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.