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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


December 3-4, 2013 (Tuesday-Wednesday)
Multipurpose Hall 4th Floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall
De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines
Theme: Literature of Concord and Solidarity: The Writer as Peacemaker
Free Admission. No Registration Fee.
First Day: December 3 (Tuesday)
8:00-9:00 am  
9:00 am 
Opening Ceremonies
The National Anthem
Reading of the PEN Charter
Welcome Remarks from DLSU
Message from Philippine PEN Founder: F. Sionil José, National Artist for Literature        
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Christine Godinez-Ortega
Keynote Address: Jaime An Lim
10:00 am        
Coffee Break
10:30 am-12nn
First Literary Session: Wars, Conflicts, and the Imagination
Glen Sevilla Mas (chair), Raul Moldez, Arthur Casanova
12:00 noon     
Hosted by De La Salle University Office of the President    
Andres Bonifacio Lecture: BienvenidoLumbera, National Artist and Chairman, Philippine PEN
Second Literary Session: Sex & Violence: Gender Wars & Conflicts
Charlson Ong (chair), Rebecca Añonuevo, Shem Shalait Linohon, Marne Kilates
Coffee Break
Third Literary Session: Quest for Peace in Mindanao
Macario Tiu (chair), Mohammad Nassefh Macla, Agustin Pagusara, Jr.
Launching of PEN Books
Pens as Swords: The Philippine PEN José Rizal Lectures, 1958-2007
(Solidaridad Publishing), edited by José Victor Torres
Peace Mindanao (UST Publishing House), edited by Jaime An Lim
Lit Matters: A Manual for Teaching Philippine Literature (Anvil Publishing), edited by Ronald Baytan
With generous funding support from Mr. Endika Aboitiz, PEN International, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
5: 30 – 8 p.m.
Solidarity Dinner and Program (for PEN members & guests-of-honor)
Hosted by the University of Santo Tomas Varsitarian
Venue: HSSH Roofdeck
Second Day: December 4 (Wednesday)
9-10: 30 a.m   
Fourth Literary Session: Quest for Peace in the Regions
Santiago Villafania (chair), Crispin Nacpil Cadiang, Telesforo Sungkit Jr., Kristian Cordero
10: 30 am       
Coffee Break
Ukay Ukay: Cuentos y Discuentos by Menchu Sarmiento
Last Posts (3rd volume of The Other View) by Elmer Ordoñez
Fifth Literary Session: Literature & the Media Arts in the Quest for Peace
Jun Cruz Reyes (chair), Gutierrez Mangansakan II, Arnel Mardoquio
12: 30 p.m.     
Introduction of the Speaker: Jose Wendell Capili
José Rizal Lecture: Dr. José V. Abueva
Concluding Session: PEN Resolutions
Bienvenido Lumbera, Elmer Ordoñez, Lito B. Zulueta
Partners / Patrons
Mr. Endika Aboitiz / Anvil Publishing / De La Salle University /
DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center / Galerie Joaquin /
National Commission for Culture and the Arts / PEN International /
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) / Solidaridad Bookstore /  University of Santo Tomas Publishing House / UST Varsitarian

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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

LCCN.: 2010338612

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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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