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Philippine PEN condemns Marcos burial, extra-judicial drug killings

Resolutions passed by the 59th national conference of the Philippine PEN, Nov 22, 2016:

•    Condemns the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines denying several petitions stopping the burial of President Ferdinand M. Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. This is an utter disregard of the 1986 Edsa Revolution and gross disrespect for the victims of human rights of the dictatorship, including writers who were persecuted and sometimes silenced forever.

While the high court says no law prohibits the burial of Marcos, it ignores the paramount historical truth he was deposed by a revolution that enabled the drafting of a constitution restoring democracy; this was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the Filipino people. The 1987 Constitution itself restored the independence of the Supreme Court and the judiciary.

All of this historical truth is ignored by the majority decision of the Supreme Court. The lamentable ruling amounts not only to historical revisionism but also to betrayal of the nation. It amounts to treason.
In clearing the way for the interment of the ousted strongman in the Libingan, the Supreme Court undermines the rule of law that is the foundation of authentic justice and democracy. The high court upholds gross violation of human rights, abuse of power, plunder, and murder.

The Supreme Court appears to concur with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte that the burial would result in healing. But the interment would only deepen the wounds of the nation and mock the efforts of victims of the dictatorship to obtain justice; it would only reinforce the denial of the Marcoses and their cronies that they had done wrong. The Supreme Court decision is a travesty of justice.

•    Expresses grave concern over the mounting number of killings under the anti-drug campaign of the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. While the Philippine PEN has always supported any drive against illegal drug trafficking, it is alarmed by the killings—now numbering more than 4,000—allegedly carried out by vigilante groups that the Philippine National Police and anti-drug authorities seem not in a particular hurry to stop, much less bring to justice.

It is likewise alarmed that the political rhetoric of President Duterte and his government seem to abet and even encourage such killings. The rhetoric has had a chilling effect on the people, including journalists, writers, artists, and educators, who are opposed to drug trafficking but expect police campaigns to follow lawful procedures.

The PEN believes that the rhetoric betrays an attitude that disregards basic principles of law and justice and engenders an extra-judicial mindset among law enforcers and even the public. The mindset indicates a course of action that makes short shrift of the law and blurs distinctions between pusher and user, criminal and victim. The PEN urges the Duterte administration to come clean on the issue and affirm its fidelity to the rule of law and due process.

The PEN condemns strongly the summary execution of drug suspects. It urges the Duterte government to cease all punitive actions against drug suspects and to consider the recommendation of the United Nations Global Commission on Drug Policy for UN members to decriminalize drug addiction and to consider it as a health problem.


Posted onNov 22, 2016

59th PHILIPPINE PEN NATIONAL CONFERENCE

21-22 November 2016, Monday-Tuesday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
The Verdure, 5th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De la Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Open to the public. Admission is free. Main entrance: DLSU Gate 2 (leading directly to Henry Sy Hall). Visitors, please get a PEN Congress Pass from DLSU security upon entry. Please bring your ID as identification evidence.

Theme: Change: Perils and Possibilities

Overall Convenors: Bienvenido Lumbera, Charlson Ong, Lito B. Zulueta

PROGRAM

21 November 2016, Monday

8:00-9:00 AM Registration

9:00-9:15 AM Opening Ceremonies
Invocation / In Memoriam: Maria Leonida Fres Felix
National Anthem
Reading of the PEN Charter: Glenn Sevilla Mas
Welcome Remarks: Raymond Girard Tan, DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Inspirational Remarks: Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist & Chairman, Philippine PEN

9:15 AM- 10:15 AM Keynote Address
Introduction of the Speaker: Joel Pablo Salud
Keynote Address: Nelson Navarro

10:15-10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 NN First Literary Session
Literature, Linguistic Diversity and Federal Frontiers
H. Francisco Peñones, Jr. (Chair), Sukarno Tanggol, Jonathan Malaya,
Christine Godinez Ortega, Santiago Villafania

