Rene Villanueva was a playwright and writer for television and the stage, but he was also known to revolutionize children’s literature as a genre of literary production. As an influential storybook writer who has produced many notable and ground-breaking books, such as Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit, Nemo: Ang Batang Papel, Tiktipaklong, Ang Makapangyarihang Kyutiks ni Mama, Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Lola, Nasaan ang Tsinelas ko? and many others, he was able to not only contribute in the shaping of Philippine contemporary children’s literature but also inspired many writers to continue his tradition. More than his accolades, his legacy was his voluminous works for print, TV, and the stage that empower child characters and readers, reflect and critique the social situations of his time, and champion the Filipino culture in contemporary style.

To honor this legacy, we invite academics, writers, and researchers to submit critical papers and research works that provide a deeper understanding of Rene Villanueva’s works for children.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Rene Villanueva and his legacy in children’s literature
  • Themes in his works for children
  • Textual analysis of his literary works for children
  • Analysis of his works vis-à-vis the social struggles of the time
  • Critical perspectives in his published works and creations in theater and media
  • Situating his works into the current time
  • Child readers’ reception to his works
  • Issues of publication and literary production during his time
  • Annotated bibliography of his works for children
  • Sources and influences of Rene Villanueva’s books for children
  • Rene Villanueva as a translator/reteller of children’s stories

Send your chapter proposals in the form of an abstract to [email protected] on or before September 30, 2021. Researchers of accepted proposals are required to submit full paper by February 28, 2022.

The expected full chapter should be 6000-8000 words in length, following APA citation. Ensure that a list of references and bibliography of cited creative works discussed are included. Articles may be in English or Filipino.

Dr. Eugene Y. Evasco, Departmento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas, UP Diliman
Prof. Cheeno Marlo M. Sayuno, Department of Humanities, UP Los Baños