UMPIL Congress on April 30

In celebration of the National Literature Month, the Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) will hold its National Writers Congress on April 30, 2016, 8 am to 5 pm, at the Faura Hall AVR, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

The congress consists of a writers forum in the morning, and the awarding ceremonies of the annual Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Francisco Balatas, Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez, and Gawad Pedro Bucaneg, in the afternoon. 

A new set of UMPIL officers will also be elected during the congress and application for new members will be processed.

Taking the overarching theme of the congress, “A Nation in Translation”, the writers forum is headlined by a keynote lecture by dramatist and translator Dr. Paul Dumol. Dumol teaches literature, philosophy and history at the University of Asia and the Pacific. Last year, his book The Manila Synod of 1852: The Draft of its Handbook for Confessors(Ateneo de Manila University Press) won a National Book Award for Translation from the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board.

The writers forum also features a panel discussion on the art and industry of translation. The panel includes poet Kristian Sendon Cordero, Chinese-Filipino writer Joaquin Sy, and Ateneo de Manila professor Danton Remoto.

Cordero is an award-winning poet in Filipino and Bikol and currently initiates translation projects for the emerging Ateneo de Naga University Press. Meanwhile, Sy is the most active translator of Chinese-Filipino writing. Remoto, last year’s recipient of the Gawad Balagtas for poetry in English, hosts a popular arts and current affairs show in Radio Singko 92.3 FM. 

Highlighting the congress is the conferment of the three major awards being given out by UMPIL since 1988. 

This year’s recipients of the Gawad Alagad ni Francisco Balagtas, a lifetime achievement award for literary writing, are Maria Josephine “Joi” Barrios-Leblanc (Poetry in Filipino), Victor Sugbo (Poetry in English and Waray), Macario Tiu (Fiction in English and Cebuano), Nicolas Pichay (Drama in Filipino), Tito Valiente (Essay in English), Resurrecion Hidalgo (Fiction in Hiligaynon), Wilmer Joseph Tria, SJ (Essay in Bikol and Translation), and Susie Tan (Essay in Chinese). 

Receiving the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez, an award for achievement in literary education, is the poet Dr. Christine Godinez-Ortega, the long-time director of the Iligan National Writers Workshop, and professor of literature at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. Receiving the Gawad Pedro Bucaneg, an award for literary organizations, is the Chinese-Filipino Literary Society.

The congress is open to the public.

The congress is supported by the Kagawaran ng Filipino, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila; the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino; and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

For inquiries and registration, email UMPIL Secretary-General Dr. Michael Coroza at mcoroza@ateneo.edu.

 

Marites Vitug to deliver the 2016 Adrian Cristobal Lecture

Eminent journalist and author Marites Danguilan Vitug will deliver the 2016 Adrian Cristobal Lecture, which will be held on 22 February 2016, Monday, 3:00PM, at the AIM Conference Center Manila (ACCM), J.V. del Rosario Building, Benavidez cor. Trasierra Sts., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Her lecture is entitled “Democracy beyond elections: overcoming impotence.” 

The Adrian E. Cristobal Lecture Series was established by the Cristobal family, in collaboration with the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), or the Writers’ Union of the Philippines. It aims to honor the intellectual legacy of the late renowned writer and former UMPIL chairperson whose name the series carries. In this annual event, a Filipino public intellectual delivers a keynote speech on a topic related to a current socio-political condition in the country or a cultural development. The past lecturers include Gemino Abad (2011), National Artist Virgilio Almario (2012), Resil Mojares (2013), Reynaldo Ileto (2014), and Solita Monsod (2015). 

In light of the forthcoming national elections, Vitug will propose in her lecture other modes of exercising democracy, to make it real and substantial, and to make it work for the public good. This is in contrary to the elite rule and the power of the dominant few. She states in the summary of her talk, “Given the oligarchic structure of our society, the prevalence of vested interests and the inequality in our midst, popular discourse should include ways to overcome our sense of impotence, of powerlessness beyond casting our votes. There are various paths to take, as outsiders who publicly advocate reforms, form pressure groups and lobby for these with the legislative and executive departments to becoming insiders by running for public office and working in government. Thus, kindling our civic spirit takes more than a trip to the polling place on election day.”

Vitug is editor at large of www.rappler.com. She is the author of seven books, including two on the Philippine judiciary—“Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court” and “Hour Before Dawn: The Fall and Uncertain Rise of the Philippine Supreme Court,” which won the 2012 National Book Award for Non-fiction given by the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board of the Philippines. 