12:00 NN-1:30 PM Lunch
Hosted by De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

1:30-3:00 PM Second Literary Session
Whatever Happened to Protest?
Charlson Ong (Chair), Lourd de Veyra, Mixkaela Villalon, Alvin Yapan

3:00-3:15 PM Coffee Break

3:15-5:00 PM Third Literary Session
The Way We Write: Panel on New Writing
Karina Bolasco (Chair), Nikki Alfar, Angelo "Sarge" Lacuesta, Zeno Denolo, Patrick Campos

5:30– 8:00 PM Solidarity Dinner @ Roofdeck, Henry Sy Sr. Hall
(for PEN members, conference speakers, and guests-of-honor only)
Hosted by the University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian

22 November 2016, Tuesday

8:30-9:30 AM Registration

9:30-11:30 AM Fourth Literary Session
Spin, Trolls, and Comms
Sarge Lacuesta (Chair), Yol Jamendang, Lisandro Claudio, Inday Espina Varona

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch
Hosted by the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation

1:00- 1:15 PM Reading of the PEN Resolutions
Presiding Officer: Lito B. Zulueta, National Secretary, Philippine PEN

1:15-3:00 PM Launching of New Titles / Authors' Talk
Moderator: Maria Leonida Fres Felix

Ma. Ailil Alvarez: Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays (UST Publishing)
Genaro Gojo Cruz: Yehey, May Pamilya na ring Mag-aaruga sa Akin! (Bookmark)
José Ma. Fons Guardiola: Los variados avatares de Chejov (XXXIV Premio Felipe Trigo de Narración Corta, Diputación de Badajoz)
Marne Kilates: Heartland, Translation of Rio Alma's Muli Sa Kandugan ng Lupa (Ateneo de Naga U Press)
Clarissa V. Militante: We Who Cannot Be Daughters (UST Publishing)
John Iremil Teodoro: Hasang, mga kuwento ng pag-ibig (UP Press)
Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, and Allan Justo Pastrana: Be Ye Steadfast. Poems (Vagabond Press)
Kristian Sendon Cordero, Tito Valiente and Atty. Celestina M. Tam, editors: Gualberto Cea Manlagñit: Mga Piling Obra (Ateneo de Naga U Press)

3:00-4:00 PM The José Rizal Lecture
The José Rizal Lecture: Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

4:00-5:00 PM Cocktails
Hosted by RCBC, SM, and the University of the Philippines

With deep gratitude to our Patrons / Partners

Clifford Chance Foundation
De La Salle University
Galerie Joaquin
Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho
PEN International
Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
SM, Inc.
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian
Documentation assistance by Cultura, DLSU student organization
Participating Publishers in Book Exhibit and Sale
Anvil Publishing
Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bookmark, Inc.
De La Salle University Publishing House
New Day Publishing
Solidaridad Bookshop
University of the Philippines Press
University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

For inquiries, please email philippinepen@yahoo.com or call Solidaridad Bookshop at tel. # 2541086.


Posted onNovember 18, 2016

F. Sionil Jose Young Writers Award 2016

The Philippine Center for the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) is now accepting entries to the 2016 F. Sionil José Young Writers Award, a competition for short fiction in English.

First prize is P50,000; second, P30,000; and third, P20,000.

Contest is open to any Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines, 30 years and younger, who need not be a member of the PEN.

Contestant should submit one unpublished short story written in English. Manuscripts must be limited to 20 pages, double space, 12-font type (Times New Roman preferably or any conservative font).

Cover page (one page only) must include the following information: name of contestant, date of birth, address, telephone number, e-mail, date of submission, title of short story and a brief background of the author.

E-mail submission as attachment to solifsj@yahoo.com; or send four copies to Solidaridad Bookshop, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila (Call 2541068). Deadline is Oct. 8.


