Likhaan: News and Features


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 […]


UP Book Forum Revisits the Enduring Legacy of Traditional Filipino Medicine

by Joel Toledo “No single Filipino has not encountered traditional plants and medicine; they are everywhere, even in the most modern of families,” said Dr. Ma. Mercedes Planta, author of the book Traditional Medicine in the Colonial Philippines, 16th to the 19th Century. The book was the focus of the third and most recent installment […]


Application for Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvenido Lumbera Translators Seminar Extended to January 15

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing is extending the call for submissions for the first Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvendio Lumbera translators seminar to January 15, 2018. The seminar will take place on February 8 and 9, 2017 at the UP Hotel in Quezon City. Saling Panitik is in honor of National Artist and ICW […]


UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum on Traditional Filipino Medicine Happening September 27

The UP Press and the UP Institute of Creative Writing will hold its latest installment of the semestral Interdisciplinary Book Forum or IBF on September 27, 2017 at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The forum will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. The IBF series is hosted by the UP […]


Fellows to the Second Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio Writers Workshop Announced

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative of Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the second Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop (ALBWW) to be held on October 6-9, 2017 at the Oracle Hotel and Residences, Katipunan, Quezon City. Presided over by this year’s Workshop Director Eugene Evasco, the UP ICW has selected five poetry suites, six stories, and […]


UP Interdisciplinary Book Forum to Focus on New Book on Traditional Filipino Medicine

The UP Press and the UP Institute of Creative Writing will be holding its latest installment of the semestral Interdisciplinary Book Forum or IBF on September 27, 2017 at the Pavilion 1131, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. The forum will be held from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. This semester’s book-in-focus is Dr. Ma. Mercedes […]


57th UP National Writers Workshop Now Accepting Applications

LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 57th UP National Writers Workshop to be held in April 2018. The workshop aims to help published writers further hone their craft. Writers from the regions outside NCR are encouraged to apply. All fellows are entitled to […]


UP ICW offers Likhaan Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing through the generous support of the Likhaan Foundation is offering the Likhaan Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship to a deserving student this coming school year, 2017-18. The scholarship is open to all students of MA Creative Writing who are in good standing. The applicant must be at least in […]


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 […]