We continue to promote Philippine literature and literacy in spite of adversity. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UP Institute of Creative Writing shifts its projects, old and new, online. Browse through our online fora, discussions, performances, and more.

GANAP: Literatura at Musika sa Gitna ng Pandemya

GANAP is a series of online performances by artists coming from the local literary community. It seeks to create a space where literature enthusiasts can gather and enjoy literary functions in the safety of their homes. For performers, GANAP is an avenue where they can freely express their own experiences and thoughts with regard to the issues the country is facing in the midst of this global crisis.

KABOG sets a stage where queer writers and artists can perform poetry that speaks of and for the LGBTQ+ under quarantine: isolation from their beloved communities, the repercussions of a militaristic approach on an already vulnerable population, the unbearable yearning for love and companionship, and so […]
MULAT is a tribute to the recent celebration of Independence Day. Moreover, it is a call to continue fighting for our right to good governance as our right to free speech is curtailed by the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law and the shutdown of a media […]
Ang MUSIKAHAN ay isang selebrasyon ng samu’t saring wika ng ating bansa. Magkakaiba-iba man ang wika o dayalektong sinasambit ng bawat isa, maaari pa rin tayong pagbuklurin ng unibersal na mensahe ng musika. Dinggin at intindihin ang himig ng bawat awit, at kilalanin nang mas malalim […]
Ang yugtong ito ay ipinangalan sa itinatampok na koleksyon ni Louise O. Lopez na naglalaman ng mga tulang nilikha mula, tungkol, at para sa lungsod. Kasamang itatanghal ang iba pang katulad na akda ng iba pang kasamang makata. Sa yugtong ito, tayo ay sasamahan ni Louise […]
Ang ikalimang episode ng GANAP ay ang ikalawang bahagi ng “Lungsod-Lungsuran.” Sa nakaraang episode, napagnilayan natin ang paghahanap ng sarili sa siyudad. Nasilayan din natin ang kundisyon ng mga taong sapilitang nakikipagsapalaran sa kalsada—mga taong hindi malaman kung nawawala ba o natatagpuan ang sarili sa pakikipagsabayan […]
Following the discussion on political maturity and substance in writing, these six women writers performed their works that each told their own perspective on existing as a woman. Hear what these women have had to say through the years. This episode features performances by six women […]
To wrap the year up, Likhaan looks back and forward. The back-to-back episodes tie-in with the other projects of the Likhaan UP Institute of Creative Writing, including a throwback on the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Awards featuring guest appearances from its previous awardees, and a […]
Napakaraming uri ng pagmamahal, ngunit kadalasan ay pinipilit nating hanapin ito sa piling ng nobyo o nobya. Kilalanin ang iba’t ibang mukha ng pag-ibig sa ikawalong episode ng GANAP, “Pag-ibig, Paglaya: Mga Mukha ng Pagmamahal.” Tampok sina James Degollado, Jas Feria, Jem Ponce, Lance Abellon, at […]

PAN: Panayam sa Panitikan sa Panahon ng Pandemya

The PAN series of online lectures and discussions aims to help writers with the production of literature considering the immense pressure brought by the pandemic. These conversations are made to foster a digital community where they can safely exchange ideas and enrich their own craft.

This episode discusses the experiences of different writers in their attempts to write in a pandemic-stricken Philippines. The goal of this installment is not to pressure viewers into writing, rather to help unpack the difficulties of producing literature in these times and propose ways to work […]
This is the second part of the episode that discusses the experiences of different writers in their attempts to write in a pandemic-stricken Philippines. The goal of this installment is not to pressure viewers into writing, rather to help unpack the difficulties of producing literature in […]
This episode features five panelists who give their own recommended readings for the quarantine. Like writing, reading is different for each of us, and we want to get as many perspectives on reading to find what kind of literature works for as many people as possible. […]
Writing has always been a way to express ourselves and organize our thoughts. It becomes an even more powerful tool for healing from trauma, not just for the writer, but also for those who read it. But processing trauma through writing is easier said than done, […]
Bago pa man pasukin ng COVID19 ang ating bansa, nakasanayan na natin ang pagkonsumo ng sining sa iba’t ibang paraan. Makaluma man o makabago, hindi na lamang sa pahina ng libro matatagpuan ang isang kuwento. Nariyan ang teatro, sayaw, musika, pati na rin ang iba pang […]
This episode is a tie-in with the 59th UP National Writers’ Workshop. The lecture problematizes the idea that in the modern day, there are so many narratives demanding to be told. The question posed: what should writers write about first? Four lecturers, two from the fellows […]
“Write what you know” is something often advised to young writers regardless of sex or gender. In the case of women, is it enough to write only about what they know? Or is there an imperative to connect their experiences to larger struggles? For this episode, […]
To kick off 2021, we went live with the much-awaited sequel of “I Have Something to Say: Women Writers on Political Maturity and Substance in Writing.” There are so many other permutations of being a woman, and one cannot assume to speak for every other woman […]

Interdiscplinary Book Forum

The Interdisciplinary Book Forum 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. In keeping with public safety protocols, the forum has been moved to an online platform.

This online discussion on Dr. Baticulon’s book becomes even more relevant as the COVID19 pandemic exposes the cracks in our healthcare system, growing and threatening to collapse on the vulnerable Filipino population. The panel comprises Prof. Sandra Nicole Roldan (Department of English and Comparative Literature, UP […]