Posted onSeptember 20, 2016

Meet the Ethos Books Singapore Writers

The Philippine PEN will host a Writers Forum with Ethos Books Singapore writers Noelle Q. de Jesus, Aaron Lee, and Yong Shu Hoong on 17 September 2016, Saturday, 5:00PM at Solidaridad Bookshop, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

Noelle Q. De Jesus has lived in Singapore for the past 16 years. Her stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, including the premier edition of "Maximum Volume," "Silverfish in Kuala Lumpur" and "Puerto del Sol." She conceptualized and edited the flash fiction anthology series "Fast Food Fiction," has published a chicklit novel called "Mrs MisMarriage" (Marshall Cavendish International), and written a children's book for the Gawad Kalinga charity. "Blood Collected Stories," her first book of short fiction, was published by Ethos Books in Singapore in 2015, and won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for the short story category. The stories in the collection trace and sustain the conflict between man and woman, parent and child, country and identity, self and sexuality, love and loss.

Aaron Lee has three poetry collections to date, the latest being "Coastlands" (2014), which was launched at the Singapore Writers Festival 2014. His first collection, "A Visitation of Sunlight" (1997), was voted one of the year's best books by The Straits Times (1997). His second collection "Five Right Angles" was a finalist in the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize awards. "Coastlands," which contains 50 poems, is about a pilgrim finding his place in the wider world. It recollects, explores, embraces and anticipates what is lost and found in each of the places the poet calls home: Malaysia, Singapore and Hawaii.

Yong Shu Hoong has authored five poetry collections, including "Frottage" (2005) and "The Viewing Party" (2013), which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2006 and 2014 respectively. He is the editor of the short-story anthology, "Passages: Stories of Unspoken Journeys" (2013), and one of the four co-authors of "The Adopted: Stories from Angkor" (2015). At the core of "The Viewing Party" is a ghostly tale, with prose poems and micro fiction, as well as annotated excerpts from an abandoned work.

Established in 1997, Ethos Books, an imprint of Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd, aims to create books that capture the spirit of a people and reflect the ethos of our changing times. It seeks to give voice to emerging and exciting writers from diverse backgrounds, and help foster an environment in which literature and the arts not only survive, but thrive. Ethos Books will be represented by its associate publisher Ng Kah Gay and publicity and PR manager Foo Peiying.

This event is open to the public. Admission is free. For inquiries, please call Solidaridad at (632) 2541086 or email philippinepen@yahoo.com.

Posted onSeptember 13, 2016

For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College

A Philippine PEN Civil Society Programme 2015-2017
22-23 August 2016, Monday-Tuesday, 9:00AM-4:30PM
F213, Second Floor, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City

Focus: 21st Century Philippine Literature

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country since 2011. Called For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College, this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels. It is supported by PEN International, Clifford Chance Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In 2011-2015, workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

On August 22-23, PEN will partner with the Ateneo de Davao University and the literature teachers’ organization Samahan ng mga Guro ng Panitikan sa Davao (SAGUP) to hold the next teachers’ training workshop which will focus on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines.

Resource speakers and workshop facilitators include: Dr. Ricardo De Ungria, eminent poet and professor of literature at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao; Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, prize-winning writer and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Agustin-Iloilo; and Dr. Pamela Castrillo, scholar of Mindanao culture and professor of literature and language at Ateneo de Davao University.

As part of the program, a writers’ forum will feature award-winning Davao-based intellectuals and writers who will read their work and talk about the topic “Writing to Sustain our Home, our Habitat.” Writers include Macario Tiu, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Dominique Cimafranca, among others.

There is no registration fee. Workshop materials and a certificate of participation will be given to each participant. Participants will have to take care of their own travel arrangements, accommodation, and meals.

For pre-registration, please submit the names of your participant/s and institution to PEN. You may email philippinepen@yahoo.com or text +639065267201 (contact person: Shirley Lua).  Deadline for pre-registration: August 13, 2016.

