PEN welcomes Filipino writers from all regions and languages. Members are expected to have work published in book form or in physical or online publications, or attained recognition in the writing field. Nominations are not necessary. While admission is at the discretion of the Membership Committee, we at PEN are committed to inclusion, believing that a strong and vibrant membership strengthens and informs our work on behalf of writers and readers.
PEN affirms that:
Literature knows no frontiers and must remain a common currency among people in spite of political or international upheavals.
In all circumstances, and particularly in times of war, works of art, the patrimony of humanity at large, should be left untouched by national or political passion.
Members of PEN should at all times use what influence they have in favour of good understanding and mutual respect between nations and people; they pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel all hatreds and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace and equality in one world.
PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible. PEN declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in times of peace. It believes that the necessary advance of the world towards a more highly organised political and economic order renders a free criticism of governments, administrations, and institutions imperative. And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood, and distortion of facts for political and personal ends.
—from The PEN Charter
Annual Membership Fee: Php1000.00.
The membership fee is applied to our outreach and education programs, our annual activities such as the national congress and Free the Word!, as well as to our annual membership contribution to PEN International.