Her other books are: “Our Rights, Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court” (with Criselda Yabes); “Power from the Forest: the Politics of Logging”; “Jalan-Jalan: A Journey through EAGA” (with Criselda Yabes, 1998), and “Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao” (with Glenda M. Gloria, 2000). Both “Power from the Forest” and “Under the Crescent Moon” won the National Book Awards respectively in 1994 and 2001. “Jalan-Jalan” was chosen by Asiaweek as one of the best books on Asia for 1999. Her latest book, “Endless Journey,” is a memoir of retired general and former national security adviser, Jose Almonte. 

Vitug’s essays and articles have appeared in periodicals such as Nikkei Asia Review, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Newsweek, and Asahi Shimbun; and in books and journals, including “The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia” (Routledge: London and New York) and “The Journal of Environment and Development” (University of California in San Diego). In 2006, a global risk consultancy firm, Eurasia Group, ranked her 45 among 50 Global Leaders, mostly heads of states, for her work in Newsbreak. She received the Courage in Journalism Award from the US-based International Women’s Media Foundation for her reportage on the plunder of Palawan’s forests, and the Journalists of the Year award (2015) from the Metrobank Foundation, among many others. 

This lecture is co-funded by SPIT, or Silly People’s Improv Theater Philippines. It is open to the public. Admission is free. For more details, please contact Ms. Eva Cadiz at (63)9178453721; or email Michael Coroza, Secretary General of UMPIL at mcoroza@ateneo.edu.

 

UMPIL announces Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas awardees

The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) or The Writers’ Union of the Philippines will hold the Writers’ Congress on 29 August 2015, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Venue will be the Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

This year’s Adrian Cristobal Lecturer is Solita Monsod, notable economist and media personality. This annual lecture, delivered by a public intellectual, is sponsored by the family of the late writer and former UMPIL chairperson whose name the lecture carries. This will be followed by the Writers’ Forum on the topic “E-Karapatan: The Writers’ Rights On-line.”

The congress’ highlight is the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, given to Filipino writers who have contributed significantly to the development of Philippine literature in any language. This year’s awardees are: Crisostomo B. Balairos (Hiligaynon Fiction), Nemesio S. Baldesco Sr. (Waray Poetry), Rafael A. Banzuela, Jr. (Bikol Poetry), Marcelo A. Geocallo (Cebuano Fiction), Susan S. Lara (Fiction in English), Linda T. Lingbaoan (Iluko Fiction), Yen Makabenta (Essay in English), Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr. (Poetry in Filipino), Danton R. Remoto (Poetry in English), and Rody Vera (Drama in Filipino).

The Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez for outstanding literature teacher will be conferred upon Erlinda Kintanar Alburo, former director of the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos in Cebu. The Gawad Pedro Bucaneg for outstanding literary organization will be given to the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), the resident theatre company of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT).

This event is organized in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the Ateneo de Manila’s Department of Filipino
Open to the public. Free admission. UMPIL writers and members are enjoined to attend the Congress and renew their membership. For more details, please contact Ms. Eva Cadiz at (63)9178453721; or email Michael Coroza, Secretary General of UMPIL at mcoroza@ateneo.edu.

UMPIL to host ASEAN Literary Symposium

ASEAN LITERARY SYMPOSIUM
26-28 August 2015
Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University 
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Organized by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) (Writers’ Union of the Philippines) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) (Commission on Filipino Language), and the Ateneo de Manila’s Department of Filipino.

The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the Ateneo de Manila’s Department of Filipino will host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Literary Symposium on 26-28 August 2015, at the Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

The symposium gathers scholars and writers from ASEAN member countries to respond to the needs and challenges of regional integration, and locate the place of literature and literary education in Southeast Asia.

Country speakers include Melani Budianta (Indonesia), Trisilpa Boonkachorn (Thailand), Athithouthay Chatouphonexay (Laos), Nor Faridah Binti Abdul Manaf (Malaysia), Rebecca T. Añonuevo (Philippines), among others.

A panel discussion on the importance of translation in the ASEAN Literary Education by poet-translators Marne Kilates, Mario Miclat, and D.M. Reyes will culminate the symposium.

The symposium is open to the public, but does not include meals and kits. To enlist as guest, email convenor Michael M. Coroza at mcoroza@ateneo.edu or head of secretariat Louie Jon A. Sanchez at lsanchez@ateneo.edu.

