PEN holds 5-day Asian workshop on civil society at DLSU

The Philippine PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) is hosting the Civil Society Programme Development Workshop, which will be attended by representatives of various PEN centers across Asia.

The workshop, organized by the PEN International based in England, will be held July 2-6 at De la Salle University, Alfred Xerez Burgos Boardroom, Taft, Manila.

Founded in 1921 in London, PEN International is the federation of writers upholding freedom of expression with centers all over the world.

PEN members through the years have included Nobel laureates Mario Vargas Llosa, Nadine Gordimer, Gunter Grass, Francois Mauriac and Lio Xiabao.

Its main committees show International PEN’s chief concerns: Writers in Prison, Writers for Peace, Women Writers, and Translation and Linguistic Rights.

The Philippine PEN was founded in 1957 by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose.

Hosted by the Philippine PEN, the international workshop is participated in by representatives of several PEN centers in Asia.

Delegates include Yorn Young (Cambodia); La Seng and Myat Thu Soe (Myanmar); Mitra Bandhu Poudel (Nepal); Apoorvanand Jha (New Delhi, India); Gauranga Chandra Mohanta (Bangladesh); Sangamesh Menasinakai (South India); Lai Ming Ho (Hong Kong); and Danson Kahyana (Uganda).

“Free the Word!” will have publisher Karina Bolasco, director of the Ateneo de Manila University Press, moderating the forum on the state of freedom of the press and expression. Panelists include Romana Cacchioli of PEN International based in England; and writers from Uganda (Danson Kahyana) and Myanmar.

Philippine delegates are: Pamela R. Castrillo (Davao, Southern Mindanao); Junley L. Lazaga (Baguio, Northern Luzon); Phil Harold L. Mercurio (Samar, Eastern Visayas); H. Francisco V. Peñones Jr. (Bicol, Southern Luzon); Ma. Carmen Aquino Sarmiento (Manila); and Santiago B. Villafania (Pangasinan, Western Luzon).

International PEN staff from London who will conduct the workshop include Romana Cacchioli, Holly Strauss, Emma Wadsworth Jones, and Mike Halmshaw.

Supporting the PEN International’s Civil Society Programme Development Workshop in Asia are the Cultural Center of the Philippines, DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, San Miguel Beer and Freeway National Artist Collectors Series.

The workshop is not open to the public.

‘Free the Word!’

But open to the public is “Free the Word!”—a forum plus poetry and performance event involving local and foreign writers—at the CCP’s Main Gallery on July 4, 5-7 p.m.

Aside from the Asian PEN delegates, to do poetry readings and performances are Gary Granada, Krip Yuson, John Iremil Teodoro, Vijae Alquisola, Louise Lopez, Roy Cagalingan, Aldrin Pentero, Genevieve Asenjo (who will read the PEN Women’s Manifesto in Kinaray-a), Carlos Piocos and Michael Coroza.

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For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature

PEN and MSU-IIT present
For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature
4-5 September 2017, Mon-Tue, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City, Mindanao

A Philippine PEN Civil Society Programme 2015-2017
Patrons: PEN International, Clifford Chance Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), in partnership with Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), will hold a literature teachers’ training workshop focusing on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines.

Since 2011, PEN has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country. Called “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels. Workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, Calbayog, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

The Resource Persons and Speakers:

Keynote Address
Dr. F. Sionil José, National Artist for Literature

Philippine Literary Resources in the Region
Dr. Christine G. Ortega, MSU IIT

21st Century Philippine Poetry
Dr. Jaime An Lim, Metrobank Outstanding Teacher

Teaching Creative Writing
Prof. Ricardo de Ungria, UP Mindanao

Writers Forum on Writing to Sustain our Home, our Habitat
Steven Patrick Fernandez, German Gervacio, Anthony Tan, Jude Ortega, Shelfa Alojamiento

No registration fee. Slots are limited. Workshop materials and a certificate of participation will be given each participant. Participants will have to take care of their own travel arrangements, accommodation, and meals.

Pre-registration is a must. To pre-register, please submit the names of your participant/s and institution and contact details (mobile number and email) to PEN. You may email the data to philippinepen@yahoo.com or text +639151285710 (contact person: Shirley Lua).

Deadline for pre-registration: 20 August 2017.

Note: We discourage hasty pre-registration that results in the no-show of the pre-registrant. Slots are limited and precious.

