Jose Dalisay, Jr., Dr. Jun Cruz Reyes, Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera, Jr., and Dr. Rommel B. Rodriguez. They agreed that writing is even more relevant in times of confusion. Putting thoughts on paper not only helps the individual make sense of their experience, but also liberates those who read the work. The work can be made more potent by revisiting your own intentions in producing literature. Who do you want to engage? What do you want to put an end to? Whose story are you trying to tell? As Dalisay said, “keep a cool head, and try and understand the human story behind everything that’s going on right now.”

Join the discussion with our next set of panelists as we try to make more sense of the written word’s role in the COVID19 pandemic.  

Future episodes are set to discuss other relevant topics such as processing trauma through writing, and recommended readings during the pandemic. Through the PAN series, the UP ICW hopes to continue promoting literacy and Philippine literature in the new normal.

For questions, concerns, and suggestions, you may message us through our Facebook page or email us at icw.upd@up.edu.ph. For other questions related to the discussion, list them down and let us know in the comments section on Saturday. See you and stay safe!