INQUIRER.NET: National Artist for Literature Cirilo F. Bautista, 76, writes 30

from by Ruel S. De Vera A man immersed in the greatness of the creative word throughout his life, Cirilo Francisco Bautista died Sunday at the age of 76. Bautista was elevated to the Order of the National Artist (ONA) of the Philippines in 2014 by President Benigno Aquino. He is survived by his wife […]

INQUIRER.NET: Acclaimed debut novel tackles Fil-Am immigrant experience

Link: by Ruel De Vera On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much happening in the life of Geronima “Hero” De Vera when she arrives in Milpitas early in  “America is Not The Heart: A Novel” (Viking, New York, 2018, 406 pages), the debut novel of Filipino-American writer Elaine Castillo. She is surrounded by […]

THE MANILA TIMES: 12 writers picked as 57th UPNWW fellows

from: A dozen creative writers have been chosen as fellows to the 57th University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop (UPNWW), to be held from April 1 to 8, 2018, it was learned recently. In an announcement posted on the Panitikan: Philippine Literature Portal, Likhaan: The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) said the […]

INQUIRER.NET: PEN to feature three women authors in celebration of International Women’s Month

from In celebration of National Women’s Month and International Women’s Day, the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets and Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will feature Alice Sun Cua, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Che Sarigumba on March 24, 5:30 p.m., at the Solidaridad Bookshop, Manila. The authors will talk about their latest books and signed copies. Sun Cua’s […]

INQUIRER.NET: ‘Pabasa’ or Lenten reading kicks off NCCA’S literary festival

from this link by Ma. Amadis Guerrero To the great Anglo-American poet TS Eliot, “April is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire…” But to the Philippines, April is National Literature     Month and there are nationwide celebrations in honor of the written (and spoken) word. The celebrations start during Holy […]

INQUIRER.NET: Likhaan 11, or why we must start this year reading Philippine literature

by Jen Balboa In this book, there’s an essay about a young girl recalling how she stood with one foot on the doorknob and another on a chair back, dangling from and peeking above the transom of a door, to see what her father and a 19-year-old boy could be up to in the middle […]

NCCA: NCCA Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the Torre de Manila Case

While we are disappointed with the lifting of the TRO in the Torre de Manila Case, we look forward to reading the Supreme Court decision. The case has shown us that there is a wellspring of support for the protection of our cultural heritage. The public is aware of the need to protect heritage and […]

NCCA: Pilipino Komiks Live with Darna & Dyesebel

PILIPINO KOMIKS highlights the appreciation of the cultural treasures of the country which is apt for the 2017 heritage month theme,”Malasakit Para Sa Pamana” (Care for Heritage). Folklore, myths, and legends are the popular comic strips of illustrious and celebrated, Mars Ravelo.  All heroes and heroines are simple stories with infamous fights of good over […]