Theme: PEN at 60: Reaffirming the Writer’s Commitment to Truth and Freedom
21-22 November 2017, Tuesday-Wednesday
4th Flr. Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, OP Building (UST Alumni Center), University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila

Overall Convenors: Bienvenido Lumbera, Charlson Ong, Lito B. Zulueta
Open to the public. Free admission. Pre-registration not needed.
For inquiries, please call Solidaridad Bookshop at (632) 2541086; email:


21 November 2017, Tuesday
8:00-9:00 AM Registration
9:00-9:15 AM Opening Ceremonies

In Memoriam / Invocation: Maria L. M. Fres-Felix, Glenn Sevilla Mas
National Anthem

Reading of the PEN Charter: Glenn Sevilla Mas
Welcome Remarks

Inspirational Message: National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Chairman, Philippine PEN
9:15 AM- 10:15 AM

Keynote Address: Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr.

10:15-10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 NN First Literary Session
Reminiscences: Inscribing the First Letters of PEN
Charlson Ong (Chair), Rony Diaz, Elmer Ordoñez, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

12:00 NN-1:30 PM Lunch Break

1:30-3:00 PM Second Literary Session
The Poet as the Minstrel of Freedom
Santiago Villafania (Chair), H. Francisco Penoňes, Jr., Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Rebecca Añonuevo, Ericson Acosta

3:00-3:15 PM Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 PM Third Literary Session
The Fictionist and the Challenge of Truth-Telling
Maria L.M. Fres-Felix (Chair), Glenn Diaz, VJ Campilan, Allan Derain, Joselito delos Reyes

5:00 – 6:30 PM Launching of New Titles/Authors’ Talk
Karina Bolasco, Moderator
Maria L.M. Fres-Felix, Crimetime: Inspector SJ Tuason Case Files (Anvil Publishing, 2017)
Allan N. Derain, ed. May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong. Antolohiya (Ateneo U Press, 2017)
Glenn Diaz, The Quiet Ones (Ateneo U Press, 2017)
Bienvenido Lumbera, Suri: Pag-arok sa Likhang Panitik (UP Press, 2017)
H.E. Jaroslav Olsa, Jr., József Bencze and Dean Francis Alfar, eds. Ang Manggagaway at iba pang Kathang-Agham at
Pantasya mula sa Gitnang Europa at Pilipinas (The Witcher and other Fantasy and Science Fiction from Central Europe and the Philippines (Visprint 2017)
Alfred A. Yuson & Gémino H. Abad, eds., Bloodlust: Philippine Protest Poetry (From Marcos to Duterte) (Reyes Publishing, 2017)

6:30-8:00 PM Solidarity Gathering (for PEN members, organizers and conference speakers only)

22 November 2017, Wednesday

9:00-10:45 AM Fourth Literary Session
Dramatizing the Dialectics of Truth and Freedom
Lito Casaje (Chair), Joshua Lim So, Rogelio Braga, Alberto “Treb” Monteras II, Layeta Bucoy

10:45-11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM – 12 NN
The José Rizal Lecture: Hon. Conchita Carpio Morales, Ombudsman of the Philippines

12 NN– 1:30 PM Lunch Break

1:30- 3:00 PM Fifth Literary Session
Tales from the War Zone: Voices of Marawi
Lito B. Zulueta (Chair), Maimona Magayoong, Diandra-Ditma Macarambon, Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph, German Gervacio

3:00-3:15 PM Coffee Break

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
PEN General Assembly (for PEN Members only)
Reading of PEN Resolutions
Election of New Board

With deep gratitude to our Patrons / Partners

Hon. Edgardo Angara
Clifford Chance Foundation
De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
Galerie Joaquin
Atty. Saul Hofileña
PEN International
Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation
Dr. Ricardo Soler
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of Santo Tomas
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian

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