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Philippine PEN: Call for Membership Application
This is an invitation for Filipino writers to submit their application for membership in the Philippine Center of International PEN.
Please fill-out the application form (pdf format or word) and send to:
531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
A notification will be sent to you once your application has been reviewed by a membership committee and approved by the Philippine PEN Board of Directors.
Thank you for your interest in participating in Philippine PEN.
Lito B. Zulueta
National Secretary, Philippine PEN
The Philippine PEN is a member of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) with Centers in some 150 countries worldwide.
The PEN Philippine Center celebrated its golden anniversary in December 2007. Its founding was marked by a national writers conference, the first of its kind after the war, held for two days in Baguio City in December 1958 and attended by distinguished literary people and intellectuals from all over the country including Senator Claro M. Recto and President Carlos P. Garcia. The conference organizer and also Philippine PEN founder was F. Sionil Jose, now National Artist for Literature. Among the conference participants were, later to become National Artists for Literature: Francisco Arcellana, N.V.M. Gonzalez, Bienvenido Lumbera, Alejandro Roces and Edith Tiempo.
In its 50 years, the Philippine PEN has organized and sponsored such activities as literary readings, workshops, meet-the-author series, seminars, and conferences in Manila and in the provinces. It has hosted the visits or held receptions for distinguished writers from abroad, such as Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Richard Kim, Lin Yutang, Khushwant Singh, Hirabayashi Taiko, Hayako Sono, Norman Mailer, Gunter Grass, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mochtar Lubis, Edwin Thumboo, Juan Gelman, and many others. PEN also organized two regional Asian Writers conferences in Manila, and published several anthologies including an Asian PEN Anthology.
During the Marcos dictatorship, PEN stood in defense of the freedom of expression and speech. This is an avowed purpose as embodied in the International PEN Charter.
This year, Philippine PEN will mark its 53rd year with an international conference on December 4-5, 2010 in Cebu City, Philippines. This two-day conference, the theme of which is “Solidarity in Literature without Borders,” aims to gather not only Filipino writers in the archipelago, but also writers from the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. National Artist Dr. Edith Tiempo will give the keynote address. The Jose Rizal Lecture, the highlight of the conference, will be delivered by eminent writer and intellectual Dr. Resil Mojares.
PEN is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Founder: Francisco Sionil Jose
Board Members (2009-2011)
» Bienvenido Lumbera (National Chair)
» Elmer Ordoñez (Vice Chair)
» Joselito B. Zulueta (National Secretary)
» Susie Tan (Treasurer)
» Shirley Lua (Assistant Treasurer)
» Jose Wendell Capili (Public Relations)
» Ronald Baytan
» Hermie Beltran
» Karina Bolasco
» Marjorie Evasco
» Susan Lara
» Charlson Ong
» Nicolas Pichay
» Jun Cruz Reyes
» Jose Victor Torres
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Santiago B. Villafania, a bilingual Filipino poet who writes in English and in his native language of Pangasinan, is the author of poetry collections Bonsaic Verses (2012), Pinabli and Other Poems (2012), Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles (2007), and Balikas na Caboloan (Voices from Caboloan, 2005) published by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under its UBOD New Authors Series. He has been published in several countries and translated into several languages. Villafania is one of the 11 Outstanding Pangasinan conferred with the 2010 ASNA Award for the Arts and Culture (literature) during the first Agew na Pangasinan and also the 430th Foundation Day of the province on April 2010. He is a member of Philippine PEN writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Punch.