LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) celebrates Philippine writers with Writers Night 2016, an annual festivity comprised of three major events happening on December 2, 2016, 4-10pm, at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in UP Diliman.

First is the awarding ceremonies for the 16th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award. This year, the award will be given to a writer in Filipino who has just written his or her first book.  The finalists for this year are: Chuckberry Pascual (Kumpisal: Mga Kuwento), Zero A.D. (Uberman), RM Topacio-Aplaon (Lila ang Kulay ng Pamamaalam), Tepai Pascual (Maktan, 1521), Rogelio Braga (Sa Pagdating ng Barbaro at Iba Pang Mga Dula), and Mar Antony Simon Dela Cruz (Isang Gabi sa Quezon Avenue at Iba Pang Kuwento). The judges for this year are Jun Cruz Reyes, Genevieve Asenjo, and Angelo Suarez.


Nursing administrators, faculty, and students in nursing and allied health professions are invited to attend the book launching of The Balance Concept in Nursing: New Perspectives in Survival and Health published by the University of the Philippines Press.  The event will be held at the College of Nursing Seminar Room, UP Manila on November 24, 2016(Thursday) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Sa disertasyon ni Dr. Alexander Cortez, inilarawan niya ang UP Repertory Company bilang isang anyo ng sosyo-pulitikal na teatro.  Isa itong kategorya ng dulaang malay at sensitibo sa mga namamayaning isyung panlipunan sa isang partikular na panahon, at naglalaan ng mga proyektong pangtanghalang pumapaksa at nag-iimbestiga sa mga nasabing isyu.  Sa gabay ng gurong si Behn Cervantes noong 1968, naitatag at nabuhay ang UP Repertory Company bilang isang campus-based organization na malay sa kakayahan ng teatro bilang espasyo ng pagtatagpo at pagtutunggali ng sining at realidad.  Sa ganitong tradisyon sumusunod ang proyektong Intersection, isang twinbill na pagtatanghal ng UP Repertory Company ngayong Nobyembre.

Story, even in today's age of social media, is still king (or queen). More than ever before, the need to tell real and important stories—and tell it in an interesting and engaging manner—is of paramount importance to the public. For advocacy journalists, mastering effective storytelling is even more important. Stories compellingly told give flesh and blood to theory, to analyses, to situationers, and give force to arousing, organizing and mobilizing the public. This panel gathers practitioners from various media, to gain insights on storytelling through both text and image.

The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle are pleased to announce the winners of the 35th National Book Awards. The following is the list of the best books published in 2015:



Locust Girl: A Lovesong, by Merlinda Bobis, Anvil Publishing, Inc.



Si Janus Silang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang, ni Edgar Calabia Samar, Adarna House, Inc.



The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), a young artists collective of established and emerging poets, essayists, fictionists, and playwrights, is now open for membership applications. Applicant must be born and/or (currently) based in Northern Mindanao--Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental (Cagayan de Oro), and Misamis Occidental. NAGMAC aims to:

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University—in partnership with the Department of Philosophy (AdMU)—will host a lecture by Dr. James Barnhart titled “Southeast Asia: An Empire of Water.” The lecture will be on Nov. 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the public.


Deadline Extension: December 15 2016

The impetus of this anthology came from the advocacy to image Mindanao as not just a war torn conflict-ridden place that's often reported in mainstream media, but as an island that's well-rounded, complex, and yet complicated with historical, social, and cultural layers. 


Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a lecture by Mark Rice titled “American Photography in the Philippines Before 1898: Dean Worcester and the Menage Expedition of 1890-1893” on Nov. 25, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at SEC B 201A, Ateneo de Manila University. This event is co-organized by the Ateneo de Manila University Press and the Fine Arts Department (AdMU). The lecture is open to the public.


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