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Friday, November 11, 2011

Archipelagic Feasts, Tropical Disasters: 2011 Philippine PEN Congress on the Literature of Survival

Philippine PEN 2011 Conference
December 1-2, 2011 (Thursday-Friday)
Silangan Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City, Metro Manila

Archipelagic Feasts, Tropical Disasters:
2011 Philippine PEN Congress on the Literature of Survival



7:45 – 8:30 am Registration

8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Ceremonies
National Anthem
Reading of the PEN International Charter: Jose Victor Torres
Inspirational Remarks: Bienvenido Lumbera, PEN Chairman
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Susan Lara
9:00-10:00 am Keynote Address: Rony Diaz

10:00-10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 nn First Literary Session
Panel on Apocalyptic Literature: Disaster and Imagination
Elmer Ordoñez (Chair), Antonio Enriquez, Gilda Cordero Fernando, John Iremil Teodoro

12:00 nn-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30- 3:00 pm Second Literary Session
Panel on Landscape and Personal Poetics
Nicolas Pichay (Chair), Marne Kilates, Dinah Roma-Sianturi, Marra Lanot, Joel Toledo

3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm Third Literary Session
Panel on Surviving Calamities: History and Preservation
Malou Jacob (Chair), Rosario Cruz-Lucero, Victor Peñaranda, Luna Sicat-Cleto

Emcees/Convenors of the First Day:
Ronald Baytan, Jose Victor Torres, Karina Bolasco


8:30 – 10:00 am Fourth Literary Session
Panel on Ecology in the Writings from the Regions
Juliet Mallari (Chair), Abdon Balde Jr., Glenn Sevilla Mas, Susan Evangelista, Frank Peñones

10:00-10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12 nn Fifth Literary Session
Panel on Literature in Distress and Popular Media
Ramón Sunico (Chair), Charlie Veric, Rolando Tolentino, Gary Devilles, Leonard Ryan Cervantes

12:00 nn – 2:00 pm Lunch

Introduction of Speaker: Charlson Ong
The Jose Rizal Lecture
Madam Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil

2:00 – 3:30 pm Sixth Literary Session
Panel on Feasts and Famine
Carla Pacis (Chair), Ricardo Soler, Merlie Alunan, Alma Anonas-Carpio, Yvette Tan

3:30-4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 pm Closing Session
Presiding: Lito B. Zulueta, PEN National Secretary
Election of New Board Members (2012-2014)

Emcees/Convenors of the Second Day:
Hermie Beltran, Susie Tan, Marjorie Evasco

Overall Convenors: Bienvenido Lumbera, Joselito B. Zulueta

Secretariat: Shirley O. Lua, Cesar Quinagan

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Le poèt de Pangasinan

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.



A collection of ghazals in Pangasinan language. Order now at Amazon.com

A collection of haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, and other poems in English and Pangasinan language. Order now at Amazon.com

“Santiago Villafania is a searcher with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and endurance. His quest has brought him to explore world poetry from points East and West. He is no stranger to sophisticated verse forms such the Sapphic strophe nor to the diverse permutations of the Japanese haiku. But he is not a formalist, he has daringly explored Asian and Western cultures in a very personal way and writes his mind with a daring, invigorating, aesthetically pleasing ease. In his poetry Villafania displays not only a breadth, but it feels very much like a breath of fresh air.” – Ute Margaret Saine, poet, critic, translator, past president of PEN Orange County and the former editor of the California Poetry Quarterly

“Villafania’s emergence as a poet is a fine moment to celebrate. Another voice from the regions augurs a richer body of writing that Filipinos can hold up as a mirror of our native culture.” – Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

The Beloved Idiom | A Reading of Villafania’s ‘Pinabli & other poems’ by Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo

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"The publication of Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles by Santiago B. Villafania should be a source of rejoicing for readers of regional literatures. This second book by Pangasinan's leading poet today is impressive in both form and substance. Villafania has created 300 sonnets and 50 villanelles in his own language that attempt to reflect the primacy of native culture and return the poet to the central stage of social life."A Boost to Pangasinan Literature from Breaking Signs by Cirilo F. Bautista (Philippine Panorama, 16 Dec. 2007, pp.25-26)

"Villafania is not only a visionary poet, he is a linguistic philosopher who codifies the origin of language and culture, dissects the myths and the common beliefs of the people against the urban legends, juxtaposes the literary tradition against the modern influences by dialectically infusing them in his poetic revelation of truth."Poetic Revelation in Language and Culture by Danny C. Sillada (Manila Bulletin, 12 May 2008, pp. F1-F2)

Photos: Book Launching at the Pearl Manila Hotel, 5 Feb. 2008

"Santiago Villafania's Balikas ed Caboloan certainly has reinvigorated the anlong tradition of Pangasinan that for a long period of time suffered silence from the hands of writers more attuned to English writing. Characteristically anacbanua, Villafania's poetry echoes his predecessors and presages a promising era for young writers in Pangasinan." – Dr. Marot Nelmida-Flores

Thesis: Bilay ed Caboloan - Reconfiguration of Space using a New Historicist Lens by Ayesah Tecson

from Pangasinan 'Anlong': Oral tradition into the 21st century published in Manila Times / Sunday Magazine, March 13 & 20, 2011.

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