UMPIL National Conference 2014 to be held on August 28 to 30

Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), or the Writers’ Union of the Philippines, will hold its national conference UMPIL Pambansang Kumperensiya 2014 on “Ang Rehiyonal na Panitikan Bilang Pambansang Panitikan” (The Regional Literature as National Literature) on 28-30 August 2014, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Mass Communication Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City. 

The conference will address issues on the construct of the national literature from the literatures of the region, and the concept of the Asian in Philippine literature.  Karina Bolasco, the publisher of Anvil, is the current President of UMPIL while Michael Coroza of Ateneo de Manila University serves as the Secretary-General. This year’s conference director is John Enrico Torralba. 

The keynote speakers are Rosario C. Lucero of UP Diliman and Dina S. Ocampo, Undersecretary of the Department of Education. The Adrian Cristobal Memorial Lecture will be delivered by renowned cultural historian and intellectual Dr. Reynaldo Ileto, presently affiliated with the National University of Singapore.

Panel fora will deal with topics such as the Poetics of Literature from the Region, the Critical Tradition in the Philippines, Literature in the Time of K+12, and the Regional Literature in Cinema. The panelists include Jaime An Lim, Jose Jason Chancoco, Hope Sabanpan Yu, Oscar Campomanes, Jayson P. Jacobo, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Maria Luisa Torres Reyes, Ani Rosa Almario-David, Alvin Yapan, John Iremil Teodoro, Patrick Campos, Dinah Roma, Danilo Francisco Reyes, Jose Wendell Capili, among others. 

Teaching demonstrations will be conducted by Lilibeth Oblena-Quiore (Miriam College), Salvador Biglaen (Miriam College High School), and Jethro Tenorio (Ateneo de Manila University). 

UMPIL also announces this year’s Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, awarded to living Filipino writers who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine letters in any language. The recipients are: Victor Peñaranda (Poetry in English), Eli R. Guieb (Kathang Filipino), Luis Francia (Essay in English), Steven Patrick Fernandez (Dula sa Filipino), Querubin D. Fernandez, Jr. (Tulang Kapampangan), Nilo P. Pamonag (Tula at Kathang Hiligaynon), Lamberto G. Ceballos (Tula at Kathang Cebuano), Lorenzo G. Tabin (Tula at Kathang Ilocano).

This year’s Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez for outstanding literature teaching is awarded to Regina Garcia Groyon, who retired from the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod. The Gawad Pedro Bucaneg for outstanding literary organization will be given to Sumakwelan Iloilo, an association of Hiligaynon writers active in the promotion and production of Hiligaynon literary arts and language.  

Conference registration fee is Php 3,000, which covers entry to all sessions, workshop kit, lunch and merienda, and certificate. Discounts will be given to early bird and group registration. For inquiries and reservation, please contact Ms. Eva Cadiz at (63)9178453721 or email umpil2014@yahoo.com. 

 

‘Umpilan’ hinggil sa literaturang Tagalog at Tsinoy idaraos sa San Agustin Iloilo sa Abril 28

Idaraos ng Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) sa pakikipagtulungan ng Office of Research and Planning ng Pamantasang San Agustin sa Lungsod Iloilo ang “Umpilan sa Iloilo,” bahagi ng serye ng mga panayam hinggil sa mga panitikan ng Filipinas, sa pagtalakay sa lagay at tunguhin ng panitikang Tagalog at Tsinoy, sa Abril 28, 2014, 10:00 n.u., sa President’s Conference Room ng San Agustin.

Tampok na mga tagapanayam sina Rebecca Añonuevo at Shirley Lua. Ang manunulat sa Kinaray-a na si John Iremil Teodoro ang tagapagpadaloy.

Si Añonuevo, taal na taga-Pasig, ay premyadong makata na may-akda ng anim ng libro ng mga tula sa Filipino kabilang ang Bago ang Babae at Isa Lang ang Pangalan. Propesor siya ng Filipino at Literatura sa Kolehiyong Miriam. Si Lua naman ay isang kilalang edukador at kritiko na eksperto sa Literaturang Tsinoy. Isa rin siyang makata. Propesor siya ng literatura sa Pamantasang De La Salle-Manila.

Libre at bukás ang aktibidad sa publiko, lalo na sa mga guro at mag-aaral ng Panitikan ng Filipinas. Inaanyayahan ding dumalo ang mga kasapi at ibig maging kasapi ng UMPIL. Tumawag lamang sa 337-7716 (Hanapin si Ms. Carmen Dureza) para sa reserbasyon.

