Wednesday, June 1, 2011


As a commemorative event and significant part of its annual convention, the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) will hold the Rizal Sesquicentennial Literary Conference for Teachers on 25-27 August 2011 at the Claro M. Recto Hall, College of Arts and Letters, Rizal Building, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Guest of honor is National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera.

On 25-26 August (Thurs-Frid), respected scholars will deliver papers on the works of Jose Rizal, each one assigned a particular literary genre and is expected to give new insights on the subject. Dr. Soledad S. Reyes (Ateneo de Manila) tackles the novels, Dr. Virgilio S. Almario (UP Diliman) the poems, Dr. Paul A. Dumol (University of Asia and the Pacific) the plays, and Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo (Ateneo de Manila and UP Diliman) the essays. To further inspire the teachers find new methods of teaching the Rizal course, veteran educators will demo-teach on the novel and poetry (Prof. Danilo Francisco M. Reyes), plays (Dr. Jerry Respeto), and essays (Dr. Corazon Lalu-Santos).

On 27 August (Sat), the annual UMPIL members convention features the Panayam Adrian Cristobal (public intellectual lecture series), a booklaunch, a literary forum, and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas. All the previous recepients of the Gawad are invited to attend this whole-day event.

The event is made possible by the support of the Adrian Cristobal Foundation, UP Institute of Creative Writing, and the UP College of Arts and Letters. The Office of the Chancellor-UP Diliman and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DepEd) endorse the conference.

UMPIL members, teachers, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in the conference as well the convention. The Conference has a registration fee of P3,000 and the Convention a lesser amount for new and current organization members.

For details, call Ms. Eva Cadiz c/o UP Institute of Creative Writing, 9221830. Or email the conference director and UMPIL Secretary General Michael M. Coroza at

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