60th Philippine PEN Congress

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: philippinepen@yahoo.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)

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
SM
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of Santo Tomas
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian

59th PHILIPPINE PEN NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Open to the public. Admission is free. Main entrance: DLSU Gate 2 (leading directly to Henry Sy Hall). Visitors, please get a PEN Congress Pass from DLSU security upon entry. Please bring your ID as identification evidence.

Theme: Change: Perils and Possibilities

Overall Convenors: Bienvenido Lumbera, Charlson Ong, Lito B. Zulueta

P R O G R A M

21 November 2016, Monday

8:00-9:00 AM Registration

9:00-9:15 AM Opening Ceremonies
Invocation / In Memoriam: Maria Leonida Fres Felix
National Anthem
Reading of the PEN Charter: Glenn Sevilla Mas
Welcome Remarks: Raymond Girard Tan, DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Inspirational Remarks: Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist & Chairman, Philippine PEN

9:15 AM- 10:15 AM Keynote Address
Introduction of the Speaker: Joel Pablo Salud
Keynote Address: Nelson Navarro

10:15-10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 NN First Literary Session
Literature, Linguistic Diversity and Federal Frontiers
H. Francisco Peñones, Jr. (Chair), Sukarno Tanggol, Jonathan Malaya,
Christine Godinez Ortega, Santiago Villafania

12:00 NN-1:30 PM Lunch
Hosted by De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

1:30-3:00 PM Second Literary Session
Whatever Happened to Protest?
Charlson Ong (Chair), Lourd de Veyra, Mixkaela Villalon, Alvin Yapan

3:00-3:15 PM Coffee Break

3:15-5:00 PM Third Literary Session
The Way We Write: Panel on New Writing
Karina Bolasco (Chair), Nikki Alfar, Angelo “Sarge” Lacuesta, Zeno Denolo, Patrick Campos

5:30– 8:00 PM Solidarity Dinner @ Roofdeck, Henry Sy Sr. Hall
(for PEN members, conference speakers, and guests-of-honor only)
Hosted by the University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian

22 November 2016, Tuesday

8:30-9:30 AM Registration

9:30-11:30 AM Fourth Literary Session
Spin, Trolls, and Comms
Sarge Lacuesta (Chair), Yol Jamendang, Lisandro Claudio, Inday Espina Varona

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch
Hosted by the Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation

1:00- 1:15 PM Reading of the PEN Resolutions
Presiding Officer: Lito B. Zulueta, National Secretary, Philippine PEN

1:15-3:00 PM Launching of New Titles / Authors’ Talk
Moderator: Maria Leonida Fres Felix

Ma. Ailil Alvarez: Slivers of the Sky: Catholic Literary Readings and Other Essays (UST Publishing)
Genaro Gojo Cruz: Yehey, May Pamilya na ring Mag-aaruga sa Akin! (Bookmark)
José Ma. Fons Guardiola: Los variados avatares de Chejov (XXXIV Premio Felipe Trigo de Narración Corta, Diputación de Badajoz)
Marne Kilates: Heartland, Translation of Rio Alma’s Muli Sa Kandugan ng Lupa (Ateneo de Naga U Press)
Clarissa V. Militante: We Who Cannot Be Daughters (UST Publishing)
John Iremil Teodoro: Hasang, mga kuwento ng pag-ibig (UP Press)
Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, and Allan Justo Pastrana: Be Ye Steadfast. Poems (Vagabond Press)
Kristian Sendon Cordero, Tito Valiente and Atty. Celestina M. Tam, editors: Gualberto Cea Manlagñit: Mga Piling Obra (Ateneo de Naga U Press)

3:00-4:00 PM The José Rizal Lecture
The José Rizal Lecture: Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

4:00-5:00 PM Cocktails
Hosted by RCBC, SM, and the University of the Philippines

With deep gratitude to our Patrons / Partners

Clifford Chance Foundation
De La Salle University
Galerie Joaquin
Ms. Doris Magsaysay-Ho
PEN International
Philippine Soong Ching Ling Foundation
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
SM, Inc.
Solidaridad Bookshop
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
University of the Philippines
University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian
Documentation assistance by Cultura, DLSU student organization
Participating Publishers in Book Exhibit and Sale
Anvil Publishing
Ateneo de Manila University Press
Bookmark, Inc.
De La Salle University Publishing House
New Day Publishing
Solidaridad Bookshop
University of the Philippines Press
University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

For inquiries, please email philippinepen@yahoo.com or call Solidaridad Bookshop at tel. # 2541086.

58th Philippine PEN National Conference

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

PROGRAM

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

Philippine PEN Conference 2014 to be held at DLSU Manila

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold its national conference on December 2-3 (Tuesday-Wednesday), from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at The Verdure, 5th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Manila. The theme is “Never stray from the path of righteousness and justice . . . ” (Mabini’s The True Decalogue): Writing, Writers, Moral Regeneration and National Renewal. This conference commemorates the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini.

Adolf Azcuna, the first Filipino justice appointed to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), will deliver the José Rizal Lecture, the highlight of the conference. Anna Maria “Bambi” Harper will serve as the keynote speaker.

The panels will cover topics and issues such as writing and the crusade against corruption; popular culture and national renewal; regional literatures and nation-building; heritage, history and moral regeneration; and new media, new publishing, renewed nation.

Panelists include Jose Victor Peñaranda, Rene Azurin, Joel Pablo Salud, Raissa Robles, Nicolas Pichay, Floy Quintos, Dennis Marasigan, Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr., Kristian Cordero, Fr. Wilmer Tria, Junley Lazaga, Alex R. Castro, Zola Macarambon, Francis Allan Angelo, Ricardo Soler, Gemma Cruz Araneta, Saul Hofileña Jr., Alejandrino Vicente, Bernardita Churchill, Karina Bolasco, Nida Ramirez, Jun Matias, Carlo Vergara, and Edgar Samar.

Launching of new titles from Ateneo de Naga University Press, University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas Publishing will be part of the program. The books to be launched are: “Time’s Enchantments and Other Reflections: New Poems” by Marne Kilates; “P.I.” and “Cancion kan mga Tawong Lipod/ Songs of the Unseen” by Frank Penones Jr.; “Talab: Mga Sanaysay sa Panitikan, Wika, at Pagtuturo” by Rebecca Añonuevo; “Married Women: Stories” by Maryanne Moll; “Lucid Lightning: Poems and Prose” by Jose Victor Peñaranda; “Boy in the Platinum Palace and Other Stories” by Maria Fres Felix; and the “Philippine PEN Journal,” edited by Herminio Beltran, Jr.

National Artist and PEN Chairman Bienvenido Lumbera and PEN National Secretary Lito B. Zulueta serve as the main convenors.

This conference is supported by the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the University of Santo Tomas The Varsitarian, University of the Philippines, Atty. Saul Hofileña, Solidaridad Bookstore, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), PEN International, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), among others.

This event is open to the public. Admission is free. For inquiries, please call PEN at 2541086, email philippinepen@yahoo.com.

Philippine PEN holds 2013 Conference on December 3-4

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), on the occasion of its 56th year, will hold its annual literature conference on 3-4 December 2013 (Tuesday-Wednesday) at the Multi-purpose Room 4th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila.

The theme of this two-day conference is “Literature of Concord and Solidarity: The Writer as Peacemaker.” The panel sessions will cover topics and issues such as war and the imagination, gender wars and conflicts, conflict and creativity, and the quest for peace.

National Artist F. Sionil José will give the Message from the Founder. PEN Chairman and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera will deliver the Andres Bonifacio Lecture on December 3, lunchtime. Dr. José Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines, will deliver the José Rizal Lecture on December 4, lunchtime. Dr. Jaime An Lim, award-winning writer and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Far Eastern University, will be the keynote speaker.

Panelists and resource persons include Glenn Sevilla Mas, Raul Moldez, Arthur Casanova, Charlson Ong, Rebecca Añonuevo, Shem Salait Linohon, Marne Kilates, Macario Tiu, Mohammad Nassefh Macla, Don Pagusara, Christine Godinez Ortega, Santiago Villafania, Crispin Nacpil Cadiang, Telesforo Sungkit Jr., Kristian Cordero, Jun Cruz Reyes, Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Arnel Mardoquio, among others.

PEN will be launching three anthologies: Pens as Swords: The Philippine PEN José Rizal Lectures, 1958-2007 (Solidaridad Publishing), edited by José Victor Torres; Peace Mindanao (UST Publishing House),edited by Jaime An Lim; and Lit Matters: A Manual for Teaching Philippine Literature (Anvil Publishing), edited by Ronald Baytan.

Peace Mindanao and Lit Matters are projects under the Beacon Centre Programme, an outreach program of Philippine PEN, funded by PEN International and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Copies of the first printing of these books will be distributed free to public school libraries and public libraries across the country. The publication of Pens as Swords received the generous support of Mr. Endika Aboitiz.

Other partners in this event include Anvil Publishing, De La Salle University (DLSU), DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, Galerie Joaquin, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Solidaridad Bookstore, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, and the UST Varsitarian.

Writers and lovers of literature are welcome to the event. Admission is free. For inquiry and updates, please email philippinepen@yahoo.com; call (632) 2541086; or visit website http://www.philippinepen.ph.