PEN and NwSSU to hold Teaching Philippine Literature Workshop

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), in partnership with Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), will hold a literature teachers’ training workshop focusing on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines. This will be on 3-4 April 2017, Monday-Tuesday, at NwSSU, Calbayog City, Western Samar.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

Since 2011, PEN has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country. Called “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels. Workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College

A Philippine PEN Civil Society Programme 2015-2017
22-23 August 2016, Monday-Tuesday, 9:00AM-4:30PM
F213, Second Floor, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City

Focus: 21st Century Philippine Literature

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country since 2011. Called For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College, this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels. It is supported by PEN International, Clifford Chance Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In 2011-2015, workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

On August 22-23, PEN will partner with the Ateneo de Davao University and the literature teachers’ organization Samahan ng mga Guro ng Panitikan sa Davao (SAGUP) to hold the next teachers’ training workshop which will focus on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines.

Resource speakers and workshop facilitators include: Dr. Ricardo De Ungria, eminent poet and professor of literature at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao; Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, prize-winning writer and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Agustin-Iloilo; and Dr. Pamela Castrillo, scholar of Mindanao culture and professor of literature and language at Ateneo de Davao University.

As part of the program, a writers’ forum will feature award-winning Davao-based intellectuals and writers who will read their work and talk about the topic “Writing to Sustain our Home, our Habitat.” Writers include Macario Tiu, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Dominique Cimafranca, among others.

There is no registration fee. Workshop materials and a certificate of participation will be given to each participant. Participants will have to take care of their own travel arrangements, accommodation, and meals.

For pre-registration, please submit the names of your participant/s and institution to PEN. You may email philippinepen@yahoo.com or text +639065267201 (contact person: Shirley Lua). Deadline for pre-registration: August 13, 2016.

Philippine Center of International PEN
c/o Solidaridad Bookstore
531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. (632) 2541086; Telefax (632) 2541068
Email: philippinepen@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.philippinepen.ph
Facebook: Philippine Center of International PEN

Philippine PEN Board of Directors 2015-2017
Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature and Chairman
Charlson Ong, Acting Chairman
Joselito B. Zulueta, National Secretary
Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Karina Bolasco
Lito Casaje
Kristian Cordero
Maria Fres Felix
Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Glenn Mas
Frank Peňones, Jr.
Jun Cruz Reyes
Ricardo Soler
Santiago Villafania

PEN Teaching Philippine Literature Workshop in Cebu

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country since 2011. Called “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels.

As part of the PEN Civil Society Programme, it is supported by PEN International, Clifford Chance Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In 2011-2015, workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

On April 11-12, PEN will partner with the University of Cebu to hold the next teachers’ training workshop which will focus on 21st century Philippine literature from the region. Resource speakers and workshop facilitators include Marjorie Evasco, Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Awardee and Professor Emeritus of De La Salle University; Hope Sabanpan Yu, Director of University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center; and Macario Tiu, Director of Ateneo de Davao University Research and Publications Center.

As part of the program, a writers’ forum will feature Resil Mojares, Simeon Dumdum Jr., Ulysses Aparece, Januar Yap, and Karla Quimsing. These award-winning Cebu-based intellectuals and writers will read their work and talk about the topic “Writing to Sustain our Home, our Habitat.”

This event is part of the National Literature Month celebration.

For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College

A Philippine PEN Civil Society Programme 2015-2017
11-12 April 2016, Monday-Tuesday, 9:00AM-4:00PM
University of Cebu, Banilad Campus, Cebu City

Focus: 21st Century Philippine Literature from the Region
Open to teachers of literature. No registration fee. Pre-registration a requirement.

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) has organized a series of literature teaching workshops across the country since 2011. Called For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College, this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels. It is supported by PEN International, Clifford Chance Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). In 2011-2015, workshops were successfully held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

In the 2010 Cebu Congress, PEN passed a resolution to “work more closely with the education sector, its leaders, planners and administrators, its teachers and students, and the education publishing industry, to improve literature education in the country. The Philippine PEN recognizes that literary taste is shaped in the schools, especially the public school system; it is where generations must be taught to appreciate the outstanding works of our very own writers, works that constitute the soul of our nation.”

PEN will hold its next teachers’ training workshop on 11-12 April 2016, Monday-Tuesday, 9:00AM-4:00PM in partnership with the University of Cebu. This will be at the Banilad Campus, Cebu City. The focus will be on 21st Century Philippine Literature from the Region. Resource speakers include Isagani Cruz and Marjorie Evasco. The Writers’ Forum will feature Resil Mojares, Simeon Dumdum, Jr., Ulysses Aparece, and Januar Yap.

