Theme: Writing the Nation: The Filipino Writer and Nation-Building
22-23 November 2018 @ Silangan Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Overall Convenors: Lito B. Zulueta, Charlson Ong, Bienvenido Lumbera

Open to the public. Free admission. Registration is onsite. No need for pre-registration.

PROGRAM
22 November 2018, Thursday
8:00-9:00 AM Registration

9:00-9:15 AM Opening Ceremonies
National Anthem / In Memoriam / Invocation: Glenn Sevilla Mas
Reading of the PEN Charter: Glenn Sevilla Mas
Welcome Remarks: CCP Official

9:15 AM- 10:00 AM
Philippine PEN Founder’s Address: National Artist F. Sionil José

10:00 AM – 11:30AM
First Literary Session: What is a National Literature
Maria L.M. Fres Felix (Chair), Raniela Barbaza, Ramon Guillermo, Priscilla Macansantos, Soledad Reyes

11:30-1:00 PM Lunch
Hosted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines

1:00-1:45 PM
Keynote Address: Dr. Gemino Abad
Introduction: Marne Kilates

1:45-3:15 PM
Second Literary Session: Writing the Nation in Poetry
Joselito delos Reyes (Chair), Ramil Gulle, Marne Kilates, Junley Lazaga, Raymundo Pandan, Jr.

3:15-4:45 PM
Third Literary Session: Writing the Nation in Fiction
Eros Atalia (Chair), Isidoro Cruz, Noelle Q. de Jesus, Charmaine Lasar, Jose Rey Munsayac

23 November 2018, Friday

9:00-10:45 AM
Fourth Literary Session: Writing the Nation in Drama, Film and the Multi-Arts
Lito Casaje and Charlson Ong (Chairs), Manix Abrera, Pamela Castrillo, Jerry Gracio, Guelan Luarca, Nicolas Pichay

10:45-11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12 NN
The José Rizal Lecture: Hon. Amina Rasul-Bernardo
Introduction: Maimona Wongkay Magayoong

12 NN– 1:30 PM Lunch
Hosted by Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation
Reading of the PEN Resolutions

Convenors of the First Day: Santiago Villafania, Frank Peñones
Convenors of the Second Day: Sarge Lacuesta, Hermie Beltran
Secretariat: Shirley Lua, Cesar Quinagan

This event is organized in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and supported by PEN International, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation, among others.

Our Partners and Patrons
Ms. Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
De La Salle University
Far Eastern University
Galerie Joaquin
Ms. Sara Soliven de Guzman
Hon. Loren Legarda, Senate of the Philippines
National Book Development Board (NBDB)
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
PEN International
Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian