[Blueboard] TABOAN: Philippine Writers Festival 2009

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Mon Feb 9 09:26:54 PHT 2009

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TABOAN09: 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: D(anilo) 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 Philippines?
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

Fritzi-Gay L. Reyes
Department of English
School of Humanities
Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University

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