[Blueboard] TABOAN: The Philippine International Writers Festival 2009

*Department of English* Department at admu.edu.ph
Sat Feb 7 10:02:48 PHT 2009

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TABOAN09: Philippine International Writers Festival

Organized by the National Committee for Literary Arts (NCLA) and the 
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)

in cooperation with the Ateneo de Manila University, University of the 
Philippines and RockEd

February 11, 12, 13, 2009

This international writers festival is the flagship project of the NCLA for 
2009 which will take place for three days: February 11, 12, 13, 2009. The 
first day is hosted by the University of the Philippines, while the second day 
will be hosted by AdMU; the third day will be held in Mogwai Cubao X, in Cubao-
Expo. Participants will consist of the most important and accomplished junior 
and senior writers from all over the country, including the country’s literary 
hall-of-famers and National Artists for Literature.

As conceived, the festival’s morning program for Day 2 of the festival in 
particular will be held in the spirit of the Ateneo’s Sesquicentennial 
Celebration in which a tribute will be given to “Ateneo writers” who have done 
our country and the world of Literature proud, namely, Gregorio C. Brillantes 
and Emmanuel Torres. Citations will be read and plaques will be given honoring 
them. The festival’s afternoon program will consist of parallel sessions on 
various literary/critical topics to which the participants will split-up in 
panels for literary conversations and critical reflection.

Below is the tentative schedule of Day 2 of the writers’ festival to be held 
in AdMU on 12 February 2009.

DAY 2, February 12, Thursday, Ateneo de Manila University

Venue: Leong Hall Auditorium


     Opening Remarks: Prof. Ricardo de Ungria, Commissioner for the Arts, NCCA

     Welcome Address: Dr. Ma. Luz Vilches, Dean of the School of Humanities

     Message: Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles, Academic Vice-President, AdMU
                 A Concise History of 150 Years of Ateneo Writing

     Open Forum

     Tribute Proper

     Screen Presentation on Emmanuel S. Torres and Reading of Citation

     Screen Presentation on Gregorio C. Brillantes and Reading of Citation

     Response of the Honorees

     Closing Remarks: Dr. Ma. Luisa Torres Reyes, Chair, Dept. of English

Venue: Leong Hall Roof Deck

1:00 PM | Ateneo Gallery and Library Tour


THE POET-CRITIC. The issue of how art and criticism interface has been a 
central topic even in the creative writing curricula of top universities 
worldwide. Whether our writers have found the interface 
uneasy or comfortable, consciously or unconsciously, it has shaped the craft 
and aesthetics of generations of authors in the Philippines.
Panelists: Gemino H. Abad, J. Neil Garcia, Allan Popa, Jun Cruz Reyes, and 
Thai fictionist/screenwriter Prabda Yoon
Moderator: Danilo Francisco M. Reyes
Venue: Social Science Conference Rooms 1 & 2

TEXT AND CONTEXT. The encounter between art and politics, writing and 
ideology, or aesthetics and social engagement, has been a significant 
consideration in countries like the Philippines as it has been said to make 
for bad writing and good politics/bad politics and good writing. Thus, these 
binary categories have been considered mutually exclusive practices by some 
writers, but deemed mutually constitutive commitments by writers.
Panelists: Isagani R. Cruz, National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Danton Remoto, 
Roland Tolentino
Moderator: Oscar Campomanes
Venue: Social Science Conference Rooms 3 & 4

PUBLISHING FOR THE FUTURE.  No literature can prosper without publishing, but 
publishing itself is taking on new forms and challenges in this new century, 
such as online publishing and print on 
demand. What directions will Philippine literary publishing and Philippine 
literature itself take in the foreseeable future? What can the Philippine 
academic and commercial publishers do to promote 
literature here and abroad? Are there alternatives to mainstream publishing 
that can be explored, and can they be commercially viable?
Panelists: Karina Bolasco, Adam David, Antonio Hidalgo, Esther 
Pacheco, Rofel Brion
Moderator: Maricor Baytion
Venue: NGF Conference Room, G/F De La Costa Hall



FEMINISM IN OUR MIDST. The question of how women writers write under 
conditions quite distinct from men writers has been a source of dynamism and 
controversy in both their works and the criticism on their work. This has been 
a point of contention in recent literary history as some women writers 
organize themselves as women writers, weaving literature and sharing life.
Panelists: Rica Bolipata-Santos, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Priscilla 
Macansantos, Aida F. Santos, Dinah Roma-Sianturi, Hope Yu
Moderator: Benilda Santos
Venue: Social Science Conference Rooms 1 & 2

LITERATURE IN ACTION. Non-canonical texts abound in contexts like the 
Philippines in which literature’s energies come from places quite apart 
from "Literature." Foremost among this type of literary production is the 
whole range of performative practices which create cultural "events" as 
opposed to literary "art." Most prominent examples of this range from avant-
garde forms to so-called "agit-prop" 
art in which visual and/or performance artists and educational and community 
theater groups like PETA have been making a splash in the international art 
and academic scene since the 80s and 90s.
Panelists: Michael Coroza, Steven Patrick Fernandez, Servando Halili, 
Bonifacio P. Ilagan, Glenn Mas
Moderator: Gary Devilles
Venue: Social Science Conference Rooms 3 & 4

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. In the Philippines, it has been said that the reading 
fare of Filipino children continues to be dominated by Children’s literature 
from the West, as evidenced by the children's 
books usually on display in major book shops. Nevertheless, it can be argued 
that for decades now, significant headway has been made in providing 
alternative reading materials for Filipino children by 
publishing houses like Aklat Adarna and noted Filipino authors and published 
locally in English, Filipino and other Philippine languages. What genres have 
been developed in children’s literature by Filipinos? 
Are these genres a mere imitation of the western models? Has the production 
been enough to begin to draw up a canon of children’s literature in the 
Philippines? What has been the impact of children's 
literature on the readers? What role must children's literature play in the 
Panelists: Cyan Abad-Jugo, Christine Bellen, Jean Lee Patindol, Ramon C. Sunico
Moderator: Jerry Respeto
Venue: NGF Conference Room, G/F De La Costa Hall

5:30 PM | DINNER

Venue: Leong Hall Roof Deck
Closing Remarks, Dr. Assunta Cuyegkeng, Vice President, Ateneo de 
Manila Univeristy-Loyola Schools 

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School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
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Quezon City 1108 Metro Manila
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