Ang Umpilan sa Iloilo ay bahagi ng pagbubukas ng 12th San Agustin Writers Workshop na gaganapin sa Abril 28-30.

Para sa iba pang detalye, maaaring magpadala ng mensahe kay Dr. Michael M. Coroza, Secretary General ng UMPIL, sa mcoroza@ateneo.edu o kay Bb. Eva Garcia Cadiz sa gondour03@yahoo.com.

Maaari ding bisitahin ang Kalatas, opisyal na pahayagan ng UMPIL, sa Facebook at Twitter para sa mga balita at artikulo sa panitikan, kultura, at sining. 

UMPIL announces 2013 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas recipients

The Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) is pleased to announce the seven recipients of the 2013 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, writers Alice Tan Gonzales (fiction in Hiligaynon), Grace Hsieh-Hsing Lee (poetry in Chinese), Francisco T. Ponce (fiction in Ilocano), Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz (poetry in Filipino), Rolando B. Tolentino (fiction and essay in Filipino), Mario I. Miclat (fiction in English and Filipino), and Floy Quintos (drama in Filipino).

They will be honored in an awarding ceremony at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University on August 31 (2pm) with the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez and Gawad Pedro Bucaneg recipients, Lina B. Diaz de Rivera and the Baguio Writers Group respectively. Gawad Balagtas is awarded to living Filipino writers who have contributed outstanding works in any language currently used in the Philippines, Gawad Benitez to oustanding literature teachers, and Gawad Bucaneg to consistently productive literary organizations. All the previous recipients of the Gawads are invited to attend the whole-day event.

Prior to the awards, UMPIL sponsors the Writers Forum, a discussion on an issue important to writers and readers. Poet and broadcaster Lourd de Veyra leads the discussion on “May Protesta Pa Ba Sa Pagsulat?” (Does Protest Still Count In Literature?) with writers Axel Pinpin, Katrina Stuart Santiago, and Leloy Claudio. The awards is the culmination of a two day conference that celebrates the Andres Bonifacio sesquicentennial, the “Andres Bonifacio As Writer Conference for Teachers” on 29-31 August 2013 at the same venue. Guest of honor is scholar and sociologist Randolf S. David. On 29 August (Thurs), Randolf S. David will lecture on the conference theme, to be followed by the launch of Virgilio S. Almario’s Ang Pag-ibig sa Bayan ni Andres Bonifacio (UST Publishing House). In the afternoon, Dr. Oscar V. Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila), Dr. J. Pilapil Jacobo (Ateneo de Manila), and Dr. Jose Victor Torres (De La Salle University) will join the panel discussion on the “Rationale and Aesthetics of Bonifacio’s Works.” Then Prof. Danilo Francisco M. Reyes will demo-teach on a related topic. On the 30th of August, morning session, Dr. Francis Gealogo (Ateneo de Manila), Dr. Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines), and Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino (University of the Philippines) will discuss “Bonifacio’s Influence in the Development of Protest Literature in the Philippines,” to be followed with the demo-teaching on a related topic by Salvador Biglaen (Miriam College). In the afternoon session, Dr. Shirley Lua (De La Salle University), Dr. Edgar Samar (Ateneo de Manila University), and Dr. Luna Sicat-Cleto (University of the Philippines) will discuss “Contemporary Theory and Praxis That Illuminate the Bonifacio Texts and Context,” to be followed by the demo-teaching on a related topic by Prof. Ferdie Lopez (University of Santo Tomas).

The event is made possible by the support of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), Kagawaran ng Filipino, and the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Department of Education (DepEd). UMPIL members, teachers, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the conference as well as the convention. For details, text Ms Eva Cadiz at 09178453721 or email the conference director and UMPIL Secretary General Michael M. Coroza at umpilconference2013@yahoo.com or mcoroza@ateneo.edu.

UMPIL to hold annual convention and the Andres Bonifacio Conference for Teachers this August

To celebrate the Andres Bonifacio sesquicentennial and as an important part of its annual convention, the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) will hold the “Andres Bonifacio As Writer Conference for Teachers” on 29-31 August 2013 at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Guest of honor is scholar and sociologist Randolph S. David.