Philippine Center of International PEN
c/o Solidaridad Bookstore
531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. (632) 2541086; Telefax (632) 2541068
Email: philippinepen@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.philippinepen.ph
Facebook: Philippine Center of International PEN

Philippine PEN Board of Directors 2015-2017
Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature and Chairman
Charlson Ong, Acting Chairman
Joselito B. Zulueta, National Secretary
Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Karina Bolasco
Lito Casaje
Kristian Cordero
Maria Fres Felix
Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Glenn Mas
Frank Peňones, Jr.
Jun Cruz Reyes
Ricardo Soler
Santiago Villafania

Posted onJuly 05, 2016

PEN Teaching Philippine Literature Workshop in Cebu

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country since 2011. Called “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels.

As part of the PEN Civil Society Programme, it is supported by PEN International, Clifford Chance Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In 2011-2015, workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

On April 11-12, PEN will partner with the University of Cebu to hold the next teachers’ training workshop which will focus on 21st century Philippine literature from the region. Resource speakers and workshop facilitators include Marjorie Evasco, Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Awardee and Professor Emeritus of De La Salle University; Hope Sabanpan Yu, Director of University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center; and Macario Tiu, Director of Ateneo de Davao University Research and Publications Center.

As part of the program, a writers’ forum will feature Resil Mojares, Simeon Dumdum Jr., Ulysses Aparece, Januar Yap, and Karla Quimsing. These award-winning Cebu-based intellectuals and writers will read their work and talk about the topic “Writing to Sustain our Home, our Habitat.”

This event is part of the National Literature Month celebration.

Posted onApril 07, 2016

58th Philippine PEN National Conference


1-2 December 2015 (Tuesday-Wednesday)
The Verdure, 4th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall
De la Salle University, Manila, Philippines

The PEN and the Future of Philippine Democracy:
The Filipino Writer Defines the Issues at Stake in the 2016 Elections


 

 

PROGRAM

First Day, 1 December 2015 (Tuesday)

8:00-9:00 AM  Registration

9:00-9:15 AM   Opening Ceremonies
National Anthem
Invocation  / In Memoriam: Maria Fres Felix
Reading of the PEN Charter: Karina Bolasco
Welcome Remarks: Raymond Girard Tan, DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Inspirational Remarks: Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

9:15 AM- 10:15AM     Keynote Address
Introduction of the Speaker: Charlson Ong
Keynote Address: Jose "Pete" Lacaba

10:15-1030 AM  Coffee Break

10:30AM – 12NN  First Literary Session
The Filipino Writer in the Philippine Elections
Moderator: Charlson Ong
Panelists: Marne Kilates, Christine Godinez-Ortega, Elmer Ordoñez

12NN  Lunch
Hosted by De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

1:00-2:45 PM Second Literary Session
Political Discourse and the Creative Imagination
Moderator: Kristian Cordero
Panelists: Joel Pablo Salud, Frank Peñones Jr., Rody Vera, Gary Devilles, Jun Cruz Reyes

2:45-3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 PM Third Literary Session
The Filipino Writer as Public Servant
Moderator: Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Panelists: Malou Jacob, Lila Ramos-Shahani, Alejandrino Vicente, Luis Gatmaitan

4:30-5:30 PM   Launching of New Titles

 

Rolando B. Tolentino and Gary Devilles, eds.
Kritikal na Espasyo ng Kulturang Popular (Ateneo de Manila University Press)
Luis Cabalquinto
Pantomina, Mga Bersong Bikol (Ateneo de Naga University Press)
Genevieve Asenjo
Palangga sa Gihapon An Uran (Ateneo de Naga University Press)
Kristian Sendon Cordero, ed.
An Satuyang Kakanon Sa Aroaldaw (KWF/NCCA)
Ricardo Suarez Soler, ed.
Mexico and the Philippines: An Unwritten Story (Philippine Center of International PEN and
Ricardo Soler)

6:00– 8:00 PM 
Solidarity Dinner
(for PEN members, conference speakers, and guests-of-honor only)
Hosted by the University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian
Venue: Roofdeck, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Convenors of the Day: Santiago Villafania, Ma. Fres Felix, Frank Peñones

