The University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (UST CCWLS) will be holding its National Summer Writers’ Workshop on May 18-24, 2014 at Ridgewood Residence, Baguio City.

Now on its 64th year, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (the Palanca Awards), the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the Philippines, is now accepting entries for its annual literary tilt.

This year, the Palanca Awards has enhanced­­­ its submission system to facilitate the submission of entries, particularly for aspiring and professional literary artists who wish to join the competition but are based in the provinces or overseas. Contestants will no longer be required to submit hard copies of entries, which saves on printing and courier service costs.

Online submission to the 64th Palanca Awards may be done through the official website, www.palancaawards.com.ph, where the contest documents may be downloaded. The accomplished forms and entries may then be uploaded and submitted through the website. To complete the submission process, hard copies of the notarized contest documents must be submitted to any of the following addresses: (1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or (2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. The contest rules are also posted on the Palanca Awards Facebook page at www.facebook.com/palancaawards.

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.

The winners of Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2014 are:

Maria Isabel P. Cabal
First Prize: “Pursuit”

Serina Mara D. Alonzo
Second Prize: “Banig na Gawang Banban”

Ana Teresa B. Joaquin 
Third Prize: “Asul, Dilaw at Pula”

THE BOARD OF JUDGES
Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, BNSCWC Associate for Poetry
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Guest Judge

Poetry lovers converged at the UP Vargas Museum West Wing for the launching of five new poetry titles from the UP Press. The launch, held last Friday, April 4, was graced by no less than UP President Alfredo Pascual. President Pascual gave the opening speech wherein he listed the outstanding titles the Press has managed to put out through almost five decades of existence, and UP Press Director J. Neil Garcia delivered the closing one, a passionate and measured defense of poetry as transcendent medium.

The five titles are:

Mula sa halos 100 lahok, napili na ang 15 manunulat para sa ika-7 Palihang Rogelio Sicat.

Ang mga napili ay sina: Emmanuel T. Barrameda, Periwinkle Cajiuat, Danilo Niňo R. Calalang, Janine Go Dimaranan, Mary Rose Iggie P. Espinosa, Winston C. Gallo, Jolly Marquez Lugod, Rodel Diones Maquilan, Teofilo Oca Palsimon Jr., Meryl D. Panuncio, Mark Dominick Portes, Doriza Joy Quevada, Rommel V. Roxas, Regina Adeliene Salvador, Isaac Ali Tapar. 

At the present age, Filipinos would usually seek to involve themselves in more lucrative preoccupations. It is a need. Not all of us are privileged to just travel, enjoy the scenes, watch sunsets. Not all of us are given the time to reflect around us and create. Yes, all of us are battered by unwanted stimuli everyday but not all of us can create something out of it—at least in one of the accepted art forms. Many would start at an early age but would abandon the habit altogether. Perhaps after seeing that there’s no place for it in the current sphere.

Isang pambansang kumperensiya sa wika at panitikang Ilokano ang idaraos ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) sa University of Northern Philippines, Lungsod Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Pinamagatang“Kur-it ken Kurditan,” naglalayon ang naturang pambansang kumperensiya na maitampok ang wika at panitikang Ilokano at matalakay ang mga kinakaharap nitóng mga isyu at pagbabago.

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, will be hosting a reading and lecture by novelist Gina Apostol on April 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Natividad Galang Fajardo Room, De La Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is co-sponsored by the Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices and the Fine Arts Program of the School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University.

Angayen ti GUMIL Filipinas (GF), ti kadakkelan a gunglo dagiti mannurat nga Ilokano iti sangalubongan, ti Maika-46 a Nailian a Kombension ti GF iti daytoy Abril 18-20, 2-14 iti Cabicungan Inn, Centro 05, Claveria, Cagayan (nayakar manipud iti Sanchez Mira, kas immunan a naipakaammo).

Maaw-awagan pay iti Dap-ayan daytoy a panagtataripnong dagiti mannurat, panangrambak metten iti Abril a kas “Bulan ti Literatura Dagiti Ilokano,” kas sagudayen ti Presidential Proclamation No. 26 idi 2001.

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