PEN Philippines & UMPIL Writers’ Rights Forum

PEN Philippines (Poets, Essayists, and Novelists) and UMPIL (Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas) are proud to host a Writers’ Rights Forum on Friday, February 10, 2023, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. It will be held at The Learning Commons, 6F, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila. The forum involves…

PEN Philippines has new officers

The Philippine Center for International PEN, or PEN Philippines for short, elected its new national officers in the first meeting of its new Board today, October 14, 2022. The officers are Angelo R. Lacuesta, President; Santiago Villafania, Vice President; Pamela Castrillo, Secretary; and Jenny Ortuoste, Treasurer. PEN is the worldwide organization of writers to promote…

CCP PARTNERS WITH PHILIPPINE PEN FOR THE FIRST HYBRID PHILIPPINE PEN CONGRESS.

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…

Bienvenido L. Lumbera; 89

It is with deep sadness and regret that the Philippine Center of International PEN announces the passing away of its Chair Emeritus, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera. “Bien” passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, said his daughter, Tala Lumbera. Bienvenido L. Lumbera (1932-2021)Bienvenido L. Lumbera, critic, poet, dramatist, scholar, author,…

PHILIPPINE PEN GOES ‘ALL IN’ ON ITS 2021 ONLINE CONGRESS

The Philippine Centre of International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), is inviting its members to its annual Congress on May 15, 2021. ALL IN aims to capture the linguistic and cultural inclusivity that the digital space enables, as well as speak of the collective hope Filipinos must have during these uncertain times. In partnership…

International Mother Language Day 2021

Held every year on 21 February, International Mother Language Day is observed to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. To celebrate the day, PEN International will feature five video-poems recited by poets in their mother language: Juana Peña (Chol), Seyare Kokche (Crimean Tatar), Wasai Biran Issa (Dazaga), Moeyed Teyib (Kurdish) and Santiago B. Villafania (Pangasinan). The…

Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines

Watch and/or participate in some activities being readied for the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan and other related events in 2021, collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP). Online lecture portal | Access Philippine history lectures for free.

Likhaan: University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing

The pandemic continues, but so does the production of literature to help us make sense of the times. The Likhaan UP Institute of Creative Writing is opening the call for the third and fourth volumes of Dx Machina: Philippine Literature in the Time of COVID-19. The journal will collate Writing and reading have been two…


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