 

Second Day, 2 December 2014 (Wednesday)

8:00-9:00 AM  Registration

9:00-10:30 AM  Fourth Literary Session
The Writer and Globalization
Chair: Lito Casaje
Panelists: Gil-Won Lee (Korean PEN), Mina Esguerra, Luis Cabalquinto

10:30-11:00 AM  Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12 NN     The José Rizal Lecture
Introduction of the Speaker: F. Sionil José, National Artist for Literature
The José Rizal Lecture: Edwin Thumboo, Professor Emeritus, National University of Singapore

12 NN Lunch
Hosted by the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Reading of PEN Resolutions
Presiding Officer: Lito B. Zulueta, Philippine PEN National Secretary

Convenors of the Day: Glenn Mas, Amadis Ma. Guerrero, Ricardo Soler

Overall Convenors
Charlson Ong, Lito B. Zulueta

 

With deep gratitude to our Patrons / Partners

De La Salle University
Galerie Joaquin
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
PEN International
Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
San Miguel Brewery
SM, Inc.
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian

Posted onNovember 30, 2015

Philippine PEN Conference 2014 to be held at DLSU Manila

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold its national conference on December 2-3 (Tuesday-Wednesday), from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at The Verdure, 5th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Manila. The theme is Never stray from the path of righteousness and justice . . . ” (Mabini’s The True Decalogue): Writing, Writers, Moral Regeneration and National Renewal. This conference commemorates the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini.

Adolf Azcuna, the first Filipino justice appointed to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), will deliver the José Rizal Lecture, the highlight of the conference. Anna Maria “Bambi” Harper will serve as the keynote speaker.

The panels will cover topics and issues such as writing and the crusade against corruption; popular culture and national renewal; regional literatures and nation-building; heritage, history and moral regeneration; and new media, new publishing, renewed nation.

Panelists include Jose Victor Peñaranda, Rene Azurin, Joel Pablo Salud, Raissa Robles, Nicolas Pichay, Floy Quintos, Dennis Marasigan, Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr., Kristian Cordero, Fr. Wilmer Tria, Junley Lazaga, Alex R. Castro, Zola Macarambon, Francis Allan Angelo, Ricardo Soler, Gemma Cruz Araneta, Saul Hofileña Jr., Alejandrino Vicente, Bernardita Churchill, Karina Bolasco, Nida Ramirez, Jun Matias, Carlo Vergara, and Edgar Samar.  

Launching of new titles from Ateneo de Naga University Press, University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas Publishing will be part of the program. The books to be launched are: “Time’s Enchantments and Other Reflections: New Poems” by Marne Kilates; “P.I.” and “Cancion kan mga Tawong Lipod/ Songs of the Unseen” by Frank Penones Jr.;  “Talab: Mga Sanaysay sa Panitikan, Wika, at Pagtuturo” by Rebecca Añonuevo; “Married Women: Stories” by Maryanne Moll; “Lucid Lightning: Poems and Prose” by Jose Victor Peñaranda; “Boy in the Platinum Palace and Other Stories” by Maria Fres Felix; and the “Philippine PEN Journal,” edited by Herminio Beltran, Jr.

National Artist and PEN Chairman Bienvenido Lumbera and PEN National Secretary Lito B. Zulueta serve as the main convenors.

This conference is supported by the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian, University of the Philippines, Atty. Saul Hofileña, Solidaridad Bookstore, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), PEN International, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), among others.

This event is open to the public. Admission is free. For inquiries, please call PEN at 2541086, email philippinepen@yahoo.com.

Posted onNovember 25, 2014

Teaching Philippine literature workshop in Cagayan de Oro

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), in partnership with Capitol University, will hold “For Love of the Word:  Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on 27 October 2014 (Monday), from 8:30am to 5:00 pm, at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

As a component of PEN International’s 2014 Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops and writers’ fora organized by the Philippine Center across the country since 2011. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Bohol, and Naga.

Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardee and prize-winning writer Jaime An Lim will deliver the master lecture. The facilitators will be Ferdinand Lopez of the University of Santo Tomas and Steven Patrick Fernandez of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. “Teaching the Works of the National Artists” will be the foci of their lecture-presentation.

The workshop will be supplemented by a forum on the “Literature of Peace in Mindanao,” with writers Raul Moldez, Marcelo Geocallo, and Fernandez as members of the panel.

This program is supported by PEN International in UK and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

There is no registration fee for the workshop and forum. For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491.

Posted onSeptember 26, 2014

PEN Workshop and Writers Forum in Naga

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) held “For Love of the Word:  Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on July 28 (Monday), from 8:30am to 6:00 pm, at Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur, Bicol Region.

As a component of PEN International’s 2014 Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops organized by the Philippine Center across the country. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

Teaching Bikol literature and teaching the Philippine novel were the foci of the 2014 Naga workshop. The resource speakers-facilitators were Dr. Paz Verdades Santos of Ateneo de Naga University and Prof. Timothy Montes of De La Salle University, Manila.

The workshop sessions were supplemented by a forum on “The New Local: Poetics and Politics of Bikol Contemporary Writers,” with poets Frank V. Peñones Jr., Maryanne Moll and Estelito Jacob as members of the panel. Tito Genova Valiente, Director of the Institute of Bikol History and Culture, chaired the panel forum.

This event also launched an impressive array of publications by Ateneo de Naga University Press: “Obras Maestras: A Manual for Teaching Bikol Literature,” edited by Paz Verdades Santos and Marifa Borja-Prado; “P.I. and Cancion nin Tawong Lipod” by H. Francisco Penones Jr.; “Pinagrok asin iba pang rawitdawit” by Estelito Jacob; and “Married Women: Stories” by Maryanne Moll.

This event was co-hosted by Ateneo de Naga University, and supported by PEN International in London and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Posted onAugust 27, 2014

Philippine PEN holds “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College”

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on July 28 (Monday), from 8:30am to 6:00 pm, at Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

 



As a component of PEN International’s 2014 Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops organized by the Philippine Center across the country. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

Teaching Bikol literature and teaching the Philippine novel will be the foci of the 2014 Naga workshop. The resource speakers-facilitators are Dr. Paz Verdades Santos of Ateneo de Naga University and Prof. Timothy Montes of De La Salle University, Manila.

The workshop sessions will be supplemented by a forum on “The New Local: Poetics and Politics of Bikol Contemporary Writers,” with poets Frank V. Peñones Jr., Maryanne Moll and Estelito Jacob as members of the panel. Tito Genova Valiente, Director of the Institute of Bikol History and Culture, will chair the panel forum.



This event will also launch an impressive array of publications by Ateneo de Naga University Press: “Obras Maestras: A Manual for Teaching Bikol Literature,” edited by Paz Verdades Santos and Marifa Borja-Prado; “P.I. and Cancion nin Tawong Lipod” by H. Francisco Penones Jr.; “Pinagrok asin iba pang rawitdawit” by Estelito Jacob; “Married Women: Stories” by Maryanne Moll; and the inaugural issue of Bikol Studies Journal, edited by Federico Jose Lagdameo.

This event is co-hosted by Ateneo de Naga University, and supported by PEN International in London and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

There is no registration fee for the workshop and booklaunching. For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491.

Posted onJuly 08, 2014
Press release

Philippine PEN holds 2013 Conference on December 3-4

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), on the occasion of its 56th year, will hold its annual literature conference on 3-4 December 2013 (Tuesday-Wednesday) at the Multi-purpose Room 4th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila.

The theme of this two-day conference is “Literature of Concord and Solidarity: The Writer as Peacemaker.” The panel sessions will cover topics and issues such as war and the imagination, gender wars and conflicts, conflict and creativity, and the quest for peace.

