National conference on Cebuano language and literature to be held at the USC

The USC Cebuano Studies Center in cooperation with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) will host the national conference on Cebuano language and literature on April 25-27, 2016 at the Gansewinkel Hall, University of San Carlos, Cebu City.The conference aims to address the issues and challenges of Cebuano language and literature in the struggle to improve the languages and literatures of the Philippines.

There will be sessions on the following topics: 1) History of Cebuano Literature; 2) Cebuano Literature and the Formation of the National Literature; 3) Contemporary Cebuano Literature; and 4) Cebuano Language/ in Central Visayas in line with K-12 and MTB-MLE.

There will be an awarding ceremony for the advocates of Cebuano: Dr. Resil Mojares, Dr. Erlinda Alburo, Hon. Adelino Sitoy and Atty. Cesar Kilaton, Jr. Mga Inalisngaw sa akong Tutunlan, the latest poetry collection by multi-awarded writer and editor of Bisaya magazine Richel Dorotan will be launched during the program.Participants from Region VII principals, teachers in the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels as well as writers and students are all invited to this activity.

For those interested, please contact Raphael Dean Polinar 0927-362-7350 or Laurinne Ganados 0923-464-0765 or by landline (32) 4066079 or by email at

TAGIK Meetup in Cebu to gather young Cebuano writers

Mag-Binisaya ta, mga Bisaya!

Writers of the native tongue in Cebu are invited to a first-of-its-kind TAGIK Meetup to read, write, and share literary output while mingling with fellow young Cebuano writers writing in Binisaya.

Young writers need not be eloquent writers of the language but are willing to hone their skills to improve writing in Binisaya. Open to everyone, student or not, who are willing to expand their literary circle.

Several young and published writers will share their literary experiences to the attendees. An invited guest writer will give advice on how to improve their writing in the native tongue and how to get published.

There will also be a literary discussion that will involve some notable works from established writers. Attendees will also be required to bring pen and paper since there will be a short writing exercise and sharing afterwards.

TAGIK Meetup will be on April 16, 2016, Saturday, in Handuraw Pizza Gorordo at 2PM. This event is in partnership with Handuraw Pizza and Balakista.

Come and join us! Check out the event page here:

If interested, please register here for free:

Event to highlight Cebuano literary giant

            A tribute to writer, composer and musician Msgr. Rodolfo Villanueva, a.k.a Renato Madrid, will be held on April 8 at 1-7PM at Robinsons Galleria Cebu. Paying homage to him are Cebu’s five major literary organizations: MAD (Mga Anak sa Dagang), NoMADS, TINTA, WILA (Women in Literary Arts), Bathalan-ong Halad sa Dagang (BATHALAD), and some local artists. Also present will be Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and USC Professor Emeritus Dr. Resil Mojares who will share about Msgr. Villanueva’s life and works.

            Msgr. Villanueva is author of two novels: Devil Wings and Mass for the Death of an Enemy, and the short story collection, Southern Harvest. He has composed many prize-winning songs.

            After the tribute will be the launches of Tampu: Writing and Influence in Cebuano Literature edited by Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu with her Cebuano Literature class, Dila Ilab-ilab Black Hole by Bathalad writers Josua Cabrera, Noel Villaflor and Jeremiah Bondoc. Karla Quimsing’s book Pansit Poetry will also be launched. Copies of the said titles will be available for purchase at the venue.

            The event is part of Dandaniw 2016, a nationwide activity sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in celebration of the National Literature Month. “Dandaniw” is the Iluko word for poetry. Simultaneous poetry, prose readings and performances will be held all over the Philippines on April 8.  

            Dandaniw 2016 in Cebu is organized by the USC Cebuano Studies Center in partnership with Robinsons Galleria.

            For inquiries you may contact Laurinne Ganados or Julius Cesar Cudera at (32) 4066079, or e-mail You may also go to the Dandaniw Facebook  event page and the Cebuano Studies Center website at





Pambansang Kumperensiya sa Wika at Panitikang Sebwano, gaganapin sa 25-27 Abril 2016

Itatampok ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at University of San Carlos (USC) ang wika at panitikang Sebwano sa 25-27 Abril 2016 sa University of San Carlos, Lungsod Cebu.

Layon ng kumperensiya na matalakay ang mga isyu at pagbabago na kinakaharap ng wika at panitikang Sebwano na mahalagang sandigan sa pagpapaunlad ng wika at panitikang Filipino. 

Magkakaroon ng sesyon sa sumusunod na paksa: 1) Kasaysayan ng Panitikang Sebwano; 2) Panitikang Sebwano at ang Pagbuo ng Panitikang Pambansa; 3) Ang Kontemporaneong Panitikang Sebwano; at 4) Ang Wikang Sebwano/sa Gitnang Bisayas sa Panahon ng K-12 at MTB-MLE.

Inaasahan ang pagdalo ng mga kinatawan mulang Rehiyon VII, mga manunulat, punong guro, tagapag-ugnay, guro sa elementarya, sekundarya, at tersiyarya. 

Para sa mga interesado, makipag-ugnayan kay Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu sa 0917-3233190 at

Cebu does Poetry Night with “Kasumaran: Pisik sa mga Tinagsip”

Cebu City’s monthly poetry night will be celebrating its first anniversary this month. Presented to you by UP Cebu TINTA, The Nomads, BATHALAD Sugbo, Handuraw Pizza Gorordo, and SuWhat, this month’s #BasaBalak will be called “Kasumaran: Pisik sa mga Tinagsip.”

