Likhaan: News and Features


UP ICW’s Fourth Interdisciplinary Book Forum to Focus on National Cinema at the Turn of the Century

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing will hold the fourth installment of the Interdisciplinary Book Forum (IBF) this March 15, 2-5pm at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The book-in-focus for this iteration is The End of National Cinema: Filipino Film at the Turn of the Century by Prof. Patrick F. Campos. The […]


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 It features the best of new and unpublished Philippine writing in English and Filipino.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 […]


Fellows to the 57th UP National Writers Workshop Announced

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative of Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the 57th UP National Writers Workshop to be held on April 1-8, 2018. The UP ICW has selected twelve writers for the workshop, presided over by this year’s Workshop Director Vladimeir Gonzales. The 2018 fellows are Bernardo O. Aguay Jr. (Poetry, […]


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 […]