National Artist F. Sionil José will give the Message from the Founder. PEN Chairman and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera will deliver the Andres Bonifacio Lecture on December 3, lunchtime. Dr. José Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines, will deliver the José Rizal Lecture on December 4, lunchtime. Dr. Jaime An Lim, award-winning writer and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Far Eastern University, will be the keynote speaker.

Panelists and resource persons include Glenn Sevilla Mas, Raul Moldez, Arthur Casanova, Charlson Ong, Rebecca Añonuevo, Shem Salait Linohon, Marne Kilates, Macario Tiu, Mohammad Nassefh Macla, Don Pagusara, Christine Godinez Ortega, Santiago Villafania, Crispin Nacpil Cadiang, Telesforo Sungkit Jr., Kristian Cordero, Jun Cruz Reyes, Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Arnel Mardoquio, among others.

PEN will be launching three anthologies: Pens as Swords: The Philippine PEN José Rizal Lectures, 1958-2007 (Solidaridad Publishing), edited by José Victor Torres; Peace Mindanao (UST Publishing House),edited by Jaime An Lim; and Lit Matters: A Manual for Teaching Philippine Literature (Anvil Publishing), edited by Ronald Baytan.

Peace Mindanao and Lit Matters are projects under the Beacon Centre Programme, an outreach program of Philippine PEN, funded by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Copies of the first printing of these books will be distributed free to public school libraries and public libraries across the country. The publication of Pens as Swords received the generous support of Mr. Endika Aboitiz.

Other partners in this event include Anvil Publishing, De La Salle University (DLSU), DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, Galerie Joaquin, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Solidaridad Bookstore, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, and the UST Varsitarian.

Writers and lovers of literature are welcome to the event. Admission is free. For inquiry and updates, please email philippinepen@yahoo.com; call (632) 2541086; or visit website www.philippinepen.ph.

Posted onNovember 26, 2013

PEN Holds Teaching Literature Workshop in Cagayan de Oro

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold "For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College" on August 12 (Monday), from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the University Conference Hall, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

Award-winning writers and professors of literature Ricardo de Ungria and Timothy Montes will be the resource speakers/facilitators.

As a component of PEN International's Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops organized by the Philippine Center across the country. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, and Bohol.

This workshop is co-hosted by Capitol University, and supported by PEN International in London and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

There is no registration fee for the workshop. For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491. Or visit the PEN website http://www.philippinepen.ph for updates.

Posted onMarch 24, 2013
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Poet Ericson Acosta released, charges dropped

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International is delighted to learn that on 31 January 2013 the case against poet, song-writer, journalist and activist Ericson Acosta was dismissed for lack of evidence. Acosta had been held without trial since February 2011. The Phillipines PEN Centre, joined by PEN International and its national Centres world wide were part of a sustained local and international campaign that is believed to have contributed to his release.

Poet, songwriter and activist Ericson Acosta has been freed after being detained for almost two years on what are now acknowledged to be trumped up charges of illegal possession of explosives. On 31 January 2013 the Department of Justice (DoJ) released a favorable resolution to Acosta’s Petition to have his criminal case reviewed. His Petition for Review was filed at the DoJ in September 2011. Orders for his release are expected imminently.

 

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posted onFeb. 1, 2013

PEN Holds Literature Teaching Workshop in Bohol

The Philippine PEN will hold "For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College" on February 27 (Monday), from 8:30 to 4:30 pm, at the Holy Name University, Janssen Campus, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Specific venue is Skills Lab, College of Nursing Building.

PEN writers and professors of literature Merlie Alunan and Steven Patrick Fernandez will serve as resource speakers/facilitators.

This event is part of the series of literature teaching workshops organized by PEN in selected regions of the country, it seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on teaching regional writing by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held at Far Eastern University-Manila, University of San Agustin-Iloilo, University of Cebu, University of the Philippines-Baguio, and Naga College Foundation.

This workshop is co-hosted by Holy Name University, and supported by PEN International in UK, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN. Email: philippinepen@yahoo.com; or mobile: +639175287491.

posted onJanuary 15, 2013