Likhaan: News and Features


Father-daughter bag prizes at 68th Palanca Awards

A father-daughter duo from Iloilo who won in separate categories at the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. This is the first time in the history of the Palanca Awards. Palanca Awards Hall of Famer Leoncio Deriada won third prize in the Short Story-Cebuano category for his work Dili Baya ko Bugoy, while his […]


Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Literature

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the LIKHAAN: UP Institute of Creative Writing held the first Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Literature on September 20-22 at the University Hotel, UP Diliman. The workshop was open to junior and senior high school teachers in the K-12 curriculum from all over the country. Of the […]


TOFARM Film Fest’s big winner, Tanabata’s Wife also a win for Philippine Literature

Tanabata’s Wife is the biggest winner in the recently concluded 3rd TOFARM Film Festival, bagging nine awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay among others. It is inspired by the classic short story of the same title by Baguio-born author Sinai Hamada, which tells a story about the enduring love of a middle-aged […]


Likhaan Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship now accepting applications

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing through the generous support of the Likhaan Foundation is offering the Likhaan Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship to deserving students this academic year, 2018-19. The scholarship is open to all students of MA Creative Writing or Malikhaing Pagsulat who are in good standing and on the thesis stage of […]


Story books popular among Pinoy youth, adults — survey

In 2017, Bible is still the most popular with 72.25%. Picture books and storybooks for children with 53.00% is the second most popular while there are 52.08% of respondents who say they read short story for children and 48.17% say they read romance.


Speculative fiction collection in Filipino to be discussed in upcoming UP ICW Book Forum

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing will hold the fifth installment of the Interdisciplinary Book Forum (IBF) this October 5, 2018, 2:30 to 4:00 pm at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The book-in-focus for this iteration is Sapantaha: Kalipunan ng mga Maikling Kwentong Spekulatibo at Imahinatibo, edited by Luna Sicat Cleto and […]


58th UP National Writers Workshop Call for Submissions

LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 58th UP National Writers Workshop to be held on 21-28 April 2019. The workshop aims to help published writers further hone their craft. Writers from the regions outside NCR are highly encouraged to apply. All fellows are […]


Kian’s story wins the National Children’s Book Award

The story about a young victim of extrajudicial killing received recognition at the National Children’s Book Awards held July 17 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “Si Kian” is a story about a 17-year-old high school student Kian Loyd Delos Santos who was shot dead by elements of the Caloocan police in its anti-drug […]


Remembering National Artist Cirilo Bautista

WATCH: Interview with Cirilo Bautista, National Artist for Literature (via Rappler) https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/06/1812630/national-artist-cirilo-bautista-passes-away-76 https://amp.rappler.com/life-and-style/arts-and-culture/202045-poet-cirilo-bautista-baguio-city-muse http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/293547/national-artist-literature-cirilo-f-bautista-76-writes-30/amp/ https://ph.asiatatler.com/life/what-the-sea-cannot-touch-remembering-cirilo-bautista Cirilo Bautista and his lifelong affair with words


Pagkilala sa Buhay at mga Akda ni Rogelio Mangahas

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/artandculture/659154/renowned-poet-rogelio-mangahas-has-passed-away-at-79/story/ https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/arts-and-culture/206452-filipino-poet-rogelio-mangahas-death Modernist vanguard poet Rogelio G. Mangahas; 79 Poet, essayist Rogelio Mangahas dies at 79