There is no registration fee. Workshop materials and a certificate of participation will be given to each participant. Participants will have to take care of their own travel arrangements, accommodation, and meals.

For pre-registration, please submit the names of your participant/s and institution to PEN. You may email philippinepen@yahoo.com or text +639065267201 (contact person: Shirley Lua).

This workshop is also held in celebration of National Literature Month.

Philippine Center of International PEN
c/o Solidaridad Bookstore
531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. (632) 2541086; Telefax (632) 2541068
Email: philippinepen@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.philippinepen.ph/
Facebook: Philippine Center of International PEN

Philippine PEN Board of Directors 2015-2017
Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature and Chairman
Charlson Ong, Acting Chairman
Joselito B. Zulueta, National Secretary
Herminio Beltran, Jr.
Karina Bolasco
Lito Casaje
Kristian Cordero
Maria Fres Felix
Amadis Ma. Guerrero
Glenn Mas
Frank Peňones, Jr.
Jun Cruz Reyes
Ricardo Soler
Santiago Villafania

Teaching Philippine literature workshop in Cagayan de Oro

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), in partnership with Capitol University, will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on 27 October 2014 (Monday), from 8:30am to 5:00 pm, at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

As a component of PEN International’s 2014 Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops and writers’ fora organized by the Philippine Center across the country since 2011. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Bohol, and Naga.

Metrobank Outstanding Teacher awardee and prize-winning writer Jaime An Lim will deliver the master lecture. The facilitators will be Ferdinand Lopez of the University of Santo Tomas and Steven Patrick Fernandez of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. “Teaching the Works of the National Artists” will be the foci of their lecture-presentation.

The workshop will be supplemented by a forum on the “Literature of Peace in Mindanao,” with writers Raul Moldez, Marcelo Geocallo, and Fernandez as members of the panel.

This program is supported by PEN International in UK and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

There is no registration fee for the workshop and forum. For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491.

Philippine PEN holds “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College”

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on July 28 (Monday), from 8:30am to 6:00 pm, at Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

As a component of PEN International’s 2014 Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops organized by the Philippine Center across the country. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro.

Teaching Bikol literature and teaching the Philippine novel will be the foci of the 2014 Naga workshop. The resource speakers-facilitators are Dr. Paz Verdades Santos of Ateneo de Naga University and Prof. Timothy Montes of De La Salle University, Manila.

The workshop sessions will be supplemented by a forum on “The New Local: Poetics and Politics of Bikol Contemporary Writers,” with poets Frank V. Peñones Jr., Maryanne Moll and Estelito Jacob as members of the panel. Tito Genova Valiente, Director of the Institute of Bikol History and Culture, will chair the panel forum.

This event will also launch an impressive array of publications by Ateneo de Naga University Press: “Obras Maestras: A Manual for Teaching Bikol Literature,” edited by Paz Verdades Santos and Marifa Borja-Prado; “P.I. and Cancion nin Tawong Lipod” by H. Francisco Penones Jr.; “Pinagrok asin iba pang rawitdawit” by Estelito Jacob; “Married Women: Stories” by Maryanne Moll; and the inaugural issue of Bikol Studies Journal, edited by Federico Jose Lagdameo.

This event is co-hosted by Ateneo de Naga University, and supported by PEN International in London and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

There is no registration fee for the workshop and booklaunching. For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491.

PEN Holds Teaching Literature Workshop in Cagayan de Oro

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College” on August 12 (Monday), from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the University Conference Hall, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

Award-winning writers and professors of literature Ricardo de Ungria and Timothy Montes will be the resource speakers/facilitators.

As a component of PEN International’s Beacon Centre Programme, this project is part of the series of teacher-training workshops organized by the Philippine Center across the country. It seeks to enhance the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels, especially on the teaching of poetry, fiction, and drama by Filipino authors. Previous workshops were held in Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Baguio, Naga, and Bohol.

This workshop is co-hosted by Capitol University, and supported by PEN International in London and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

There is no registration fee for the workshop. For inquiries and pre-registration, please contact Philippine PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila; email philippinepen@yahoo.com; mobile: +639175287491. Or visit the PEN website http://www.philippinepen.ph for updates.