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 Hotel, UP Diliman.
The celebration begins with the awarding ceremonies for the 17th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA). This year, the award will be given to a writer in English who has just written his or her first book. The finalists for this year are: Arnie Quibranza Mejia for Writing Naked: A Memoir, V.J. Campilan for All My Lonely Islands, Francisco Guevara for The Reddest Herring, and Catherine Torres for  Mariposa Gang and Other Stories. The judges are Gemino Abad, Randy David, and Sarge Lacuesta.
This is followed by the launch of the Likhaan Journal 11, the annual journal of contemporary Philippine literature published by the UP ICW. This year’s issue editor is UP ICW fellow Dr. Luna Sicat Cleto, with Romulo Baquiran and Isabelita Orlina Reyes as associate editors.
Capping the evening will be Writers Night 2017 proper, which this year will feature music by Lourd De Veyra, a soft launch of Romula Baquiran’s new book Ibig, poetry readings by The Makatas and other renowned poets, as well as a guest pianist and singer.  A fellowship dinner among writers, readers, scholars, and artists will precede the program, happening from 6 to 7pm. There will likewise be a silent auction of works and memorabilia by writers and visual artists.
Admission is free. Everyone is invited. The media is invited to participate, as well as for coverage. For inquiries, email [email protected].