Call for Submissions to Third Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop Focusing on the Novel

The UP Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing is now accepting submissions for the third Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop. This year’s focus is on the novel. This refers to an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events involving a group […]


A Big Boost for Translation

by Jose Dalisay Jr. THIS YEAR marks the 40th anniversary of the University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing, which was established by the UP Board of Regents in 1978 as the Creative Writing Center. I had just returned to UP as an English major after dropping out for ten years when I was taken […]


Likhaan 12 Now Accepting Submissions

The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) is now accepting submissions for the twelfth issue of Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. The Philippines’ leading literary peer-reviewed journal, the Likhaan Journal is published annually with funding from the University of the Philippines. It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino. Submissions […]


Ang Sinulat ng Gabi

ni RR Cagalingan Narinig ko na rin ito tuwing mag-aaya at nabanggit na rin ng isang kaibigan sa kaniyang post: A: Tara, Writers’ Night táyo? B: Ay, hindi ako pupunta, hindi naman ako writer. At malungkot ko na lang sasabihin na, hindi naman ganun ’yun basta punta lang tayo. Hindi ko na rin maalala ang […]


Celebrating the Craft of Writing

by Isa Lorenzo This year’s Writers Night capped off a trifecta of activities which included the 17th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA) and the launch of Likhaan Journal 11. Held at the President B.M.S. Gonzales Room at the University Hotel, this year’s MGBFA recognized the debut works of authors writing in English. Initiated in […]


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 […]


Finalists for the 2017 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award Named

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing has announced the names of the finalists for the 2017 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA). Now on its 17th year, the MGBFBA honors the best first book by an up and coming writer in the Philippines, alternatingly awarding works in Filipino and English, and judged by some […]


Hímay-hímay lang

ni Kid Orit Sa una, kakapit kaagad ang pananabik sa balitang napili ang gawa mo sa isang palihan, ngunit habang papalapit na nang palapit ang petsa kung kailan haharapin mo na ang mga kasamang isasalang sa palihan at mga tagapanayam, hinuhugasan ng mga nagdaraang araw ang pananabik— hayun na sa pinag-anlawan at ang naiwan na […]


UP Book Forum Revisits the Enduring Legacy of Traditional Filipino Medicine

by Joel Toledo “No single Filipino has not encountered traditional plants and medicine; they are everywhere, even in the most modern of families,” said Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta, author of the book Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines, 16th to the 19th Century. The book was the focus of the third and most recent installment […]


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 […]