Finalists of the 19th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award Announced

Now on its 19th 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 of our foremost writers and critics. This year’s MGBFBA focuses on first books in English that came out between 2017 and 2018. The […]


Call for Nominations for the 19th Madrigal-Gonzalez First Book Award

The UP Institute of Creative Writing and the Madrigal-Gonzalez Family are making a call for nominees to the 19th Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award. The award is given to the best first book by a Filipino writer, and alternates each year between books written in Filipino and in English. This year, the award is […]


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 […]


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 […]


Zeno Denolo on Uberman and winning the Madrigal-Gonzalez Award

We caught up with Zeno Antonio Denolo, author of the acclaimed novel Uberman (under his pen name, Zero A.D.) which won the Special Jury award of the 2015 Cirilo F. Bautista Prize, as well as the Madrigal-Gonzalez First Book Award in 2016. He gamely talks about the fighting chance of self-published books, joining literary contests, […]


UP Holds 16th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award, Likhaan Journal 10 Launch, UP Writers Night 2016 on December 2

  LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) celebrates Philippine writers with Writers Night 2016, an annual festivity comprised of three major events happening on December 2, 2016, 4-10pm, at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in UP Diliman. First is the awarding ceremonies for the 16th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award. This year, […]