On The Importance of Folklore and National Community in Anim na Dulang Pilipino Para sa mga Bata by Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio

by Luna Sicat Cleto Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio is the founder of Teatrong Mulat, a theater organization that produces and tours various puppet productions all over the country and the world. It was established in 1977, at a time when there was an upsurge of theater productions that are distinctly Filipino in character and temperament. It co-existed […]


Zeno Denolo on Uberman and winning the Madrigal-Gonzalez Award

We caught up with Zeno Antonio Denolo, author of the acclaimed novel Uberman (under his pen name, Zero A.D.) which won the Special Jury award of the 2015 Cirilo F. Bautista Prize, as well as the Madrigal-Gonzalez First Book Award in 2016. He gamely talks about the fighting chance of self-published books, joining literary contests, […]


Grand Dame of SEA Children’s Theater Continues to Make Waves

Despite her numerous achievements in the realm of theater, University of the Philippines University Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio has not been content to sit back and relax. Instead, the Grand Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater continues to make waves. In the past year, Prof. Lapeña-Bonifacio has finished translating Filipino stories about the sea into […]


Call for Submissions to Second Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop Focusing on Young Adult Literature

The UP Likhaan: Institute of Creative Writing is now accepting submissions for the second Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop. This year’s focus is on young adult literature. This refers to work written specifically for a teenage audience. A work in this genre usually has a young protagonist and presents that young person dealing with issues that […]


Panayam lectures on Drama and Translation and the Writer’s Life

by Isa Lorenzo This year’s Panayam lecture focused on drama and translation and overcoming a writer’s struggles. Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) associate Filipino assistant professor Vladimeir Gonzales shared his experiences in translating plays. Entitled “Pagsasalin ng Dula bilang Gawaing Pampanitikan,” Gonzales’s lecture (see slides) was an in-depth account of his work as a translator. […]


Poetry in the City of Science

by Laurence Marvin Castillo The Kulturang Ugnayan ng Kabataan Alay sa Bayan (KULAYAN-UPLB), the newly-formed alliance of cultural organizations in UP Los Banos, organized the Poetry Slam last 16 March at the Entablado Café, Los Banos, Laguna. This poetry event was held as part of the 58th UP National Writers Workshop organized annually by the […]


Panayam sa UP Los Baños: Mga Tala

ni Cris Lanzaderas Muling naging pansamantalang tahanan ang Bundok Makiling ng labindalawang manunulat mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa. Sa ikalawang pagkakataon, sa luntiang bundok sa Los Baños, Laguna idinaos ang ika-56 na UP National Writers Workshop. Mahabang panahon ang inilagi ng palihan sa lungsod ng Baguio sa Benguet ngunit nakatagpo ng bagong musa […]


Ilang tala ng muni-muni sa 56th UP National Writers’ Workshop

ni Rogene Gonzales 1. Naisipan kong maglakad-lakad papunta ng kampus, isang dapithapong katatapos ng workshop session. Matagal-tagal rin akong hindi nakatapak ng UP Los Baños. May dalang kung anong nostalgia ang simoy ng hininga ng kagubatan ng Mt. Makiling. Ewan ko, siguro sadyang ganoon– may mga lugar na magpapaalala sa iyong pagkatao. Liku-liko ang daang […]


Alang-alang sa Alinlangan: Tiwala[g] sa Salita

ni Tilde Acuna   Maituturing kong rurok ng paglahok ko sa mga pambansang palihan sa pagsulat ang katatapos na UP National Writers Workshop (UPNWW), lalo at para ito diumano sa mga manunulat na nasa gitna ng kanilang karera—yung mga mayroon nang natanggap na gawad, nailimbag na aklat at nalusutang pambansang palihan. Mukhang nagkaroon ng ilang […]


UP ICW Issues Call for Submission to an Updated Filipino Writers Database

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing is making an updated database for Philippine authors via its panitikan.com.ph portal. This new database aims to collate and consolidate the previous NCCA list of writers with the current, incomplete listing posted on the said portal, as well as include newly published writers. The ICW hopes to make […]