On 29-30 August (Thurs-Frid), respected scholars will deliver papers on the aesthetics, theory and praxis, and the influence of Andres Bonifacio’s works during the 1896 Revolution and its aftermath. The main objective of the conference is to foreground Andres Bonifacio’s image as organic intellectual and thereby correct misconceptions which are the root causes of his marginalized position in Philippine literary history.

Among the critics and scholars who will lead the three panel discussions include Ateneo de Manila’s Oscar Campomanes, Ma. Luisa Torres Reyes, Jayson P. Jacobo, and Edgar Samar; University of the Philippine’s Roland B. Tolentino, Ramon Guillermo, and Luna Sicat-Cleto; and De La Salle University’s Shirley Lua and Jose Victor Torres. To further inspire the teachers explore methods of teaching the Bonifacio texts, veteran educators will demo-teach on the hero’s poems and prose works, namely Prof. Danilo Francisco M. Reyes (AdMU), Prof. Ferdie Lopez (University of Santo Tomas), and Mr. Salvador Biglaen (Miriam College).

On 31 August, the annual UMPIL members convention features the Writers Forum and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas, Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez, and Gawad Pedro Bucaneg. Gawad Balagtas is awarded to living Filipino writers who have contributed outstanding works in any language currently used in the Philippines, Gawad Benitez to oustanding literature teachers, and Gawad Bucaneg to consistently productive literary organizations. All the previous recipients of the Gawads are invited to attend the whole-day event.

Poet and UMPIL executive board member Fidel Rillo as well as other writers/practitioners will be the resource persons for the Writers Forum called “May Protesta Pa Ba Sa Pagsulat?” (Does Protest Still Count  In Literature?).

The event is made possible by the support of Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP), Kagawaran ng Filipino, and the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University, and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has officially endorsed the conference as an activity worth the time of Filipino teachers.

UMPIL members, teachers, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the conference as well as the convention.

For details, text Ms Eva Cadiz at 09178453721 or email the conference director and UMPIL Secretary General Michael M. Coroza at umpilconference2013@yahoo.com or mcoroza@ateneo.edu.

Umpilan sa panitikan Waray, idaraos sa Ateneo ngayong Mayo 17

Idaraos ng Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) ang ikatlong “Umpilan”, ang serye ng mga panayam hinggil sa mga panitikan ng Filipinas, sa pagtalakay sa lagay at tunguhin ng panitikang Waray, sa Mayo 17, 2013, 4:30 pm, sa Natividad Galang Fajardo (NGF) Conference Room, Gusaling Horacio De La Costa ng Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila.

Tampok na mga tagapanayam sina Jerry Gracio at Duke Bagulaya.

Bukás ang aktibidad sa publiko, lalo na sa mga guro at mag-aaral ng Panitikan ng Filipinas. Inaanyayahan ding dumalo ang mga kasapi at ibig maging kasapi ng UMPIL.

Para sa iba pang detalye, maaaring magpadala ng mensahe kay Dr. Michael M. Coroza, Secretary General ng UMPIL, sa mcoroza@ateneo.edu o kay Bb. Eva Garcia Cadiz sa gondour03@yahoo.com.

Ang “Umpilan” ay programa ng UMPIL, sa pakikipagtulungan ng Ateneo Institute for Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP) at Kagawaran ng Filipino ng Paaralan ng Humanidades ng Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila.

Maaari ring bisitahin ang Kalatas, opisyal na pahayagan ng UMPIL, sa Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UMPIL.Kalatas) at Twitter (https://twitter.com/UMPIL_Kalatas) para sa mga balita at artikulo sa panitikan, kultura, at sining.

Call for nominations: 26th Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas

The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL, or Writers Union of the Philippines) has opened the nominations for its annual Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas. The lifetime achievement awards will be given on August 31, 2013, during the annual UMPIL convention.

Founded in 1974, UMPIL is the largest organization of Filipino writers in the country.

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION

Living Filipino writers who have contributed outstanding works in any language currently used in the Philippines.

• Writers who have dedicated their lives and talents to the development, propagation, and promotion of any Philippine literature.

• Writers accepted and recognized by their peers or by their leaders for their significant pioneering work or their contribution to the enrichment of their particular literary form.

• Writers nominated by respected literary groups or institutions, by at least two members of the UMPIL Gawad Search Commitee.

REQUIREMENTS

• Each nomination must contain proper documentation or requirements nominee’s literary career, his/her biodata, and recent photo for nominations (passport size, four copies).

DEADLINE

• Nomination must be submitted on or before 31 May 2013 to the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, c/o Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing, 2/F Bulwagang Rizal, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.