The Cultural Center of the Philippines hosts The Philippine Center of International PEN as it holds its first hybrid congress at the CCP Main Theater Lobby on September 20, 2022 at 2pm. PEN members may also attend the event online.
The Congress aims to provide a venue for the literary community to promote truth and freedom of expression through discussion and performance.
The event will begin with a keynote presentation from National Artist for Literature Gémino Abad, followed by an open forum.
Free the Word!, a mini-festival for global audiences, will feature readings and performances from esteemed local and international artists such as Nanding Josef, screenwriter Veera Tyhtilä, director Adjani Arumpac, playwright Guelan Luarca, among others.
A book sale will also be held by independent and academic publishers, among them Ateneo de Manila University Press, UST Publishing House, and several others.
Free the Word! also coincides with the launch of LUNA, a semi-annual literary journal featuring new Filipino writing.
The event is open and free for all. Certificates of attendance will be given to PEN members who attend the keynote presentation and open forum, whether in person or online.
For queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 09193175708 or message CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page.
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
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: email@example.com.
P R O G R A M
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)
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 SM Solidaridad Bookshop Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) University of Santo Tomas University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian