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


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

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