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Upcoming Philippine PEN events (November – December 2011)
General Assembly & Booklaunching
26 November 2011 (Saturday)
Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila
Last general assembly for 2011. Renewal of PEN membership for 2012 begins on this day. Fee is P600 (Please approach Cesar Quinagan).
On this occasion, PEN will launch The Life and the Manila Times of David Bugoslav (Manila Times Publishing, 2011) by Marites Hackett Maneru and Luis Antonio Maneru.
2011 Philippine PEN Conference
Archipelagic Feasts, Tropical Disasters:
2011 Philippine PEN Congress on the Literature of Survival
1-2 December 2011 (Thursday-Friday)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Silangan Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City
Former Manila Times publisher and noted fictionist Rony Diaz will deliver the keynote address.
Panelists/Speakers: Elmer Ordonez, Gilda Cordero Fernando, John Iremil Teodoro, Antonio Enriquez, Nicolas Pichay, Marne Kilates, Dinah Roma-Sianturi, Marra Lanot, Joel Toledo, Malou Jacob, Rosario Cruz Lucero, Victor Penaranda, Luna Sicat-Cleto, Juliet Mallari, Abdon Balde, Glenn Mas, Susan Evangelista, Frank Penones, Ramon Sunico, Charlie Veric, Rolando Tolentino, Gary Devilles, Leonard Ryan Cervantes, Carla Pacis, Merlie Alunan, Ricardo Soler, Yvette Tan, Alma Anonas-Carpio
Overall Convenors: Bienvenido Lumbera, Lito B. Zulueta
Election of the new Board of Directors 2012-2014 will take place on December 2 (Friday), 4:00-5:00 pm, at CCP Silangan Hall.
This event is co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, University of Santo Tomas-The Varsitarian, Far Eastern University, National Bookstore, among others.
Solidarity Dinner and Cultural Program
1 December 2011 (Thursday)
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Dencio’s-Harbor Square (across CCP)
The Solidarity Dinner is for PEN members and invited guests only. On this occasion, Antonio Enriquez’s latest novel The Survivors (UST Publishing House, 2011) will be launched.
Masters of Ceremonies: Jose Wendell Capili and Jun Cruz Reyes
The dinner is hosted by the University of Santo Tomas-The Varsitarian.
Meet the Philippine PEN Authors at NBS Bestsellers-Galleria
13 December 2011 (Tuesday)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
NBS Bestsellers, Robinson’s Galleria
This event features Edgardo Maranan, Elizabeth Lolarga, Ana Maria “Mookie” Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Dean Francis Alfar. The writers will read from their work and talk about their craft. Ida Anita del Mundo will serve as master of ceremonies.
This event is co-sponsored by PEN International-London, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Anvil Publishing, and NBS Bestsellers.
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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.