BATHALAD Sugbo started this monthly #BasaBalak years ago to gather fellow writers and read their works informally. As the writers matured, they passed on the task of organizing this monthly poetry reading to the young blood writers from TINTA a few months after their first poetry reading back in February 2015. Handuraw Events Cafe, with its advocacy in supporting local artists by giving them an avenue to showcase their talents for free, has been the venue of the poetry reading.

As part of its anniversary, established Cebuano writers from BATHALAD Sugbo headed by its current president Jeremiah Bondoc will be present to read their work. There will be fun and games for the audience and get a chance to win surprise items from SuWhat.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite poems and stories to share.

#BasaBalak will be held in Handuraw Events Cafe Gorordo in Lahug, Cebu City on February 27, Saturday at 7PM onwards.

Admission is FREE, as always. Join us, Creative Iskolar!

Call for submissions to Sakayang Papel: Anthology of Bisaya Poetry

With the growing consciousness on travel, migration, displacement, and origins, how do millennials from the Bisaya regions sense home?

Sakayang Papel: Anthology of Bisaya Poetry is accepting poems on the following themes: staying home, leaving home, and returning home. Poems may be in English and/or variations of Bisaya.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Call is open to millennial writers (birth years 1980s to early 2000s) from Visayas and Mindanao.
  2. 5 to 7 poems may be submitted. Unpublished works are encouraged; previously published pieces are accepted as long as the writer expresses copyright ownership and acknowledges their earlier publication. Simultaneous submission is also accepted, but the editors must be notified as soon as the work is accepted elsewhere.
  3. For submissions in the Bisaya languages, including corresponding English translations is most encouraged.
  4. Submissions, unless otherwise required by the poem’s form, must have the following format: single spaced, 12-point, Arial font, letter size page with 1 inch margin all sides.
  5. Include a bionote of 100-150 words. Unless one’s pen name has previously appeared in several publications, real name is required.
  6. Send submissions and bionote as one file attachment (.docx and .pdf format) to Sakayang Papel Anthology (Facebook) on or before 5 December 2015.
  7. Only writers of accepted submissions will be notified within 15 days after the deadline.


Cebu Literary Festival 2015 slated on June 20, Ayala Center Cebu

See you at the Cebu Literary Festival 2015 on Saturday, June 20, Ayala Center Cebu. Use the hashtag #cebuLitFest to join the fun! A full day of everything literary! Talks, moderated conversations, book fair, readings and musical performances all day! Best of all, its free! For more information call (0915) 445-3049

Check out the schedule:

Lit Matters: a discussion on teaching literature in Philippine schools with Christine Godinez Ortega, Joseph Tan, and Nancy Toledo. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, moderator.

Situation and Setting: a workshop for poetry and prose with Tim Tomlinson, president of New York Writers Workshop. 

Writing in Tongue: a panel on Bisaya literature with Merle Alunan, Insoy Ninal, and Bambi Beltran. Kristee Ann Delfin, moderator. Book launch.

Home and Away: a panel discussion with Cebuano poets Larry Ypil, Nikay Paredes, and Jun Dumdum. Tim Tomlinson, moderator. Book launch.

Coming Out: a panel on Philippine LGBT writing with Ian Casocot, Kristian Cordero, and John Iremil Teodoro. Niel Kintanar, moderator. Book launch. 

Anywhere But Here, Any Time But Now: a reading from a work in progress travel book by Jessica Zafra, followed by interview with Jude Bacalso. Book launch.

The City as A Story: Carlos Celdran talks about his Intramuros and Imelda narratives, followed by interview with Isolde Amante. 

Mojaresil: Resil Mojares in conversation with Jessica Zafra. Book launch. 

Pechakucha x #cebuLitFest with presenters Francis Sollano of Movement for a Livable Cebu, Grace Lopez of USC Film Department, Erik Tuban of Bomba Press, Boboi Costas of Aloguinsan River Eco-Cultural Tourism, Nancy Cudis of Cebu Book Club, and Mark Deutsch and the Happy Garaje team.

Folk Fiction x #cebuLitFest with Ahmed Cuizon, Kristin Aldana-Lerin, Shane Carreon, Jona Bering, Michelle Varron, and many others. Short readings and musical performances. 

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PBBY to offer free literacy seminar in Cebu this July 20

July 16 is the 30th National Children’s Book Day. As part of its celebration, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), in partnership with Adarna House and University of San Jose-Recoletos, invites public and private school teachers and librarians to Basa, Mga Kapatid! A Free Seminar on Library Activities and Book Reviewing. The seminar will be held from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on July 20, 2013 (Saturday) at AV – Room, Saint Ezekiel Moreno Bldg., University of San Jose-Recoletos, Basak Campus, Basak Pardo, Cebu City.

Speaking at the seminar will be outgoing PBBY Chair Zarah Gagatiga and incoming PBBY chair Tarie Sabido. For registration information, download the PBBY Cebu Seminar_Registration Form.

  • ABOUT Zarah Gagatiga: A teacher librarian at Beacon Academy, she used to be the coordinator of Xavier School’s Grade School Learning Resource Center and is formerly President of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING). She co-authored a book entitled Tales from the 7,000 Isles: Filipino Folk Stories published by Libraries Unlimited in 2011. She is also an accreditor for Instructional Media for the PAASCU and has been conducting lectures and workshops on library services and storytelling in Singapore, Thailand, and Hongkong.
  • ABOUT Tarie Sabido: Currently taking her MA in English Studies from the University of the Philippines, she has taught English and professional oral communication in universities such as Ateneo de Manila and De la Salle. She designs and develops materials for teaching English as a foreign language, and also blogs about children’s and young adult books. Most of her blog reviews on Into the Wardrobe, Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, and Color Online give focus and importance to Asian books.